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A list of important and influential games that is useful to know about as a game developer. Subjective in all ways possible. Major series are listed only once.

1972
Pong

1976
Breakout

1978
Space Invaders

1979
Asteroids

1980
Missile Command
Pac-Man

1981
Galaga
Ultima

1986
The Legend of Zelda


1989
Populous
Sim City

1991
Alien Breed
Another World
Lemmings

1992
Pinball Dreams
Wolfenstein 3D

1993
Civilization
Doom
Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle
Pirates! Gold
Syndicate

1994
Dune II Battle for Arrakis
X-Com: Ufo Defense

1995
Command & Conquer
Descent

1996
Quake
Diablo
Duke Nukem 3D
WarCraft

1997
Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh

1998
Half-Life
Kings Quest

1999
Aliens Versus Predator

2000
Deus Ex

2001
Max Payne
Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis

2002
Battlefield 1942
Grand theft Auto
Hitman
Metroid Prime

2003
Call of Duty
Halo
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

2004
Counter-Strike
Far Cry
World of Warcraft

2006
Gears of war

2007
Portal
Assassin's Creed
Bioshock
Europa Universalis III

2008
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Braid
Dead Space
Fallout
Left 4 Dead

2009
Hearts of Iron III

2010
Amnesia: The Dark Descent
Splinter Cell

2011
Magica
Minecraft

2012
Dear Esther
Dishonered

2013
Need for Speed Rivals
Aliens: Colonial Marines
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