Essays

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

VGC Essays are original essays discussing each title from the Video Game Canon and their place in gaming history, as well as to better appreciate how players interacted with video games in the past.
 

Introduction and The Top 100

1972
#97 – Pong

1978
#87 – Space Invaders

1980
#92 – Pac-Man

1981
#55 – Ms. Pac-Man

1984
#1 – Tetris

1987
#72 – Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!
#110 – Contra

1988
#86 – Madden NFL Football (Series)

1989
#75 – Mega Man 2

1990
#35 – Super Mario Bros. 3
#76 – The Secret of Monkey Island

1991
#16 – Street Fighter II

1992
#24 – Super Mario Kart

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

1996
#2 – Super Mario 64
#67 – Resident Evil
#45 – Tomb Raider

1997
#18 – Final Fantasy VII

2000
#69 – The Sims

2001
#17 – Halo: Combat Evolved

2007
#12 – Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare