Stolen Pixels #156: 2009

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Stolen Pixels #156: 2009

It's been a good four decades of games. Here's to a good four more.

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Taking me back in my years, lol. Still hard to imagine some games been so old, but, a great timeline!
 

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Oh, I had so much fun playing Donkey Kong during my childhood... and I'll never know how I managed to beat it in the end, I only wish I was still tat good at it... or could even find it...
Makes you realise how much has happened when you see that timeline...
 

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Pong to MW2, gameplay wise, has not come far.

Pong: It's a ball going from a line to another
MW2: It's bullets going from person to person
 

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Yay! One more year of Stolen Pixels!
OT: Wow....I knew Half-life would be mentioned at least once.
 

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Nice comic, but out of all the stuff that came out in 2009, the best you could come up with was Modern Warfare 2? A game that did nothing to advance its genre and inovate it in any way? Kinda seems out of place...
 

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Wow. I can only imagine how much work it must have been to put that comic together! Great work, Shamus!

I remember playing Pong at a friend's house in 1978(ish). I would have been 11 years old. I wasn't very good at it.

Leslee
 

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Greyfox105 said:
Oh, I had so much fun playing Donkey Kong during my childhood... and I'll never know how I managed to beat it in the end, I only wish I was still tat good at it... or could even find it...
Makes you realise how much has happened when you see that timeline...
As in the old arcade game?

You do realise that you can't "Beat it"?
 

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Zenode said:
Greyfox105 said:
Oh, I had so much fun playing Donkey Kong during my childhood... and I'll never know how I managed to beat it in the end, I only wish I was still that good at it... or could even find it...
Makes you realise how much has happened when you see that timeline...
As in the old arcade game?

You do realise that you can't "Beat it"?
No, the one on the Gameboy. Arcade machines are pretty rare around where I live.
 

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Greyfox105 said:
Zenode said:
Greyfox105 said:
Oh, I had so much fun playing Donkey Kong during my childhood... and I'll never know how I managed to beat it in the end, I only wish I was still that good at it... or could even find it...
Makes you realise how much has happened when you see that timeline...
As in the old arcade game?

You do realise that you can't "Beat it"?
No, the one on the Gameboy. Arcade machines are pretty rare around where I live.
lol ok then, because i had a massive facepalm moment when i thought you were referring to the one on the old Arcade machines haha.

I remember Donkey Kong Country on the SNES, that shit was challenging...come to think of it, most Donkey Kong games have been pretty hard
 

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We have come a long way...

Also, holy shit. Morrowind. It's 7 fucking years old. And 7 + 1330 = 1337.

See the conspiracy?
 

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Wow, Modern Warfare 2 huh?

It's a wonder how much money Kotick can spread around, isn't it?
 

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Very nice list. I completely forgot about Dig Dug. That was fun...

1997 - What happened to GoldenEye? Aww, well. Not that important, I guess.
 

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37 years? An interesting anniversy to pick ;) But indeed, it has been an overall good 37 years of gaming; and may many more follow!
 

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There were a few years which were incredibly dense with titles and it was impossible to do them justice. 1998, 1999, and 2004 were all huge years with multiple earth-shaking titles all showing up together.

Awww... you're not going to just say that and not give us a quick list for those years, are you? I mean, I could go do the research myself, but you've already done it, and if you posted it here then we wouldn't ALL have to go do it, and anyways I want effortless gratification and I want it now!

(Please?)
 

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Dev Null said:
There were a few years which were incredibly dense with titles and it was impossible to do them justice. 1998, 1999, and 2004 were all huge years with multiple earth-shaking titles all showing up together.

Awww... you're not going to just say that and not give us a quick list for those years, are you? I mean, I could go do the research myself, but you've already done it, and if you posted it here then we wouldn't ALL have to go do it, and anyways I want effortless gratification and I want it now!

(Please?)
1998:

StarCraft, Unreal, Fallout 2, Grim Fandango, Half-Life, Thief: The Dark Project, Baldur's Gate

Look at that. FIVE huge franchises launched that year.

1999:

System Shock 2, Quake III Arena, Unreal Tournament, Planescape: Torment, Age of Empires II, Sid Meier?s Alpha Centauri, Homeworld, Outcast, Rollercoaster Tycoon

Three franchises launched. (Unreal Tournament, Homeworld, and RCT)

2004:

FarCry, Thief: Deadly Shadows, Doom 3, Fable, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, EverQuest II, Half-Life 2, World of Warcraft, The Sims 2.
 

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Jandau said:
Nice comic, but out of all the stuff that came out in 2009, the best you could come up with was Modern Warfare 2? A game that did nothing to advance its genre and inovate it in any way? Kinda seems out of place...
mlkjhgfds said:
What do you mean where's the punchline ? "2009 - Modern Warfare 2"
Mantonio said:
Wow, Modern Warfare 2 huh?

It's a wonder how much money Kotick can spread around, isn't it?
-"My goal wasn't to pick out the "best" game of each year, but to pick out a historically significant title"

-MW2 is biggest game launch of all time, and still ridiculously popular online.
 

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CantFaketheFunk said:
-"My goal wasn't to pick out the "best" game of each year, but to pick out a historically significant title"

-MW2 is biggest game launch of all time, and still ridiculously popular online.
I know the goal wasn't to pick the best game, but rather the significant ones, that's why I found MW2 a perplexing choice. As I said, the game is in no way significant. As for its launch, it wasn't THAT big. "Significantly large" is World of Warcraft compared to all the MMOs before it (and after it), bringing the MMO genre into the mainstream spotlight. MW2 was bigger than most games at launch, but not by several orders of magnitude.

I was just a bit suprised at the choice for 2009. I'd have went for, say, Demon's Souls or something like that...
 

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Zenode said:
Greyfox105 said:
Oh, I had so much fun playing Donkey Kong during my childhood... and I'll never know how I managed to beat it in the end, I only wish I was still tat good at it... or could even find it...
Makes you realise how much has happened when you see that timeline...
As in the old arcade game?

You do realise that you can't "Beat it"?
The old cabinet style arcade games can be beat. Watch the documentary The King of Kong: A Fist Full of Quarters. The doc itself takes some liberties with its subjects, but it shows what the end of "King Kong" looks like.
 

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Jandau said:
I know the goal wasn't to pick the best game, but rather the significant ones, that's why I found MW2 a perplexing choice. As I said, the game is in no way significant. As for its launch, it wasn't THAT big. "Significantly large" is World of Warcraft compared to all the MMOs before it (and after it), bringing the MMO genre into the mainstream spotlight. MW2 was bigger than most games at launch, but not by several orders of magnitude.

I was just a bit suprised at the choice for 2009. I'd have went for, say, Demon's Souls or something like that...
From Wikipedia:

According to preliminary sales figures from Activision, Modern Warfare 2 sold approximately 4.7 million units in both the United States and the UK in the first 24 hours of its release. The total revenue from first day sales in the U.S. and the UK was $310 million, making Modern Warfare 2 the biggest entertainment launch in history, surpassing (in revenue) its predecessor, Grand Theft Auto IV,[76][77] as well as items from other media types.[78][79] After five days of sales, the game had earned revenue figures of $550 million worldwide.[80] Activision also claims that Modern Warfare 2 had 8 million players online within the first five days, constituting the largest 'army' of players in the world.[81]
 

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Actually Tennis for two was the first game ever. It was made in 58.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tennis_for_two
 

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Darkstar370 said:
From Wikipedia:

According to preliminary sales figures from Activision, Modern Warfare 2 sold approximately 4.7 million units in both the United States and the UK in the first 24 hours of its release. The total revenue from first day sales in the U.S. and the UK was $310 million, making Modern Warfare 2 the biggest entertainment launch in history, surpassing (in revenue) its predecessor, Grand Theft Auto IV,[76][77] as well as items from other media types.[78][79] After five days of sales, the game had earned revenue figures of $550 million worldwide.[80] Activision also claims that Modern Warfare 2 had 8 million players online within the first five days, constituting the largest 'army' of players in the world.[81]
Well, I'm proud of you for being able to look things up on Wikipedia, but I don't see what your point is...
 

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Every game on the list from 1991 on is a PC game, and quite a few of them are RTS. Huh.

Do you honestly believe that Duke Nukem 3D is more historically significant than Super Mario 64? What about Final Fantasy VII, which basically popularized JRPGs in the west like no game before it?

P.S. Thanks
 

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Jandau said:
Darkstar370 said:
From Wikipedia:

According to preliminary sales figures from Activision, Modern Warfare 2 sold approximately 4.7 million units in both the United States and the UK in the first 24 hours of its release. The total revenue from first day sales in the U.S. and the UK was $310 million, making Modern Warfare 2 the biggest entertainment launch in history, surpassing (in revenue) its predecessor, Grand Theft Auto IV,[76][77] as well as items from other media types.[78][79] After five days of sales, the game had earned revenue figures of $550 million worldwide.[80] Activision also claims that Modern Warfare 2 had 8 million players online within the first five days, constituting the largest 'army' of players in the world.[81]
Well, I'm proud of you for being able to look things up on Wikipedia, but I don't see what your point is...
You're saying you can't see how the biggest-selling piece of entertainment in history is historically significant?

Okay then.
 

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It's hard to imagine (to my stand point) on how far we've come in Gameplay, Graphics, audio, etc. HURRAY for technology! :D
 

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Shamus Young said:
You're saying you can't see how the biggest-selling piece of entertainment in history is historically significant?

Okay then.
If I may, I think he's saying that there are better choices you could take from this year that would better reflect the positive aspect of the gaming industry. MewTwo is indeed historically significant, but it is also a bit of a stain on the multicolored quilt that is the video games industry for many gamers.
 

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Shamus Young said:
You're saying you can't see how the biggest-selling piece of entertainment in history is historically significant?

Okay then.
Sigh... Thankfully, someone else got what I was trying to say:

theSovietConnection said:
If I may, I think he's saying that there are better choices you could take from this year that would better reflect the positive aspect of the gaming industry. MewTwo is indeed historically significant, but it is also a bit of a stain on the multicolored quilt that is the video games industry for many gamers.
The game cashed in. While that's nice, I still don't consider it a significant game, or at least not as significant as some other titles this year...
 

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I think deciding the historical impact of 2009 in 2009 is impossible. Or 2008 or even a few years earlier for that matter. Picking the big splash makes sense to me considering that the suggested alternative was a game I had to look up (not a bash against the game, just saying that gaining consensus now on anything *but* economic factors is impossible).
 

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Jandau said:
The game cashed in. While that's nice, I still don't consider it a significant game, or at least not as significant as some other titles this year...
And I think treating it as an invalid choice is completely unreasonable. You didn't just imply that there were better choices, you acted like it was completely unreasonable to include a game which...

Brace for all caps mode:

OUTSOLD EVERY OTHER VIDEOGAME, BOOK, MUSIC, AND MOVIE IN THE HISTORY OF THE HUMAN RACE.

End all caps mode.

Second-guessing the list is part of the conversation here, and by all means offer your own suggestions. There were lots of great titles this year and it will be interesting to see which ones are still being played five years from now. But the position that MW2 shouldn't be considered is simply untenable.
 

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Shamus Young said:
Jandau said:
The game cashed in. While that's nice, I still don't consider it a significant game, or at least not as significant as some other titles this year...
And I think treating it as an invalid choice is completely unreasonable. You didn't just imply that there were better choices, you acted like it was completely unreasonable to include a game which...

Brace for all caps mode:

OUTSOLD EVERY OTHER VIDEOGAME, BOOK, MUSIC, AND MOVIE IN THE HISTORY OF THE HUMAN RACE.

End all caps mode.

Second-guessing the list is part of the conversation here, and by all means offer your own suggestions. There were lots of great titles this year and it will be interesting to see which ones are still being played five years from now. But the position that MW2 shouldn't be considered is simply untenable.
Bitter PC gamers, of course.






 
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Man, seeing that Quake 3 picture takes me back...

And I'm suprised you dind't have Tetris on there.

The reason being is that its basically the most recognizable game in the world next to Mario. And you can buy it pretty much anywhere today, you can even search on google and find it as a free-to-play flash game.

But you can't get 'em all I guess.

Although I think Goldeneye for the N64 should have been on there. It basically started console the whole Console FPS generation.

Even compared to todays games, its still freaking amazing.

And even after all these years, whenever someone chooses to play as Oddjob, I still want to punch them in the face with the same passion as I did in 1997.

Ah, the good old days.
 

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Shamus Young said:
Jandau said:
The game cashed in. While that's nice, I still don't consider it a significant game, or at least not as significant as some other titles this year...
And I think treating it as an invalid choice is completely unreasonable. You didn't just imply that there were better choices, you acted like it was completely unreasonable to include a game which...

Brace for all caps mode:

OUTSOLD EVERY OTHER VIDEOGAME, BOOK, MUSIC, AND MOVIE IN THE HISTORY OF THE HUMAN RACE.

End all caps mode.

Second-guessing the list is part of the conversation here, and by all means offer your own suggestions. There were lots of great titles this year and it will be interesting to see which ones are still being played five years from now. But the position that MW2 shouldn't be considered is simply untenable.
Oh, consider it all you want. I just stated that I wouldn't pick it and that I was suprised that you did. Also, I stated that I don't think that making money makes it a significant contributor to gaming . It does make it a significant contributor to Activision's endless vault of gold, but to gaming as a medium it (in my opinion) didn't contribute anything, and arguably set a few things back. It's like saying that Transformers 2 was a significant movie because it did well on the box office...

Also, I did suggest an alternative - Demon's Souls. A great game that tries new concepts in the realm of online gaming and multiplayer. Cooperative and competitive play meshing seamlessly in a challenging game that breathes fresh air into the Action RPG genre, being both widely critically acclaimed and loved by the players, without any stigma of controversy regarding its content or developmet.

But if monetary success is the criteria you want to go with, then sure, slightly spiffied up version of Modern Warfare 1 fueled by an ungodly marketing campaign and hype, adding another yet another specimen into the already overpopulated FPS genre is a perfectly fine choice...
 

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CantFaketheFunk said:
Shamus Young said:
Jandau said:
The game cashed in. While that's nice, I still don't consider it a significant game, or at least not as significant as some other titles this year...
And I think treating it as an invalid choice is completely unreasonable. You didn't just imply that there were better choices, you acted like it was completely unreasonable to include a game which...

Brace for all caps mode:

OUTSOLD EVERY OTHER VIDEOGAME, BOOK, MUSIC, AND MOVIE IN THE HISTORY OF THE HUMAN RACE.

End all caps mode.

Second-guessing the list is part of the conversation here, and by all means offer your own suggestions. There were lots of great titles this year and it will be interesting to see which ones are still being played five years from now. But the position that MW2 shouldn't be considered is simply untenable.
Bitter PC gamers, of course.
I'm going to take that joke seriously for a second because...well Andy Chalk had an article about the fact that now we can actually get a message across to the developers. For better or worse really. L4D2 boycott and the MW2 backlash is a little more significant than I thought.
 

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Waste of toilet paper list for one reason: You missed EverQuest. There is no WoW without EverCrack, and WoW is as much derived from EQ as that game was derived from Dungeons and Dragons. Love your work, this list is a steaming pile of shit.
 

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Dirty Apple said:
Zenode said:
Greyfox105 said:
Oh, I had so much fun playing Donkey Kong during my childhood... and I'll never know how I managed to beat it in the end, I only wish I was still tat good at it... or could even find it...
Makes you realise how much has happened when you see that timeline...
As in the old arcade game?

You do realise that you can't "Beat it"?
The old cabinet style arcade games can be beat. Watch the documentary The King of Kong: A Fist Full of Quarters. The doc itself takes some liberties with its subjects, but it shows what the end of "King Kong" looks like.
I have watched that documentary, and yes i realise what the "end" of it looks like, it just ends with a random wipe or as is better known the killscreen.

"Beating it" for a game for me means you have to finish the end level, and since this isn't possible in Donkey Kong then there is no way to finish it. I understand where you are coming from though
 

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You know, as soon as I saw this list, I knew there were going to be people on here going "MEWTWO!? OH NOES!!!". It's getting pathetic.

Here's to (almost) four decades of gaming, and here's to another four to come, I hope it's only going to get better!
 

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Chipperz said:
You know, as soon as I saw this list, I knew there were going to be people on here going "MEWTWO!? OH NOES!!!". It's getting pathetic.

Here's to (almost) four decades of gaming, and here's to another four to come, I hope it's only going to get better!
Ill Drink [small]soda[/small] to that!

I like the list, my only problem was that Ocarina of Time wasn't on it.
But thats just my LoZ fanboy talking.
Here is to another year!
Thank you Escapist Staff and my fellow escapist for making this the great site it is!
 

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Waste of toilet paper list for one reason: You missed EverQuest. There is no WoW without EverCrack, and WoW is as much derived from EQ as that game was derived from Dungeons and Dragons. Love your work, this list is a steaming pile of shit.
While I certainly disagree with the "steaming pile of shit" crack, I agree that if you were going to historical significance, the game that pretty much gave birth to MMOs has to make the list.
 

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Covarr said:
Every game on the list from 1991 on is a PC game, and quite a few of them are RTS. Huh.

Do you honestly believe that Duke Nukem 3D is more historically significant than Super Mario 64? What about Final Fantasy VII, which basically popularized JRPGs in the west like no game before it?

P.S. Thanks
Basically when people make a list like this, they will never ever win. As we will never all agree!
 

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EverQuest? The game that gave birth to MMOs? Hardly. It just popularized them.

The game that gave birth to them would be Essex MUD, aka MUD1. 1978. The first online multiplayer game.
 

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Jandau said:
Nice comic, but out of all the stuff that came out in 2009, the best you could come up with was Modern Warfare 2? A game that did nothing to advance its genre and inovate it in any way? Kinda seems out of place...
Yea I was playing it yesterday and I noticed something, the sounds are the same since CoD 2!!! It's the same recycled game over and over, it just looks prettier now, and not by much.
 

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CantFaketheFunk said:
Bitter PC gamers, of course.
I am a PC gamer, but I am not bitter. Nor will I be held responsible for the forthcoming arson of your shed in your backyard. I was in Cleveland at the time. Honest! o.o
Vault boy Eddie said:
Jandau said:
Nice comic, but out of all the stuff that came out in 2009, the best you could come up with was Modern Warfare 2? A game that did nothing to advance its genre and inovate it in any way? Kinda seems out of place...
Yea I was playing it yesterday and I noticed something, the sounds are the same since CoD 2!!! It's the same recycled game over and over, it just looks prettier now, and not by much.
Which makes me giggle, with all the crying about Left 4 Dead 2, I haven't heard one person complain that MW2 is really nothing more than an expansion. WHICH IT IS!
I for one find your list relevant, Shamus.(Except Goldeneye should have been there for 97, but that's just a small itty bitty point) And I would like to challenge the detractors to share their own lists of a game from each year for the last 40. It is easy to tear down something, why not show some stuff and build something instead?
 

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We have come a long way...

Also, holy shit. Morrowind. It's 7 fucking years old. And 7 + 1330 = 1337.

See the conspiracy?
You know it feels like only yesterday that I was reading an article in Dragon magazine about Bethesda's upcoming fantasy game with an innovative new construction set. Has it really been seven years since then? I feel old now.
 

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Zenode said:
Greyfox105 said:
Zenode said:
Greyfox105 said:
Oh, I had so much fun playing Donkey Kong during my childhood... and I'll never know how I managed to beat it in the end, I only wish I was still that good at it... or could even find it...
Makes you realise how much has happened when you see that timeline...
As in the old arcade game?

You do realise that you can't "Beat it"?
No, the one on the Gameboy. Arcade machines are pretty rare around where I live.
lol ok then, because i had a massive facepalm moment when i thought you were referring to the one on the old Arcade machines haha.

I remember Donkey Kong Country on the SNES, that shit was challenging...come to think of it, most Donkey Kong games have been pretty hard
I remember the SNES one being challenging, but not that challenging.

Really wish Nintendo could stop releasing Mario games long enough to release a new old DK game.
 
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Shimeru said:
EverQuest? The game that gave birth to MMOs? Hardly. It just popularized them.

The game that gave birth to them would be Essex MUD, aka MUD1. 1978. The first online multiplayer game.
EQ is still going though. And still getting expansions. Or are we going to say that MewTwo invented FPS's now? I thought we'd got over that with HALO.
 

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2010 is gonna be apocalypse, you could easily pick 20 groudquaking games(and that is only for PC), but nobody has time to play that much stuff!
 

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I'm going to be that guy and say that Mass Effect came out in 2008, not 2007. Personally I would have put TF2 in 2007 and Gears of War 2 in 2008 purely because of how it popularized additional content like Horde, Nazi Zombie, Spec Ops etc. Either that or Braid for bringing Arty/Indie games to a greater audience, myself included.

Good list.
 

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CantFaketheFunk said:
Shamus Young said:
Jandau said:
The game cashed in. While that's nice, I still don't consider it a significant game, or at least not as significant as some other titles this year...
And I think treating it as an invalid choice is completely unreasonable. You didn't just imply that there were better choices, you acted like it was completely unreasonable to include a game which...

Brace for all caps mode:

OUTSOLD EVERY OTHER VIDEOGAME, BOOK, MUSIC, AND MOVIE IN THE HISTORY OF THE HUMAN RACE.

End all caps mode.

Second-guessing the list is part of the conversation here, and by all means offer your own suggestions. There were lots of great titles this year and it will be interesting to see which ones are still being played five years from now. But the position that MW2 shouldn't be considered is simply untenable.
Bitter PC gamers, of course.
Many a true word is spoken in jest.

If you don't think being one of the most successful game of all time is significant then you can also look at the controversey it caused, It was mentioned in the houses of parliament, while we have troops in Iraq, are in a recession, are losing troops daily in Afghanistan, are angry as hell with MPs fiddling their expenses... It's not like it's been a quiet year so someone dropped it in conversation.

How about one of the first mainstream FPS titles to ditch dedicated servers? I think it deserved the mention.

My addition to the conversation comes during 1992. Was Alone in the Dark really more influential than Dune II: Battle for Arrakis? That was the birth of RTS. No one had micro before that point.
 

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MW2? Oh, no no! It's the same thing as MW1. And there's no BIG difference between other shooters.
You can't say that something is ''historically significant'' only because it's popular. It's like saying that Jonas Brothers and Twilight it historically significant and should be remembered as much as ..eh.. Beatles and Citizen Kane.
 

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It's not just about selling a lot, folks. It's about selling more than any other form of entertainment media. We've been heading in that direction for a while now, but this is the first time it's actually happened. Sure, other games, movies, and books will likely supplant the accomplishment, but nevertheless, it's a watershed moment for gaming, whether you like the title in question or not.
 

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Choosing Prince of Persia over Tetris personally miffs me quite a bit and I also have my fair share of doubts for 2005-2009 games. But other than that, it's a good list.

The most important question to ask is: Will they remain great games in, say, 10-20 years or utterly forgotten? Only time and the benefit of hindsight will really tell whether these games were really all that great or just competent.
 

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Now, was 2006 just completely devoid of other good games, or do I just completely not grasp the significance of Half-Life 2: Episode 1?

It was a decent game, not as geat as HL2 but not bad in any reguards... but I have a hard time believing nothing better/more significant came out then...
 

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LOL it seems to be that things have come full circle today with only a small number of meaningful titles released at the same time (holiday season) and surrounded by hundreds of pieces of shovelware.
 

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awesome, now you'll make us feel old. but no, this is really cool and glad you made it. imagine how big it will be in the year 2020. that would be fun.
 

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The_root_of_all_evil said:
Shimeru said:
EverQuest? The game that gave birth to MMOs? Hardly. It just popularized them.

The game that gave birth to them would be Essex MUD, aka MUD1. 1978. The first online multiplayer game.
EQ is still going though. And still getting expansions. Or are we going to say that MewTwo invented FPS's now? I thought we'd got over that with HALO.
Sure. And it wouldn't have been a bad choice, but if you're sticking to one MMO, either the first (MUD1) or the most popular (WoW) would be the more obvious option.

Although Everquest was the first widespread 3D one, which'd be another point in its favor.

Tetris is probably the biggest missing game from the list. I suppose King's Quest was there to represent the adventure genre, which was big for a while.

The Last Express is another big one as far as innovation goes, but it'd be up against Fallout, which is a far less obscure choice.

And another personal favorite, Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Really Long Subtitle, was a pretty broad sandbox-style RPG with multiple paths and a good deal of customization, a year before Morrowind. But the same year as GTA3, which is again less obscure.

Lots of FPSes in the more recent years, come to think of it.
 

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Great time line man. I forgot Mass Effect was made in 2007. I enjoyed reading it as I do nearly all of Stolen Pixels. Happy New Year.
 

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Every game on the list is historically significant. Sure he could have added more, but then it wouldn't be a comic strip... it would be closer to a novel.
 

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Shamus Young said:
OUTSOLD EVERY OTHER VIDEOGAME, BOOK, MUSIC, AND MOVIE IN THE HISTORY OF THE HUMAN RACE.
The Bible would like to have a word with you about the bolded section.

If I may offer up my personal alternative, though, Halo Wars. I know I will likely get flamed for this, but at least hear me out and read what I'm about to say.

Halo Wars was the last game of Ensemble Studios, developer of the massively acclaimed Age of Empires series. Losing a name like that is surely a significant occurrence, and is something many gamers lament from this year.

Secondly, Halo Wars was also a return of the series to its RTS roots. Again, the return of a series as well known as Halo to the roots it started off at is, to me at least, another significant accomplishment.

Thirdly, Halo Wars is among, if not still the best selling RTS on the consoles. Surely this is in itself another significant event.

That's my take on it anyways. I know I'm not liable to change your mind, but hey, take this for what it's worth.
 

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I was so sure that on 2009, you would show Wii Sport Resort and write WTF with big letters.
 

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So, not that i want to hoot and holler or anything

But you didnt even mention Metal Gear Solid in your list of 1998 games.

That makes me sad that you overlooked that one.
 

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I was half expecting it to end on an image of the New Super Mario brothers game... would of been funnier... we came all this way only to turn around.
 

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Dude, *sob* you're making me all nostalgic *snivel*. Stop it man *blub*.

At 32 and gaming since I was about 4 I remember most of that list. Damn I'm a sentimental old fool.
 

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theSovietConnection said:
Shamus Young said:
OUTSOLD EVERY OTHER VIDEOGAME, BOOK, MUSIC, AND MOVIE IN THE HISTORY OF THE HUMAN RACE.
The Bible would like to have a word with you about the bolded section.
No, it's true... as long as you go by the criteria Activision used to make their claim. Namely, first-24-hour sales only, and in North America and the UK only, and based on total revenue gained (that is, not adjusted for inflation, and not unit sales).

Seems a bit less impressive when you take all of that into account, doesn't it?

Edit: To put this in perspective, MW2 sold around 4.7 million units in those areas in the first 24 hours. The last Harry Potter book sold almost 11 million units in the same areas in the same time period.
 

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Shimeru said:
No, it's true... as long as you go by the criteria Activision used to make their claim. Namely, first-24-hour sales only, and in North America and the UK only, and based on total revenue gained (that is, not adjusted for inflation, and not unit sales).

Seems a bit less impressive when you take all of that into account, doesn't it?

Edit: To put this in perspective, MW2 sold around 4.7 million units in those areas in the first 24 hours. The last Harry Potter book sold almost 11 million units in the same areas in the same time period.
That does seem like something Activision would do. Thanks for bringing that up, good to know.
 

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OMG...I feel sad looking at this list and realizing the literally THOUSANDS of hous of my life that I have spent in front of a computer.
 

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i actually think that duke nukem looks better than god of war, might be the uncanny valley i have heard so much about :)

and it may be because it was the only bioware title i didn't like, but i dont get why mass effect was on there, much like how i don't get how my sister can be related to me.
 

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OMG...I feel sad looking at this list and realizing the literally THOUSANDS of hous of my life that I have spent in front of a computer.
You should not feel sad, be proud of a hobby that has stayed with you all your life. Something that has provided countless hours of entertainment. =)
 

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It is definitely odd that Tetris doesn't appear, and why Episode 1 made the grade instead of just HL2.

Still a decent list though, it's nice to look at.
 

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O man, Ultima 3!! I still remember when I got that for my Nintendo but was too young and foolish to understand what I held in my hands. Now the Nintendo and cartridge are both gone and I am left with nothing but dreams of what could have been.
 

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theSovietConnection said:
Shimeru said:
No, it's true... as long as you go by the criteria Activision used to make their claim. Namely, first-24-hour sales only, and in North America and the UK only, and based on total revenue gained (that is, not adjusted for inflation, and not unit sales).

Seems a bit less impressive when you take all of that into account, doesn't it?

Edit: To put this in perspective, MW2 sold around 4.7 million units in those areas in the first 24 hours. The last Harry Potter book sold almost 11 million units in the same areas in the same time period.
That does seem like something Activision would do. Thanks for bringing that up, good to know.
Well that is because it is what they did. They had the best entertainment launch in history, not the best selling product in history.
 

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I'm feeling slightly disappointed that The Witcher doesn't make the appearance on this list, at least as a honorary runner-up. Still, thanks for compiling it, at least to let us youngins know what significant games there have been in the past years..
 

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Really liked the list. It would make a nice poster in my wall, BTW.
And, certainly, MW2 is relevant. Historically relevant doesn't mean "good", nor "revolutionary". But I sure hope upcoming titles get to be relevant for content and gameplay, and not for hype.
 

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ElArabDeMagnifico said:
theSovietConnection said:
Shimeru said:
No, it's true... as long as you go by the criteria Activision used to make their claim. Namely, first-24-hour sales only, and in North America and the UK only, and based on total revenue gained (that is, not adjusted for inflation, and not unit sales).

Seems a bit less impressive when you take all of that into account, doesn't it?

Edit: To put this in perspective, MW2 sold around 4.7 million units in those areas in the first 24 hours. The last Harry Potter book sold almost 11 million units in the same areas in the same time period.
That does seem like something Activision would do. Thanks for bringing that up, good to know.
Well that is because it is what they did. They had the best entertainment launch in history, not the best selling product in history.
They had the best first-day video game sales in history. Not the best entertainment launch unless you go by the gross (and neglect to adjust for inflation). It sold fewer units than many books or movies do, but the revenue was greater because it has a higher price point.

It's still an achievement, but it's not as huge as they're hyping it up to be.
 

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Really good list. Though I can't understand why Duke Nukem 3D outsmarts Quake or why HL2; EP1 made a bigger smash then Gears of War or Company of Heroes.
 

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MW2 was very significant. It showed us that whilst games are now popular, the masses still don't really get it.
 

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Command_%26_conquer_red_alert

No C&C? I'm stunned to say the least.
 

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Just want to note that the screenshot for Ultima III is actually Ultima: Exodus, the NES port of Ultima III.