Yosemite Sam wrote on Mar 29, 2017, 13:35:
I don't think solitaire should be on the list at all. What exactly did it inspire other then millions of lost hours of work. Only reason it's so popular is it came with all the windows operating systems, it's just a card game.
Still, it happened. It was there. No other game was so popular (included with Windows). Yeah, it was the one that every bored office drone and grandma played, but there were others to choose from and the one you only ever heard about was Solitaire. So whether it was just a digital recreation of a simple card game, it doesn't matter. It's one of the only games you can talk about that anyone that's ever touched a Windows PC would know about and that got it into popular culture.
Where's Warcraft? it only launched the entire RTS genre. Simcity? there's no Sims without Simcity. Halo, Portal pffft, more worthy FPS games deserve those spots.
I'd venture to say that Dune
would be a better choice as a founder of the genre. Before Dune
, they were just 'strategy games'. As for 'more worthy FPS games', yes, there are others that are worthy of the title of best FPS or first, but not many can be said to have popular and social appeal. Nearly everyone knows Halo
. It didn't start the FPS genre but it refined and redefined it, for better or worse, especially on consoles. Doom
is already on the list and while Quake was better technical-wise, Doom
is better known socially and that's more of what this list is about.
We've kinda got tunnel-vision because we deal with and know about games every day. We know the details. We know the history. The wider public does not. You have to remember that. You have to put aside your 'PC Master Race' ego and think about what your family and neighbors and co-workers would know and would think. Because that shows how far the industry and the games have come. Not just in our little ecosystem. Think bigger.