10 influential video games that changed the industry forever

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The video game industry has seen various changes and surprises throughout the years.

From the invention of 3D virtual worlds to the issue of censoring violence, the gaming industry has remained the constant subject of controversy and the playground for cutting-edge computing technology.

Let’s check out 10 of the most influential games in the history of the gaming industry.

Pong (1972)

Pong was the first successful video game ever made, and it proved that the market for video games existed.

It is thanks to the simple ingenuity and popularity of Pong that the video game industry took off and became what it is today.

Pong game

Mortal Kombat (1992)

Mortal Kombat was one of the first games that attracted controversy due to its generous violence.

The game was censored and heavily criticised, leading to its meteoric rise in infamy and its tradition of gory gameplay.

Mortal Kombat

DOOM (1993)

DOOM was the game that defined the 3D first-person shooter genre.

Featuring relatively advanced mechanics and fluid gameplay, the game set the bar high for many shooters to come.


Super Mario 64 (1996)

Super Mario 64 revolutionised gaming by its innovative and creative use of 3D space.

Graduating from the 2D platforming of its previous iterations, Super Mario 64 allowed players to maneuver Mario through a virtual 3D world populate by a masterful combination of linear puzzles and open-ended exploration.

Super Mario 64

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)

The Legend of Zelda is arguably the best action-adventure game of all time.

The game was released for the Nintendo 64 and GameCube, and featured mechanics that defined role-playing and adventure games for years to come.

Ocarina of time

Sims (2000)

The Sims is a unique genre by itself, and proved immensely popular among a variety of audiences on release.

The game  has since evolved into a massive franchise that continues to expand on its unique gameplay elements and life-simulation mechanics.


Grand Theft Auto III (2001)

Grand Theft Auto III was both controversial and critically acclaimed, with critics praising its open world and engaging gameplay, while others criticised the gratuitous violence, bad language and criminality.

Grand Theft Auto remains of the biggest video game franchises in the world.

Grand Theft Auto 3

World of WarCraft (2004)

World of WarCraft is the ultimate Massive Multiplayer Online game.

With a ridiculously high number of players, WoW took the MMORPG scene and turned it on its head by setting an example which would be followed religiously by competitors for years to come.

To this day, no MMORPG can escape comparison to World of WarCraft.

World of Warcraft

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007)

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare epitomised the modern first-person shooter.

The first in the Call of Duty series to break away from the World War II setting, Modern Warfare provided gamers with a fantastic story, fresh new gameplay and intriguing setting.

Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare

Minecraft (2011)

Minecraft is one of the biggest games in history, and was developed by just one man.

The game is simple at heart, offering a procedurally-generated, endless virtual Lego world for gamers to play in – and the possibilities are endless.

From children to adults, gamers everywhere are becoming hooked on Minecraft.


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