Everyone loves games that “inspired” or “influenced” others, but what about the games that inspired the games that inspired the ones that inspired the ones you play today? Yeah, that’s a lot of inspiration! Check out these forgotten titles today.

Where in the World is Carmen SanDiego: Without this one, Educational games may not exist the way they do now.

Bubsy: Its pixel art, speed, and ability to try something new on both 16 and 32-bit consoles helped make sure games like Syphon Filter became a reality.

Jumpman: Randy Glover’s forgotten title was an amazing platformer that absolutely paved the way fro every game in the genre that followed it.

Haunted House: Maybe the first ever horror game? You’re welcome Resident Evil.

Earl Weaver Baseball: This was a customizable baseball game that every other one that followed stole from. 

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Patrick Hickey, Jr., is the founder and editor-in-chief of ReviewFix.com and a lecturer of English and journalism at Kingsborough Community College, in Brooklyn, New York. Over the past decade, his video game coverage has been featured in national ad campaigns by top publishers the likes of Nintendo, Deep Silver, Disney and EA Sports. His book series, "The Minds Behind the Games: Interviews With Cult and Classic Game Developers," from McFarland and Company, has earned praise from Forbes, Huffington Post, The New York Daily News and MSG Networks. He is also a former editor at NBC and National Video Games Writer at the late-Examiner.com