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Top 10 Influential Arcade Games

During the late 1970s video games became sophisticated enough to offer good-quality sound and graphics, though they were still very basic. As a result, companies had to rely on simple and fun gameplay in their arcade games to become popular. This emphasis on the gameplay is why many arcade games continue to be enjoyed today despite their technology being vastly outdated by modern computing technology. I included links for entries where I could find them, so you can play some of the games for yourself.

10

Asteroids

Asteroids

Asteroids was released in 1979 by Atari. It was immensely successful and soon became one of the most played games of the 1980s. The game was so popular that video arcade operators sometimes had to install larger boxes to hold the number of coins that were spent by players. Due to Asteroid’s success, a sequel was introduced by Atari, in 1980, named Asteroids Deluxe.

In the game itself, the player controls a triangular space ship flying in an asteroid field, the objective being to avoid contact with asteroids whilst also destroying them to gain points. Occasionally, alien space ships will traverse the player, usually posing more of a threat than a regular asteroid. These can be destroyed for bonus points. [Play Here]

9

Pheonix

Phoenix Stage5

Pheonix was developed by Armstar Electronics and released by Centuri, in 1980. Upon release Pheonix became well-renowned because of it’s full color graphics, a seemingly new feature at the time. The most notable aspect of Pheonix is that it has one of the earliest examples of a “boss” battle, within a video game. During the boss battle, the player fights the “mothership”, which is visible in the image above.

Like many other arcade games of the era, Pheonix features an outer-space theme. The player controls a space ship that may move horizontally, but not vertically. The objective is to destroy enemy space ships that appear similar to birds, whilst avoiding opposing fire. After facing numerous waves of enemies the player is confronted by the “mothership”, which is difficult to destroy but yields significantly more points. [Play Here]


8

Galaga

Galaga

Galaga was created and published by Namco, in 1981. It proved to be extremely successful; five sequels were developed by Namco in the following years. The latest sequel is “Galaga Legions”, released to the Xbox Live Arcade, in 2011.

In the typical game of Galaga, the player must destroy insect-like aliens to earn points, whilst avoiding fire and contact with enemies. The aliens swarm in formation whilst firing and may fly towards the player if not destroyed fast enough. Different colored aliens represent the enemy rank. Green aliens are typically the most deadly, with blue being the least dangerous. [Play Here]

7

Q*Bert

Qbert

Q*Bert is a platform game ,published in 1982, by Gottlieb. It was well received in arcades and by critics, who praised the graphics, unique gameplay and main character. The success resulted in sequels and use of the character’s likeness in merchandising, such as appearances on lunch boxes, toys and an animated television show.

The object of the game is to light up all horizontal squares on a pyramid, by having the protagonist jump onto each one individually. The player can only jump diagonally, and must also avoid obstacles such as red balls that fall onto the pyramid from a height. Jumping off the pyramid also results in the player losing a life. Upon death the main character emits a sound likened to swearing. [Play Here]

6

Frogger

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Frogger was first introduced to arcades in 1981. It was developed by Konami and licensed by Sega. The game was originally going to be named: “Highway Crossing Frog”, but developers didn’t feel this captured the true nature of the game, so it was changed to simply Frogger. Because of it’s worldwide popularity, Frogger has ensured it’s immortality in popular culture; appearing in animated television shows and even song lyrics.

The object of the game is to direct frogs to their homes one by one. To do this, each frog must avoid cars while crossing a busy road and navigate a river without falling in water. Skillful players may obtain some bonuses along the way. Once a player successful returns five frogs to their homes, they will advance to the next stage. [Play Here]

5

Mario Bros.

Mario Brothers

Nintendo released Mario Bros. worldwide, in 1983. Surprisingly, the game was only modestly successful in Japan and wasn’t well-received by critics. However, Mario Bros set the foundation for Nintendo’s future successful video games. The character of Luigi was introduced for the first time, as well as several recurring enemies in the Mario franchise. Mario was also portrayed as a plumber for the first time, with the game taking place within a network of giant pipes.

The player controls either Mario or Luigi, as they investigate the sewers of New York after strange creatures have been appearing down there. The objective of the game is to defeat all of the enemies in each phase. The mechanics of Mario Bros. involve only running and jumping. The player must jump on top of an enemy to flip it, and then finish off the adversary by running into it and performing an automatic kick.


4

Space Invaders

Space Invaders

Space Invaders was manufactured and sold by Taito in Japan, in 1978. The game is considered a forerunner in modern video gaming, and it helped to define the popular space shooter theme of arcade games. Following its release, the game caused a temporary shortage of 100-yen coins in Japan and grossed over $500million for Taito in its first three years. The pixelated enemy alien is commonly used as a symbol of video gaming as a whole.

The player controls a turret by moving it horizontally across the bottom of the screen and firing at descending aliens. The aim is to defeat five rows of eleven aliens that move horizontally back and forth across the screen as they advance towards the bottom of the screen. The player defeats an alien, and earns points by shooting it with the turret. As more aliens are defeated, the aliens’ movement and the game’s music both speed up. Defeating the aliens brings another wave that is more difficult, a loop which can continue indefinitely. [Play Here]

3

Donkey Kong

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Donkey Kong was released by Nintendo, in 1981. After being initially unsuccessful in Japan, the game took North America by storm and became one of the most influential video games ever. Donkey Kong was allegedly the first game ever to utilize “cut-scenes” to advance a game’s narrative. Ultimately, the success of Donkey Kong helped position Nintendo to dominate the video game market in the 1980s and early 1990s.

The player controls the character; “jump-man”, and attempts to rescue a young woman from the clutches of a barbaric ape. Jump-man must battle through multiple stages consisting of girders and ladders, whilst avoiding barrels and other hazards. When the player reaches the top of the screen and makes contact with the captured female, the game advances to the next stage. After three stages the player must defeat Donkey Kong to rescue the woman. [Play Here]


2

Pac-Man

Pac-man was originally created by Namco and first released in Japan, in 1980. It has remained extremely popular from it’s release to the present day, and has become virtually synonymous with video games in general. Pac Man is also an icon in 1980’s popular culture; the likeness of the main character is often shown on lunch boxes and in animated television. At a time when most arcade games where space shooters, Pac-man created a whole new genre of video game. Pac-man is also the highest grossing video game of all time.

The object of the game is to consume every single “pac-dot” visible in a maze. When every dot has been consumed by the protagonist, the game proceeds to the next stage. The player is constantly being chased by four enemies resembling ghosts. If the player makes contact with a ghost, a life is lost. When the player consumes a larger pac-dot, the ghosts turn blue and slow down their movements for a short while. During this period it is possible for Pac-man to eat the ghosts for bonus points. [Play Here]

1

Pong

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Pong is a tennis sports game and one of the earliest examples of an arcade video game. It is certainly the first ever arcade game to achieve mainstream popularity. It was manufactured by Atari, who released it in 1972. After noticing Pong’s commercial success, several companies began to produce their own games, which mimicked the style and gameplay of Pong. The competition to create a more enjoyable game led to the birth of the video game industry. If it wasn’t for Pong, great games like Space Invaders and Pac-man wouldn’t exist at all.

The game itself is remarkably simple. The player controls an in-game paddle by moving it vertically across the left side of the screen, and can compete against either a computer controlled opponent or another player controlling a second paddle on the opposing side. Players use the paddles to hit a ball back and forth. The aim is for a player to earn more points than the opponent; points are earned when one fails to return the ball to the other side of the court. [Play Here]

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  • Chimere B.

    Love this list! Just some fun trivia, mario was first introduce in that donkey kong game

    • Chimere B.

      OMG after like 3 yrs I finally get 1st post!!!!

      • LOL WUT

        Congo Rats.

      • we own all ur base

        what a load of shite this list is

        • AlLdaraa

          I agree. I feel that the reveiwer was kinda off base with the SMS veisorn of Space Harrier.But I guess you have to have grown up as a child in the 1980s to truly appreciative these 8bit games. SMS was the bomb when put up graphic-wise against the classic NES. It simply didn’t compete in term of variety unfortunately.

      • Donkey Kong III

        Wow, was that a goal in life or something?

      • LB

        Congrats im still tring after 4 years. One day i will succeed and people like you give me hope that one day I to shall be 1st.

  • Arsnl

    “This emphasis on the gameplay is why many arcade games continue to be enjoyed today ”

    I tend to think it’s nostalgia. You’re talking abiut pong after all. Young players such as myself lose rapid interest when discovering such games (with the exception being mario).

    I nice bThis emphasis on the gameplay is why many arcade games continue to be enjoyed today But i dont know if it was an arcade game.

    PS: that photo for pac man is for donkey kong. Im suprised nobody said it before (i noticed thats what people say when there is an error in matching photos to the article :-) )

    • Chimere B.

      I noticed but I wasn’t gonna be a ball-buster lol

      • Nocturnesthesia

        Also, I think video games are more popular because they are much easier nowadays. I don’t mean that in a bad way, it’s just that technology has advanced enough to make a game challenging without being controller-smashingly frustrating (Q-Bert, I’m looking at you)

  • Hamodi Asara

    Congratulations.

    /thread

  • Nobody You Know

    I never noticed how much pac man looks like donkey kong until i saw the picture

    • Mario

      I hope u r joking ;P

  • Planet Earth

    I just sold number 5 on ebay and Q’BERT is my favorite . Back in the day a NES game would cost up to like 70 -80 $ and the kid’s couldn’t beat the 3 rd level SIMPSON BART VS SPACE MUTANT perfect example of this .

    • Nik

      That game was tough! Really want to play it now

  • Dan

    thank you. Its nice to remember the good OLD games we grew up with. At least the games that didnt involve Blood and guts :-)

    • Takanori

      I?m gfeatrul for you because of this good written content. You definitely did make my day :

  • dangsthurt

    FYI dummies,

    Donkey Kong and Super Mario Bros started off as Nintendo games.

    I know because I played them!!!!

    • Lexxie

      They still are Nintendo games. My son and I are, currently, having a Pacman war (trying to beat each others highest level) and I’m killing off Mario (and Luigi) with Super Mario 3, on our Nintendo DSi’s…
      I also have Ms. Pacman, Space Invaders, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Frogger and a couple of other old school games. It was a pleasant (and cheap) find on Amazon.com…I was surprised my son liked them so well and he was impressed that I had some talent with a game system (he considers me an old fuddy duddy for the gaming world).

    • FYI dummy, you’re wrong.

      Donkey Kong and Mario Bros both started off as arcade games, then later got ported to the NES. Just because you played it on the NES, doesn’t mean it started on the NES.

      And as for Super Mario Brothers, that DID start on the NES, but wasn’t even mentioned on this list.

      • C0gentman

        Your right! But, Super Mario Brothers did not make its impact on the video game world through the arcade but through the home console, so technically it doesn’t really belong on this list.

        • Abiyyu

          I must say, i nlrmaoly write shit about dota videos but, yours is exceptional. Decent storm player.

  • sluggo

    Love Galaga especially when you know one of its features with 2 ships >.<

    get 1 captured… next round just kill the insect and viola.. 2 spaceships = more bonus points..

    • JamJam

      Yes! BUT, your easier to hit (:

    • Yes, but you have to make sure you have a ship to waste in order to do that. If your last ship gets captured, game over.

  • mrbrytsyd

    A great list but you should’ve made this list into 20 items because there are a whole lot more “influential games” that have been left out.

    Dig dug

    Street Fighter

    King of Fighters

    Defender

    Tetris

    to name a few.

    • mrbrytsyd

      and Missile Command too. haha

    • JamJam

      Tetris wasn’t originally an arcade game, it was first introduced for PC

    • Spaz

      How about Dragon’s Lair or Gauntlet.

      • cambered

        Arrgghh… loved Gauntlet, especially the narrators voice acting, but Dragons Lair used to annoy the SH*T out of me… pretty graphics but worst gameplay ever… too hard for this (erstwhile) prepubescent greaser.

    • Didn’t play many arcade games but i do remember Street Fighter and Tetris. Would have made great addition. Maybe they will show up if a second list is done

    • cambered

      Defender..!!! You know it man, what a classic game. What about:

      Gyruss

      Bubble Bobble

      Slapfight (anyone remember that one?)

      Moon Buggy (aka Moon Patrol)

      Scramble

      Snow Bros

      Hyper Olympics

      Double Dragon

    • David

      Defender… HYEPRSPACE!

      I loved that game, if only because I had a boss who would freak out whenever he got in trouble and would slam the button whenever you yelled out that word… and die upon re-entry more often than not, which only made him angrier at the game.

      Wow, what an investment in quarters and hours on these games.

    • Arsnl

      My hobby

      http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/frogger.png
      http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/hell.png

      Proving that there is an xkcd comic for every situation life throws at me. 

  • YouRang?

    NES. Nintendo Entertainment System?

    • Fanatic

      Spot on!

  • Spaz

    I grew up on these games. FYI in Mario Bros you need to hit the enemy from below to flip it then run into it to knock it off. Robotron was my all-time favorite game.

  • Hercules321

    :( I thought Mario will be no1. It will always be my favourite! Can never get tired of it..

    Fun list though..

    • LOL WUT

      We played a lot of Mario Bros. 3 trying o rescue that stupid princes from the castle. I think her name was Princess Mushroom, then we called her Princess Toadstool, and we just kept changing her name until she got to be Princess Poop-Chute. And that’s how I still remember her. My beloved Princess Poop-Chute.

  • Jim

    Great list. I’m not sure I would enjoy these games as much as I did when I had an Atari 2600. I used to play these for hours.

    I like the story of how Microsoft tried to recreate classic arcade games by filming people playing the games and then creating the games based on what they saw. However, people soon noticed that these versions didn’t have the errors and cheats and they didn’t sell. Asteroids for instance, had a place that you could sit and never be hit and Space invaders had a scoring glitch, as well as a double fire cheat.

    This “problem” was soon resolved by running the games using the original code through an emulator.

  • Lexxie

    Oh gosh, I bought Tetris for my son on computer, years ago. He’d love this for his DSi…thanks for the reminder!

  • Lexxie

    btw, does anyone remember how to get off that supid Butter Bridge 1 in Super Mario? I have been killing both Mario and Luigi for days now…Help?

  • fraterhater

    So many wasted hours, wasted coins, bleery eyes and saw thumbs…

    Youth well spent!

  • Will Trame

    I never really had a strong affection for video arcade games; I prefer the old pinball machines. Still, there are some exceptions to that rule. I enjoyed playing Pong and I still have a miniature version of the old Q*bert. I still play it every now and then.

    • cambered

      Gotta agree with you there. Although I did love playing the video games as well, I was definitely more at home down on pinball alley. Soooo many cool tables to play, and a more skillful challenge too. We need a pinball list for the old school crew.

  • Captain Obvious

    You have a Screenshot of Donkey Kong on the Pac-Man post. I’m sure it’s an honest mistake, but you might want to fix it so the younger readers don’t get confused. thank you.

  • SMLoyd

    And Tetris, too!

  • cambered

    Cool list, making me nostalgic. Most, if not all, of my pocket money was inserted into these machines during my formative years. Glad to see Asteroids and Space Invaders in there, both undeniable classics.

    I would have thought Galaga would be higher up the list… after all it can still be found in the odd suburban greasy food outlet to this very day. I would also argue that Defender should be in here… hyperspace, smart bombs and super cool SFX… such a cool, fast-moving game… left Q*Bert and Frogger for dead in this vintage gamers opinion.

    Overall a great effort… next stop, best pinball tables?

  • As I read this I couldn’t help but smile the whole way through, Great job!

  • oouchan

    I love all of these games and still have most of them. :) I will always hold a special place in my heart for Frogger, even though I could never get past level 5.

    Great list!

  • JES600

    RE: the Galaga entry. Galaga legions for Xbox Live Arcade was released in 2008. It was the first Xbox Live Arcade game I purchased. Galaga Legions DX was released in June of 2011 as a remake to the very popular 2008 Galaga Legions.

    Galaga (the closest to the original) was released on the Xbox Live Arcade in 2007.

  • Myna

    Worthless whore

  • Lifeschool

    Good list – could have used a few more nuggets of info. Definitely think Space Invaders deserves at least the number two spot; it may not have received as much revenue as Pac Man, but it certainly sold more units. In fact they sold 10, 000 more S.I. machines over pac man machines in the arcade. Also, as I mentioned on a previous list, S.I was also the game that inspired the most ‘8 bit generation’ programmers to start coding games.

    Pinball games sounds like a great sequel if anyone wants to have a go at writing it. ;)

    • Lifeschool

      The best Galaga clone for me is ‘Deluxe Galaga AGA’ on the Commodore Amiga A1200. I think you can get this on the PC and perhaps also as a phone app from the same author…

  • abrutalkind

    There definitely be some reason to why this are so influential, otherwise it is just a list of videogames, with a little background info on them and how to play them. Wikipedia is more helpful than this.

    • Josh Fox

      Sorry I didn’t have time to write out a full wikipedia article for each entry.

    • Donkey Kong III

      I’m sure a 300-page book would have more information in it too, you dolt.

  • godwarrier

    this is bad grafics. no body playd them in the rcade bcuz tehy all hav terible grafics!

    • Josh Fox

      You’re comment is laughable. You obviously don’t apprectiate where games originated from in the first place.

    • thatguy

      *These games all have bad graphics. No one played them at the Arcade because they all have terrible graphics.

      • thatguy

        With that said. “godwarrier” is an idiot.

        • Skippy the Impaler

          An idiot troll, I believe. Seen here in its native habitat. Once they roamed these plains by the thousands but eventually they all annoyed themselves to death.

  • J

    Other than Mario and Donkey Kong I have played all these. Oh, what a misspent youth.

  • Epic failure

    #2 = FAIL

  • ironflange

    Phoenix, not Pheonix. As for me, I wasted uncounted hours of my youth playing that damn Q*bert. That’s the only game I totally mastered, I could go for hours on one quarter, although the design had a weak spot — it awarded extra lives far too frequently.

  • Bullamakanka

    My son, who can finish a complete Mario disc on the Wii in only a couple of days, cannot fathom that we had things like this, or even simpler games like the hand-held “Game n Watch” ones with the silhouetted LCD characters. How primitive, Dad! These on this list are my faves; I don’t even bother with the newer ones.

  • OmegaMan

    Good memories! :)

    I guess most of the readers would have played all of these games. I missed only 7 and 10.

  • bigski

    i have a pong game in my closet almost brand new….

  • psychosurfer

    Good list aimed at the classics although I think Centipede or Moon Patrol deserved a place here. On the other hand I think there are many arcade games which easily beat the influence of these ones. For instance Karate Champ the precursor of all fighting games (including SF and MK). Other innovative arcades which set standards were Kung Fu Master, Pole Position and definitely Commando.

  • PONG was also the game being payed by the “furniture” in one of the opeening scenes of the movie *Soylent Green.*

    In the vocabulary of the movie, “furniture” is what you call a high end prostitute attached to a rich man’s apartment n NYC.

    • Monk

      I think the game in Soylent Green is Spacewar.

  • jamesispooping

    Soylent green is made of people

  • Some of these are influential unto themselves. Donkey kong and mario bros are basically the same. As is space invaders and galaga(should be galaxian). All great games, but based on each other with a few changes and tweaks.. I would add some genre influential games like dragons lair, Renegade, street fighter, and golden axe to name a few..

    • Oh and Can’t forget defender

      • Josh Fox

        Feel free to write: 10 More Influential Arcade Games
        And as for your opinion on Galaxian, that you presented as fact. Galaxian was a mere copy of Space Invaders, Galaga introduced something new was inspired further space shooter games. Therefore it’s clearly a better choice.
        Plus Donkey Kong is nothing like Mario Bros, they are completely different games with no similarities other than they were both made by Nintendo.

        • You about made my point for me.. Galaga is the sequel to galaxian which is just like space invaders http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galaxian And to say that donkey kong and mario bros is nothing alike is like saying pac man and ms pac man are nothing alike.. I realize mario bros is a much improved version as is galaga to space invaders.. That was my point…

          • Josh Fox

            Mario Bros. is not an improved version of Donkey Kong. The gameplay is different, the characters are different, the scoring is different, and the only similarity I can think of is that both games involve a jumping character.

  • Laura

    Phoenix. O comes before e, it’s right there in the link provided!! Also, Pac Man has a Donkey Kong screenshot.

  • soreheid

    scramble
    joust
    track and field
    defender
    xeveous
    were some of my favorites back in the days of leg warmers y-cardigans and waffle trousers. Now with everything being available on interweb I seem to prefer porn for practicing my fast hand action.

  • Holden

    My favorite arcade game growing up was After Burner.

    Sitting in that giant cockpit and moving all around… especially when you crashed. Man, I miss the old local arcade. :(

  • Tryclyde

    Does anyone remember Operation Wolf? The one with a machine gun. I’m not saying it should be on this list, but I used to spend heaps of time in the arcade playing that one.

  • poppypower

    Great List! I remember playing some of these at the youth club when I was younger – I had the 3rd highest score for space invaders and was the only girl in the top 10 :P
    Thanks so much for putting the links to some of the games up I haven’t played frogger in years – so there’s my next few hours sorted… :)

  • Elemarth

    PHOENIX.

    I’ve played Q-Bert and Pacman.

    • holly

      I was waiting for someone to catch that misspelling!

      • Jasdeep

        I raclel things a bit differently. But then again I was a DT player and remember the community feedback sent to you that was either ignored, or worst; acted on in completely opposite to what the players wanted.Granted, we weren’t the majority of your player base. And maybe you really did have your hands tied. Maybe we just needed someone to throw darts at on the forums. Or maybe the truth lies somewhere in the middle. At any rate, if you are talented then it is too bad your name is attached to the flaming pile. As a player, I just saw lots of forum ju-jitsu, false promises, and a lack of PvP fixes that left a bitter taste in my mouth. I mean really, who has damage scale geometrically and hp scale linearly? You would think there would be be someone out there on the development team that would have seen the lighthouse before the ship crashed into it. The players all saw it and complained (this is just one example I could think of).

  • trfan01

    This is officially my most favorite list on Listverse. :D

    Too bad Centipede wasn’t included, I love playing that game.

  • Sorry about the error with the images – I have corrected it now.

  • Joy

    I know others have said this, but it’s Phoenix. Please consider using spellcheck before posting!

  • Will

    Pong being number one is just sad. Most overrated game ever. It was one of the first games, it was NOT one of the greatest. Games like Galaga, Pac-Man, Space Invaders and Frogger were great retro games, certainly not Pong.

    • Hilarious Comments

      Read the title of the list before posting please. Top 10 INFLUENTIAL Arcade games.

  • Lyrebyrd

    Tempest!!! That was an awesome arcade game!!! Was it influential? Depends what you mean. It influenced many a teenager to keep feeding it quarters, that’s for sure! :)

  • Michael

    Great list. Have spent quite some bucks playing some of them in the arcades.
    Here are some personal favourites:

    Penta (Pengo).

    Elevator Action.

    Mr. Do!

    Stinger.

    Time Pilot ’84.

    Traverse USA (aka. Zippy Race).

    Moon Patrol.

  • mike

    Piepie gekak!!!

  • Roberta

    Great fond memories of the Arcade age, budgeting for a roll of quarters so I could lose myself for hours of fun. The room was a riot of sound, the beeps and
    whirrs, the roars of celebration and defeat.
    We were at once alone and together.
    It was communal and personal, meaningful and absurd. And ultimately the only way to win was to “be one with the game” which we weak humans could never quite do — fortunately. (By 1981 my game was Qix, oh long gone.)

  • squidmilker

    I cant wait for the pong movie.

  • All these entries deal with early arcade games. Where is Streetfighter II? That has to be one of the most influential arcade games. Certainly more so than Phoenix or Q Bert

  • David Kay

    Where’s Tron??

  • arries289

    How about TRON? And one of my all time favorites of the day BattleZone~!

  • turk

    my father owned a gas station in a town with a population of about 50 people. he keept one arcade game and switched it every 6-12 months. the ones I remember plunking the most quarters into were arkinoid (think that is what it is called, where u roll the platform across the bottom of the screen to bouncee the ball of the different colored blocks to make them dissapear), karate champ, bubble bobble, and i think moto cross was one of the others.

  • jibberjabber

    STREET FIGHTER II ….. totally dominated the arcades for so long can’t believe this was left out.

  • Hm. I’ve played all of these excluding the first two … which I’ve never even heard of. Until now, that is.

    • Josh Fox

      You’ve never heard of pac-man!?

  • Gamer_2k4

    So how are these influential? They’re definitely classics, but what exactly did games like Frogger, Q*Bert, and Pacman influence?

    • Skippy the ImpalerJ

      They mostly influenced later games. A couple of them were translated to other media. Frogger taught me that it’s okay to play in traffic. That’s about it, I guess…

  • Urien420

    Phoenix, and Galaga weren’t exacty influential, seeing how they were essentially upgraded remakes of space invaders. Street fighter 2 should have made it somewhere on this list, it brought forth a whole new dimension of competitive gaming and established the whole fighting game genre( along side mortal kombat).

  • Wolf

    Influential games?? Then where the hell is Tetris and Street Fighter? MegaMan maybe.

  • Juno~

    I recall playing Q*bert on my Sony Ericsson a while back. When you finish a level, they’ll give you a bonus score for it. I found out that if I quit the game then, and went back, they’ll give me the bonus AGAIN. It was when I reached about 50,000 points that i got bored, and had to kill myself numerous times because of all the lives I stacked up. Good times, goood tiiimes….

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  • dakota1022

    I think Computer Space deserves and honorable mention since it was the very first arcade game ever. It’s also the game being played in Soylent Green.
    http://www.arcade-museum.com/C/Computer_Space.html

  • madfiction

    Street Fighter should have made the list