Gaming Essentials

This is a list of games that I believe are essential to play. Only games that I have played will be included.  As such, this is not meant to be a "definitive" list in any way; it will undergo revision and expansion as I play more games and reconsider those I have already played. All entries on this list meet one or more of the following criteria: 

1. I believe they are culturally significant in some way. 
2. I believe they contribute something to gaming as a medium. 
3. I believe they offer a unique or unorthodox interactive experience. 
4. I admire or respect their craft. 
5. I believe they are exceptional pieces of entertainment. 

In order to ensure that this list remains as evergreen as possible, I have excluded games which emphasize multiplayer experiences above all else (World of WarCraftOverwatch, etc.).

List is ordered alphabetically by title.