The past ten years of gaming brought plenty of ups and downs. New technology (and old technology applied in new ways) changed how people buy games, play games, and think about games. The industry's most creative minds changed the nature of the medium in unexpected ways. And finally, a number of notable disasters and mistakes changed gaming's balance of corporate power.
Throughout it all, though, gamers could always look to some old favorites and take comfort in knowing that no matter how many upheavals gaming may bring, they can always count on a few stalwarts to bring the good times and show all these newcomers how games ought to be made.