Video Game of the Year

A Year-by-Year Guide to the Best, Boldest, and Most Bizarre Games from Every Year Since 1977


Breaking down the 40-year history of the world’s most popular art form, one video game at a time


ISBN: 9781419762055 Category:

Jordan Minor


Pong. The Legend of Zelda. Final Fantasy VII. Rock Band. Fortnite. Animal Crossing: New Horizons. For each of the 40 years of video game history, there is a defining game, a game that captured the zeitgeist and left a legacy for all games that followed. Through a series of entertaining, informative, and opinionated critical essays, author and video game critic Jordan Minor investigates, in chronological order, the innovative, genre-bending, and earth-shattering games from 1977 through 2020. Minor explores development stories, critical reception, and legacy, and also looks at how gaming intersects with and eventually influences society at large while reveling in how uniquely and delightfully bizarre even the most famous games tend to be.

Additional information

Weight 830 g
Dimensions 19.2 x 22.8 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 13 July 2023
Number of pages 256
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Foreword by Dan Ryckert
Dimensions 19.2 x 22.8 cm
Weight 830 g


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Jordan Minor is an entertainment and technology journalist. For years he was senior editor at, and he is currently an editor on the Apps and Gaming team at PCMag. He has also written freelance articles for multiple prominent gaming outlets, including Kotaku, The A.V. Club, Paste magazine, 148Apps, and The Escapist. He lives in New York City.

Dan Ryckert is creative director at Giant Bomb and cofounder of the Fire Escape Cast.