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The best best selling games

It's not easy to compile a list of the best selling PC games of all time. Why? Because the video game market changed dramatically in the past decades and if a game that sold 100000 copies 30 years ago was considered a best seller, it's not the same thing for a game that sold that many copies just a few years ago. This is an (unordered) list of the best selling games according to Wikipedia.

Most popular best selling games

Zoo Tycoon
simulationWindows XP/98/95
Railroad Tycoon 2
simulationWindows XP/98/95, Linux, Mac OS
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Empire Earth

Windows XP/98/952001protected4.3/5 Stainless Steel Studios
Empire Earth is a real-time strategy (RTS) game developed by Stainless Steel Studios and released by Sierra Entertainment in 2001. It's often compared to the "Age of Empires" series due to its similar gameplay mechanics and historical setting. However, "Empire Earth" stands out with its unique concept of spanning the entire history of mankind, from...
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Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings

Windows XP/98/951999protecteddemo4.3/5 Ensemble Studios
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Doom 2: Hell on Earth

DOSWindows XP/98/951994protected4.3/5 id software
Doom 2 is the sequel to the much acclaimed FPS Doom. Doom 2: Hell on Earth is a horror sci-fi first-person shooter created by id Software, (John Carmack, Sandy Petersen, John Romero) set on a hellish Earth invaded by demons. The player must find his way in 32 levels, shooting down monsters and picking up keys in order to unlock new areas.
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Grand Prix 2

DOS19954.3/5 MicroProse Software
Grand Prix 2 is an abandoned Formula 1 racing game designed by Geoff Crammond and published by MicroProse Software in 1995 for DOS. Grand Prix 2 is the sequel to Formula One Grand Prix and was a one-man project (which was uncommon at the time). Grand Prix 2 was essentially an accurate simulation of the 1994 Formula 1 season.
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Caesar 3

Windows XP/98/95Mac OS1998protected4.2/5 Impressions Games
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Civilization 2

Windows XP/98/9519964.2/5 MicroProse Software
Civilization II is a turn-based strategy game developed by MicroProse and released in 1996. It's the second installment in the "Civilization" series, created by Sid Meier. The game builds upon the concept of its predecessor, Civilization, and expands on its gameplay mechanics, graphics, and depth.In Civilization II, players take on the role of a le...
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Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines

Windows XP/98/951998protected4.2/5 Pyro Studios
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Doom

DOS1993protecteddemo4.2/5 id software
Doom was released by id Software in 1993. It is widely regarded as one of the most influential and groundbreaking video games of all time, particularly within the first-person shooter (FPS) genre.Set in the future on the moons of Mars, the game follows the player-controlled character, known as the "Doom Marine", as they battle through a research fa...
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Railroad Tycoon 2

Windows XP/98/95LinuxMac OS19984.2/5 Pop Software
Railroad Tycoon 2 is an abandoned train simulation game designed by Phil Steinmeyer, developed by Pop Software and released by Gathering of Developers for Windows, Linux and Mac in 1998. As the title suggests, Railroad Tycoon 2 is the sequel of the acclaimed train management simulation Railroad Tycoon designed by Sid Meier in 1990.
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Roller Coaster Tycoon

Windows XP/98/951999protected4.2/5 Chris Sawyer Productions
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Caesar 2

DOS19954.2/5 Impressions Games
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Phantasmagoria

Windows XP/98/95DOSMac OS1995protected4.2/5 Sierra On-Line
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The Sims

Windows XP/98/9520004.2/5 Maxis
The Sims, released in 2000, marked the beginning of the iconic life simulation series. Developed by Maxis and designed by Will Wright, the game quickly became a cultural phenomenon and a best-selling title.In The Sims, players create and control virtual characters known as Sims. They can customize their Sims' appearance, personality traits, and asp...
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Age of Empires

Windows XP/98/951997protecteddemo4.2/5 Ensemble Studios
Age of Empires, published by Microsoft and developed by Ensemble Studios, is one of the most popular historical RTS and started a successful series. The player must guide a civilization from prehistory to the iron age, battling other civilizations, building and gathering resources.
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Duke Nukem 3D

DOS1996protecteddemo4.2/5 3d Realms
Duke Nukem 3D is a classic first-person shooter that was developed by 3D Realms (formerly known as Apogee Software) and published by GT Interactive. It was released in 1996 for MS-DOS and later for various other platforms, including Windows, Mac OS, and gaming consoles.
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Blade Runner

Windows XP/98/95LinuxMac OS1997protected4.2/5 Westwood Studios
Blade Runner is one of those point & click adventure games that somewhat manages to fully capture the spirit of a cult movie without copying the original plot. Fans of the Blade Runner movie will enjoy this game, even without Harrison Ford. Blade Runner was developed by Westwood Studios and released in 1997 by Virgin.
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Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?

DOS19854.2/5 Broderbund
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Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness

DOS1995protected4.2/5 Blizzard Entertainment
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Diablo

Windows XP/98/951996protecteddemo4.2/5 Blizzard Entertainment
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Full Throttle

DOS1995protecteddemo4.1/5 LucasArts
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The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

Windows XP/98/952002protected4.1/5 Bethesda Softworks
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind is a critically acclaimed open-world action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios. It was released in 2002 and is the third installment in the Elder Scrolls series. The game is set in the fantasy world of Tamriel, on the island of Vvardenfell in the province of Morrowind.The game offers a vast a...
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Wing Commander 3

Windows XP/98/95DOSMac OS1994protected4.1/5 Origin Systems
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Myst

Windows XP/98/95Windows 3.xMac OS1995protecteddemo4.1/5 Cyan Worlds
Myst is a classic puzzle-adventure video game that was first released in 1993. It was developed by Cyan, a small independent game development studio. The game was initially released for the Macintosh platform and later ported to other systems, including Windows, PlayStation, and more.Myst is a first-person point-and-click adventure game. Players ex...
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Zoo Tycoon

Windows XP/98/9520014.1/5 Blue Fang Games
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Command & Conquer

DOS1995freeware4.1/5 Westwood Studios
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Total Annihilation

Windows XP/98/951997protected4.1/5 Cavedog Entertainment
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Return to Zork

DOS19934.1/5 Activision
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StarCraft

Windows XP/98/95Mac OS1998protecteddemo4.1/5 Blizzard Entertainment
StarCraft is a classic RTS (Real-Time Strategy) game developed by Blizzard Entertainment and released in 1998 for Windows and Macintosh. StarCraft takes the Warcraft experience to a sci-fi setting with an interesting story, three very different races (the militaristic Humans, the alien Zerg and the religious Protoss) and one of the best gameplay ex...
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Command & Conquer: Red Alert

DOS1996freeware4/5 Westwood Studios
Command & Conquer: Red Alert is a real-time strategy (RTS) video game developed by Westwood Studios and published by Virgin Interactive in 1996. It is part of the Command & Conquer series and is set in an alternate history where World War II never occurred, leading to a different global conflict.The success of Red Alert led to several seque...
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SimCity 3000

Windows XP/98/951999protected4/5 Maxis
SimCity 3000 is a city-building simulation game developed by Maxis and published by Electronic Arts. It was released in 1999 as the third major installment in the SimCity series, following SimCity 2000.In SimCity 3000, players take on the role of mayor and are tasked with building and managing a city from the ground up. The game offers more detaile...