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The 100 Most Influential Games Part 1

September 15, 2019

TCW Podcast Episode 098 - The 100 Most Influential Games Part 1

 

In a completely arbitrary order we look at what we feel are the 100 most influential games.  Starting off with the first 40 games!  These are 100 games that we consider influential or important to the development of the modern industry. Some are popular, some are obscure, some you will wonder why we were crazy enough to pick them, but here they are.  This episode covers largely early video games on time-sharing systems, in the arcade, and on early consoles.  They are presented in no particular order.

 

Games:

Pot Shot (Scorched Earth DOS video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDw_mpjKlpg

Star Trek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6f9_9kzuzk

Star Raiders: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_VDM8nC9sM

Empire (Plato): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qodf2AjrEQo

The Dungeon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cm53IKtL9zw

Computer Space: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3BQsCCwo8w

Gran Trak 10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYEcDpBLDpc

Speed Race: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jc9_xrD2_M

Table Tennis (Odyssey): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfmL6l128JU

Breakout:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hW7Sg5pXAok

Scramble: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Vc-RIkpk40

Heiankyo Alien (Game Boy): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vY3qVBkIu74

Xevious: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpyFHvPizYM

Gradius: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-OaZv3Jfkg

Mortal Kombat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7F82XAvCuVc

Street Fighter 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xI284D4y1q4

Dragon's Lair: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-dg4J9_nes

One on One (c64): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URobcuTcBFU

Brezerk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFSQ0Pl4KDk

Robotron 2084: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l800GL6NQPY

Pac-Man: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dScq4P5gn4A

Defender: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gss3lxeqCok

Outrun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELUl-cAtUIE

Pole Position: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFs1Xc82Q0U

Renegade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NC0GZNjZVH8

Manic Miner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFA2d4G9q30

Metal Gear: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehlAMTh42Ko

Prince of Persia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqCxHlEIrlM

Sonic the Hedgehog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqQYDLcvkBc

Wing Commander: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfRvCSBD4q0

Super Mario Kart: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlAmXXNz5ac

Adventure 2600: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQZDRELOqoI

Legend of Zelda: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ADhznw1zhc

Mystery House: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiwHwPvIHBs

King's Quest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0TLhR51uGY

Portopia Serial Murder Case: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcQhnJxP7qU

Otogirisou: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SVP9TiqIhA&list=PL4BBFCC3CDD581BE2

Maniac Mansion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7oUArcVis0

Metroid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ly1PUEmxyyQ

Symphony of the Night: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HnhPNS0rqM

 

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Intro Music: Josh Woodward - Airplane Mode -  Music - "Airplane Mode" by Josh Woodward. Free download:http://joshwoodward.com/song/AirplaneMode 

Outro Music: RolemMusic - Bacterial Love - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rolemusic/Pop_Singles_Compilation_2014/01_rolemusic_-_bacterial_love 

 

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