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Everything began with Ico: how the obscure 2001 game is still influencing everything

Everything began with Ico: how the obscure 2001 game is still influencing everything

It's easy to forget that a great majority of us completely ignored the all-time classics of video gaming. Ico only sold around a half million copies, which means most of us passed on it upon release.

As nice as it would be to believe that the gaming world recognized its brilliance immediately, that wasn't the case. It took years for that game to be recognized as a masterwork.

Those who really appreciated it were the people who mattered most as Ico has gone on to be a huge source of inspiration in the game development world, and this piece from Wired's Chris Kohler charts its influence in the modern day, over twelve years after its lackluster release.

After reading all of these developers' thoughts on Ico it's tempting to think that the modern age of art-focused game development may have its own personal Super Mario Bros., and it flopped upon release.