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10 Video Games That Changed EVERYTHING When They Launched

Most fans, commentators and experts will agree that the video game industry popped up on everyone's radars following the release of Atari's Pong in November 1972. Insanely addictive and an example of the world's modern technologies and all of their capabilities, it wiped the floor with its tabletop rivals and soon had dozens of companies branching out with their own takes and efforts in the hopes of getting a slice of the pie.

Since then, the gaming industry has had a history littered with memorable titles and releases that have revamped and reshaped how things have been done going forward. Whilst ambitious changes don't always work out for companies, the most memorable games in history are the ones who have been able to change the entire fabric of the community through bringing something completely new to the table.

From stepping out with a whole range of new features and mechanics, widening the net with a clearer tone and level of accessibility, to establishing a different kind of franchise with upgraded technologies, these video games changed everything.