We went from the year 2000 [Timesplitters, Majora's Mask, Banjo-Tooie, Diablo II, Balder's Gate II, Year of the Dragon, Skies of Arcadia, Deus Ex, Code Veronica, Marvel vs Capcom 2, & Perfect Dark].... to 2001 [Halo]. You should all be ashamed of yourselves. "Now, for ten years we've been on our own And moss grows fat on a rolling stone But, that's not how it used to be When the jester sang for the king and queen"
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"Year of the Dragon"? Do you mean Spyro 3 by that?
Anyway, we also had Jak and Daxter that year. Remember that some years are just not good. Last year, for instance, didn't hold many games, especially when compared to this year's incredible cornucopia of excellent offerings topped off by the likes of Skyrim and Saints Row the Third. As for the time between? Well, I for one thought this past decade was excellent. We had Metroid Prime and a Metroid revival in general, we had Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim, we had Kingdom Hearts, we had the Ratchet and Clank series, we had Bioshock, we had Half-Life 2, we had Portal, etc.
Or am I completely missing the OP's point?
Don't feed the trolls, I know, but wasn't 2011 fucking amazing, guys? Skyrim, Portal 2, Gears 3, Dead Space 2, Saints Row the Third, Uncharted 3, Resistance 3, Dark Souls, Arkham City, Ghost Trick, Witcher 2, Skyward Sword...and that was 10 years after the "death of gaming!"
What's wrong with TimeSplitters? It's beauty was decidedly burgeoned by the PS2's launch, but couldn't the same be said of nigh every third party launch game? Moreover, the series would go on to flourish like a marvelous butterfly with its second incarnation.
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