Mario is a cultural phenomenon. Final Fantasy is epic. Resident Evil, Fallout, Diablo... all of these classic franchises will eventually decay and crumble, but don't expect them to be stamped with expiration dates in the foreseeable future.
The less fortunate franchises started molding before they even left the grocery store shelves.
The games may sell millions of copies, they may contain lovable characters and innovative ideas, and they may even be great, but they lack that slippery something - the abstract something that inspires gamers to bake Portal cakes and knit Mario socks. The following seven franchises are the best new ideas that won't survive a good fridge cleaning.