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Friday, December 29, 2000
GameSpot on Most Influential Games
10:06 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

A new year-end GameSpot article discusses what they believe to be the fifteen 'most influential' games of all time. It is an interesting article, and while some of the games mentioned may be PC-only, many have still inspired a number of titles that did eventually come to the Mac platform. Some of the titles included in the list are Sim City, Myst, Tomb Raider, and Quake; even Myth: The Fallen Lords made it into the runner-up category. Here's an excerpt about everyone's favorite FPS, Quake:

Certainly, id Software's Wolfenstein 3D and Doom were groundbreaking games that defined the first-person shooter, but in terms of influence, Quake, the culmination of id's previous games and cutting-edge technology, was even greater. Quake attracted more fans than any of id's previous games. It set standards for the use of technology in a game, end-user customization, and online player communities. Many shooters that came after it, such as Hexen II and Jedi Knight, were touted as "Quake killers," and that label only attests to Quake's influential status.
Even those sick of the genre must admit that Quake ushered in many elements of gaming, such as true-3D technology and hardware acceleration, LAN parties, the immense 'mod' community, and even 3D engine licensing. Take a few minutes to read through the rest of the article if you've got the time.

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