By the time Final Fantasy VII was available in international markets, the series was already pretty big in Japan.
To the rest of the world in the mid 90's, the JRPG was incredibly foreign. This all changed when Square ditched Nintendo for Sony's new PlayStation console and the brave new world of 3D gaming.
The result was one of the most popular games of all time, one that till today, nearly two decades on, is still considered one of gaming's best.
There is truly no game world out there quite like Azeroth.
For nearly 12 years, Blizzard's MMO has been the game that all MMOs are judged by. With utterly addictive gameplay, a truly staggering world to explore and great social features, WoW is more than a game, it's a way of life.
Since then, every MMO out there has tried to dethrone WoW but with little success as year after year, the guys in Irvine churn out stellar expansion packs, adding more life to a game that has evolved into a cultural phenomenon.
DoTA or Defense of the Ancients started out life as and relatively unknown custom game mode for Starcraft called Aeon of Strife. When it was remade for then then brand new Warcraft 3 however, an industry was born.
DoTA created the MOBA as we know it today. The concept was so simple; mix RPG elements with RTS style gameplay, have two teams of different characters, each with their pros and cons and battle it out for supremacy.
The huge popularity of DoTA fueled the next generation of MOBA's. Games like League of Legends, DoTA 2, Smite and many more can trace back their ancestry to the original DoTA.
It is also not a stretch to say that without MOBA's; eSports would not really be as big a phenomenon as it is today. League of Legends have become spectator sports in their own right drawing millions of fans, filling stadiums and making ungodly amounts of money via merchandising all because of the ground rules laid down by DoTA.
With no sign of waning popularity, the success of the MOBA shows just how a small ground of creative people can change the face of an entire industry.
Nobody could have predicted a game like Grand Theft Auto III.
At a time where gaming was more about the cute and the cuddly, GTA III came in like a wrecking ball, changing gaming forever.
Unlike the first two games in the series, which were top down action games, GTA III took a page out of Metal Gear Solid's book and focused on crafting a cinematic experience with a mature plot, great characters and real drama.
GTA III was also the first time that many gamers had played an open-world game. In a time when the gaming industry was just beginning to grow out of its platformer-heavy infancy, Liberty City's sandbox changed gaming as we know it forever thanks to a never before seen level of immersion.