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How do you decide the “top” video games of all-time? If you rank by most individual sales, you favor titles that were bundled with gaming systems. If you rank by how much money each game made overall, you favor arcade games or those with in-game purchases.

And how do you compare across decades? Games like Pac-Man and Space Invaders were revolutionary in their time, but with their 8-bit graphics and basic gameplay aren’t nearly as sophisticated as today’s best-selling games.

Time magazine recently decided to take this task on in a big way. They gathered a group of editors, representing multiple generations of gamers, to run more than 150 games through a multi-stage ranking process. Their final list of 50 games includes everything from early games like Pong and Oregon Trail, to modern hits like World of Warcraft and Red Dead Redemption.

1. Tetris

2. Super Mario 64

3. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

4. Doom

5. Ms. Pac-Man

6. Minecraft

7. The Legend of Zelda

8. Super Mario Bros.

9. The Oregon Trail

10. World of Warcraft

11. Sid Meier’s Civilization IV

12. Final Fantasy VI

13. SimCity 2000

14. Quake

15. Counter-Strike

16. Grand Theft Auto III

17. Half-Life 2

18. Rise of the Tomb Raider

19. Space Invaders

20. Zork

21. Diablo II

22. GoldenEye 007

23. Microsoft Flight Simulator X

24. Final Fantasy VII

25. Halo: Combat Evolved

26. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

27. Mortal Kombat

28. Donkey Kong

29. Myst

30. Pokemon Red & Blue

31. The Sims

32. Wolfenstein 3D

33. Super Mario Kart

34. Red Dead Redemption

35. Galaga

36. Fallout 3

37. Braid

38. Portal 2

39. Castlevania

40. Pong

41. ESPN NFL 2K5

42. BioShock

43. Call of Duty 2

44. Super Smash Bros.

45: Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec

46. Resident Evil 4

47. Guitar Hero

48. Angry Birds

49. Dota 2

50. King’s Quest III: To Heir Is Human


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