Which is the most influential video game in the last 30 years?

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This is some research for my EPQ, but which video game do you think is the most influential in the last 30/40 years? Could you also explain why, thanks. By influential I mean socially, economically, legally etc, so something like Tetris, GTA, Mario or Pokemon would be up there.
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It surely has to be Pac-Man.

It re-vamped the entire gaming industry. Brought video gaming into the mainstream, opened it up to entire new audiences, defined an entirely new genre, spawned a massive pop culture craze, and earned its creators a metric ****-ton of money to boot. No game has ever really come close to the kind of revolution that Pac-Man brought, and quite possibly never will.
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GTA in terms of graphics and realism.
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GTA in terms of graphics and realism.
Realism?!
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Realism?!
I meant realism in terms of how real the game looks like. Not the controversies or its society etc.
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GTA in terms of graphics and realism.
Strange choice, i'm not sure anything about the GTA franchise was groundbreaking.

Anyway my choice would be something like Pokemon for bringing the handheld games console to the masses. Never has a single franchise spun off so many different products, tv series, mechandise etc. and without it handheld consoles would never have existed, maybe not even the iPhone/smartphone.
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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of time, it was quite a revolution for 3D open world action games. Nintendo taught the gaming industry how to integrate many different features into one flowing game.
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Strange choice, i'm not sure anything about the GTA franchise was groundbreaking.

Anyway my choice would be something like Pokemon for bringing the handheld games console to the masses. Never has a single franchise spun off so many different products, tv series, mechandise etc. and without it handheld consoles would never have existed, maybe not even the iPhone/smartphone.
It was Tetris that sold Game Boys, Pokémon just kept things ticking over. Of course in terms of cultural spread Pokémon's managed far, far more than Tetris did, and certainly isn't showing any signs of stopping. Although I'm pretty sure the Mario series is bigger in terms of products. :holmes:
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Did you watch "Charlie Brooker: Videogames Changed the World"?

It was on channel 4 back in November and it pretty much addressed this but they looked at 25 influential games as opposed to 1. The games they looked at are listed here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_Vid...nged_the_World and I expect you'll be able to find the program online somewhere. Probably worth watching.
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It was Tetris that sold Game Boys, Pokémon just kept things ticking over. Of course in terms of cultural spread Pokémon's managed far, far more than Tetris did, and certainly isn't showing any signs of stopping. Although I'm pretty sure the Mario series is bigger in terms of products. :holmes:
Tetris alone would not have sustained the handheld market for any length of time.

Mario doesn't have quite the mass media reach that Pokemon does, in terms of products maybe it's bigger but if you ask any random person in the street what Mario is, most of them will tell you the answer. If you ask any random person in the street what Pokemon is, i'd bet not a single person would not know.
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Did you watch "Charlie Brooker: Videogames Changed the World"?

It was on channel 4 back in November and it pretty much addressed this but they looked at 25 influential games as opposed to 1. The games they looked at are listed here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_Vid...nged_the_World and I expect you'll be able to find the program online somewhere. Probably worth watching.
It's funny how I disagree with virtually all those games. They're probably all very memorable to gamers, but outside the gaming community most people won't even have heard of half of them.
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Mario I suppose, seeing as it kinda changed gaming world in a sense. Though one could say the Call of Duty series. It is really the most popular, best-selling, and best known video game in the last 30 years, and its sales have trumped movie releases. So either one I'd say
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Wolfenstein 3D, it led to the Doom Engine, which led to all FPS as we know it.

Apart from anything else, it was also released free. It also worked with the very rudimentary Hercules Graphics Cards that many PCs had back then.
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I think Carmageddon trumps GTA in terms of influence because the 3D GTA seemed to borrow so heavily from it. Although I may be biased as I thought it was a far better game than the original top down GTA games that were out at the same time. It also deserves bonus points because some elements were up in arms about the violence of the game.

I would throw in the names of Civilisation, Football Manager and Doom as very influential games from the point of view of a PC gamer. I'm tempted to mention Dune II because it was the forerunner of Command and Conquer and Warcraft, but the real time strategy genre seems to have died a quiet death.
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It's funny how I disagree with virtually all those games. They're probably all very memorable to gamers, but outside the gaming community most people won't even have heard of half of them.
Aside from controversies, games don't tend to be influential outside of the gaming community.
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Aside from controversies, games don't tend to be influential outside of the gaming community.
That's why i listed one of the ones that was, Pokemon.
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Forgot to mention Elite.
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Tetris alone would not have sustained the handheld market for any length of time.

Mario doesn't have quite the mass media reach that Pokemon does, in terms of products maybe it's bigger but if you ask any random person in the street what Mario is, most of them will tell you the answer. If you ask any random person in the street what Pokemon is, i'd bet not a single person would not know.
True perhaps, but it's Tetris that got the handhelds into every kid's pocket. Pokémon would never have been so successful were it not for that humongous head-start, I reckon. And despite how simplistic it is, it's worth noting that Tetris still sells by the bucketload.

Not that I'm downplaying the 'mons at all, you understand. Last I checked the world still had somewhat of a lacking of sixteen different Tetris feature films. :p:
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True perhaps, but it's Tetris that got the handhelds into every kid's pocket. Pokémon would never have been so successful were it not for that humongous head-start, I reckon. And despite how simplistic it is, it's worth noting that Tetris still sells by the bucketload.

Not that I'm downplaying the 'mons at all, you understand. Last I checked the world still had somewhat of a lacking of sixteen different Tetris feature films. :p:
That's kinda what i'm getting at

We're both right in respects anyway since "influential" could mean anything really.
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Flappy Bird.

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