From pixels to polygons.
Incredibly, the modern video game era has been around for almost 40 years. And some of gaming's most enduring heroes have been with us almost from the start. Even "modern" video game icons like Lara Croft are closing in on their 20th anniversaries.
From blocky pixels, to pointy polygons, all the way to today's modern HD graphics, all of our most beloved video game characters have had to evolve with the times.
Below we've compiled the visual evolution of eight video game icons: Master Chief, Sonic, Solid Snake, Mario, Pac-Man, Link, Pikachu, and Lara Croft. They've all changed in some pretty major ways, but the more some things change, the more they stay the same:
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Which era is your favorite? Chunky pixel beginnings, the modern HD era, or somewhere in between? Let us know in the comments below!
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