For many people around the world, the golden age of video games didn’t arrive in the ’70s; It emerged in the 1980s. During that decade, the Sega Genesis, Nintendo Entertainment System, and Nintendo Gamy Boy were all released.
The arcade games of the 80’s produced some of the best arcade games, many of which continued to produce sequels decades later. These 10 games are among the most important games of all time because their influence didn’t just affect the ’80s; It built the video game industry.
By 1989, video game graphics had evolved to better approximate complex shapes like human bodies. This made it possible for game designers to take advantage of the tools available to deliver games that looked more realistic. The first title to do so was Jordan Mechner’s Prince of Persia for the Apple II.
Prince of Persia is regarded as the first cinematic platformer, and it used a great deal of innovation in its development. Mechner used rotoscoping to transfer filmed movements and render them as characters on the screen. This process would evolve through the ’90s with games like Mortal Kombat (1992) and into modern uses of motion-capture technology.
Prince of Persia’s graphical innovations completely changed video game animation forever by offering more realistic movement. The game hit the Apple II around the tail end of its life, so it wasn’t immediately successful. It took a little time and some porting to other systems, but the game eventually found success, spawning a franchise.
Prince of Persia is widely regarded as one of the greatest video games of all time. Its innovative graphics, immersive gameplay, platform mechanics, and excellent story drew players into the experience of playing the game. Every cinematic platformer that followed owes a great deal to the innovations made by Mechner’s Prince of Persia.