The video games we play today have become immersive, expansive, and filled with a lot of features that push on the boundaries of the current technology. Some genres near realism such that it may be difficult to tell if a screenshot of the game is from a virtual world or from reality in a few years’ time. The popularity of video games has prompted the gaming industry to elevate standards even further in the bid to surprise or to shock the audience.

None of the technology we’re currently enjoying now would be possible if it weren’t for the video games of yesteryears. For the older folks reading this, you may recall some of the favorite games you played while growing up or be reminded of the ones that you meant to play but forgot. In any case, take a look below for a brief recount of some of the most popular video games in the last few decades:

In case you want to know the titles included in the video above, read the list below:

  1. The Oregon Trail (1985)
  2. Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? (1985)
  3. Ultima 4 (1985)
  4. Sid Meier’s Pirates (1987)
  5. King’s Quest 4 (1988)
  6. Prince of Persia (1989)
  7. SimCity (1989)
  8. Sid Meier’s Civilization (1991)
  9. Wolfenstein (1992)
  10. Doom (1993)
  11. Star Wars: TIE Fighter (1994)
  12. Command & Conquer (1995)
  13. Diablo (1996)
  14. Quake 2 (1997)
  15. Baldur’s Gate (1998)
  16. StarCraft (1998)
  17. Age of Empires 2 (1999)
  18. System Shock 2 (1999)
  19. Deus Ex (2000)
  20. The Sims (2000)
  21. Max Payne (2001)
  22. Warcraft III (2002)
  23. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (2003)
  24. GTA: Vice City (2003)
  25. Half-Life 2 (2004)
  26. Battlefield 2 (2005)
  27. Hitman (2006)
  28. Portal (2007)
  29. BioShock (2007)
  30. Team Fortress 2 (2007)
  31. Fallout 3 (2008)
  32. StarCraft 2 (2010)
  33. Minecraft (2011)
  34. Far Cry 3 (2012)
  35. Dota 2 (2013)
  36. Diablo 3 (2014)
  37. The Witcher 3 (2015)
  38. Overwatch (2016)
  39. Fortnite (2017)
  40. Monster Hunter: World (2018)

One of the most visible gaming genres that are highlighted among others is the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA). The reason it is so popular around the world is esports. Many players compete at a high level to win insane amounts of money and the prestige of being hailed as one of the greats.

Esports revolves around more on PC gaming than on consoles. In fact, well-known MOBA games such as Defense of the Ancients 2 (Dota 2), Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO), and League of Legends (LoL) are mostly played on a gaming rig. There are many reasons the PC is the favored platform. One of them is that the PC has a longer shelf life and the games can be played for years, sustained by occasional updates downloaded online.

Additionally, PC games overall have better graphics. This means that, commercial-wise, they are more attractive to viewers. Who would want to squint at badly rendered videos when you can get a crisp 4K resolution for the gameplay?

This is not to say that the might of the PC machines is what’s dictating the direction of esports. Multiplayer games hold sway and are among the deciding factors because they are more interactive than solo genres like role-playing games. Another factor is multiplayer games’ ability to encourage competitiveness. Playing with other people means ranking the best of the best in the game’s own scoreboard, which is posted on the official website.

In esports, seeing gaming professionals play in teams, execute signature moves, outdraft other teams, or do game-winning combos is another level of excitement that adds credence to multiplayer games.

How do you find the list, and what games do you think should we have included? Share and discuss your thoughts in the comments below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Madeline Yeoh
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