NEARLY, BUT NOT QUITE
With selection comes exclusion. Out of every innovation that didn’t make the cut, which are the most notable?
With novel control systems, Wii appeared to create new markets for videogames until smartphones neatly supplanted it. The N64 controller’s stick introduced analogue to consoles, but have you played GoldenEye lately? Long debates were had about 3dfx’s Voodoo1, the dedicated graphics card that established PC’s technical lead over consoles. There’s Kickstarter, through which developers could circumvent publishers for a few years, until too many promises were broken and only big names started attracting attention. And there’s
Call Of Duty 4, which reinvigorated the online FPS and built an empire. All were transformational, but none quite so much as our final ten.