When it comes to choosing the games that defined the decade for me, it's always difficult to look back on and remember exactly which titles ended up becoming the ones that would eventually change my perspective as a gamer. But 'tis the season for gathering some of my absolute favorite titles, and gushing over exactly what made them so important to me in the first place. Rather than boring everyone with a list that seems to scroll on forever, I've decided to break up some of my choices into individual entries for your entertainment.
Strap in. It's going to be a wild ride.
Rock Band 4
The decline of the Western rhythm and music game has been more rapid than many would have liked. Following the boom of music games back in the early 2000s, the genre all but dried up, leaving series like Lips, Guitar Hero, SingStar, and similar titles left in the dust. With the only option left to decay and rot away into obscurity, somehow Rock Band remained.
To date, it's the only functional series from the mainstream Western music game renaissance, and it's still being updated with new songs on a regular basis. In an age where social media sharing is king and people are more vocal than ever, especially about sharing how terrible they are at doing things online, it doesn't make much sense why the genre died out, but jumping into Rock Band 4 has always felt like settling in with a favorite album and thinking about the good old days.
True, it's not like Rock Band 4 has actually gone anywhere. I still jump online and buy songs regularly (checking the Rock Band Database first, of course). I belt out my favorite tunes long after the quiet hours in my apartment hours have ended, but I sing a little more quietly. But unfortunately, it will likely never return to its heyday, and that's certainly something that breaks my little music game-loving heart.