I Can’t Handle How Many Games Turn 20 Years Old This Year

I Can’t Handle How Many Games Turn 20 Years Old This Year
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I recently noticed a favourite game of my youth, Halo, turns 20 years old this year. So I got curious and looked up what other games I loved back as a kid, to see hit how many are going to turn 20 in 2021. I found a lot. “What a drag it is getting old.

I guess I should have expected this. 2001 was a big year for games. Some would even call it their favourite year in video game history. (Not me, I prefer 2004.) But even though I know the maths makes sense, I’m still stunned to see games like Grand Theft Auto III and Burnout on this list. No! That’s impossible.

So here are a bunch of games that turn 20 years old this year. I’m sorry in advance.

  • Runescape
  • Unreal Tournament
  • Grand Theft Auto 3
  • Max Payne
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3
  • Final Fantasy X
  • Twisted Metal Black
  • Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec
  • Silent Hill 2
  • Burnout
  • SSX Tricky
  • Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
  • Halo
  • Return To Castle Wolfenstein
  • Pikmin
  • Luigi’s Mansion

Again, I understand that things released in 2001 are now 20 years old (or soon will be) but actually writing down a list makes me feel so… old. Like I’m soon going to collapse into dust.

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    Advance Wars, Aliens vs Predator 2, Alone in the Dark, Anachronox, Anarchy Online, Animal Crossing (gamecube), Aquanox, Arcanum, Armored Core 2, Baldur’s Gate Throne of Bhaal, Dark Alliance, Battle Realms, Bejeweled, Black & White, C&CRA2: Yuri’s Revenge, Capitalism 2, Civ3, Commandos 2, Dark Age of Camelot, Devil May Cry, Diablo 2 lord of destruction, Dynasty Warriors 3, Emperor of Dune, Empire Earth, Etherlords, Fallout Tactics, Final Fantasy X, Gangsters 2, Ghost Recon, Gothic, GTA3, Half-Life Blue Shift, Halo, Hostile Waters, Icewind Dale Heart of Winter, Ico, Ikaragua, IWAR2: Edge of Chaos, Kohan, Luigi’s Mansion, Magna Carta, Max Payne, Mech Commander 2, Myst 3: Exile, Myth 3, Oni, Onimusha, Operation Flashpoint, Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney, Pikmin, Pool of Radiance, Red Faction, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, Runescape, Settlers 4, Shattered Galaxy, Shenmue 2, Silent Hill 2, Soul Reaver 2, Startopia, Star Wars Galatic Battlegrounds, Stronghold, Super Smash Bros Melee, Starsiege Tribes 2, Tropico, Uplink, Wizardry 8, Zone of the Enders, Z: Steel Soldiers.

    Just an amazing year for gaming, especially new franchises.

  • 2001 was the year I turned 21. Was also the year the GameCube and OG Xbox launched, and the PS2 launched the year prior so it was really starting to hit its stride. Big advancements on the PC side of things too. Overall a very good year for gaming.

  • An absolute f*ck-ton of albums turn 30 this year. Nevermind will get the most press but there is a lot of them. Many of which I listened to whilst playing another release from that year, Sonic the Hedgehog.

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