As with so many things, gaming has changed a hell of a lot since the start of the decade.
It’s been a progressive ten years, seeing the arrival of the Playstation 2, Playstation 3 and PSP – as well as rival consoles from Nintendo and Microsoft that helped push Sony to improve.
Games are a much bigger part of life now – more mainstream than ever before. Most houses will have one of the consoles, if not more, as parents and children play (sometimes together ).
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There can be no doubt that Sony was the manufacturer of the decade – the continuing success of the PS2 secures them that accolade.
But in the current generation of consoles they sit in last place. XBox 360 started so well and then Nintendo arrived with the Wii to rape and pillage the ‘casual market.’
However as time has gone on the PS3 has made great strides to catch up with the XBox (I just can’t take the Wii seriously as a platform) and seems to finally be getting the games to back up it’s hardware.
As this decade comes to a close we’ve seen various companies go bust. From well established ones, like Acclaim or Midway, through to lesser known but good studios such as Pandemic no-one seemed safe from the threat of extinction.
I’ve had some big changes in gaming since 2000 – swinging from FIFA to PES back in 2001 and then back to FIFA again in 2009. Going from casual gamer to setting up my own blog and reviewing games.
The main difference for me now is in online gaming. With XBox Live on the 360 and then the PSN for PS3 gaming became even more social than before – with friends lists and even the inclusion of Twitter updates of your in game progress (Uncharted 2).
I never thought I would ever play with a headset – but as online games have developed it’s often essential to be able to communicate to the people you’re playing with, not least to be able to dish out some friendly ribbing now and then
Games are so well developed now that people who were just casual gamers are finding themselves completing games and playing online.
It’s a great time to be a gamer and with a slew of great titles confirmed for 2010/2011 it looks like it’ll just keep getting better and better.
For the record here are my Top 10 favourites games of the decade:
1. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)
2. Killzone 2 (PS3)
3. GTA: Vice City (PS2)
4. Pro Evolution Soccer 5 (PS2)
5. Metal Gear Solid (PSX)
6. God Of War II (PS2)
7. Dead Space (PS3)
8. Fallout 3 (PS3)
9. Resident Evil 4 (PS2)
10. GTA IV (PS3)
And because of “it’s great balance of Final Fantasy and Disney” my wife has submitted her game of the decade: Kingdom Hearts.
So that rounds out the decade!
See you all in 2010!