The Video Game Canon is based on Warp Zoned’s Scientifically Proven Best Video Games of All Time.

The Scientifically Proven Best Video Games of All Time is a statistical meta-analysis of 44 “Best Video Games of All Time” lists that were published between 1995 and 2016. To qualify for inclusion, each list had to include at least 50 titles, some form of editorial oversight (lists made up solely of reader polls or fan voting were excluded), and no restrictions on release dates or platforms.

The rank order for The Scientifically Proven Best Video Games of All Time was compiled using a formula that measured each game’s Average Ranking across every list, as well as the Selection Percentage of how many lists it was included on. Combining these two factors allows us to create a list of games that have universal appeal across a long period of time without punishing any game for being “too old” or “too new.” Games released after January 1, 2013 were excluded to remove any recency bias.

The lower the Scientifically Proven Score, the higher a game is ranked on The Scientifically Proven Best Video Games of All Time. More sorting rules can be found on the Sorting Rules and Publications page.


Average Ranking + (100 – Selection Percentage) = Scientifically Proven Score


The Video Game Canon is comprised of all 890 games that were selected by at least one publication.

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You can also get a closer look at some of the games that qualify for the Top 100 with these essays from Warp Zoned.

Introduction and The Top 100

1972
#100 – Pong

1978
#90 – Space Invaders

1980
#64 – Pac-Man

1981
#56 – Ms. Pac-Man

1984
#1 – Tetris

1987
#71 – Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!
#82 – Contra

1988
#91 – Madden NFL Football (Series)

1989
#66 – Mega Man 2

1990
#34 – Super Mario Bros. 3
#78 – The Secret of Monkey Island

1991
#14 – Street Fighter II: The World Warrior

1992
#22 – Super Mario Kart

1995
#65 – Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island

1996
#3 – Super Mario 64
#68 – Resident Evil
#38 – Tomb Raider

1997
#17 – Final Fantasy VII

2000
#73 – The Sims

2001
#16 – Halo: Combat Evolved

2007
#10 – Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare