365 Games To Play Before You Die - #36-43: The Beginnings

365 Games To Play Before You Die


I'm going back to the start with some of the original gaming classics. All the games are influential in some way and are part f the reason the gaming industry is here today. They were all originally released before my time but they've all been ported on to nearly every system because of their reletive simplicity compared to today's standards. Also seeing as I'm a week late I can't really write several paragraphs for all 8 games because a) I don't think it'll fit and b) I don't have enough energy. One or two sentences will have to do.
 

Previous 5 Games

Note: I've just realised that direct blog links don't work so I've been directing you to nothing. I think the site guys are working on a fix but you can just look back through my blogs if you really want to see the past games I've talked about).


#36: Pong

Platform(s): Arcade and Atari 2600
Release: 1972
Developer(s): Atari
Best Quote: 'Bip, Bip, Bip'
GB Wiki Page

The game that really started everything. Pong was the first commercially successful videogame and it paved the way for today's multi-billion dollar industry.

 


#37: Breakout

Platform(s): Arcade, Atari 2600 and others
Release: 1976
Developer(s): Atari
Best Quote: None
GB Wiki Page

Probably the most cloned game of all time. Even as recently as last month PSN received the game Shatter, which is basically breakout for the HD generation.
 


#38: Tetris

Platform(s): Every system has probably had at least one port of the game
Release: 1984
Developer(s): Alexey Pajitnov
Best Quote: None but it has some of the best game music of all time.
GB Wiki Page

You can't argue with the popularity of a game which has sold in excess of 70 million copies. So I'm not going to.
 


#39: Frogger

Platform(s): Everything
Release: 1981
Developer(s): Konami
Best Quote: None
GB Wiki Page

When there's an episode of Seinfeld based around your game you know it's firmly part of popular culture.
 


#40: Asteroids

Platform(s): Many
Release: 1979
Developer(s): Atari
Best Quote 'Pew, Pew, Pew'
GB Wiki Page

Look out for the Asteroids movie which announced this year. It's being produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura (who worked on Transformers and G.I. Joe films) so you know it's going to be something special.
 


#41: Space Invaders

Platform(s): A lot
Release: 1979
Developer(s): Taito
Best Quote: None
GB Wiki Page

It's hard to judge classic game by their greatness because they're all great. Instead, as you may have notice, I prefer to judge them by their mark on pop culture and Space Invaders has made a humorous impression.
 


#42: Bomberman

Platforms(s): Several
Release: 1983
Developer(s): Hudson
Best Quote: None
GB Wiki Page

One of the first and most fun multiplayer games (not this version but it layed down the gameplay mechanics) around. These days it's still a popular franchise with XBLA version recently selling over 500,000.
 


#43: Marble Madness

Platform(s): Plenty
Release: 1984
Developer(s): Atari
Best Quote: None
GB Wiki Page

The game in today's blog of which I have the fondest memories. I just loved the level design and challenging yet rewarding gameplay.

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Posted by mracoon

365 Games To Play Before You Die


I'm going back to the start with some of the original gaming classics. All the games are influential in some way and are part f the reason the gaming industry is here today. They were all originally released before my time but they've all been ported on to nearly every system because of their reletive simplicity compared to today's standards. Also seeing as I'm a week late I can't really write several paragraphs for all 8 games because a) I don't think it'll fit and b) I don't have enough energy. One or two sentences will have to do.
 

Previous 5 Games

Note: I've just realised that direct blog links don't work so I've been directing you to nothing. I think the site guys are working on a fix but you can just look back through my blogs if you really want to see the past games I've talked about).


#36: Pong

Platform(s): Arcade and Atari 2600
Release: 1972
Developer(s): Atari
Best Quote: 'Bip, Bip, Bip'
GB Wiki Page

The game that really started everything. Pong was the first commercially successful videogame and it paved the way for today's multi-billion dollar industry.

 


#37: Breakout

Platform(s): Arcade, Atari 2600 and others
Release: 1976
Developer(s): Atari
Best Quote: None
GB Wiki Page

Probably the most cloned game of all time. Even as recently as last month PSN received the game Shatter, which is basically breakout for the HD generation.
 


#38: Tetris

Platform(s): Every system has probably had at least one port of the game
Release: 1984
Developer(s): Alexey Pajitnov
Best Quote: None but it has some of the best game music of all time.
GB Wiki Page

You can't argue with the popularity of a game which has sold in excess of 70 million copies. So I'm not going to.
 


#39: Frogger

Platform(s): Everything
Release: 1981
Developer(s): Konami
Best Quote: None
GB Wiki Page

When there's an episode of Seinfeld based around your game you know it's firmly part of popular culture.
 


#40: Asteroids

Platform(s): Many
Release: 1979
Developer(s): Atari
Best Quote 'Pew, Pew, Pew'
GB Wiki Page

Look out for the Asteroids movie which announced this year. It's being produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura (who worked on Transformers and G.I. Joe films) so you know it's going to be something special.
 


#41: Space Invaders

Platform(s): A lot
Release: 1979
Developer(s): Taito
Best Quote: None
GB Wiki Page

It's hard to judge classic game by their greatness because they're all great. Instead, as you may have notice, I prefer to judge them by their mark on pop culture and Space Invaders has made a humorous impression.
 


#42: Bomberman

Platforms(s): Several
Release: 1983
Developer(s): Hudson
Best Quote: None
GB Wiki Page

One of the first and most fun multiplayer games (not this version but it layed down the gameplay mechanics) around. These days it's still a popular franchise with XBLA version recently selling over 500,000.
 


#43: Marble Madness

Platform(s): Plenty
Release: 1984
Developer(s): Atari
Best Quote: None
GB Wiki Page

The game in today's blog of which I have the fondest memories. I just loved the level design and challenging yet rewarding gameplay.

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Posted by GamerGeek360

Going retro, NICE! I love all of those!

Posted by Redsand26

I like this idea, but at this rate, you will require 45.6 blog posts @ 8 games each.   Dedicated.

Posted by Video_Game_King

Wait, what did Marble Madness begin? The BioShock twist? The cake's ambiguity? My tenuous jokes regarding the level 5 quote?

Posted by mracoon
@Redsand26: I only did 8 games because I'm 8 days late, I try to do one a day but I've got others things to do so I end up having a backlog.
 
@Video_Game_King: I think it started interesting level design and games that require moving a ball. The most recent example of its legacy is probably the Super Monkey Ball series and to some extent Loco Roco.
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