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10 Video Games That Broke the Internet

In this age of social media, it’s not uncommon to see entertainment go viral and become pop culture landmarks in the making. A fair share of movies, music, and TV shows have had their time in the spotlight, but perhaps nothing else has the power to light up the internet like video games can. Across social media, video games possess the unique ability to spread in popularity like wildfire. For proof, just look at these ten video games that broke the internet. 

From mobile games to console titles, and PC exclusives to free-to-play apps, the world gamers have enjoyed some truly massive viral hits over the years. Playing them felt like more than just a form of entertainment — it felt like being a part of an enormous cultural touchstone. Whether pre-release hype, new-release excitement, or a post-release popularity surge, these ten titles captured the internet like nothing else.

Team Fortress 2

TF2 is the definition of a viral success story.

Also known as TF2, this class-based shooter definitely set the stage for the later success of Fortnite. That said, it still broke the internet in its own right. From its “Meet the Team” videos to its second life as a free-to-play title, Team Fortress 2 continues to be one of the biggest viral successes in video game history.

Cyberpunk 2077

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While it fumbled at launch, Cyberpunk 2077 broke the internet with its pre-release hype.

Here’s a classic example of a video game that broke the internet before its release: CD Projekt Red’s ambitious RPG, Cyberpunk 2077. The game might have faced major backlash post-launch due to bugs and performance issues, but it doesn’t change the fact that the hype was real long before it dropped.

Fall Guys

Gamers both casual and professional got a serious kick out of

Fall Guys

.

When the stars align in its favor, it’s not uncommon for a free-to-play game to outperform every other paid release of the year. Just look at Fall Guys, the whimsical battle royale game that crashed servers as players swarmed in. Drawn by its charm and its social media success, the game was a huge viral sensation.

Minecraft

Just about every gamer has played

Minecraft

or knows someone who does.

Forget about the fact that it’s been around for a decade and a half now: Minecraft still enjoys just as much explosive popularity as if it had been released last month. Millions have toyed around in the game’s blocky world, and it only continues to grow in popularity today.

Roblox

Of all the video games that broke the internet,

Roblox

is one of the most addicting.

In a similar vein, Roblox and its expansive user-generated content continue to captivate players close to two decades after it was first released. The game can be enjoyed across both mobile and web servers, allowing it to be a hub for millions of creatives online. It broke the internet and never stopped breaking it.

Among Us

The popularity of

Among Us

was nearly inescapable.

Whether you blame it on lockdowns, social media, or video game streamers, Among Us dominated the internet and reveled in its viral status throughout the early 2020s. From mountains of merch to countless fan edits to internet memes galore, Among Us is quite the success story indeed.

Fortnite

Every new update breathes new life into

Fortnite

‘s continued success.

Ah, the ultimate example of a video game that broke the internet: none other than Fortnite. This multiplayer battle royale game had a meteoric rise and a continued success that just can’t seem to stop growing. Events, collaborations, exclusives, and crossovers continue to add fuel to Fortnite’s fire.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

The release of

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

couldn’t have come at a better time.

There’s never been a more perfect instance of the right game appearing at the right time. Animal Crossing: New Horizons dropped right when lockdowns began, giving people the kind of uninhibited free time they needed to sink into the game fully. It was all just about anyone was playing for that first half of 2020.

Grand Theft Auto V

It’s hard to believe

GTA V

has been around for more than a decade now.

More than a decade after launch (and spanning at least three separate console generations to boot), Grand Theft Auto V is still breaking the internet. The hype was there before the release, its launch brought even more chaos, and the endless possibilities of its vast open world continue to make it a viral hit today.

Pokemon Go

You can’t talk about video games that broke the internet without mentioning

Pokemon Go

.

As one of the biggest and best augmented-reality games, Pokemon Go stands as one of the most monumental video games that broke the internet. It was a truly global phenomenon when it hit the App Store in 2016 — full stop. Its blend of nostalgic Pokemon gameplay, real-world exploration, and social interaction made it an honest cultural craze.

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