1993 – Rock and Roll Racing
Behind The Music: An early collaboration between development studio Silicon & Synapse and industry legend Brian Fargo’s Interplay, this arcade racer nearly single-handedly destroyed millions of high-school GPAs. A spiritual sequel to NES cult classic R.C. Pro-Am (and a direct sequel to RPM Racing, since it was originally developed as RPMII), it featured heavily-armed miniaturized cars jockeying to outmaneuver or blow each other to bits to backing tracks like "Born To Be Wild" and "Paranoid."
Why It Rocks: As well as being among competitive multiplayer gaming’s earliest hits, its catchy blend of combat and hairpin turns made for an unexpectedly satisfying destruction derby.
Did You Know… You probably know Silicon & Synapse by a different and far more well-known name these days—it evolved into Blizzard Entertainment, the giant behind Diablo and World of Warcraft.