A huge number of people have a console in their homes, especially if we include the ones that only use them to stream Netflix to their television, and many more have a PC of some description. If we even go as far as counting smartphones and tablets as veritable gaming devices, which would probably mean counting Clash of Clans as a video game, then virtually everyone has a gaming device of some description.
However, this was certainly not always the case and while there is no single game that marked this shift in attitude among the general public, there have been a number of contributing factors. After all, we have come a very long way since the days of Pong and needing to buy an Atari just to type in our own code and hope that it works at the end! However, there are several games that have changed the (gaming) world in some way or another and today we wanted to bring you three of our favourites.
The first PlayStation is what we would consider to be the start of the current console lineage, and we would have to see Tomb Raider as being the first definitive killer app in modern console gaming. While we cannot call one game the title that led to mainstream appeal, this one almost certainly contributed heavily. It was released for PC, Sega Saturn and the PlayStation itself and sold nearly eight million copies around the world. Just as Wolfenstein and Doom led to the creation of one of the most popular genres of games to this day, Tomb Raider kick started the 3D action-adventure style like none before it.
The brand itself has proven solid and resolute, with various movies, toys and even 2 slots machines by Microgaming: Tomb Rider and Tomb Rider – Secret of the swords. These casino games reached an insane popularity in Norwegian online casinos since 2017-2018 as well as in other casino communities around the world, possibly because casino players connected with the idea of hunting for shiny treasures.
We already mentioned Pong, but it bears mentioning again as it is one game that really started it all when it comes to playing at home. Initially, the game was test launched in just one bar, which had previously only offered the classic mechanical slots as entertainment. It certainly caught on during this 1972 trial period and went on to ship thousands of units in its arcade game form, before becoming one of the first home based video games ever made just a couple of years later. It is possibly one of the simplest games ever made, but it captured the attention of the public unlike anything else that came before it.
Super Mario Bros.
We have to admit that we never actually owned a copy of Pong – it was actually a bit before our time. Indeed, the first game that we did end up bringing home ever was Super Mario Bros. It’s not the first Mario game, but it is the one that established the Italian plumber as perhaps the best-known video game character of all time. While the previous one flew under the radar, this one captured mainstream attention like nothing before it. It held the title of the best-selling video game of all time for nearly thirty years before being usurped by Wii Sports and, considering that it was mainly around during the aforementioned era before gaming was ‘cool’, that remains one heck of an achievement. It even nearly led to Nintendo losing its own trademark as the name was nearly genericised; just as vacuum cleaners are commonly known as Hoovers, Nintendo nearly became the catch-all name for consoles and it was this game that caused it.
This list could go on forever, but these are three games that we still appreciate to this day, while also acknowledging just how important they have been in making console gaming what we know and love to this day. You’ll undoubtedly have heard of them, but if you have never played them then there’s no time like the present to fill in some gaps in your historical gaming knowledge!