Interactive fiction author Emily Short, who enriches GameSetWatch every other week with her wonderful 'Homer In Silicon' column on game narratives, tallied a selection of games that she feels should be played to understand interactive storytelling.

Though she admits that the list is still incomplete and slanted towards interactive fiction, Short covers a broad range of categories, from commercial titles like Planescape: Torment and Portal to casual releases like Miss Management and Emerald City Confidential. She even has a section on "games in the newly emergent retro/art genre", suggesting Judith and Don't Look Back.

If you're looking to learn more about interactive storytelling, this is definitely a great place to start. And once you've completed all the games in her must-play list, make sure to go through the post's comments for more suggestions!