North American Publications


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The “North American Publications” sorting of the Video Game Canon is a statistical meta-analysis of 23 “Best Video Games of All Time” lists that were published between 1996 and 2017 in North America. 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.

Games released after January 1, 2014 were excluded in the “North American Publications” sorting to remove any recency bias.

Next Generation
Top 100 Games of All Time
Publication Region: North America
Published: September 1996
Cut-Off: September 30, 1996

Next Generation
The 50 Best Games of All Time
Publication Region: North America
Published: February 1999
Cut-Off: December 31, 1998

IGN
Videogame Hall of Fame

Publication Region: North America
Published: April 2007 – October 2009
Cut-Off: December 31, 1999

Game Informer
Top 100 Games of All Time

Publication Region: North America
Published: August 2001
Cut-Off: December 31, 2000

GameSpy
Top 50 Games of All Time

Publication Region: North America
Published: July 2001
Cut-Off: December 31, 2000

1UP
The Essential 50

Publication Region: North America
Published: Throughout 2004
Cut-Off: December 31, 2001

GameSpot
The Greatest Games of All Time

Publication Region: North America
Published: June 20, 2003 – June 1, 2007
Cut-Off: December 31, 2001

Entertainment Weekly/G4TV
The 100 Greatest Videogames

Publication Region: North America
Published: May 13, 2003
Cut-Off: December 31, 2002

IGN
Top 100 Games

Publication Region: North America
Published: 2003
Cut-Off: December 31, 2002

IGN
Top 100 Games

Publication Region: North America
Published: 2005
Cut-Off: March 31, 2005

IGN
Top 100 Games of All Time

Publication Region: North America
Published: 2007
Cut-Off: December 31, 2006

FHM
100 Greatest Games of All Time

Publication Region: North America
Published: January 11, 2010
Cut-Off: March 31, 2009

Game Informer
Top 200 Games of All Time

Publication Region: North America
Published: December 2009
Cut-Off: December 31, 2009

The Phoenix
Top 50 Games of All Time

Publication Region: North America
Published: December 2010
Cut-Off: September 30, 2010

G4TV
Top 100 Video Games Of All Time

Publication Region: North America
Published: 2012
Cut-Off: December 31, 2011

1UP
The Essential 100

Publication Region: North America
Published: 2012
Cut-Off: December 31, 2011

Time
All-Time 100 Video Games

Publication Region: North America
Published: November 15, 2012
Cut-Off: March 31, 2012

Electric Playground
Top 100 Games

Publication Region: North America
Published: August 2013 – December 2013
Cut-Off: June 30, 2013

Popular Mechanics
The 100 Greatest Video Games of All Time

Publication Region: North America
Published: June 18, 2014
Cut-Off: December 31, 2013

Slant Magazine
100 Greatest Video Games of All Time

Publication Region: North America
Published: June 9, 2014
Cut-Off: December 31, 2013

IGN
The Top 100 Video Games of All Time

Publication Region: North America
Published: October 20, 2015
Cut-Off: June 1, 2015

Time
The 50 Best Video Games of All Time

Publication Region: North America
Published: August 24, 2016
Cut-Off: December 31, 2015

Polygon
500 Best Games of All Time

Publication Region: North America
Published: November 27, 2017
Cut-Off: January 31, 2017