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 WarCraft, Overwatch, etc.).
List is ordered alphabetically by title.