Fan-Created Timeline Places 1,000 Games in Chronological Order

Fan-Created Timeline Places 1,000 Games in Chronological Order

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Taking place in 2,500,000 BC, Turtles in Time is the first title in a game timeline spanning billions of years.

Attempting to put video games from the same series in chronological order is nothing new. Fans have argued over the order of Legend of Zelda and Castlevania games for years, after all. But what if all games were on a single timeline--then what would the order be? That's what Alex Jaffe wants to determine with his video game chronology project, a work in progress that currently places over 1,000 games on a timeline starting in 2,500,000,000 BC with TMNT: Turtles in Time.

In a timespan of billions of years, the project places many prominent (and some lesser known) games. As you might expect, Chrono Trigger is near the top, going as far back as the year 65,000,000 BC. Day of the Tentacle's time-traveling exploits place it between Castlevania: Dracula X and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein in 1793, while the Myst games pretty much dominated the early 1800s.

Moving into the distant future, there's Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future in 2900, the Xenosaga games from 7268 to 7269, and EVE Online taking place in 23347. The games furthest into the future? The Warhammer 40,000 titles, which share the year with... Space Hulk.

There are many, many more games than the few I've named here, and presumably even more will be added in the future. In fact, you can email Alex with suggestions, so if you feel like anything is missing, be sure to let him know.

Preceden via Kotaku

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This is pretty neat. I'm glad the beginning of the timeline starts with "Prehistoric Turtlesaurus"

Fappy:
This is pretty neat. I'm glad the beginning of the timeline starts with "Prehistoric Turtlesaurus"

I thought it was pretty cool too. But where is Caveman Games??? I guess he couldn't pinpoint the time period when cavepeople had dinosaur-riding competitions.

Sarah LeBoeuf:

Fappy:
This is pretty neat. I'm glad the beginning of the timeline starts with "Prehistoric Turtlesaurus"

I thought it was pretty cool too. But where is Caveman Games??? I guess he couldn't pinpoint the time period when cavepeople had dinosaur-riding competitions.

Is Mega Man on there somewhere? I'd imagine it's hard to do when the year is always something like "20XX" :P

Canon. All of this canon. No arguments.

I used to try and fit as many games together in one universe as possible when I was a kid. It was fun.

The problem with this is that many games don't even use our calender, like I'm fairly certain, despite using terms like BC and AD, Chrono Trigger doesn't.

Kokotoni Wilf: 1000000 BC - AD 2001
Transport Tycoon Deluxe: 1950 - 2050
Starion: 9999 BC - AD 2010

Oh, this is fun.

captcha: quality time

I think I'll e-mail him to let him know that It's Castlevania 3 Belmont's Revenge, not Castlevania 2 Belmont's Revenge.

No Zork? No Portal? No Team Fortress? No Homeworld? No Half-Life?

Disappointment. Though, besides Portal and Team Fortress the others place on the time-line would be difficult to suss out.

Regardless, this is a good list. I was surprised to not only see all of the MechWarrior games, but to see them in the proper order as well. Not to mention some old favorites like Myst, Freespace, Freelancer, etc, etc.

Very cool stuff. I'll be keeping an eye on this projects progress.

vxicepickxv:
I think I'll e-mail him to let him know that It's Castlevania 3 Belmont's Revenge, not Castlevania 2 Belmont's Revenge.

Actually, he is right.
Castlevania II Belmont's Revenge is a platformer released on the game boy. It was released July 12, 1991 in Japan, August 1991 in North America, and November 26 1991 in Europe. It was also released on the gameboy color on July 26, 2000 in Europe.

For what it's worth, Space Hulk IS a Warhammer 40K game.

Tarkand:
For what it's worth, Space Hulk IS a Warhammer 40K game.

That's what I was thinking.

Where does Trog fit into all of this?

E.V.O The Search for Eden - 500 million BC

Harker067:

Tarkand:
For what it's worth, Space Hulk IS a Warhammer 40K game.

That's what I was thinking.

Yeah. Dawn of War 2 even had a hidden achievement, "Old School" for hitting a Space Hulk level with four Terminator squads.

Fappy:
This is pretty neat. I'm glad the beginning of the timeline starts with "Prehistoric Turtlesaurus"

I clicked the link and said, "Please don't let there be any dinosaurs." Then yep, dinosaurs. Sigh... I guess they couldn't be having you fight a bunch of bacteria.

So, can you guys actually, ya know, link the timeline in your article?

saintdane05:
So, can you guys actually, ya know, link the timeline in your article?

Not right now - if you read the linked Kotaku article they note that the site's screwed because of so many people hitting up this timeline (thanks to the Kotaku article). The internet is eating itself.

Fappy:
Is Mega Man on there somewhere? I'd imagine it's hard to do when the year is always something like "20XX" :P

I think it would be between 2030, Battle Network's ending, and 2100, X's begining.

Yeah Space Hulk is a 40k game....but not everything in the 40k verse all happens on the year 40,000,
They could have tried to be more specific, 40k does have a dating system IE 999.M41 is 40,999 CE. Infact almost all of the most recent stuff happens in the 42nd millennium.

Sarah LeBoeuf:
Fan-Created Timeline Places 1,000 Games in Chronological Order

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Taking place in 2,500,000 BC, Turtles in Time is the first title in a game timeline spanning billions of years.

I think you mean 2,500,000,000 BC.

It's a pretty cool idea. Shame the graphical representation wasn't more impressive.

*sees Persona is technically in the same continuity as Mass Effect, according to this timeline*

Now THAT would be interesting to see. Personas in Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer? I'd play it. :P

I would like to see him put joe and mac in there.

Well I'm fairly surprised at this. That takes dedication. Much kudos to that guy. Now to lose my life looking at it all.

Taking place in 2,500,000 BC,

on a timeline starting in 2,500,000,000 BC

so which is it!

i find it funny that a game titled "future wars" spans as one of the earliest games in timeline.

the graphical timeline however could have been much better. this felt like everyone is at the same place and thats kinda useless. it owuld be interesting if it was an actually timeline with marks on it that cuodl be zoomedin or out. but i guess the guy wasnt a coder.

TheSYLOH:
Yeah Space Hulk is a 40k game....but not everything in the 40k verse all happens on the year 40,000,
They could have tried to be more specific, 40k does have a dating system IE 999.M41 is 40,999 CE. Infact almost all of the most recent stuff happens in the 42nd millennium.

Yeah he missed the dating system the imperium uses and got the game order wrong, but at least it's there.

Did anyone spot any missing games? The new Xcom wasn't on the list.

Obviously as soon as it comes out, 0x10^c will have to win the 'furthest in the future' prize.

Fappy:
This is pretty neat. I'm glad the beginning of the timeline starts with "Prehistoric Turtlesaurus"

pretty debatable considering the fossils we found:
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Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja

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nanosaur! how could you forget that!

blalien:

Fappy:
This is pretty neat. I'm glad the beginning of the timeline starts with "Prehistoric Turtlesaurus"

I clicked the link and said, "Please don't let there be any dinosaurs." Then yep, dinosaurs. Sigh... I guess they couldn't be having you fight a bunch of bacteria.

yes, we can!

I feel kind of bad for every game unfortunate enough to be on this timeline. Because in the end, it all leads to Warhammer 40,000.

Every happy ending any game on this list ever had has just been viciously subverted.

I... never actually thought about it. What timeline would the major ones be? Mario in 1980's? Sonic in 2100's? Zelda sometime in the Iron age? And then there's all those pesky continuity errors.

 

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