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#1 Posted by ISuperGamerI (1880 posts) -

Welcome to THE QUESTION 7

 
This question is in relation to anything in history, including the history of games. So looking back at the history of mankind, what do you think is the most important moment in history? Please write an explanation for your choice, so we can have interesting discussions and not just one word answers. I think that this question is one of the most interesting questions.
#2 Posted by LordXavierBritish (6320 posts) -

When the universe was created. 
 
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#3 Posted by Muttinus_Rump (814 posts) -

Cliche answer: This moment.
Smart ass answer: The Big Bang.
My answer: I dunno, i'll have to think about it.

#4 Posted by Cwaff (1260 posts) -

The creation of Giantbomb.

#5 Posted by limewizard (192 posts) -

The invention of sliced bread. 
 
And the moment in the future will be the death of Justin Bieber.

#6 Edited by fisher81 (535 posts) -

The successful implementation of online multiplayer in games. Where would we be today without Modern Warfare or Halo? 
 
EDIT: Misread the question. I'll say . . . the aftermath of World War II. 
 
ANOTHER EDIT: Apparently, people are too retarded to click to the next page. i'm not saying that they invented it, but that they catapulted the movement.

#7 Posted by akamu (28 posts) -
#8 Posted by DG991 (1344 posts) -
@fisher81: Please don't tell me your giving those games credit for doing that? 
 
And I guess it would be the creation of the universe however that happened. But then again... when there was nothing, nothing was important... before humans, nothing was important to us. It's a tough question but I still think it would be the creation of the universe because without that nothing is important. 
#9 Edited by ISuperGamerI (1880 posts) -
@fisher81 said:

" The successful implementation of online multiplayer in games. Where would we be today without Modern Warfare or Halo?  EDIT: Misread the question. I'll say . . . the aftermath of World War II. "

Nah man you didn't misread the question, it can be about anything you want. :)
#10 Posted by Mmmslash (2166 posts) -

If I had to place my marbles somewhere, the most important moment in history, for me, was the assassination of Harvey Milk.

#11 Posted by Icemael (6312 posts) -

The moment I was conceived. Without that, I wouldn't be able to sit here and think about what I consider the most important historical moment.

#12 Posted by Elazul (1327 posts) -

It was the day that Isaac Newton split the atom after seeing Christopher Columbus fall out of a tree and get into a bath.

#13 Posted by Video_Game_King (36012 posts) -

It probably hasn't happened yet.

#14 Posted by gingertastic_10 (4141 posts) -
@Video_Game_King said:
" It probably hasn't happened yet. "
#15 Posted by WoodenPlatypus (1365 posts) -

My birth :P
#16 Posted by BraveToaster (12590 posts) -

Same as LordXavierBritish's choice.

#17 Posted by LtSquigs (253 posts) -

The Industrial Revolution. The introduction of the idea that you can own your ideas and make money off of inventing started a technological firestorm that hasn't ended yet. 
 
Other than that World War II, for obvious reasons.

#18 Posted by FlipperDesert (2081 posts) -

When I made this very post.

#19 Posted by BestUsernameEver (4825 posts) -

Aftermath of World war II pretty much defines modern society today. The most important moment in history to be honest is an awful question, a better one is 'what is the most important moment in modern history?' Which pretty much sums up Medieval to now. 

#20 Posted by Jasta (2217 posts) -
@Video_Game_King said:
" It probably hasn't happened yet. "
#21 Posted by MooseyMcMan (10475 posts) -

When the Romans killed Jesus.  I'm not trying to be religious here, but if it weren't for the religion based around him, history would be completely different. For example, the Crusades never would have happened. Chances are antisemitism wouldn't have been as extreme without Christianity, so The Holocaust may not have happened. There's so many things that would have happened differently that I can't possibly list them all.  
 
But here's one that impacts gamers. Without this happening, Dante would never have written the Divine Comedy, and Dante's Inferno the game would not have happened. Which may have been a good thing. 

#22 Posted by SJSchmidt93 (4884 posts) -

Couldn't tell you, because only the last, what? 10,000 years are accurately recorded, right? And how long has the Earth existed?

#23 Posted by ThatFrood (3373 posts) -

For the people who are saying "it hasn't happened yet"... 
uh. You do know what the word "history" means, right? Shit in the past. So for you to say "it hasn't happened yet" makes no sense.

#24 Posted by dunderri (161 posts) -

When Saddam was hanged and everyone saw it cause of the video!

#25 Edited by luce (4045 posts) -

#26 Posted by Whisperkill (2969 posts) -

Umm I don't even know what to call it. The beggining of everything? Before time. I believe it is theorized that the big bang and the creation of the universe is cyclic so I would have to say whatever started it.

#27 Posted by fisher81 (535 posts) -
@DG991:  I'm not saying that they started it, I'm just saying that they catapulted the shit out of the movement.
#28 Posted by fishmicmuffin (1041 posts) -

For modern society, probably the aftermath of WWII. For the entirety of the planet... I have no idea. 

#29 Posted by ISuperGamerI (1880 posts) -

I'm reading some interesting answers, keep it going guys!

#30 Posted by mrfizzy (1519 posts) -

In the history of the universe, probs the transformation of earth from lump of space rock to planet capable of supporting life.  
In the history of humans, the day one of our ancestors realised it was way easier to skin an animal using a sharp rock and though "yeah, i could probs make a habit of this".  
In the history of games i would have to say the last generation in general (PS2, X-Box, Gamecube) coz it moved the games industry from "were a company of 15 people and we make video games" to "were a multinational corporation that makes and distributes video games, we also make millions in profit every year for our shareholders". 
In the history of me, aside from my actual creation, i would have to say the time between me leaving high school and now (almost three years).   

#31 Posted by mrfizzy (1519 posts) -
@MooseyMcMan said:
" When the Romans killed Jesus.  I'm not trying to be religious here, but if it weren't for the religion based around him, history would be completely different. For example, the Crusades never would have happened. Chances are antisemitism wouldn't have been as extreme without Christianity, so The Holocaust may not have happened. There's so many things that would have happened differently that I can't possibly list them all.   But here's one that impacts gamers. Without this happening, Dante would never have written the Divine Comedy, and Dante's Inferno the game would not have happened. Which may have been a good thing.  "
this is a very good answer. well done sir. 
#32 Posted by Linkin10362 (602 posts) -
@LordXavierBritish said:
" When the universe was created."
#33 Posted by ch3burashka (5009 posts) -
@Muttinus_Rump said:
" Cliche answer: This moment. Smart ass answer: The Big Bang. My answer: I dunno, i'll have to think about it. "
You stole all three of mine.  
 
Importance is extremely relative. In retrospect there are plenty of moments that weren't recognized in their time.
#34 Posted by rjayb89 (7717 posts) -

When the hamburger was created. 
 
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#35 Posted by Vinny_Says (5686 posts) -
@fisher81 said:
" The successful implementation of online multiplayer in games. Where would we be today without Modern Warfare or Halo?  EDIT: Misread the question. I'll say . . . the aftermath of World War II. "
pretty sure those games didn't invent that...
 
Man's ability to harvest energy was the most important moment in time
#36 Posted by BabyChooChoo (4286 posts) -

The first thing that comes to mind is Columbus, ahem, 'discovering' America. That, and all the events after, led to the nation we see today. Now I ask you this. Think about all the good AND bad associated with American history. I mean it all. Then think about the stuff it lead to.
 
Example #1: Rock music. Black people are commonly given credit for inventing rock music as it was known back in the 1940-50s if memory serves right. If black people were never brought over to America, who can honestly say that rock music would be as it is today? Or that it would even exist for that matter? Something the entire worlds knows and loves may not exist if this one man didn't land in the wrong place. I mean set back and just think about it.
 
Example #2: The creation of McD's (or whatever fast-food chain came first. I'm too lazy to look it up right now). This has literally created another world wide phenomenon. Fast-food is freaking everywhere.
 
I can't stress this enough: I mean, just think about all the stuff that spawned out of America and all the things that spawned from those and so on and so on. It's fucking nuts.
 
Well I guess the formation of Britain is even more important since they in turn 'created' America...or at the very least planted the seed. Holy shit, I just blew my own mind.

#37 Posted by fentonalpha (819 posts) -

The day the toilet was invented.  I like that poo disappears.

#38 Posted by Hecstafa (3 posts) -

The moon landing. I've seen it written better than I will be able to say it, but the farther we get from that moment the more important it will become. When there are colonies in space no one is going to care very much about WWII, the Crusades, having a President darker than a hamburger bun or a thousand other things that seem important now. More than Sputnik, Gagarin or the ISS the Apollo missions were the first time humanity reached for the stars and succeeded. The first steps of humanity on another world (kind of) trumps anything that has come before. It was also the first step towards the long term survival of life itself beyond the survival of earth. A thousand years from now the biggest part of the timeline of ancient earth school kids will have to remember is July 20th 1969. 

#39 Posted by Brendan (7687 posts) -

In human history?  I think the only answer is the invention of the printing press. 
#40 Posted by Junebug (3 posts) -

The release of the DS 

#41 Posted by Cyclicalredundancyterror (8 posts) -

The internet without which I couldn't troll the giantbomb site everyday. Also you can talk to people in Australia with it.

#42 Posted by Jeust (10477 posts) -
@Muttinus_Rump said:
"Smart ass answer: The Big Bang"
Before the Big Bang, the beginning of matter. 
#43 Posted by RobertOrri (1120 posts) -
@Video_Game_King said:
" It probably hasn't happened yet. "
#44 Posted by AlexanderSheen (4929 posts) -

The beginning of the Age of Enlightenment.

#45 Posted by fuzzyponken (694 posts) -
@fisher81 said:
" The successful implementation of online multiplayer in games. Where would we be today without Modern Warfare or Halo?
That's funny, I was successfully playing online several years before either of those games were released. And Halo didn't even have online multiplayer...
#46 Posted by lovecreep (166 posts) -

Probably the moment when the bullet went through hitlers brain.
#47 Posted by simian (861 posts) -

The great space-caveman / dinosaur war of 6001 B.C

#48 Edited by PenguinDust (12450 posts) -

Prehistoy - The invention of cultivated agriculture.   Moving mankind from being nomadic hunter-gatherers to stationary farmer and herders gave him an opportunity to exchange ideas and develop concepts without out the daily fear of starvation.  
 
Civilized history - the invention of the movable type printing press.  Basically, it made education feasible for all people.   
 
Video game history - PC games connect online is probably the most significant as we look toward the future, but I'm going to say the release the Apple II computer.  As soon as amateur game makers were able to afford their own platforms on which to create, games with more complexity than Pong and Space Invaders began to appear.  Later the Commodore 64, Sinclair Spectrum and early IBM PC's continued this opportunity for "out of the basement" game design, but it started with the Apple II. 

#49 Posted by OutOfBounds9000 (2300 posts) -

 

So far,Independency.

#50 Posted by Gaff (1651 posts) -

Universe: The Big Bang. It gave us life, the universe and everything! 
Prehistory: The invention of tools. For hunting, killing, skinning, chopping... Jeez, humanity's humble beginnings say a lot about us, don't they? On second thought: The rise of human consciousness due to the increase in brain mass, which allowed for more abstract thinking, invention, religion, metaphysics, etc. 
History: Writing. Formalization of knowledge without the need for oral history. Record keeping (accounting or historical) also got a lot easier. Not to mention that the need to actually read the written stuff leads to a uniform education and language beyond the little village, allowing for bigger communities and *gasp* nation building. 
 Video games: Ralph Baer.