We are now in the final year of the first decade of the 2000s.
Well, not really. Since there was no year zero, decades begin on a 1 not a 0. But people don’t think like that. It’s the 1920s or 1760s or 1590s, right?
So we are now in the final years of the whatever-you-call-this and it’s time to look back. Since 2009 will get its own special look back at year’s end, this feature series will look at strategy games from 2000 through 2008. It was an interesting decade that saw the PC lose ground as a platform even as the strategy genre – still firmly entrenched on the PC – made some bold leaps forward.
Here’s how this series will go. I have conscripted a colleague or two to contribute essays on particular games from each year. They had the choice. For the next nine weeks there will be entries on these games. They won’t be reviews or anything like that – more “here’s why this mattered” pieces. Though the writer line-up is still a little up in the air, expect the entries for the year 2000 some time next week. And then, all the way to mid-December.
2000: Shogun:Total War, Sacrifice, What this is about.”>Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord
2001: Black & White, Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns, Rails Across America
2002: Age of Mythology, Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom, Soldiers of Anarchy