Gaming's most important evolutions

35 features that changed the course of interactive entertainment, one game at a time

Tempting as it might be to imagine that history just plods along on a linear course, with great advancements magically popping into being at their appointed times, the reality is that it always takes a single, bright spark of an idea to get the wheels of progress moving %26ndash; mainly by convincing others to steal said idea and improve it.

It%26rsquo;s the same with videogames; look at their history as a whole, and it looks like one long, unbroken chain of gradual evolution. Look closer, however, and you%26rsquo;ll see that every last one of the useful features we take for granted today had its origin in one single, (sometimes) brilliant trailblazer that pioneered a new idea and made it appealing for everyone else. These games all introduced something that would irrevocably change to landscape of gaming in the years that followed, and it%26rsquo;s high time the important evolutionary steps they brought about were recognized.

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