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PabloHoneyOle
Yesterday, Guinness World Records released their list of the 50 Most Influential Games in History. You can view the list and comment on it here.

Needless to say, not everyone agrees with that list; and reasonably so. Everyone has had their own individual gaming experiences growing up. Some of us have played games others have never even heard of. Some genres appeal to people more than others. Some of us were playing videogames while others were in utero.

Anyway, this is your chance to list YOUR top 5/10/50(?) most influential video games in your life. List the game and hardware it was played on. EXAMPLE: [1: Adventures of Toe Jam and Earl (Sega Genesis)] Also, feel free to add a narrative or short explanation.

Try to put thought into your list, don't just put the last 10 video games you've played. Don't just put the coolest videogames you've ever played. List the games that meant or mean something to you now as a gamer.
PabloHoneyOle
Here's my list:
1. Grand Theft Auto III (PS2) - GTA3 changed videogames for me forever. I used to only play videogames for an hour or so at a time, but GTA3 led to my addiction with videogames. The storyline, the setting, the freedom, all made it so enthralling, I couldn't be pulled away. I bought this game before I even owned a PS2 to play at my girlfriend's house. Also was my motivation to buy a PS2 before breaking up with her.
2. Goldeneye (N64) - The first console FPS I ever played. Amazing environments; very realistic and the MP gave way to a whole new experience of competing with your friends. One of my buddies actually had his first epileptic seizure while playing 4 player MP afterschool. Pretty startling experience when you're 15.
3. Super Mario Bros. (NES) - My FIRST video game. I think my dad had an Atari (I vaguely remember playing Frogger), but for Christmas in 1985, he bought a NES for me. The only game I got was the Mario/Duck Hunt; but just from the experience of that game, I can say I owe my interest in videogames to my dad.
4. Grand Theft Auto 4 (X360) - Everyone on this site has probably played it. It's amazing. It's the reason I bought a 360. The storyline, the multiplayer, the sheer depth of the game is unbelievable. Enough said.
5. Legend of Zelda (NES) - My first EPIC game. I remember the sheer size of the game, the multiple maps, dungeons and hidden areas made this game one of the biggest undertakings of my young life. The fact that it was non-linear was something I had never experienced. Anytime I play Fallout 3, Okami, RE, etc. I catch elements from the original Zelda that I can truly appreciate.
6. Street Fighter II (SNES) - I played the hell out of this in middle school. I'll kick the shit out of ANYONE with Guile. This game established my first sense of franchise loyalty. I've never been one for Mortal Kombat, Virtua Fighter, Dead or Alive; I'm a Street Fighter guy. Also laid the foundation of my loyalty to Capcom. I've played just about every Street Fighter game since then, favorite being Marvel vs. Capcom.
7. Duke Nukem 3D (PC) - There was nothing better than kicking ass and chewing bubblegum. The graphics, enviroments, dark humor and over-the-top violence made this a staple in my early highschool years.
8. Conker's Bad Fur Day (N64) - Potty humor, Nazi teddybears and a drunk squirrel that can urinate on people. Enough said. The multiplayer modes were fucking amazing too. Still play this from time to time.
9. Sam and Max: Hit the Road (PC) - One of the first PC games I had. Loved the story, hilarious script; point and click exploration. Sam and Max for life.
10. Sim City 2000 (PC) - Nothing better than planning a city, destroying it with a monster, then rebuilding it.
Dr. Evil
Very nice ^

1. California Games (Commadore 64) - Yeah, I'm old school in my beginnings. This was the game that got me started hooked on playing. It had BMX, Skating, Roller Skating and Surfing. It was Neo-Geo before there even was one.

2. Pitfall (Atari 2600) - The cheesy 8 bit graphics, jumping over crocs and swinging on vines. Thinking back I wonder, what was the deal with this freaking games? Plain and simple...it was just fun.

3. Wolfenstein (PC) - This was the FIRST game with *somewhat* of a storyline that I ever beat. I think I might have been around 12 years old.

4. Street Fighter 2 (Arcade) - Much like Stoic this game was up there for me as well...around the same time also...middle school. I could never beat my brother, that is until he went to boot camp. After he came back...never beat me once. This was when I started getting competitive in gaming.

5. Mortal Kombat 2 (Arcade) - Don't get me wrong, I loved the first one. This one just did it for me. This Kombat started it all with the air juggles. After I turned 16 I started working in a casino arcade that had like 10 of these and an endless supply of opponents victims. This was the game that I still found time to play even after I broke my foot and severely twisted my ankle, I would just sit on a stool and prop my busted up foot on another.

6. Tekken Tag (Arcade) - Air combos...air combos...air combos. After work we would have little mini tournaments on this game until about 3am. Usually with a crowd of people around us, probably because we all had keys to the games and would load it up with credits. To this day I still remain undefeated on this game...ahhh...good times.

7. Beat Mania (Arcade) - Wanna pump up your ego? Get really good at this game and go to a casino arcade. During the summer months I could get a crowd of 30-50 people watching me (ask analog how it feels...lol). I just won't say how much money I spent learning the buttons and timing for all the songs.

8. Crash Bandicoot (PS) - This marks my coming back to console gaming. Even if it was briefly for a moment back then. Influencial? Maybe. Fun? oh hell yes!

9. Sim City 2000 (PC) - Lunch hour at school I was in the library playing this. TBH, this could probably be higher in my list. For the life of me I could never get money coming into my city treasury, then something clicked in my head about how I was doing something and the cash started flowing. My record population of 340 million awed everyone.

10. Gears of War (Xbox 360) - Cheesy? people may think so. Before this game came out I didn't have 360. Late one night I was watching MTV and coming on next was this 30 minute spot about a new game that was coming out called...Gears of War. I watched it, a week later I got my first 360 and waited for it to come out. The game style, story and the machine gun with a chainsaw attached to it. I was hooked, I played this game for a week straight on vacation. Taking breaks for cigarette, food and Mt Dew runs...and of course to sleep. This was the game that brought me back to consoles.
CutThatCity
My top 7, as a couldn't think of any more that were actually 'influential'.
I also know that I will come across as a bit of a MGS fanboy.

1. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PS2) - So much of my life wasted on this game, but I don't regret it. Easily number one, has it all.
2. Metal Gear Solid (PS1) - Better than most PS2 games. Enough said.
3. Metal Gear Solid 2 (PS2) - Incredible storytelling, epic gameplay, timeless.
4. Metal Gear Solid 3 (PS2) - Hugely original with again incredible storytelling, an intense soundtrack to boot. More proof that Hideo could indeed be god.
5.Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (PS2) - This game exceeded expectations hugely, and did wonders for video games in general.
6. Metal Gear Solid 4 (PS3) - Incredibly detailed and polished, finely crafted storyline, with an ending that is the very definition of epic.
7. Hitman: Blood Money (PS2) - Amazingly dense levels, rich with details, and many different ways of completing it, never gets boring.
Handsome B Wonderful
Games that have influenced me (not literally. I haven't saved any princesses lately)

1.Grand Theft Auto: Vice City - Great Storyline and characters, superb music, and my favourite missions in the series. It's the most immersive game i've ever played, to the point i still have every song from the game on my ipod nearly 6 years after its release.
2. Street Fighter II: Championship Edition - Obviously, the whole streety series is great, but i spent hours upon hours playing this with my friends back in the day. (Bob) Sagat ftw!
3. Knights Of The Old Republic - Closely followed by...
4. Knights Of The Old Republic II : The Sith Lords - I love both these games equally. IMO, the Jedi civil war storyline takes a massive crap over episodes I-III. Statement: HK-47 is probably my favourite character in gaming history.
5. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas- What's not to love about cappin' hoes and pimpin' gangbangers? Well, you can't pimp Ballas in SA, but you can cap plenty of hoes. OG talk aside, SA had so much to do. Also, bonus points for having CSR 103.9. I thought New Jack Swing was awesome when i was 5. Erm, not so much now.
6. Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time - Best musical score in a game imo. Although the fighting got pretty repetitive at times, the time mechanic more than made up for that. Except for when you got stuck in a spike loop thingy. Grrr. Also, POP>God Of War imo.
7. Final Fantasy 7- Along with the KOTOR series, this is probably the only RPG i've really enjoyed (FF6 is also pretty sweet). And fucking ruby weapon is the scurge of satan's anus.
8. Grand Theft Auto III- For someone who doesn't speak a word, Claude still has more character than many other VG heroes. Blasting the Triads never gets old.
9. Grand Theft Auto IV- Although i don't think it has the same replay value as the previous games, the world is super impressive. Would have placed it higher if it had more likeable characters.
10. Silent Hill 3- The creepiest game i've played. And Superman 64 was pretty creepy. Seriously though, i love the Silent Hill series.

Honourable mentions:
GTA:LCS & VCS - Both really good games that flesh out the original stories. R* should develop a graphic novel to tie up the loose ends of the GTA 3 series storyline.
Gun - Though short, it's still a great game. Blowing away native americans never gets old.
Sonic 2
Doom
Star Wars Battlefront 1 & 2
Resident Evil 4
Metal Gear series
Custer's Revenge (for the lulz)
Flashback
neko_ceko
Top 5:

1. GTA San Andreas: Well, this is my favorite game ever, and even today I still play it sometimes when I'm bored :& I beat it like 10 times
2. GTA Vice City: First GTA I played. I first saw my friend playing it, and I was like OMG I LIKE THIS GAME, and the next day I bought it.
3. Hidden & Dangerous: Me and my friend use to play this game together. I miss that game D:
4. Call of Duty (1): One of my favorite games
5. Europa Universalis III: I just like that game
Indy
No order just a list:

Road Rash
World of Warcraft
Grand Turismo
Grand Theft Auto III
Street Fighter II
Goldeneye
Call of Duty 2
Gears of War
Elder Scrolls Oblivion
Battlefield 2
bOnEs
5) the sims 2 (PC) -- the sims is like "second life"... this game is probably what inspired all those social games like "second life" and "playstation home"... the sims was the original social game... but, the ability to create, interact, and kill your sims just left the game with so many different ways to play... you could be a serial killer, ladie's man, bum, loser, snotty millionaire, or yourself... hell, the house creator was easily the best modding tools ever, allowing you to create the house of your dreams, or the dump your bum always dreamed of... and most of the expansions really added a different flavor to the sims universe, adding additional interactions, items, new career paths, and new ways to play out the life of a sim... i list sims 2 because i never played the first sims game... but, this game offered you a virtual social playground to mold and shape however you saw fit...

4) harvest moon (SNES) -- easily one of the most unique series to ever grace a system... living the life of a farmer, which might sound gay but, always deep and always a joy to play... they put out i think like 6+ or so games in the series... some sucked but, a few of them easily consumed my life for extended periods of time... farming, cooking, mining, social interacting, marriage, kids, fishing, farm animals, tiny little harvest sprites and of course, saving the harvest goddess biggrin.gif... this is a series that surprisingly made farming FUN!! and really changed my view on what video games could offer... instead of always killing something, you could nurture it, and care for it... how many games do that?

3) goldeneye 007 (N64) -- to me, this is the original FPS... and although i am not a huge fan of FPS, i'll admit that there are a very very select few that i do enjoy... this game is the model of what FPS have become... goldeneye was fun, interactive, intense, rewarding, and just a fucking blast to play with a couple of friends... the multiplayer mode was one of the first, and still one of the best... i used to fucking own at multiplayer... this game was probably the most influential shooter to the gaming industry... it set the bar extremely high for FPS'ers, and not to many games have even come close to matching it... which is probably why i have a hard time getting into FPS'ers because, none of them seem to deliver what goldeneye delivered for me...

2) grand theft auto III (PS2) -- i list GTAIII but really, this is "all three GTA's"... III was the first of the series but, not the best, which was san andreas... but, i list III because it was a huge influence on me... and when it came out, it was my favorite game... R* just kept improving on this model with each release but, this was their first baby... this was the first game to drastically change what a game could offer you... want to follow the story? go ahead... want to go on a killing spee? go for it... want to collect hidden packages? there's plenty to be found... want to drive a taxi around? who's gonna stop you... GTA is by far, the DEEPEST series to ever grace a system... the ability to do whatever you wanted to a city build just for you, became the cornerstone of an industry... and again, set the standards for what video games could deliver...

1) super mario 64 (N64) -- it's gonna take one hell of an influential "industry changing" game to ever knock mario 64 off the top of my list... even all the games i listed above combined couldn't touch this game with a 10 foot pole... the nintendo 64 changed the gaming industry forever... and when i say forever, i mean 100% changed the industry... the nintendo 64 was the first 3D system, and it's first baby was mario 64... i could not fucking believe my eyes when i finally got my hands on this system... and jumping into paintings that took me to the incredibly detailed 3D worlds, with complex puzzles to solve on your own, easily puts mario 64 at the top of the mountain... hell, i scaled mountains in this game laugh.gif... 120 stars to collect, a princess to save again, and one of the funnest game mechanics ever written for a game... mario had life, and you totally felt in control of his movements... you could fly across the map, shred across it on a turtle shell, chase rabbits in the basement, tap your feet to the amazing soundtrack, swim around chasing giant eels, navigate abandoned mines, enter worlds as giants or tiny ants, launch yourself out of a cannon at anything in the level, climb trees and pull off sweet handstands, solve complex puzzles in a creepy ghost-filled mansion, etc etc etc... mario 64 to me is the original sandbox game...

nothing will ever top this game IMO... nothing has even come close, and i don't think nothing ever will...

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some games i seriously considered putting here was the zelda series (would of been #6 if i did a top 10), god of war, starcraft/diablo, guitar hero, call of duty, THQ's WWF games, metal gear solid, conker's bad fur day (probably #7), sim city, and the tony hawk series...

i think i'm fucking done editing finally...
Passionate Homo Sapiens Ingester
Fine lists, but I don't think they really answer the call of the title. Mine won't either because it's too damn early in the morning for any proper thought, but here goes nothing:

1. Pong Without it there would be no games. And it is the earliest thing along this line you could call a computer game. So fuck you, I don't like playing it either but that's not what you asked.
2. Donkey Kong Vastly popular game where you played as a recognisable character who did things that people might do. Also it's actually quite fun if you're bored.
3. Doom Bitches I consider shooting to be highly important to games. Also I played this when I was 7.
4. Gran Turismo Probably an awful choice, but it was my first racing game so I assume it's very influential. And it might be. Without it, the development of racing games involving realish cars (also GTA) would be very different.
5. GTAIII Introduced all kinds genre hopping massive free-roaming games are born.
6. Mario 64 Just because this shit was so bananas it raised the bar for a wide range of games.
7. MGS More bananas even than #6, but its influence took longer to be felt. Also led to some godawful stealth sections in games that should really have known better
8. Pokemon You know it changed RPGs, just by being so God damn popular.
9. The Sims So low on the list only because there's a large section of gaming in which its influence will never at all be felt in any positive way. Influenced everything from San Andreas to Second Life, though, as well as generating enough money for EA that it could continue to shit on all other companies with shitty sports game remakes year on year.
10. Goldeneye Not the most influential in its genre because of the relative lateness of its entry, it did raise the goddamn bar like eightfold.
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