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Why does no one ever mention 2011. That year was absolutely stacked with quality AAA titles releasing weekly yet rarely ever gets any consideration for being one of the best years in gaming much less a "good year" in gaming. I mean just take a look at some of the games released:

Skyrim
Uncharted 3
Gears of War 3
Batman Arkham City
Portal 2
Dark Souls
Dead Space 2
Zelda Skyward Sword
Deus Ex Human Revolution
The Witcher 2
LA Niore
Mortal Kombat 2011
Little Big Planet 2
Infamous 2
Crysis 2
Bulletstorm
Dead Island
Forza Motorsport 4
Rayman Origins
Super Mario 3D Land
Killzone 3
Resistance 3
MW3
Battlefield 3
Saints Row 3
Assassins Creed Revelations
Minecraft

While I dont think 2011 is definitively the greatest year in gaming but it definitely deserves more respect. The number of games released is absolutely mind boggling. It was a year for every kind of gamer. For casuals to hardcore, for fans of rpgs, fps, action/adventure and any genre, there was definitely a game for anyone. 2011 is also in my opinion the peak year of the PS3/360/Wii gen.



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2007 and 2017 are still the best years in gaming IMO.



Ultrashroomz said:
2007 and 2017 are still the best years in gaming IMO.

By this elaborate pattern we can foresee the next big year in gaming being 2027 ! 



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Mar1217 said:
Ultrashroomz said:
2007 and 2017 are still the best years in gaming IMO.

By this elaborate pattern we can foresee the next big year in gaming being 2027 ! 

Hey, 1997 Final Fantasy VII, Mario Kart 64, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Star Fox 64, Goldeneye 007, Parappa the Rapper, Crash Bandicoot 2, Diddy Kong Racing, and Yoshi's Story, amongst many others. And 1987 had Contra, the original Legend of Zelda, Punch Out, and the first Metal Gear. I'm not counting the theory out.



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I would say 1997 because of the first Fallout...
...or 2017 because of BotW



Intrinsic said:
nostalgia "the thread"

Great games are great games brah. They're timeless. Nostalgia has little to do with it. Ok maybe some, but there's typically a reason people look back on some of these games fondly - because they're awesome games. If they sucked, most people wouldn't look back to them in the first place.



DarthMetalliCube said:
Intrinsic said:
nostalgia "the thread"

Great games are great games brah. They're timeless. Nostalgia has little to do with it. Ok maybe some, but there's typically a reason people look back on some of these games fondly - because they're awesome games. If they sucked, most people wouldn't look back to them in the first place.

Nostalgia (and legacy) has almost everything to do with it. If most of the games being listed in this thread had been released in their original forms last week they'd be considered dated and mediocre - and that's after just a couple of decades. They may have been amazing games for their time and for quite a few years afterwards, but gaming is in its infancy and is such a technologically-driven field that all games inevitably date and the vast majority do so poorly. 



Machina said:
DarthMetalliCube said:

Great games are great games brah. They're timeless. Nostalgia has little to do with it. Ok maybe some, but there's typically a reason people look back on some of these games fondly - because they're awesome games. If they sucked, most people wouldn't look back to them in the first place.

Nostalgia (and legacy) has almost everything to do with it. If most of the games being listed in this thread had been released in their original forms last week they'd be considered dated and mediocre - and that's after just a couple of decades. They may have been amazing games for their time and for quite a few years afterwards, but gaming is in its infancy and is such a technologically-driven field that all games inevitably date and the vast majority do so poorly. 

Hmm interesting, I can't say I agree with this. If this is the case I don't see how something like the SNES Classic can sell so well in 2018-2019 - it certainly can't be all people in their 30s buying it. Or the countless remasters being cranked out that often still sell well even when competing against the flashy modern games. You've also got tons of games even today which return to retro style graphics and gameplay and prove enduring and successful games. Games like Minecraft, Terraria, etc.

To me games are both art and entertainment - both of which transcend time if well-crafted enough, just like all other great forms of art and entertainment. I wouldn't look back at, say, Goodfellas, Godfather, Star Wars, or Citizen Kane is merely renowned to this day because of its "nostalgia" for people in their 60s-70s. Great art is great art. I wouldn't say J R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit is only considered one of the great fantasy works because of nostalgia. 

I can only speak for myself of course, but I can certainly go back and play Eternal Darkness, Halo, or Monkey Ball and enjoy the hell out of it, and ironically far more than certain games that come out today. It's true some games do age better than others but this is true with all forms of art/entertainment.

I suppose you could argue the tech element in gaming is a major factor moreso than in other mediums but for me it's still only a vehicle in telling the story and the foundation for the experience. It always takes a backseat for the gameplay/narrative/overall craftsmanship.



was it the same year C&C Generals released also?