Top 10 Worst Years In Gaming History

The Top Ten
1 1983 1983 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1983rd year of the Common Era and Anno Domini designations.

As horrid as anything goes, the video game crash is what makes it still impossible to beat such a horrendous year in gaming history.

Ah, the horrid crash that brought forth some of the worst titles yet.

I don't know how anything else can top this one.

2 2006 2006 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2006th year based on the Common Era/Anno Domini designations. It is the 6th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 7th year of the 2000s decade.

2006, while it was a great year for me, was a horrible year for gaming in general. While there were some solid gold hits like Bully, The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Okami, Pokemon Diamond & Pearl (released in Japan in 2006 and worldwide in 2007), Tomb Raider: Legend, and The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, there were also games that bombed horribly, like the infamous Sonic 06.

I just couldn't wait for the Wii to come out.

I can show you reasons why 2006 sucked.

1. Sonic the Hedgehog's 15th anniversary was terrible. There was Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis for the Game Boy Advance and Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Nice job, Sega. You ruined Sonic's franchise by letting him have an unhappy anniversary.
2. Tiger Telematics went defunct.
3. Crash Boom Bang!
4. Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots was released on the Game Boy Advance and it's horrible.

3 2016 2016 (MMXVI) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2016th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 16th year of the 3rd millennium, the 16th year of the 21st century, and the 7th year of the 2010s decade.

When the hype train went too far and started to crash and burn the whole industry.

Almost no good games came out in 2016. It was full of games with microtransactions all over the place.

4 2014 2014 (MMXIV) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2014th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 14th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 5th year of the 2010s decade.

2014 was overall a good year for me. However, there were only a few good games I can think of from this year, such as Mario Kart 8.

Overall, this year was pretty bad for gaming.

I was working on making a list of the top three games for each year starting with 2000 all the way to 2019. I literally struggled to even come up with games to put on the 2014 list, much less good ones.

Almost no good games this year. The only good games were remasters of games from 2013. Everything that could have been good was pushed to 2015 instead.

Sad year for gaming.

5 2011 2011 (MMXI) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2011th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations.

Marvel vs. Capcom 3 released bare bones and empty, and it was rushed. Then the ultimate edition came out in the same year.

Megaman Legends 3 was canceled. DLC and microtransactions exploded, which was the worst for the gaming industry. Mobile phones dominated the market over console gaming. In RE-Mercenaries, you can't erase your save file.

6 2015 2015 (MMXV) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2015th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 15th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 6th year of the 2010s decade.

While the death of Iwata and Konami's suicide is definitely sad, this was the year that brought us The Witcher 3, Fallout 4, Rocket League, and much more.

If anything, this was a comeback, especially after the pile of crap 2014 was.

I wish 2015 came before 2017 because 2016 was the year that I lost interest in logos.

Also, don't come to me saying, "People lose interest every year," because I already know that by now.

7 2013 2013 (MMXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2013th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 13th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 4th year of the 2010s decade.

The year in which Ride to Hell: Retribution got released.

Being that it on its own is capable of easily winning 2013 a "worst year in which a game was released" list, it should, at the very least, get the second spot.

8 2019 2019 (MMXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2019th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 19th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 10th and last year of the 2010s decade.

Rinse, market, sell, repeat. Rinse and repeat the rinse, market, sell, and repeat over and over.

Best year ever if you like bugs, glitches, broken games, and games that don't even work. What a shameful way for companies and corporations to end a decade of gaming.

November 15, 2019. The day that Pokemon died.

While I think Pokemon Sword and Shield are decent games, I kind of get why the game was hated before the DLCs rolled along and made the game better. It was way too short and easy, and don't get me started on the whole Dexit controversy.

9 2003 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2003rd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 3rd year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 4th year of the 2000s decade.
10 2017 2017 (MMXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2017th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 17th year of the 3rd millennium, the 17th year of the 21st century, and the 8th year of the 2010s decade.

I think this is when Fortnite (the abomination) was made.

The Contenders
11 2018 2018 (MMXVIII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2018th year of the Common Era (CE), the 9th year of the 2010s decade, the 18th year of the 21st century, and the 18th year of the 3rd millennium.

2018 was a bad year for gaming in my opinion. Not just Fortnite, but so many terrible video games all around. The year itself was meh, but it had really bad video games.

Steam especially has the worst games, filled with indie trash. But a lot of big-name companies have been squeezing out some real stinkers too.

I'm hoping 2019 will be better.

Fortnite. Just Fortnite, the game that ruined gaming.

12 1995

Virtual Boy, Sega Saturn, Tiger R-Zone, the Nintendo 64 got delayed to 1996... but the PS1 was released.

But still, by far the worst year for hardware. And 1995 only has like three notable games: Chrono Trigger, Donkey Kong Country 2, and Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.

I thought that said "1985" and I was like, "WHAT? That year saved video games." But ten years after, 1995 was a lukewarm year.

Grossout ad for Yoshi's Island, Virtual Boy, Atari burning itself down, and the N64 being delayed.

Yeah, next year did make up for it.

13 2021 2021 (MMXXI) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 21st year of the third millennium, the 21st year of the 21st century, and the 2nd year of the 2020s. 2021 was scheduled to host many major events that were originally scheduled for 2020... read more

2021 was undoubtedly a terrible year for gaming. Poppy Playtime, the worst horror game ever, came out. Another GTA game came out and ruined the GTA franchise's reputation. Even FNAF is a better game than Poppy Playtime.

This year sucked big time! Poppy Playtime and FNF were everywhere. Fanboys shoving those terrible video games down your throat.

This year basically felt like 2014 over again, with a ton of lackluster titles, such as Pokemon Unite. Even though a lot of my friends actually enjoy the game, I chose not to play it because it's Tencent.

Generic shooter games and League of Legends at its worst also contributed to the disappointment.

Honestly, the only enjoyable games I had from this year were probably Monster Hunter Rise, Metroid Dread, and Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl (despite its flaws).

2021 just plain sucked.

14 2012 2012 (MMXII) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2012th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 12th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 3rd year of the 2010s decade.

Nothing stands out to me this year.

15 1984 The year 1984 holds a prominent place in literature due to George Orwell's dystopian novel of the same name. Apple Computer introduced the Macintosh, a revolutionary personal computer with a graphical user interface. The Los Angeles Summer Olympics showcased sporting excellence and saw the emergence... read more

This year was just a continuation of the crash of '83.

16 1999

This was the release of Superman 64, and it sucks so bad. 1999 was a good year, but it's all Superman 64's fault.

17 2022 2022 (MMXXII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2022nd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 22nd year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 3rd year of the 2020s decade.

Poppy Playtime, a brain-rotting horror game, and so many more bad games from 2022!

Not many good game releases, other than a couple of exclusives and Elden Ring.

18 1982 In 1982, the Falklands War between the United Kingdom and Argentina highlighted geopolitical tensions. The debut of the Commodore 64 computer marked a significant milestone in home computing. The Michael Jackson album "Thriller" achieved unprecedented success, becoming one of the best-selling albums... read more
19 1989

The year The Wizard and those godawful Nintendo cartoons (Mario, Zelda, and Captain N) came out.

The year that the super creepy NES advert (YOU CANNOT BEAT US!) came out and scarred many kids watching.

I think it came out this year. If not, then please correct me if I'm wrong.

20 2020 2020 (MMXX) was a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 20th year of the third millennium, the 20th year of the 21st century, and the 1st year of the 2020s... read more

The first wave of DLC for Gen 8 was complete garbage. Sword & Shield's Isle of Armor is painfully underhated, and it ruined the whole year.

The year The Last of Us 2 won the most undeserving Game of the Year award.

21 1987 The Next Generation" television series premiered, carrying on the legacy of the original franchise. The Montreal Protocol was adopted to address ozone layer depletion, showcasing international cooperation on environmental issues.

The company known as LJN started to publish games that year... until 2000.

22 2007 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2007th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 7th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 8th year of the 2000s decade.
23 1992
24 2002 2002 (MMII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2002nd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 2nd year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 3rd year of the 2000s decade.
25 2000 The year 2000 (MM) was a century leap year that started on a Saturday according to the Gregorian calendar. It marked the 2000th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations. It was the last year of the 2nd millennium and the 20th century, and the 1st year of the 2000s decade.
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