The 5 most recocognised gaming icons

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Pac Man has put together their list of the top 5 gaming icons of our time, while we obviously won’t be complaining about how won I do think that they have missed some important ones out.

Their list is as follows

5.  NES Controller
4.  Space Invader
3. T-Shaped Tetris piece
2.  Mario 
1. Pac Man

Pac-Man and Mario I have to agree with and the T-piece from Tetris is possibly there but I would have replaced that with the Z shaped one to be honest.

I also find Space Invaders more recognisable than tetris and mario so that would be my number 2. 

Some of the ones that I feel are missing are the following in no particular order

1. Sonic the Hedgehog
1. Lara Croft
1. Donkey Kong
1. Master Chief

Do we have some other great ones that I have missed out?

Source: GamerLimit

Last Updated: January 28, 2009

Gavin Mannion

I for one welcome our future robotic overlords

  • I nearly died the other day when I realised that my father didn’t know what tetris was. Is that even possible? It’s just one of those things that people know about, like world war 2.

  • I think the classic Atari 2600 controller speaks out “Video game” more than the NES controller.

  • pfangirl

    Although these are probably a bit more obscure I’d also vote for the Rockstar logo, the Mario mushroom over Mario himself, Fallout’s Pipboy and the Half-Life lambda logo.

  • I think i might agree with you on that mushroom logo, its actually a very recognisable symbol. especially in the whole 8-bit look.

  • Ooh yes, I heartily agree. The Mario Mushroom, particularly in its green and white 1up form is most certainly iconic, probably – as you’ve said – more so than Mario himself.

  • Inferno888

    Contra rocked!!

  • spl0it

    The Icon I will always remember is a Boot Leg Arcade machine at the corner Cafe.

  • bokka1

    I agree but I think NES was much bigger in the States than Atari.

  • To a large extent, yes – but they were from different eras. The Atari 2600 was wildly successful globally, from its launch in 1977 until the infamous video game crash of 1983. the video game crash was caused by poor third party software – shovelware, if you will. It was actually the NES that revived the industry after its 1984 release. Ironically, Nintendo’s hardware is now home for 99% (statistic made up) of the third party shovelware available. 🙂

  • Snakker

    Would have loved to see Solid Snake in there too… :ninja:

  • By far the most recognisable icon would be the
    damn coin slot of the cafe Arcade machines that ate up
    all my coins for many MANY years :blink:

  • Fox1

    Ryu from Street Fighter should be on that list.

  • dewej

    yee haa! contra for the win

  • ToOkieMoNstZA

    Dragon Logo from MK

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