I think the problem(If you could call it one) is that there are so many good games that are coming out every year that it is hard to call any of them "classics". Look at the winter line-up this year alone: Rage, Gears of War 3, Uncharted 3, Battlefield 3, MW3, Arkum City, Skyward Sword, and Skyrim. Although many won't like all of these games, most will love at least one or two. I own all of them except Skyrim, and I want to buy that game, I just haven't had the time to play half of them yet. My point is that any of these games would stand out tremendously, 10-15 years ago as "brilliant"' or "masterpiece", but today we have more. Look at next years' line-up. Bioshock, Last Guardian, and Max Payne 3 just to name a few. I'm sure these games will be great too. How good does a game have to be to stand above the rest? I think "classic", is something from the past.