Video Games That Have Influenced Pop Culture

first_imgStay on target Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form If in 2018 you still haven’t realized what a big deal video games are you just haven’t been paying attention. Not only does the games industry bring in dough that rivals, and often surpasses, rival media like movies in music, games are also enjoyed by similarly huge and diverse global audiences. And when something has been this big for this long (the earliest arcade games are over 40 years old at this point) naturally it’s going to have a huge influence on culture.Not all games have had equally huge impacts though. It’s like how way more people can quote The Avengers than Thor: The Dark World. So here’s our list of the video game we think have most influenced pop culture, some still to this day. These games may have touched your life without you even realizing it!View as: One Page Slides1/111. Super Mario Bros.Let’s just get the obvious one out of the way. Mario is the freaking Mickey Mouse of video games. He’s the mascot of Nintendo, one of the most important and prominent players in the industry. And he’s the star of some of the best and most beloved games of all time. I maintain that the original Super Mario Bros. is the actual Citizen Kane of video games. 2. Pac-ManThere had been popular arcade games before Pac-Man. We easily could’ve put Pong on this list. But as far as games best experienced one quarter at a time, it’s pretty tough to top Pac-Man. He’s got an iconic look, instantly recognizable gameplay, a wife, and a hit song all to his name. Like Mario, Pac-Man is a game you know about even if you couldn’t care at all for video games. 3. HaloMicrosoft’s original Xbox didn’t exactly set the world on fire. But Halo was the one game that single handedly held up the entire console’s existence. There had been first-person shooters on console before, but it was the mega-popularity of Halo that helped turn the genre into arguably the biggest money-maker in modern video games. Plus it’s got Master Chief, and he’s a pretty cool guy.4. Tomb RaiderThe mid-1990s was something like another rebirth for the video games industry with the advent of polygonal graphics and the smash success of Sony’s first PlayStation console. With her archaeological adventures and sassy lady Indiana Jones swagger (female game characters were still somewhat rare) Lara Croft and Tomb Raider quickly became icons of not just gaming but also multiple films. 5. MinecraftIts creator may be a huge rich candy jerk, but Minecraft is easily one of the most important games of the last decade. What started as a weird unfinished underground PC secret somehow became the game everyone’s kids couldn’t get enough of. I guess “virtual Lego” is a pretty great pitch for a child. Minecraft is still influencing design today in games like Lego Worlds, Dragon Quest Builders, and even the hottest new game for the youth Fortnite.6. Mortal KombatIt may not be the first fighting game or the first good fighting game, but at least in America Mortal Kombat may be the most unforgettable fighting game. Its gory, “realistic” finishing moves sparked congressional investigations. But even after game violence became the norm, folks are still invested in the silly R-rated kung-fu adventures of Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Raiden, Johnny Cage, Jax, Sonya Blade, and so many more.7. PokemonAt this point, we wouldn’t be surprised if Pikachu and all its pocket monster friends actually make Nintendo more money than Mario. Pokemon caused a huge splash when it debuted over twenty years ago, and unlike so many other fads it has been an enduring phenomenon ever since. Remember Pokemon Go? We chalk up Pokemon’s success to not just its instantly recognizable characters and spin-off anime but the fact the accessible RPGs are legitimately great games. 8. TetrisTetris is perhaps the one perfect video game. It’s also one of the most played video games, having escaped the confines of the former USSR to become a worldwide puzzle sensation. It even helped popularize the idea of handheld gaming since the bite-sized brain teasers were a perfect fit for the original Game Boy. 9. Sonic the HedgehogRegardless of how bad his recent games may be, Sonic the Hedgehog on Sega Genesis basically took over gaming during the 1990s. More so than even Mario, every extreme fuzzy mascot was taking its cues from Sonic. The Nintendo-Sega console war is also a hugely influential part of video game culture, and Sonic is right at the center of it.10. Final Fantasy VIIFinal Fantasy VII propelled Square and the Japanese role-playing game genre to new heights on the PlayStation. It gave emo anime fans who camp out in bookstore manga sections two patron saints to choose from in the form of Cloud Strife and Sephiroth. And it also unzipped and unleashed Tetsuya Nomura’s design sensibilities onto the world. We still haven’t recovered. 11. DOOMDoom from iD Software isn’t the original first-person shooter but it is far and away the most important. Whether it was through shareware PC files or middling console ports, Doom blew so many minds in the early nineties by daring players to rebel against their parents and shoot Hell demons on Mars. It is one of the most most video game video games to have ever video gamed. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.AdChoices广告last_img

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