It's safe to say that a love of games drives developers to create them. But what games matter to designers -- and why?
Gamasutra wanted to know which games were most significant to our readers, so today asked our Twitter followers a simple question: "If you had to pick one game for aspiring devs to study, what would it be?"
Below is just a sampling of classics -- but most important is why they are classics. And in reviewing the list, it's worth considering not just that, but why they're influential. Our respondants have gone a ways toward making those arguments, but each game mentioned is inspirational in its own, unique way.
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