Re: Formative games
I'll definitely have to check out The Path, looks really interesting.
If you're into weird experimental horror (or you just want to play a really good survival horror game) I strongly recommend Lone Survivor. It was recommended on a recent episode of Extra Credits and it did not disappoint. That one still has me scratching my head.
Not many games use drug use as a meaningful mechanic, and Lone Survivor ties it up with violence, perception and sexuality. Definitely worth checking out.