Revisiting the Hype: Games That Were Once Popular (Video Games, Childhood Games, & More)

Games That Were Once Popular

Revisiting the Hype: Games That Were Once Popular (Video Games, Childhood Games, & More)

Talking about games that were once popular is sort of like running into that one popular girl in high school after years of not seeing each other and realizing that, well, her popularity faded for whatever reason. In this blog, Games For Fun will be highlighting some of the most popular games of the last several decades that are no longer popular.

We are switching things up this time and are not just focusing on the billiard & home game room products that we know and love so much. This list of games that lost their playerbase is all-inclusive…because we at Games For Fun love all games.

From video games to childhood games (going outside and interacting face-to-face with other kids until it gets dark out and you come home smelling like the good ole’ outdoors) to pen and paper games, we are excited to revisit the hype! Let the games begin!

Videos Games That Were Once Popular

Videogames That Lost Their Playerbase

Geek Routine is helping us in the videogame department by listing videogames that lost their popularity in the last years. The author of the article provides a disclaimer that it is not that the games are dead or not fun anymore…they simply lost the shine they had upon initial release.

  • Tom Clancy’s The Division. The game is set on an epidemic world, New York City to be precise, where a disease called “Green Poison” causes a crisis. As a result, Manhattan is placed under quarantine where chaos prevails. The mission is to establish order by looking into the virus’s source. The game was ranked #4 on steam the month of its release and digressed in the 100s over the following years.
  • Street Fighter, commonly abbreviated to SF, is a fighting game that launched in 1987. Our guesses are that perhaps all fighting games are losing their luster right now. They simply might not be fit to the online gaming style these days, but rather the family party gaming ones like the Nintendo franchises.
  • Destiny (the second release) is an online multiplayer FPS (first-person shooter) game. When the game first launched in 2014, it was a really huge hit! But players could quickly find themselves hitting the limits. For example, once you complete leveling up (which is really fast to achieve), you start aiming for the legendary guns and weapons. After a while, you could start to lose interest — it feels like you are going on the same raids and events each time which could result in a lackluster playing experience.
Outdoor Games That Were Once Popular

Outdoor Childhood Games That Are Rarely Played

Do children even play outside these days? While this question is partially a jest, partially full of truth, and somewhat rhetorical, the current reality is that going outside and playing games with other kids in the neighborhood is no longer as automatic and anticipated as eating breakfast. Today, these activities are such an anomaly. What are some popular childhood games that lost their popularity:

  • Four Square is a ball game played among four players on a square court divided into quadrants. The objective of the game is to eliminate other players to achieve the highest rank on the court, and this is done by bouncing the ball back and forth between quadrants. A player is eliminated when a ball is bounced in a player’s quadrant and the player is unable to touch the ball into another player’s quadrant. This game was convenient in that the only necessities to play were a playground ball and some pavement. If you did not have chalk to outline the playing field, the tar lines in your driveway or cracks in the sidewalk would suffice.
  • Red Light, Green Light required a minimum of three players, but there was no maximum. And the actual play involved something kids love—running as fast as they could when the “Traffic Light’ turned his or her back and announced “green light!” When the designated “Traffic Light” player did an about-face and called out “red light!” however, everyone was required to freeze in place, and anyone caught moving had to return to the starting line.
  • Red Rover was the ideal playground game because more players made for a better game. Two teams of players joined hands and faced each other on opposite sides of the field. The captain of each team took turns summoning a player from the opposite side: “Red Rover, Red Rover, let Jack come over!” Who is Jack? That does not matter. What matters is what Jack has to do after. Once summoned, Jack would then have to run at top speed and try to break through the joined hands of the opposing team. Of course, prior to his sprint, Jack would have properly vetted the rival team and determined which players might have the weakest grip. If Jack didn’t manage to break through, he had to join the opposing team. However, if he did break through the chain, he not only got to return to his own team, but he was also allowed to take one of those weak link players back with him. The amount of rough-housing required for this game almost guarantees that would be banned from today’s sanctioned playground activities.
Pen & Paper Games That Were Once Popular

Pen & Paper Games That Are No Longer Popular

If you grew up in the 90s, mobile phones could not save you from your boredom: city-wide blackouts, a math lecture that never ends, or the daily ride in your school service means you need to figure out activities to keep you entertained. So, with a pen and a piece of paper, we have just created hours of fun and games.

  • Paper Fortune Teller is not only a game…it is also a form of origami (did someone say artiste). Each folded part of the paper is labeled with colors or numbers from which another player chooses. From there, the other player does a pinch-and-pull motion with the paper fortune teller depending on the number chosen or the number of letters in a chosen color. Another set of options is revealed inside, which has flaps that conceal a message underneath.
  • M.A.S.H. is like FLAMES, but with more complexity. To start this game, you have to choose your categories (for example cars, people to marry, and the number of kids). The categories are very flexible and you can also add the city you will be living in and your future career for extra excitement. For each category, you have to put in four options. The next step is to draw a spiral until someone tells you to stop, then count the number of lines you produced. This number is counted against the letters of M.A.S.H. and all the options you listed down per category. If your number is eight, you stop at the eighth entry and cross that out. Repeat the whole process until you only have one entry per category, which ultimately tells what the future holds.
  • P-A-N-T-S stands for Place, Animal, Name, Thing, and Score. Not sure why so many paper-and-pen games are acronyms, but that is beside the point. To play this game, one of you—or a person not playing the game—picks a random letter from the alphabet. Players then list down a place, animal, name, and thing that starts with the chosen letter as fast as they can. Everyone drops their pen as soon as one of you completes all four, or you can just set a timer for everyone. Ten points go to unique answers and five points go to those who have the same answers for one category.

If A Once-Popular Game Has Lost Its Popularity, Bring It Back!

Remember that just because a game has lost its popularity, that does not mean it is not playable or fun. If you agree with our list of popular games that lost their playerbase, whether it be from technological advancements or warranted disinterest, be sure to check out some of our other lists, like indoor games to play during a lockdown and our guide to winning 5 popular games!