I'm not against modern and influential games if there are any. Actually there are some, like Daggerfall and Arena before it. (I did not play the prequel.)
I can create a top 50 games list the way I like, Cody can make his own top 20,50,100 and be subjective as he wants to but one takes great responsibility when he decides to create a list named "top 50 most influential games". If such list is to be created, titles that define genres should be chosen, like the first identifiable japanese style roleplaying game, and the first game with platforms, and some titles that enhance the playability of a specific genre.