So which games do you think brought about such a change in the gaming industry that it rose to rival the movie and music industry?
Although many games would vie for the top position i'd personally vote for Grand Theft Auto and Half-Life.
The original Super Mario Bros.; without it, you wouldn't have any of the games you do today. It was a refreshing change from the repetitive stuff on the Atari and Colecovision systems, and got people interested in games again after the so-called "crash" in 1983 or 1984.
Well, I can list a few of them...
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario 64
Dance Dance Revolution
and the list never end.
Half-Life took first person shooters to a whole new level for sure. Final Fantasy defined RPG gaming as we know it. I think Gran Turismo probably paved the road (pun SO intended hehe) in driving simulation.
Alone in the Dark - because it paved the way for other survival horror series like Resident Evil and Silent Hill
Final Fantasy - made the RPG genre widely known thru out the whole world not just in Japan
Metal Gear Solid - a game that has a solid story , nice gameplay, graphics that is a huge step from the last installment, and lots of new innovations when it come to stealth gameplay and diff. ways of using equipments.
Street Fighter II - a benchmark in 2D fighting game, a boom on 2D fighters followed from it
Virtua Fighter - popularize 3D fighting, that Tekken and other companies followed
Samurai Showdown - weapon based fighting, featuring some odd cast of characters
Medal of Honor - popularize the WWII FPS theme
I believe they are: Pong, Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros., Tetris, The Legend of Zelda, Dragon Quest, Grand Theft Auto 3, Final Fantasy VII, Doom, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter II, Virtua Fighter, Metal Gear Solid, and Pokemon (yes, Pokemon).
Apparently Super Mario Galaxy is supposed to be there somewhere too?
Super Mario 64 is clearly the game that revolutionized 3D gaming. It's the first one that did it properly, and at the time it stunned and amazed so many people. At the time, it truly was a revolution.
Donkey Kong on the SNES (I can't remember its full title) was also a big win. It used the SNES's 16-bit system in such a way that the very best graphics possible were oozed from the system, making it look arguably better than many N64 games.