The essential stages of video game history. Please, add your own!
"Super Mario Bros.," Level 1-1
So, let's start with the basics.
"The Legend of Zelda," First Dungeon
Again, this is a prerequisite. These first two should be called "Two video game levels to play before you ever have a conversation ever."
"The Legend of Zelda," Ninth Dungeon
As long as you're playing the original Zelda, you should beat the game. Or, as Samir Mezrahi, our deputy social media editor, puts it, "The thought of the music when you enter the level still gives me the chills."
"The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time," Water Temple
This is the definitive level in what a plurality of gamers would call the greatest game ever made. Beating it is a rite of passage. It's like a Bat Mitzvah for dorks, I mean sick bros.