PC Gamer is well known for their Top 100 lists where they annually rank the best computer games in the world. While this ranking does stretch back through gaming history, it can be quite subjective with frequent changes year-to-year and a skew towards the newest games. Their latest article attempts to create a slightly more meaningful list by selecting the Top 50 "Most Important" PC games of history. This ignores whether the individual titles themselves can compete with today's standards and instead focuses on how they changed the industry when they arrived on the scene. Wing Commander 3 makes the list thanks to its blend of well done FMV, branching storyline and space combat action. We could argue that practically every WC title was ground breaking in its own way, but the author here does a good job of not spending an excessive amount of time on particular series and mostly spreading the love around. You can find a couple Ultima games and the space sim Eve Online elsewhere in the rankings too. Check out the full article here.
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The most important PC games of all time changed how we make games. How we play games. And they changed us. To celebrate them, we did something a bit different on the following pages of this feature. We reached out to game designers—look out for Richard Garriott, John Carmack, Sid Meier, Chris Avellone, Jane Jensen, Tim Schafer, Cliff Bleszinski, Warren Spector and more—plus many former PC Gamer editors and a few other writers you may recognize to help celebrate the legacy of the PC. Enjoy!