16. Pole Position

Year Of Release: 1982
Developer: Namco
System(s): Arcade, Atari 5200, PC, just about every Namco Museum release for every system ever
Complex Says: Even if you've never played Pole Position, and you can't instantly call to mind the music from the game like we can, you can still thank it for the format of pretty much every racing game that came after it. Have you ever wondered why most arcade racing games feature a third-person view from behind the car, so you're guiding it forward down the track as far as the eye can see? Pole Position introduced that concept. Sure, it seems obvious now, but think about games like RC Pro Am, where you're viewing from much further away. Now imagine if all racing games had remained like that. More than half this list wouldn't exist.