Few mediums of entertainment and art have evolved as quickly as video games. Growing by leaps and bounds in the less than fifty years that games have been commercially available, from pixels to polygons, one thing has consistently excited gamers and players: The feeling of being on the cutting edge.
New technology presents better music, prettier graphics and new possibilities for how games can be experienced. Scrolling screens gave birth to action platformers. The first person perspective gave birth to pulse pounding shooters while polygons and three dimensional spaces became the perfect breeding ground for character-action and survival-horror.
When something new hits gaming, things change.
The games and the hardware that best know how to flex that new technology are held in high regard not simply for their execution, but for all the possibilities they can fill a player's imagination with. Games and consoles that make the cutting edge a defining aspect of their experience excite people because they give us a taste of the future in the present day.
These games and consoles are what set the standard and broke new ground, shining in the limelight as they changed the gaming landscape for everyone.