Wednesday, August 17, 2011

5 classic computer games that shaped the world as we know it

Warning: The content of this post might induce nostalgia and dizziness. If symptoms persist after one hour, please go to your local game store or friendly neighborhood arcade to quench gaming thirst.

Final Fantasy, Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Angry Birds to name a few. These are the games not only kids but grown men and women are playing and obsessing about. Technology sure has a way of making these games look flashy and realistic, but rewind a decade or so when computer games were simple but packed a punch. These are the games that shaped what people are obsessing about today.

1. Tetris

Tetris is a classic puzzle video game created in 1984 that started it all. Everyone has probably heard of it. Problem solving and quick thinking is what's needed here to last long, and it wouldn't be surprising if it inspired all the video game creators of today back when they were little kids with their handheld brick games.

2. Super Mario Brothers

Named the best-selling video game of all time, and has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide. Hugely responsible for the success of Nintendo and one of the building blocks of the games of today. Like Tetris, it has also inspired many sequels, versions, clones, fans and more. You control Mario and Luigi and take them on a journey which also leaves you having to look for the princess in another castle.

3. Contra

In Contra, you control one or two commandos named Bill "Mad Dog" Rizer and Lance "Scorpion" Bean, who are sent on a mission to eliminate a terrorist group called the Red Falcon Organization that is planning to take over the world. The American storyline also changes the identity of "Red Falcon" from being the name of a terrorist organization to the name of an alien entity. The game has the making of all the platform games and FPS games that we see everywhere nowadays, like Half-Life, Call of Duty, Resident Evil and many more.

4. Street Fighter

Is a fighting game where you get to choose from a collection of fighters from all over the world, with different styles and techniques in your quest to become the best Street Fighter in the world. This game would also have it's fair share of sequels, spin-offs, crossovers, cartoon series and movies. And they all have Ryu in them.

5. Dragon Warrior

This game was where all the RPG gaming craze began. Although Dungeons and Dragons was one of the oldest RPGs, it was initially a Paper and Pencil game, not really fitting in this list. Dragon Warrior introduced role-playing on game consoles and was a precursor to the more modern RPGs today such as the Finaly Fantasy series, Zelda series and a lot more. 

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