Video Games HIStory, ’72-’07

If you were trying to sum up the history of video games, what would you put on the list? Here is a cool new video that sums up the “history of video games” in 5 minutes. Though I’m sure that no such list could satisfy everyone’s tastes, I’d say the video did a pretty good job of identifying all of the games that were considerably different than anything put before them (ie they didn’t list Megaman 2 etc). That being said, I am absolutely stunned that Oregon Trail, Zork, Asteriods, and even a few newer games like Portal were omitted from the list.

I’ve played 104 74 of the 144 114 listed. Rather than list the games I have played, here are the games I haven’t:

2007 Bioshock (Xbox 360)
2007 Motorstorm (Playstation 3)
2006 Viva Pinata (Xbox 360)
2006 Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Xbox 360)
2006 Sam & Max Episodes 1-6 (PC)
2006 FIFA Soccer ’07 (Xbox 360)
2006 Final Fantasy XII (Playstation 2)
2005 God of War (Playstation)
2005 World of WarCraft (PC)
2004 Rome Total War (PC)
2004 Wario Ware Inc. (Gamecube)
2003 Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Gamecube)
2003 Call of Duty (PC)
2002 Ratchet & Clanck (Playstation 2)
2002 WarCraft 3 (PC)
2001 Grand Theft Auto III (Playstation 2)
2000 The Sims (PC)
2000 Pokemon Gold/Silver (Gameboy Color)
1999 RollerCoaster Tycoon (PC)
1998 Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo 64)
1997 Final Fantasy 7 (Playstation)
1996 Dead or Alive (Arcade)
1996 NiGHTS Into Dream (Saturn)
1995 Ace Combat (Playstation)
1995 Chrono Trigger (SNES)
1994 Worms (PC)
1994 Donkey Kong Country (SNES)
1994 The Settlers (PC)
1993 SimCity 2000 (PC)
1993 FIFA Soccer ’94 (Genesis)
1993 Sam & Max Hit the Road (PC)
1992 Indiana Jones & the Fate of Atlantis (PC)
1992 Dune II (PC)
1992 Sensible Soccer (PC)
1990 Secret of Monkey Island (PC)
1990 Commander Keen (PC)
1987 Maniac Mansion (PC)
1987 Leisure Suit Larry (PC)
1986 Space Quest (PC)


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8 responses to “Video Games HIStory, ’72-’07”

  1. […] it turns out that may have been true. Of the 114 games listed in this video (via DocPop), I’ve played 83. Here are the 31 that I somehow skipped. As a side note, the biggest […]

  2. Kevin Cheng Avatar

    There’s actually 114 games, not 144. Looks like I played a lot more than I thought: http://kevnull.com/2008/04/history-of-video-games-1972-2007.html

  3. doc Avatar

    Oh shit, you just ruined my night…
    Here I thought I only missed about 1/3rd of the games presented, when I have actually only played a little more than half.
    I thought there were 144, so I counted the ones I missed (40) and subtracted that to figure that I had played 104.

  4. Kevin Cheng Avatar

    Time to play catchup then, non?

    I’d recommend just about all the adventure games you missed there if you like those (Sam & Max, Leisure Suit Larry). Worms is a hoot especially with friends. Bioshock is terrifying and a great experience with the lights out. God of War and its sequels are gratuitous but gorgeous.

  5. Drew Avatar
    Drew

    neat! really reminded me of how much i love video games. i’m just assuming you’re not an RPG fan if you missed chrono trigger, FF7 and ocarina of time. you should really play one/some/all of the warioware games, though, they’re incredibly creative and fun.

  6. doc Avatar

    Yeah, I don’t really get into role playing games. Zelda was about as role playing as I got. I would like to try God of War, Bioshock, and Portal sometime though.

  7. ben Avatar

    Great list! I know duneII and gods of war are still played by people at our video game company.

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