Prompted by the Doctor Strangeplay Thread, and some of the talk in the 2012 Pile Thread, I've decided to personally follow the "Only the Awesome Need Apply" approach to gaming. In order to make this easier for myself and others, I thought it would be good to crowd-source a list of Awesome Games™. We have the Essential Games wiki but it is seriously out of date at this point, and doesn't really meet what I'm going for at this point.
Guidelines for Inclusion
- No genre is off limits. Every genre is awesome to someone. It doesn't have to be for everyone.
- It has to be awesome. Not universally awesome. We aren't making a list that everyone agrees with; we are making a list so that everyone will find something they like. So, if you have a replay-every-year game, or ever told a buddy "You have got to play this!", then go ahead and suggest it.
- It must be easily runnable The point is to spend your gaming time playing sweet games, not tracking the things down or fiddling with them to get them to work. Old games are fine, but it needs to be easy to acquire for and play on a current system. If it's a console / handheld game it should probably be on a currently supported console (so PS2, PS3, Wii, 360, DS, 3DS, PSP, Vita), or one of those consoles' download channels. If it's a PC game, it should probably be purchasable from stores, direct download channels, or the dev's website.
I'll update the OP with people's suggestions. Please list at least the name, system, and genre(s). Links to where it can be bought would be great also. A short description might be useful too depending on how long the list gets.
Feel free to debate, but remember not liking something isn't a reason for it not to be here. Suggestions on listing format or other guidelines are welcome.
The list is in a google doc here: Awesome Games You Can Play Right Now