The follow up to my previous blog post:
In 10 years, the entire landscape of the gaming world has changed, and to mark my 10 years at Gamespot, I thought it best to look back at 2003 and see how many and how big the differences really are.
2003 saw the almighty PlayStation 2 continuing it's march towards world domination, leaving everything in it's dust. The Xbox and GameCube did get some nice games but they were never able to compete. Sony released the first images of their entry into the handheld market, with the PlayStation Portable (PSP). Nokia tried to enter the market as well with the N-Gage, a phone that also played games (it'll never catch on!!!), but it never gained any popularity.
2013 seems completely different, with the end of one generation and the beginning of the next. Microsoft and Sony will be releasing follow ups to their consoles, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Nintendo are continuing to dominate the handheld market, but are struggling with the Wii U.
On the software side, wonderful games such as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner, SSX 3, Jak II, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne kept gamers entertained, but 2003 will always be remembered as the quiet before the storm, as 2004 proved to be the peak of the generation for games.
The year also had a lot of trash, with the bugger mess Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness, the movie tie in that provided tie ins were destined to be terrible, Enter The Matrix, sequels that did not meet the standards of their forebears (some things don't change it seems), Medal of Honor: Rising Son, Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, Deus Ex: Invisible War, Silent Hill 3, Soul Calibur II (OK, I'm being a bit harsh on this one) and Devil May Cry 2 to name just but a few.
Half-Life 2 leaked onto the internet, leading to a 12 month delay, Steam was released in a stable form, Square and Enix merged, EA were considered even more evil than they are now, Pro Evolution Soccer was ahead of it's time, and Obsidian Entertainment were founded.
I think we can all see how much this site has changed, videos are common place all over the site, Gamespot UK now exists, a lot of the editorial team have moved on, social media is everywhere, The WInd Walker got GOTY,and the ratings system was very different.
For comparison, check out how the site looked in June 2003: http://web.archive.org/web/20030623011343/http://www.gamespot.com/
Look out for my next post with some more ramblings from the past 10 years.