IGN’s Top 100 Games of All Time in 10 Minutes

Which games were so far ahead of their time, so much pure fun, that they stand apart? Inside you’ll find our selections for the 100 best video games ever made. http://www.ign.com/lists/top-100-games

How much did this game impact us personally, as well as the industry as a whole, when it came out?

This criterion meant weighing several instances where a sequel successfully iterated and improved upon an original that broke new ground back when it was originally released. As you can imagine, those discussions were a lot of fun.

Games, like all art, are a product of the era in which they were created. So with that in mind, we put less emphasis on whether decades-old games can “hold up” against the modern AAA greats, and placed more importance on how incredible that gaming experience felt in its own era. After all, which is a greater achievement — a game that breaks significant new ground and feels a decade ahead of its time, or a game that comes out a generation later and finally manages to make some small improvements to the formula?

A few other considerations:

• All video games across all platforms were eligible, as long as they were released before December 31, 2017.

• We placed no specific emphasis on different editions or versions of a game, if it has appeared on multiple platforms.

• All entries must be a single video game — bundles or compilations are not eligible. (Sorry, Super Mario All-Stars and Orange Box).

• This list was formed from the collective opinions of everyone on IGN’s core content team.

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