The Top 10 Most Influential Video Games of All Time « Old Game Reviewer

Tetris ranks as #9 as all-time most influential in video games.

The Top 10 Most Influential Video Games of All Time « Old Game Reviewer.

Hey everyone, please take a moment to check out this article posted today by Old Game Reviewer, a community blog about geek culture and friend of the Cold Slither Podcast. They posted Nintendo Legend’s picks for Top 10 Most Influential Video Games of All Time. Whether you agree or disagree with the list, feel free to bring on discussion and/or debate!

Here’s a sample of the list:


Video games have become a significant cultural force and a viable industry. Whether delving into its nuanced insular sub-cultures or touching on the familiar faces of well-known mythologies, gaming is arguably as much a part of modern life as cinema or literature. Despite the changes in delivery method, technology, or gameplay mechanics they may take in the future, video games stand likely to be an important factor for generations to come. To get to the apex they have achieved today took many advances in their making, heralded by the influence of some particularly noteworthy titles. The debate over which cartridges and disks have had the most effect may be seen as largely subjective and futile discussion; but, nonetheless, the following are Nintendo Legend’s picks for Top 10 Most Influential Video Games of All Time, roughly in ascending order to most influential.

10. Mortal Kombat

The original advertising campaign for Mortal Kombat was provocative, with people in streets yelling “MORTAL KOMBAT!” in a drawn-out, dramatic fashion. The arrival of this 16-bit title in 1992 marked a new era of video gaming in which violence suddenly became a potential aspect for future gaming selections. Parents were sternly concerned and a video game rating system erupted from the eventual fallout, but without the advance of the revolutionary fighting game Mortal Kombat, perhaps future violence-featuring games such as Grand Theft and the gory Doom would not have been as well-accepted. All of this despite the fact that the Kombat game itself was not the most highly technical fighting game, nor the most competitive, with the primary difference between its selectable characters being their special moves and the bloody now-iconic Fatality finishers.

9. Tetris

The original Russian version of the now-legendary falling-block puzzle game was released as early as 1984 on computer systems, and even then caused murmurs of its revolutionary gameplay as companies raced to be able to port versions of it onto consoles and other implementations. Ultimately, though, it was Nintendo’s Game Boy system that made Tetris one of the top ten most influential video games ever created,

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