The first video game to become popular was tetris, released in 1984. Then when nintendo came out with super mario in 1985 it was super popular. Minecraft came out in 2009 and is a very popular game, it was so popular that microsoft bought it for $2.5 billion. Skyrim came out in 2011 and is a very popular game. GTA V(5) came out in 2013 and is the most popular game to date. It made $1 billion in the first 24 hours it was on sale. It 7 records. More details here.