i thought a while about this, and it’s a good question you’ve postulated with this thread.
What do we want the community to play?
One thing is clear, about 90% of the games i like to play should not qualify, because most are, if we’re honest, pretty forgettable or replaced by another installment that does X better (and sometimes Y and Z worse, but that’s another topic…) - namely most racing games, when release n+1 comes along, my recommendation would be outdated by default.
Then there’s the question what do i want all of you to experience?
I love, say, experiencing PS2-era Irem games with their wonky engines and heart in mouth-itude, but that’s no reason other people should suffer in 2020 just to see a few nice scenes if they don’t click with it.
Same goes for racing sims, they can feel like torture to normal people just wanting to play a game, and not invest 100 hours to get good enough to enjoy it.
So i want y’all to feel like it’s worth it to play the game, should be easy to pick up, give you a sense of excitement and you can leave it behind when you’re done. No strings attached.
… ttbh, that’s quite hard.
i tried to remember what the latest game is that i absolutely feel should be played by friends, family and the world at large, that i ask people to play when they come over.
The last one that made me feel like this was/is Baba is You.
Should everyone play it?
Hell no, you can get so frustrated playing it!
you see, i struggle to find a game i find agreeable.
Gotta go back to the basics then, something that everyone should have experienced is stuff sticking to a katamari. It doesn’t dven need to be a specific title, well the F2P mobile crap aside, it’s just the feeling of fulfilment you get when something sticks to your katamari with that trademark ‘ploink’ - sfx.
If it doesn’t catch on, that’s OK. Just having experienced that is enough for you, and the world.