The 20 most innovative games ever made

20 titles that changed video gaming forever

#18: Dance Dance Revolution



Platform: Arcade

Year: 1998

Original review score: Not Reviewed

Dance Dance Revolution was (and is) a massive hit in its own right. But the real innovation in DDR lies in one simple fact: it paved the way for the entire music game genre and, by extension, the world domination of Guitar Hero.

Why It Was Innovative:

Before DDR, music-based videogames were a virtually unknown niche genre. But DDR changed all of that with its patented "dance platform" that enabled players to bust a move instead of busting their thumbs on a typical game pad. Part jukebox, part karaoke machine, DDR's gameplay consisted entirely of bouncing and stomping to a musical rhythm. Because the game didn't rely on twitchy gaming skills, DDR quietly opened videogames to an entirely new demographic: everyone. This approach was later refined and mastered by the Guitar Hero franchise, but Konami deserves the nod for originally pioneering and popularizing the concept.

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  • C64 Gamer

    This list is terrible. I can think of games that really brought forward these "innovations" long before the games in this stupid list.

  • Tero

    ANY online game has a number of players that 'outnumbers some European countries': Vatican, Liechtenstein, Andorra and Monaco being some European countries.

  • sdew

    unff

  • Hank

    The Godfather the put sandboxes and 3D on the map is not even on this list. Wich made all these game even possible in the first place. Also missing half life and several other games that really saved the game industry after ET.

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