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Vintage Games by Matt Barton, Bill Loguidice

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SUPER MARIO 64/TOMB RAIDER (1996): THE THIRD DIMENSION

So far in our journey through the greatest and most influential games of all time—a list compiled with no small apprehension by your humble and well-meaning authors—we have yet to cheat. But, alas, we at last come to a tie that neither of us could break: was it Super Mario 64 or Tomb Raider that finally established 3D as the new standard for videogames? Which of these two best-selling, trend-setting games can really be said to have rendered 2D obsolete? Unable to decide between Mario's mustache or Lara Croft's … pistols, we finally decided not to decide. Both of these critically acclaimed games established paradigms that are still guiding the industry today.

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