While sports fans love to watch their favorite athletes on game day fight and work hard towards victory, they also yearn for the ability to be those athletes, control their movements and be in their shoes come game time.
Well, sports video games are about as close as us average Joes can get to being under the big lights on game day. These videogames let fans simulate their hopes and dreams on the field and are very popular as a result. There have been some fantastic sports video games, and here are our picks for the 10 best of all time.
17. Pong (1972)
Released in 1972, Pong is not only credited as one of the earliest arcade video games, but it is the very first sports video game ever made. And for being the first sports video game, Pong deserves a spot on this list. Which sport is Pong? Why it’s table tennis, of course. And while the two dimensional graphics in this game may seem antiquated today, this game was the bomb when released in 1972. In fact, Pong was the first commercially successful video game ever and paved the way for the entire video game industry as we know it today. No Pong, maybe no PlayStation or Xbox or Nintendo. And while some people may find Pong overly simple, it is featured in a number of museums around the world and in various art institutes. Every other sports video game on this list owes a debt to Pong.