With an increasing number of people spending more of their hard-earned money on the latest tech and services, games expanded into new arenas. History showed once more, new tech paved the way for new opportunities.
Few games have captured gamers minds and free time quite like Civilization. From its humble beginnings as a turn-based strategy game to an expansive, complex empire builder, this is how Civilization has progressed over the past 30 years.
A decade ago Demon's Souls launched on the PS3, an action RPG import from a little-known Japanese developer named FromSoftware. It'd only be accurate to say that game and its successors transformed the action-RPG genre.
The Hitman series helped define the modern stealth action game, with the formula evolving and building up a large following spanning 20 years. Here's a recap of the key titles featuring genetically engineered and professional hitman Agent 47.
Who would have guessed that stealthily scaling a building with a trusty hidden blade would become an annual tradition, but back in 2007, the exploits of Altair in Assassin's Creed were practically revolutionary.
From what began life as a tech demo, the series has endured for over 16 years, producing 14 games (including Far Cry 6) that have sold over 50 million copies and spawned an utterly atrocious movie. This is the story of Far Cry.
It's been nearly a decade and two console generations since Skyrim came out in 2011. The Elder Scrolls VI is eventually coming, but as the franchise turns 26, we're looking back at how things got started with the RPG series that set players free to choose their own fates.
17 Years of Call of Duty: One of the most influential and persistent video game franchises of all time
Call of Duty has made everlasting memories for millions of players around the world, including an entire generation of gamers who've spent their adolescent years with the franchise and continue to stick with it to this day.