Every so often our beloved medium throws up a game that becomes something else, something greater. Unbounded by platform or even generation, such a game will go on to be perennially popular, played and adored by millions of players around the world, and exhibiting incredible longevity.
Such games are few and far between, but you can bet your bottom dollar that the developers and publishers behind them are always hoping for such mighty success. In a recent thread on ResetEra, someone drew attention to these “cross generational” games, selecting a shortlist for members to vote on which they considered the most impressive.
The OP chose five games with another option being “Other”. These were Minecraft, GTA 5, Skyrim, Mario Kart 8, and Counter-Strike. “I think these are the 5 most impressive cross-generational games ever made”, the OP wrote, in their introduction to the ballot. “Each one can put up a very impressive stat”, they continued.
They mention that Counter-Strike is nearly 25 years old; that Minecraft is one of the best selling games of all time and remains as relevant now as when it came out in 2011. Meanwhile, Mario Kart 8/Deluxe has sold more than 60 million copies across two systems and is still being bought in significant numbers as it continues to be well supported with DLC. Skyrim has sold huge numbers across three console generations, receiving numerous ports as well as being remastered, not to mention having a very active mod community. Finally, GTA 5’s continued reach across platforms has become something of a running joke in the community.
Gathering a total of 448 votes, GTA 5 won out with a 43.3 percentage share, making it the title considered the most impressive cross generational game. Minecraft came in second with 30 percent of the vote, while Counter-Strike beat out Mario Kart 8 and Skyrim for third place. “Other” got 1.1 percent of the vote. But let’s think about what exactly is meant by cross generational for a second.
To this writer, an impressive cross generation game has to remain popular with older gamers and draw in newcomers, has to be ported to more than one system, and generally be supported some way, either by the developers/publisher or the fan community. Notable absences from the list then include Doom, which remains played across pretty much all platforms (when it’s not being run on toasters and fridges and the like), Resident Evil 4, which has more ports than Skyrim, and something as timeless as Tetris, which sees constant ports and remixes.
It’s an interesting question for sure, and something as dominant as Fortnite could surely qualify even if the game is not quite yet five years old considering that it’s also reaching across generations, either console or human. With the upcoming Starfield, perhaps there’ll be more titles added to this small list in the future.
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