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50 Most Significant Games Since 1800

By January 31, 2013

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RookA few years back, I put together a list of what I consider to be the 50 most historically and culturally significant games published since 1800. I've been thinking about updating the list, but while I've been sitting around thinking, Joe Huber has posted his own updated list at The Opinionated Gamers.

We have a lot of games in common, including Kriegspiel (1824) and The Settlers of Catan (1995). But there are also a lot of differences. Joe did a great job with his list, and made some very compelling arguments for the games he included. In a few cases, he might even convince me. (To give just a few examples, he's clearly right about Poker, and I'm inclined to agree on The Lord of the Rings and Dominion.)

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February 21, 2013 at 11:03 am
(1) Echo says:

Parcheesi wasn’t in the top 50 nor even in the honorable mentions. This really surprises me! It was a game we played a lot when I was a kid.

Another game I’m surprised wasn’t on the list is Trivial Pursuit. This one required learning and memory. I remember being shocked to find out how much I knew about geography in one game, since that had been a tough subject for me in school.

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