"With Steam’s Summer sale going on right now, many gamers are revisiting many classic PC games such as KOTOR and the original Half Life, myself included. As I am carving my way through KOTOR’s lengthy campaign for the third time since my original experience with the game in 2003, I find myself asking a question: What is it about certain games that allows them to stand the test of time? While the answer might not be precisely the same according to who you ask, but I think most gamers can agree on some basic criteria. Some games just have that certain “Umph!” that allows them to become a legend in the hearts of gamers everywhere, while others simply fade away into distant memory shortly after making their debut. Why?" via Ryan Strain of Platform Nation.