This idea was spawned by my recent post asking how 2020 has changed the hobby. Instead of asking that question, I am asking the question, was 2020 a good year for gaming.
Just a few rough stats about 2020.
- There were roughly 400 less games released in 2020 than in 2019. These numbers are according to BGG, and are excluding expansions. This represents an almost 12% drop from 2019. I really don't know if that is significant or not.... But, it is a drop. It is also about 100 games less thant 2018 and 100 more than 2017.
- In the top 100 of BGG there are 2 games, so far, from 2020. I don't think there are any from 2020 in the top 100 of BGA. I also didn't see any from 2020 in Boardgames Reddit top 100.
- The highest grossing gaming kickstarter of all time happened in 2020. This was the kickstarter for #Frosthaven. It grossed nearly 13 million dollars, and was the third highest grossing kickstarter of all time.
- This year saw the first Asmodee owned company regain their own helm as an independent company once again. Plaid Hat Games separated from them early in the year, and released their first game since their new independence a few months later. #Forgotten Waters was a huge hit, and I hope that Plaid Hat has started a trend of companies leaving Asmodee.
Overall I am quite bullish on 2020 as a gaming year. I think, and I could be wrong, that this year will be one of the all time greats in terms of games that are still being played in 3-10 years. I believe that there were a bunch of games released this year that are going to be evergreen titles. I don't know why there were fewer games released this year than last year. It could be due to the pandemic, or due to a percieved scarcity of funds, or too great uncertaintity with the pandemic. But, that does not seem to have shortened the amount of truly great and amazing games out there. I do know funds were tight for some people. And, I think that that drove many of those people to focus more on playing what they have more, and playing them more deeply. I think that has been helpful. I also believe that there has never been a better time to be a gamer in terms of online community. This pandemic and the social isolation has driven many fine people to interact more, and make more friends, online.
So, what do you think of 2020 as a gaming year? Is it going to be one of those years like 2015 and 2016 that produced a huge amount of evergreen quality titles? Or will it be a year that we will shrink from in terms of gaming history?