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January 28, 2010

15 Most Influential Games of the Decade

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By Chris Kohler, in Wired's GameLife blog.

1. The Sims (2000)

2. Grand Theft Auto III (2001)

3. Guitar Hero (2005)

4. World of Warcraft (2004)

5. Brain Age (2005)

6. Halo (2001)

7. Bejeweled (2001)

8. Wii Sports (2006)

9. Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved (2005)

10. Metroid Prime (2002)

11. Silent Hill 2 (2001)

12. Half-Life 2 (2004)

13. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (2001)

14. Happy Farm (2008)

15. Portal (2007)

Interesting year distribution: 1 apiece in 2008, 2007 and 2006; 3 in 2005; 2 in 2004; 1 in 2002; 5 in 2001; 1 in 2000.

That means 12 of the top 15, according to this list, appeared in 2005 or earlier.

Are games — at least as we've known them — over?

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I wondered, "Where the heck is MYST?" but then realized it predates this decade...

Posted by: jim` | Jan 28, 2010 10:40:18 PM

Half the games are...KILL....KILL....KILL...

I have no problem knowing that most of the top selling games involving KILLING, It shows our true primal makeup (at least at a young age, and LOL, into adulthood).

However, there are some beautiful exploring games out there, I won't elaborate here, but I must mention how beautiful/creative/inspiring/mesmerizing (only a few descriptions) some are.

Buy the "The Longest Journey", take time to not only play but EXPLORE each area (the incredible detail, etc).

If you are new (and seasoned) download a "walk-through" to help you along (nothing wrong with doing this unless you are a hard core game solver). One of the best is "MaGtRo", she is a Maestro/Maestra!

Posted by: Joe Peach | Jan 28, 2010 7:50:33 PM

I vote for Super Mario Brothers 3. It blows all of those games out of the water... I know it's not from this decade, but with some creative downloading, and a USB-equipped NES controller... I think I found my happy place.

Posted by: BubbleGirl | Jan 28, 2010 5:42:28 PM

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