Back in the day when arcade games were all that we had, some games that were released at that time became super popular among children and teenagers. Let’s go back in time and talk about some of these games that changed the course of history in terms of video games!
Tetris has one of the most fascinating rises in gaming history. It begged the question – How did seven differently configured tetrominos dropping into a confined space make addicts of an estimated one billion players?
This isn’t a game about winning or losing, it’s about one of humans’ most basic habits, tidying up and finding a place for things! Putting shapes into place! Tetris was the game that helped video games take its first steps into the right direction. The game was created by coder Alexey Pajitnov who loved shape puzzles when he was young.
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The game was designed by Toru Iwatani. It replaced the shooting of spaceships and aliens with a cute mouth and ghosts. It’s truly an iconic game because everyone loved everything about it from its pill-littered maze, to its “waka waka” sound effects, to its brilliant kawaii character design.
It became a merchandising bag of money and was followed by a bunch of sequels! People to this day, will play this game if they get a chance to!
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Super Mario Bros 3
Super Mario Bros 3 is one of the best pure platformers ever made. Nintendo dominated the gaming space back in the 80’s and 90’s and they created something truly incredible with Super Mario Bros 3. A brilliantly constructed challenge introducing power-up costumes (including the famed tanooki suit), feisty enemies and myriad gameplay innovations.
With its non-linear, often highly experimental design it set the tone for Nintendo’s modern era, preparing us for diverse and revolutionary Mario titles such as Super Mario 64, Sunshine, Galaxy and Paper Mario.
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Just writing about some of these iconic games makes me feel proud to be a part of the gaming industry. These 3 games changed the course of gaming history and laid down the path for coders and programmers around the world to keep on creating video games that captured our imaginations!