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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