We touched on the idea of generation-defining games not too long ago. While that list was about superb games that we’ll be talking about for years to come, those aren’t necessarily games that a novice gamer would try out before deciding gaming was something they wanted to continue doing.
So we got to thinking — what ARE those gateway games? Games that not only everyone enjoyed, but simple and rewarding enough for even the n00b-iest players to come back for more and make video games a part of their lifestyle.
Once we started brainstorming games, though, we realized that there are a metric crapton of players out there of different ages. From those old enough to buy an Atari 2600 with their own money to my 4-year-old nephew with his face buried in his new DS Lite, we’ve all had different experiences. And those different experiences are many.
That’s why we’re breaking this puppy into age brackets, and we’re starting with the old-timers. To be specific, we’re talking 26-years-plus. After all, where would we be without them?
Epic list article is go!
This is a pretty obvious entry, but we’d be remiss in our duties if we didn’t include it. After all, it was one of the very first video games to find its way into the mainstream.
But you already know what Pong is. And even if you don’t, a single screenshot is all the explanation you’ll ever need. Instead, know that there were no less than three consoles released in the 1970s that played Pong and only Pong. That’s a hell of a lot of Pong.
OK, so this is another obvious choice. I apologize for my birthday in advance. Also again, this is a game that everyone knows and understands when they see it. While people might point to a newer game like Galaga, we’re not so sure it had the same long-term relevance. Not only were songs written about it, there are still t-shirts made about the game today (I own this one myself).
What’s that? You don’t believe us about the song? Well, here you go kiddo.
These are the things that happen when you find the same game at every arcade, pizza parlor, and bowling alley. Plus LSD.
It’s fun to spout fun trivia about this game – it was the first appearance of Mario, then known as Jumpman, and it’s said that the DK from this game went on to become the Cranky Kong seen in the Donkey Kong Country games years later.