Games, like all art, are a product of the era in which they were created.So with that in mind, we put less emphasis on whether decades-old games can “hold up” against the modern AAA greats, and placed more importance on how incredible that gaming experience felt in its own era.
A few other considerations: Pokémon Go is as relevant for what happens outside of the game as what happens in it.
Honestly, the only thing everyone here at IGN loves more than games is the act of arguing about games.
Which made putting together this list of the Top 100 Video Games of All Time such a daunting, but ultimately rewarding experience.
You really do have to play Galaga on arcade hardware to get the full experience.
Something about the two-way joystick and that big red fire button, the unique tinny music and chipsounds bleeping through the old cabinet speakers, the softening effect of the CRT on the colorful, pixelated graphics, and the slightly rough feel of the control panel under your hands... I’m not sure vertical shooters ever really got better after Galaga.