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Offline KennyR

Landmark computer games of the 20th and 21st centuries
« on: June 03, 2003, 11:20:57 PM »
I was just thinking about some computer game landmarks. Can anyone suggest any?

What I mean by landmarks are games that defined a genre. They would not necessarily need to be the first of their kind, just the first that really pressed the genre into our collective concienceness. You don't need to like them. They don't need to be just for the Amiga. You don't even need to have played them. Just suggest some. ;-) (Note that GTA3, UT2003 and Counterstrike aren't landmarks, even if they happen to be popular today).

For example, I can give a few landmark games:

Space Invaders (landmark shooter)
The Bard's Tale (landmark RPG)
DOOM (landmark ego-shooter)
Syndicate
Grand Theft Auto
Civilisation
Populous (landmark "god game")

Any other suggestions?
 

Offline Caldrin

Re: Landmark computer games of the 20th and 21st centuries
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2003, 11:24:26 PM »
Tetris... Pong?
 

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Re: Landmark computer games of the 20th and 21st centuries
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2003, 11:24:56 PM »
Mega Lo Maina... 'Cos it was te first game that I actaully paid money for, that was a landmark...  :-D

Offline KennyR

Re: Landmark computer games of the 20th and 21st centuries
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2003, 11:28:00 PM »
Megalomania was good but it was not really a landmark - the Amiga market was full of god games at the time. Utopia, Populous, etc.
 

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Re: Landmark computer games of the 20th and 21st centuries
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2003, 11:32:08 PM »
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KennyR wrote:
Megalomania was good but it was not really a landmark - the Amiga market was full of god games at the time. Utopia, Populous, etc.


I can't think of any other game that I bought in 1990(1?) and I still play now....

Ok, Lemmings then... :-D

Offline Roj

Re: Landmark computer games of the 20th and 21st centuries
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2003, 11:34:06 PM »
Pac Man & Tetris
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Offline iamaboringperson

Re: Landmark computer games of the 20th and 21st centuries
« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2003, 11:40:18 PM »
super-mario brothers(one of the first scrolling platformers) that inspired a whole heap more (love em or hate em) platformers

doom or wolfenstein 3d - which ever you think is responsible for so many first person perspective shooters

zork

 

Offline KennyR

Re: Landmark computer games of the 20th and 21st centuries
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2003, 11:40:19 PM »
Lemmings, Tetris, Pong and Pac Man are all landmark games, definitely. :-)
 

Offline KennyR

Re: Landmark computer games of the 20th and 21st centuries
« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2003, 11:42:45 PM »
Ah, Wolfenstein - yes, that was the first ego-shooter but not really a landmark because it wasn't so impressive, and didn't really launch the ego-shooter as a game type. Its successor DOOM I would say was the landmark.

Super Mario Brothers (or just Mario Brothers at first?) is also a landmark, as is certainly Zork.
 

Offline PMC

Re: Landmark computer games of the 20th and 21st centuries
« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2003, 11:49:48 PM »
Here goes mine in approximate chronological order:

1) Pong = Okay so it wasn't quite the first, but it's close enough for me.

2) Space Invaders = The original shoot-em-up

3) Pacman = The first cult game character

4) Elite = Exploration?  Comnbat? Trading?  All there and has yet to be bettered IMHO

5) Outrun = This is what I'll be spending my pennies on in an arcade

6) Tetris = Defined the puzzle genre thanks to it's simplicity and availability on many platforms

7) Xenon II = Proved games could be cool thanks to the admittedly tenuous Bomb the Bass tie-in

8) Shadow of the Beast = Set a precident for eye/ear candy over content.  Sold many Amigas!

9) Mortal Kombat/Street Fighter = Defined the term "Special Move"

10) Wolfenstein = Original FPS

11) Tekken = Took the beat-em-up genre to a new level

12) Gran Turismo = Inspired thousands to buy Vauxhall Novas (old Opel Corsas) and fit howitzer sized exhausts

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Offline Bezzen

Re: Landmark computer games of the 20th and 21st centuries
« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2003, 11:50:39 PM »
Spacewar!
Donkey Kong / Mario Bros
Dragon Quest
Super Mario 64
Gauntlet
Elite
Tetris
Civilization

and a bunch of games I forgot.  :-D
 

Offline Phantom206

Re: Landmark computer games of the 20th and 21st centuries
« Reply #11 on: June 04, 2003, 10:30:04 PM »
It's not a computer game..... it's only computer

And that's AMIGA!!!

THAT'S a landmark for me... and you can't change it

For game how about Defender Of The Crown? Strategy mixed with Action... Superb game...
 

Offline seer

Re: Landmark computer games of the 20th and 21st centuries
« Reply #12 on: June 04, 2003, 10:33:32 PM »
Powermonger comes to mind.. First god/rts game in 3D ?
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Offline browny

Re: Landmark computer games of the 20th and 21st centuries
« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2003, 10:38:07 PM »
Weird Dreams,For being, Well..... WEIRD!! :-D
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Offline mpdox

Re: Landmark computer games of the 20th and 21st centuries
« Reply #14 on: June 04, 2003, 10:42:21 PM »
Nobody said anything yet about Dune 2 or Monkey Island? Hmm... I was playing Dune 2 until the next morning, wondering how I would resist during the next (boring) school hours... It started the real-time strategy genre, for sure...
And Monkey Island? I started to learn english with with it, playing a little, pausing, checking the dictionary... Ok, it didn't start anything originally, but during the time it was played, it was the greatest adventure game, something everything else was compared to...
Maybe I'm subjective, in fact, for sure I am, but for me, these games are important landmarks...
Now I'm so nostalgic, I'm pressing the submit button and getting the emulator back ASAP...
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