As video games keynote speakers and gaming futurists, folks often ask us what some of are favorite games are? Not coincidentally, they’re also some of the top picks by millions of other players and eSports enthusiasts worldwide. (Hey, you can’t beat great gameplay, right?) In any event, since we’re often tapped as video games keynote speakers and gaming futurists, we figured we’d share with you some of the most popular video games of all time based on sales, impact, and cultural influence – perhaps they’ll become your new favorites as well?

  1. Minecraft: A sandbox game that allows players to build and explore their own virtual worlds. Since its release in 2011, it has sold over 200 million copies across all platforms.

  2. Tetris: A simple yet addictive puzzle game, first released in 1984, which has seen numerous iterations on virtually every gaming platform. The Game Boy version is an especial favorite with millions of players worldwide.

  3. Super Mario Bros: As Nintendo’s mascot, Mario is instantly recognizable, and the Super Mario games have been incredibly popular since the 1980s. Haven’t played one yet? Yeah – you’re missing out.

  4. Grand Theft Auto V: Released by Rockstar Games in 2013, it’s one of the best-selling video games of all time, known for its open-world environment and engaging storyline.

  5. Red Dead Redemption II: Another hit from Rockstar Games, we’re talking about a critically acclaimed action-adventure game set in the late 1800s. Ever enjoyed a Western film? Now you can live one.

  6. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: An action-adventure game from Nintendo that is considered one of the greatest video games of all time. Fantasy dungeon crawling at its finest.

  7. Fortnite: Epic Games’ battle royale title has seen tremendous success due to its free-to-play model, colorful visuals, and constant updates among other factors.

  8. Call of Duty series: A first-person shooter franchise that has consistently been a top seller since its first release in 2003. Welcome to World War II and other epochs on your TV.

  9. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG): This was one of the games that popularized the battle royale genre, with millions of players worldwide.

  10. Among Us: Initially released in 2018, this online multiplayer party game saw a massive surge in popularity in 2020.

  11. Animal Crossing: New Horizons: Released in 2020, this life simulation game from Nintendo saw enormous success, partially due to timing with global lockdowns.

  12. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt: Released in 2015, it’s an action RPG that has been critically acclaimed for its complex narrative and world design.

Remember, popularity can depend on a variety of factors, including sales figures, player counts, cultural impact, and critical acclaim – and can wax and wane over time. As video games keynote speakers and gaming futurists explain, future updates, sequels, and new game releases may prompt some well-deserved updates to this rundown as well.