TIME Magazine has published a list of the 50 Greatest Games Ever, which includes titles ranging from the ancient arcade classic Pong to recent hits like Guitar Hero and Minecraft. Overall, the list is dominated by Nintendo, especially the Mario and Zelda series; nine of the fifty games on this list came from the company, and five come from those two series alone. Some of the games on this list, including Final Fantasy VII and Tetris, are often praised for being the “greatest games of all time,” but there are a few oddballs present on the list as well, like ESPN NFL 2K5 and Angry Birds.
The Tech team at TIME Magazine came up with this list by putting together over 150 possible nominees and then rating them based on their influence, popularity, and overall quality.
Here are the top twenty games on the list!
- Space Invaders
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- Half-Life 2
- Grand Theft Auto III
- Counter Strike
- SimCity 2000
- Final Fantasy VI
- Sid Meier’s Civilization IV
- World of Warcraft
- The Oregon Trail
- Super Mario Bros.
- The Legend of Zelda
- Ms. Pacman
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
- Super Mario 64
As you can see,
Tetris, the ever-famous puzzle game, got the top spot on the list. TIME awarded it this honor for its status as a “global phenomenon” and for its massive influence and universality. Tetris is arguably the best-selling game in history, with an estimated 495 million copies sold, and it has been present in some way on nearly every gaming platform since the original Game Boy.
To read the rest of the list, you can go
here. Along with the list itself, the article includes a detailed explanation of each game’s placement on the list, along with a few more details about the list’s creation.
What do you guys think? Does
Tetris deserve the top spot on the list? What about the other games, like Ocarina of Time, Super Mario 64, and Ms. Pacman? Are there any games you would like to see on this list? Sound off in the comments section below!