Time names 100 best games by decade

Magazine's list includes The Oregon Trail, Pac-Man, Frogger, Super Mario Bros., Solitaire, Guitar Hero, and Mass Effect 3.

Time magazine has compiled a list of games it deems to be the "All-Time 100 Video Games." The list is broken down by decade beginning with the 1970s and spans through the 2010s.

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Nominations from the 1970s include The Oregon Trail, Pong, and Space Invaders, while the 1980s list adds Super Mario Bros., Frogger, Donkey Kong, and The Legend of Zelda. Moving forward in time, some of the magazine's 1990s choices were Solitaire, Doom, and Goldeneye 007.

For the 2000s, Time nominated Guitar Hero, Rock Band, World of Warcraft, and Wii Sports (among others) to the list. The magazine's final decade, the 2010s, includes just two games: Mass Effect 3 and Batman: Arkham City.

In addition to choosing games itself, Time is allowing users to vote on the results. At press time, of all games on the list, Pac-Man, Super Mario Bros., The Oregon Trail, Pong, and Space Invaders received the most fan votes.

The list was compiled by Time staffers.

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Hurvl
Hurvl

"But what about my favorite games? Since they're not included this list sucks and is worthless!" That's a common and perhaps wanted reaction when making lists, because it's better to be hated than ignored. Anyway, without reading the list I bet I'll disagree with many selections and so I won't give it much weight, but that's not the point of these lists. What is the point of these lists? I don't know, but people like reading them and like to dislike them so there is some public interest/demand involved.

mos2000
mos2000

 We all have our personal favorites - even though any hardcore gamer can agree with half this list, the other half I'm sure everyone can slide in their own personal favorites.  Regardless of that, the one missing I find the most peculiar is Phantasy Star 2.  Phantasy Star 2 was the most pivotal console RPG of it's time.  It was the standard barer for all RPG's that came out afterwards

FreedomPrime
FreedomPrime

half life isn't even on the list.... therefore, this list is terrible.... then again, I wouldnt expect TIME magazine to know a damn thing about videogames.

Mecamatt
Mecamatt

The largest miss in here is probably that there isn't a single pokemon game. Pokemon, y'know, being the single most influential RPG ever. That RPG series which spawned one of the most popular animes, card games, and merchandise franchises of all time.

frunklindoodle
frunklindoodle

Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom is the greatest game of all time.

gsbliss
gsbliss

Most list like these are annoying in some way, but this list is just incompetent.

gsbliss
gsbliss

What a great list.  I never knew that Angry Birds is one of the top 100 games of all time, even better than games like Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, Super Metroid, Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Ocarina of Time, GTA: San Andreas, God of War 1 and 2, Resident Evil 4, etc. etc. etc....

croserII
croserII

if they want to create top game list of all time,it will be top 1000 game of your life

sune_Gem
sune_Gem

Mass Effect 3 and not Mass Effect 2? What madness is this?

Romangelo
Romangelo

No Final Fantasy X?

 

Failed list.

jordanlynn321
jordanlynn321

Didn't like the list. Where in god's name is Half Life 1?

torres_unix
torres_unix

This list would make sense based on a game's influence in pop culture for a given decade.  This decade isn't over yet and too many popular games have spawned, it will be interesting to see which game or game genres come out on top.

gsbliss
gsbliss

That "Time" list is a joke.

Fooljeff
Fooljeff

These lists are stupid. Created to cause controversy.

sgtZipper
sgtZipper

A gamespot top something would be awesome, with one game for each year

sgtZipper
sgtZipper

Weird to not see Uncharted. Ofcourse everybody has his/her favourites, but to me Uncharted set the standard in next-gen gaming (now current-gen)

tightwad34
tightwad34

At first when I read this article I thought it was going to consist of nothing but the popular more known, mainstream titles. Then I clicked on the list and it all went away when I saw Demon's Souls on it. And Solitaire? WTF 

CalamityKate
CalamityKate

I suppose I could quibble - I'd have put Super Mario Bros. 3 over SMB 64 , Mass Effect 2 over 3, Limbo over Braid, no Assassin's Creed or Fallout entry - it's overall a good list, in large part because of the well-written explanation behind why each entry on the list is there.

 

And it's easy to nitpick a list like this.  The concept of what makes something worth entry in a Top 100 (or other number) list is nebulous at best.  Is it purely quality?  Ms. Pac Man is a better game in every way than Pac Man, and the first game in a given series is often surpassed as the makers learn what does and doesn't work for a given franchise.  Popularity?  Braid sold well for a download only game, but others have sold better.  Influence?  Undoubtedly an important factor given the number of entries included because they created or popularized genres or franchises.

 

Different people are going to balance these factors differently.  Influence is obviously the dominant factor on this list, given how many games are included over sequels that are of arguably higher quality.

 

Then again, that's why people make lists like this - to promote discussion about what does and doesn't belong on such a list and why.  While I can look at the list and think that there perhaps are a few missing that I'd like to have seen included, I don't see any that I've played that I can make a case against, and arguing that a game doesn't deserve inclusion because I haven't played/heard of it is arguing from ignorance, a pretty basic logical fallacy.

KingofCabal
KingofCabal

Can GS please do a list like this and show them how it should be done. Mass Effect 3?? Really??

soulless4now
soulless4now

Makes me wonder if the person making the list is even a gamer. 

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

FYI if they said Mass Effect 1 i would of agreed.

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

Then they said Mass Effect 3 and lost all credibility.

iloveyourface
iloveyourface

i saw king's quest, leisure suit larry, wing commander, dune 2, grim fandango... agree with a lot of the picks not just nostalgia, but the quality of story and design.

 

without dune 2, there would be no warcraft/starcraft.

 

 

jessie82
jessie82

i havnt even heard of most of the games on that list... like wheres command & conquer?

jessie82
jessie82

i bet half the people who downvoted knights of the old republic thought it was the mmo

 

dumbasses

jessie82
jessie82

no game of the year games... ala fallout 3

Ares_hot
Ares_hot

Flower? Wii sports? You know what Time? Just shut the f up.

say0cheese
say0cheese

don't particularly agree w/ the list but I'm glad okami is on there. so good and so many of my friends haven't played it 

dastud2007
dastud2007

snkcampcom411- why don't you click the link and find out?

snkcapcom411
snkcapcom411

Hopefully big franchises like "Bioshock', "Resident Evil", "Madden NFL", "Street Fighter", "Mortal Kombat", "Uncharted", "Heavy Rain", "Metroid", "Mario Kart", "Halo", "Gears of War", "Alan Wake", "Punch Out!", "Super Smash Bros.", "Metal Gear Solid", "Castlevania", "God of War", "Resistance", "Megaman", "Twisted Metal", "Shenmue" and "Virtua Fighter" will be on the Top 100 list.

Mega_Loser
Mega_Loser

ugh, another top-100 "BEST GAMES EVER" list.

based on what exactly, profit and sales? because i can't imagine any other criteria that aren't practically numbers to be the base of such a list.

did time do that to attract web hits or something? pointless..

firehawk998
firehawk998

This list was based on the number of units sold and nothing else was considered. This list is retarded.

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

You can tell they know nothing about games, and just looked up the most popular or best selling games of all time and selected ones they'd heard their kids might have played, because they left off lesser-known games which are widely considered the best of their generation, platform or genre.

 

Shenmue, River City Ransom, Monkey Island, Red Dead Redemption, Ocarina of Time, Baldur's Gate 2, Mass Effect 2 (NOT 3), Xcom: Enemy Unknown, Fallout (ANY of them) and Pokemon? Their list shows a lack of gaming knowledge and a lack of appreciation for what makes a game great.

Gravelord_Nito
Gravelord_Nito

i have better choices on my grocery list then in this one. horrible list

masterdrat
masterdrat

Worms has to be on that list somewhere.

Ringx55
Ringx55

I beileve in 10 years Mass Effect will get the praise it deserves from Gamers. Or at least I hope because hands-down it's the best new IP to come out of the Gen.

Decessus
Decessus

Overall, it's a pretty decent list. One change that I would make though would be to replace Oblivion with Morrowind.

hiphops_savior
hiphops_savior

I think Time Magazine might be getting influential and best confused. In other news, you just died of dysentery.

Zloth2
Zloth2

The list includes M.U.L.E. and thus is not terrible.  Oh wow, they even have NetHack on the list!

 

Hmm... Solitaire... not that fun of a game but I know it sure helped me survive some incredibly dull jobs.  Still, I don't think you can put it on the list for that.

 

I can't speak to anything but the PC side (at least past the 70's) but the PC side looks fairly good.  I've got a lot of games I personally like a lot better than some on the list but that's the way these things go.

alenth
alenth

just lol @ Angry birds, rockband, wii sports and mass effect on that list....

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

I looked at this list the other day and it is a joke. 

Michformer
Michformer

Where are the Fallout games? And what about Timesplitters?

TIME posted this list just for the sake of looking "cool" in the eyes of gamers.

blankzy01
blankzy01

I honestly cannot believe that half-life 1 is not on there... It really goes to show that when authority is given to stupid people who have no real relation to games, such as time magazine, that such horse shit list like this can be made...

tgwolf
tgwolf

Okay, there are some that shouldn't even be in the running here, Mass Effect being one, the other being the Bli****d mmo abomination. Compared to the others nominated, those aren't even in the question.

zoeyleft
zoeyleft

i just hate how these lists make gamers look like they love to play crap to those who are not gamers. and those who are not gamers but wanna try one of these "best of all time" games, end up playing games not even close to those experienced by real gamers. and its just all around bad for people to do lists they have no business doing.

blackace
blackace

Time magazine staff don't know anything about video games. All they are going to do is chose either the most popular or their favorites.

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

I counted like 5 Japanese RPGs, half of which had final fantasy in the title, none of which were even the best games in the series. Really? The list imo should be all JRPGs, but bias aside, it should be close to half JRPG in reality. Hell the NES/SNES/Genesis era alone has dragon warrior 1-4, FF 1,2,3, earthbound, phantasy star, secret of mana, illusions of gaia, terrinigma, breath of fire 1-2. PS 1-2 has 10x that many good jrpgs. Rpgs aside the two best RE games are not on the list, RE 2 and 4. Silent Hill 2 is thought of the best game in that series, not 1. Where the frick is Gran Turismo 1 and 3. If we are talking about fighters Darkstalkers should be on the list. Megaman Legends. Lunar, Suikoden, Tactics Ogre, any Tales game.

 

Really you have solitaire on this list? And none of those games. Or how about Ocarina, Majora's mask, super mario bros 3, etc. They honestly just like picked the first game in some major series and plopped it on this list.

dysonlu
dysonlu

Next:  Top 100 reasons why Time writers know zilch about videogames.