Top Ten: Games That Changed The Industry

Luke takes a walk down memory lane and remembers the true game changers.

By Luke Brown. Posted 11/21/2012 16:00 6 Comments     ShareThis

4: Animal Crossing


I was so desperate to play this game that I actually went out and purchased an import copy and a freeloader disc. Not only did this increase my excitement levels as I naively felt like a big time criminal, but it also allowed me to experience the wonders of Animal Crossing on GameCube. It may seem strange that I’ve chosen to include a game that many mistakenly dismiss as twee and immature, but it’s here for one reason. The title used the GameCube’s internal clock to synchronise not only day and night cycles but also seasons and real life events. Being able to turn the game on during Christmas Day or Halloween and seeing the same festivities playing out within my little town was a true touch of genius and one which has stayed with me ever since.

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6 Responses to “Top Ten: Games That Changed The Industry”

  • 1244 points
    lukas85 says...

    GREAT LIST! i totally agree with you, i love all those games, sadly i have never played chronno cross or animal crosing, but the rest of the list sits comfortably on my shelves :)

  • 1244 points
    lukas85 says...

    OMG where’s ocarina, i know that it may sound like cliche, but that game redefined 3d games and adventure games. Also it was the introduction of the z-targeting

  • 702 points
    Matthew Tidman says...

    While I like your list, there’s one problem I have with it. There’s no representation of either the Metroid or Castlevania series. I know that Super Metroid made the honorable mentions, but as for games the truly “changed the industry” the list is lacking without including the founder and refiner of a genre that is still done today.

  • 1379 points
    xeacons says...

    We’ve been through this list a billion times. You really want to check out the one’s you’ve missed, go to the book store/library and pick up “1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die.” That is the gamer’s bible.

  • 22 points
    Luke Brown says...

    So, don’t get me wrong, I love Ocarina!! I just feel that it is still pretty much the same formula set out in the original title, just with the bells and whistles that came with the jump to 3d.

    Metroid and Castlevania have never really been a part of my life for some bizarre reason! I have recently started playing Super Metroid for the first time and I love it, but I was doing the list based on my own experiences. I take your point though-I am aware that these games are so influential they even have us the term ‘Metroidvania’, which must count for something right?

    And yes, I know these games aren’t exactly the most controversial of choices. Like I said, they are the games that made ME think I was experiencing something new and exciting. I will check that book out
    but I have neither the time or inclination to create a list large enough to keep everyone happy! Any suggestions on the titles you think I have missed would be welcome.

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