Most Popular Video Games of All Time

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The gaming marketplace is projected to be one of the largest businesses in the entertainment industry. Gaming has always been an important part of our daily lives. There are plenty of reasons why people play video games, but taking a break from busy life remains constant. A lot of video games are fast-paced and intense, but some are relaxing. When the world around us is stressful, indulging yourself in playing video games can help you feel a sense of accomplishment. Each one of us had a particular game that we loved to play. On this Video Games Day, let’s explore the most popular video games of all time. 


A sandbox game developed by Mojang in 2005, Minecraft, is the best-selling video game to date with over 238 million copies sold across all platforms ranging from PC to console. Initially released on 18 November 2011, the game was published by popular America-based game publisher, Xbox Game Studios. Did you know this? Let us know in the comments section below. 

Source: Minecraft 

Grand Theft Auto V

Who doesn’t know about this video game, popularly known as GTA, this game was initially released in 2013 by Rockstar Games. The game’s fictional plot is set within Southern California, where the story revolves around a single player followed by three protagonists, a retired bank robber, street gangster, drug dealer and gunrunner. The video games revolve around their malicious attempts to commit heists while under pressure from a corrupt government agency and powerful criminals. GTA has recorded over 169,000,000 sales to date.

Source: Rockstar Games 

PUBG: Battlegrounds

Do we even need to say more? Also known as PUBG, is one of the most popular video games of 2020. When the world witnessed a complete lockdown during the initial phase of Covid-19, PUBG saw huge popularity in India. PUBG recorded over 75 million sales on personal computers and game consoles as of 2021. The game’s plot was set in a battle genre and its series is known as the PUBG Universe. 

Source: PUBG battleground 

Wii Sports

Developed by Nintendo, a popular Japanese video game company, Wii Sports is a sports simulation game released in 2006. The game is a collection of five sports, including tennis, baseball, bowling, golf and boxing. Wii Sports reported over 82,900,000 sales by the end of 2017, achieving the title of the best-selling single-platform game of all time. 

Source: Nintendo enthusiast 

Super Mario Bros

Nintendo yet again makes it to the list. Developed and released by Nintendo in 1985, Super Mario Bros is a popular video game where players control Mario, as he traverses the Mushroom Kingdom to rescue Princess Toadstool from King Koopa. Mario Bros. is considered one of the greatest video games of all time, specifically for its precise controls. This game sold over 58 million copies worldwide. 

Source: Vox

Pokémon Red and Blue

The cutest Pokémon in Red and Blue versions were first released in 1996.  The plot revolves around a player who controls the protagonist from an overhead perspective and navigates him throughout the fictional region of Kanto in a quest to master Pokémon battling. It is also considered one of the greatest video games ever made. Pokémon Red and Blue marked the beginning of a multibillion-dollar franchise, selling over 300 million copies worldwide. 

Red Dead Redemption 2

Developed and published by Rockstar Games in 2018, Red Dead Redemption 2  is an action-adventure game set in 1899 following the exploits of outlaw Arthur Morgan, a member of the Van der Linde gang, in a fictionalized representation of the Western, Midwestern, and Southern United States. This game is also known as an example of video games in an art form and also won many accolades including Game of the Year awards from popular gaming publications. Apart from this, the action-adventure game sold over 45 million copies worldwide. 

Source: Rockstar Games

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

One of the most popular video games, known as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is the first-person shooter game launched in 2019. was released for PlayStation 4, Windows, and Xbox One. The video game sold over 30,000,000 million copies worldwide.  

Source: Call of Duty 

The Walking Dead

With over 28,000,000 million copies sold out, The Walking Dead has made it to the list. It is an episodic adventure video game published in 2012. The plot is set in the same fictional world as the comic, with events occurring shortly after the onset of the zombie apocalypse in Georgia. It is available on a variety of platforms such as Android, iOS, Kindle Fire HDX, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Ouya, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 4.

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In 2020, the number of gamers in India was over 360 million and it is estimated to reach a huge number of 510 million by this year. The COVID pandemic had a major role in the video game industry’s popularity in India and the world as people used gaming as escapism and entertainment from the stressful world around. For more exciting information, subscribe to Leverage Edu now!

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