The Most Popular Video Games in History

Last year saw the release of the next generation of games consoles – the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One – and with them a whole host of the latest video games.

Over the years games have hit the market in all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re a fan of fast cars, have an overwhelming urge to quest and conquer, or want a pet without the hassle of cleaning up after it, there’s something to pique your interest. Let’s take a look at some of the world’s most popular games, that have captured our imaginations over the years.


Originally released in 1984, Tetris is addictive gaming in its simplest form. Available for a now diverse selection of devices, there have been a whopping 143 million copies of Tetris sold over its 30 years in existence. Not bad for slotting shapes into spaces.

Super Mario Brothers

Originally released in 1985, Super Mario Bros allowed two players to Guide Mario and Luigi through the Mushroom Kingdom to rescue Princess Toadstool from Bowser. It has been named the Greatest Game of All Time by an IGN poll.

Grand Theft Auto

Grand Theft Auto is a game that now comes in a multitude of guises, allowing players to take on heists in fictional cities on foot and in various vehicles, while interacting at leisure with the world around them. It has captured the hearts and (slightly corrupt) imaginations of millions around the world.

Wii Sports

Bringing movement to the world of video gaming, WII Sports aims to entice players out of a sedentary life heading towards obesity. You can playing sports and compete with family and friends from the comfort of your own home. What’s not to love?


Countless hours spent by the PC clicking frantically to beat the computer. Minecraft represents procrastination at its finest. It’s also available on PS3, Xbox 360, and your mobile phone for on-the-go timewasting.


Gotta catch ‘em all. This is a truly addictive game that allows users to capture and battle with their Pokemon. Released in 1996, the red, blue and green were originally made for the GameBoy and GameBoy Colour, but have since been renamed and repackaged for the Game Boy Advance.


“If you can keep your Nintendogs fed and watered we’ll think about getting you a real pet” said mum and dad (in the secret hope you’d forget your desires for a real pet once the game had loaded.) No pooper scooper necessary, this game is one of the cleanest ways to keep a pet.

The Sims

Hands up who made a carbon copy of their own family and home on the computer screen? Then watched some dubious actions occur between friends and neighbours. Many an hour could be spent building and decorating the perfect home for your virtual family to live in.

Video games provide a great way to unwind after work, put off that university dissertation, or exercise your passion for world domination and gangland warfare in a way that won’t get you arrested. With new consoles out, what’s next for the future of the industry? Watch this space.

This article was written by Jake Messer, a technology fanatic and a content writer for HANDD, the commuter and business solution specialists.

Photo by Chris Chidsey from FreeImages

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