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11 Influential Video Games That Have Aged Horribly

Time and tide wait for no game, not even the most influential.

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The video games industry is one that has grown from nothing to one of the most profitable entertainment industries in the world over the span of five short decades.

As a result, there are a number of games in living memory that have been dubbed landmark titles; whether for their innovative gameplay, for creating a new sub-genre, or for offering a fresh new take on an existing format, and we've all got a favourite that we remember fondly for one reason or another.

But what happens when you pull out your favourite childhood trend-setter, only to realise that playing it now is more of a chore than you ever remembered?

It's undoubtedly a result of the progress that these games themselves helped usher in, but there's something profoundly upsetting about realising a game that helped shape modern gaming now feels like little more than an unplayable mess of poor visuals and cheesy dialogue, or a classic title simply being overshadowed by its own sequels.

Before we start the list, it's probably worth prefacing the entire thing with a gentle reminder that each and every one of these games is a veteran of the industry and deserves our utmost respect.

That said, let's take a closer look at the ways in which these influential titles have aged horribly, shall we?

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