10 Video Games That Impacted Gaming

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Video games are getting bigger and bigger every year. With the mass production of “crap-ware” coming out, there are still a few games released that really change how people game. Whether its a serious game, or more casual, these games really made an impact on the video game industry.

10  Everquest

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This Sony made MMO (massively multiplayer online) was the first of its kind, and really defined how MMO’s are played today. The games user interface is the standard blueprint for every new MMO that comes out: sometimes so similar you can even call it a copy. Regardless, if you loved or hated Everquest, nobody can deny that it was the launching pad for every new MMO that hits the scene.

9 Starcraft

The RTS (real time strategy) video game genre has been defined by this game. With its very high paced gameplay and a massive online fanbase, its hard to dispute the impact of Starcraft on the gaming industry. In my opinion, with the rise of console gaming, Starcraft is one of those games that really kept PC gaming alive. The game is even televised nationally in Korea. Yes, its that big. With the release of Starcraft II I would imagine the RTS genre will only grow.

8  Final Fantasy VII

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Anyone who had a Playstation in the mid-90′s knows about this one. You can even call it the flagship game of the first generation Playstation. Anyone who plays RPG’s (role playing game) has a special appreciation for this game. Between the cutting edge graphics (for its time, of course) and compelling plot / side plot, this game can easily be known as the most famous RPG to date. There is still a huge demand for the game to be remade. The words RPG and Final Fantasy go hand in hand, because of this 7th installment of the franchise. Not to mention, Sepheroth is the most bad-ass villain ever!

7 Grand theft Auto III


Mothers around the world hated this game. Its a sandbox game that allowed you to do, literally, anything. The game really got heated after the release of “San Andreas”, particularly because of the “hot coffee mod” or sex scene shown. The games company had to re release the game without that scene. Regardless, Grand Theft Auto and sandboxes go hand in hand.

6 Halo


Microsoft can really thank this series for the huge success of XBox live. Sure, I mean we have Call of Duty now, but nobody can deny what halo did for the console FPS (first-person shooter). Because of Halo, the use of online console gaming was born with XBox live. I can’t remember a kid who didn’t play xbox live with halo.


5 Tetris

Casual, yet so addictive! This game is the first thing to come to mind when you think of a portable game. How many of you kids out there have a mom that does not play games, but will play tetris? Need I say more?

4 Farmville


Anyone who has Facebook either plays this game, or knows 5 people who do. If you are like me, your Facebook notifications are constantly full of annoying requests from those people that are addicted to the game.

3 Legend of Zelda

This one is a no brainer. The mix between RPG, hack and slash, and action/adventure made this game a big hit from its first day of release. Nintendo struck gold with this one, and it is still a major series of the Nintendo platforms today. Not to mention, Link make an appearance in so many other games. That is how loved he really is.

2 World of Warcraft

It”s hard to not put this game as number 1. With over 10 million players currently, and growing, it’s easy to see how this game impacted gaming. People who don’t play games at all play WOW. The mix between satisfying content and the social network involved in this game truly puts it in its own category. There have even been reports of suicides concerning this game.

1 Super Mario Bros

Any disputes here? This game from Nintendo started gaming. I know there was the atari and other systems prior to, but Mario made all games what they are today. With a new Mario releasing every year, its undeniable what this Italian plumber did for gamers all around the world.

12 thoughts on “10 Video Games That Impacted Gaming

  1. How could you NOT have Metal Gear Solid on this list? That was arguably the greatest game of the ps1/N64 era and possibly the greatest game of all time. Other than that, great list.

  2. I understand Halo on this list but how could Goldeneye not be included? Goldeneye pioneered modern FPS gaming and should have got an honorable mention at the least! Halo might not have even existed without Goldeneye.

  3. yeah, ummmmmm, Counterstrike, Half Life, and Half Life 2? I don’t know the significance of CS, but Half Life changed the game, and Half Life 2 completely shattered all expectations. Games today are all modeled after HL2. Think Mass Effect franchise, and all other post apocalyptic campaign games.

  4. ahm… Minecraft? I know its quite new.. but hey.. over 20 Million Players? who cares about WOW with its 11?

    1. You can read the Headline or?And if u answer with yes,say me how did minecraft impact/changed gaming.I mean just take FF7 it selled over 11 million times at a time when not even every second family had a game console not like today where every family have a pc and game console.

  5. ok ok. the list is almost accurate but i grew up with Age of Empires. the game was literally addictive and hard at the same time. in 2 the AI was equal to resourses but they have more planning ready, that was the whole thing of making them hard and then we have the online pros who actually beat them. this was literally my fav game besides Megaman X.

  6. Awesome list. FF7 is definitely the best RPG when Sony Play station became popular. The demand of this game is still growing even this era where most game release are made of awesome graphics.

    1. Even if it dont have the best graphic it have still the best story which was ever made because of that it has been rightly called the best game ever.

  7. How the f**k is Farmville a gamer’s choice? It’s not even a serious game franchise! And where’s MGS and C&C? Not to mention Half-Life.

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