It’s International Rock Day, and we’re not talking the devil-horned corruptor of youth, but, well, rocks. They’ve been a staple of games since the early days – so, here’s our salute to eight through the various game generations that featured rocks that rocked…

 

Asteroids (Arcade, 1979)
Rocks

This was year zero for rocks in games – umm, we think. Shoot them and they got smaller and faster and more likely to hit you. That was bad.

 

Boulder Dash (Atari 400/800, 1984)
Rocks

Ah, Rockford! We knew him better in his Commodore 64 guise, where we dug his digging for diamonds while avoiding rocks and stuff.

 

Mega Man (NES, 1987)
Rocks

How totally rock is Mega Man? He’s actually called ‘Rock Man’ in Japan. THAT’s how totally rock Mega Man is.

 

Sonic the Hedgehog (Mega Drive, 1991)
Rocks

Oh- oh, the rock’s are getting realer… Look at that masterpiece of purplish pixel art! Just take a moment to bask in its rocky majesty.

 

Tomb Raider (PlayStation, 1996)
Rocks

The jump from 16-bit to 32-bit was the greatest in gaming history. Just look at those rocks – even young Lara’s stopped adventuring for a moment to admire their grandeur!

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God of War II (PS2, 2007)
Rocks

Kratos rocks. QED, Kratos’ rocks rock. If you’ve a problem with that, please take it up with him.

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Red Dead Redemption (PS3/Xbox 360, 2010)
Rocks

Gosh durned it! Look how purty them there rocks sure are gittin’. Feels like I might does me some hidin’ behind ’em.

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4/Xbox One, 2015)
Rocks

Aww, come on Kojima, you’re just showing off now!

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