20 Incredibly Important Video Games That Shaped The Industry

The following 20 games are so important and innovative that gaming as we know it today would be very different without them. Love them or hate them, they came up an idea that set off a chain reaction that made our beloved industry improve, expand and reach a wider audience.

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miyamoto1488d ago (Edited 1488d ago )

Street Fighter 2 (need I say more)
Tony Hawk Pro Skater (kicked off the extreme sports genre)
Phantasy Star Online ( launched a thousand jrpg hunting games)
Crash Bandicoot
ICO (the game developer's game)
Shadow of the Colossus, ( kicked off the over the shoulder gameplay mechanics or third person shooter genre)
Uncharted (changed how AAA games are made forever)
Tenchu (launched the stealth genre predating Metal Gear Solid)
Resident Evil (kicked off the survival horror genre)
Sonic the Hedgehog (so influential in the 90s, launched a thousand mascots),
Gunstar Heroes,
Streets of Rage,
Double Dragon,
Super Robot Wars,
Dragon's Quest,

shaw981487d ago

You mention crash but not Mario? ummmmmmmm

Non of the games you listed would exist without mario. I am serious... Non, for many reasons.

miyamoto1487d ago (Edited 1487d ago )

Them Nintendo classics are already there on whatculture's list for goodness' sake!!!!
Why do I have to mention them again except for Street Fighter 2!?

You Nintendo fans are so touchy and sensitive, my goodness!
Its affecting your common sense and logical thinking.

I grew up on video games inside the arcade halls not on home console that is why SF2 to me is the most influential game ever made during the 1990s.

And FYI the avatar I use is the great Miyamoto Musashi not Shigeru Miyamoto-san, excuse me.

And FYI ....

Double Dragon,
Super Robot Wars,
Dragon's Quest,

.... all found fame and glory on the NES Nintendo Entertainment System, mind you.

"He is a fake!!! He only mentions sony and sega games.
(It is almost like the fake grew up Sega and then switched to Sony. Maybe it is his top influential games. Not so much the industry.)"

You know ignorant and stupid comments like that make you Nintendo extremists and Nintendo itself as a gaming brand look SO BAD in the eyes of the spectating general public. Do yourselves and Nintendo a favor and 'think before you talk'. If you do that you will help Nintendo and the Nintendo fan community look better in the eyes of the gaming community.


crusf1487d ago

Mr.Miyamoto how could you forget Super Mario 64 and Ocarina of Time. Two of the most groundbreaking games you worked on!

shaw981487d ago

He is a fake!!! He only mentions sony and sega games.

(It is almost like the fake grew up Sega and then switched to Sony. Maybe it is his top influential games. Not so much the industry.)

jholden32491487d ago (Edited 1487d ago )

With a name like Miamoto, I'm surprised you didn't mention a single Mario game, many which shaped the industry, among others.

Super Mario Bros
Super Mario Bros 3
Super Mario World
Super Mario 64

That's 4 right there. All House of Mario.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Mario Kart 64
Grand Theft Auto 3
Call of Duty Modern Warfare
Wii Sports
Final Fantasy X
Mega Man 2
Zelda A Link to the Past
Monster Hunter Freedom Unite
Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo
Mortal Kombat
Metal gear Solid 3
Resident Evil
World of Warcraft

EDIT: After viewing list, I realize I missed a few key titles like Tetris and Goldeneye. There's just so many games with profound impacts.

uth111487d ago

Wow, you'd almost never know that videogaming existed before the 1990s from this list

shaw981487d ago

Just by looking at the preview pic, I can tell this guy has no idea which games affected the industry the most.

AndrewLB1487d ago

Funny how they claim WOW was the beginning of massive online gaming, but that honor belongs to Ultima Online.