As this decade began, we were still playing our Nintendo 64s, PlayStations and Dreamcasts. No one expected to be two console generations removed and paying well over $50 for our games by decade's end.

As this decade began, we were still playing our Nintendo 64s, PlayStations and Dreamcasts. No one expected to be two console generations removed and paying well over $50 for our games by decade's end.

As technology has evolved, the video game business has shifted rapidly - we went from 2D to 3D video, from PCs to consoles, witnessed the explosion of online gaming, and got to know the joys of HDTV and motion control.

We saw the rise of the controversial Grand Theft Auto series, as well as many other classics. The Sims and Halo series both saw three major versions this decade, while World of Warcraft took over the world with more than 11 million subscribers.

Looking over the decade, it's interesting how mainstream video games have become. Players can now pretend to be rock stars or master bowlers in the comforts of their own home.

Here are just a few key moments and notable releases from each of the last 10 years.


News: Sony releases PlayStation 2, Microsoft buys Bungie

My favorite memory: Playing Diablo II.

Notable releases: Perfect Dark, Counter-Strike, Final Fantasy IX, The Sims


News: Sega discontinues Dreamcast, Microsoft releases Xbox, Nintendo releases GameCube

My favorite memory: Hooking two Xboxes together to play Halo at a party.

Notable releases: Civilization III, Halo: Combat Evolved, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Grand Theft Auto III, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty


News: Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto III and GTA: Vice City spark controversy, The Sims outsells previous all-time bestseller Myst, Xbox Live launches

My favorite memory: Discovering that telling Sims to use the bathroom is no more fun than telling five-year-old children to do it.

Notable releases: SOCOM: US Navy Seals, Animal Crossing, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, Battlefield 1942, Ratchet & Clank, Metroid Prime


News: Valve releases Steam, Infogrames renames itself Atari, Nintendo releases Game Boy Advance SP

My favorite memory: Getting completely pulled into Call of Duty's realistic WWII storytelling.

Notable releases: Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, Beyond Good & Evil, Call of Duty


News: Nintendo announces its "Revolution" console (later renamed Wii) and the Nintendo DS handheld, Steam releases its source engine with Half-Life 2

My favorite memory: Thanksgiving night, the first GameOn! podcast is recorded. Oh, and a little game called Half-Life 2.

Notable releases: Doom 3, The Sims 2, Fable, Halo 2, World of Warcraft, Katamari Damacy, Star Wars Battlefront


News: Microsoft releases Xbox 360, Sony announces development of PlayStation 3, the "Hot Coffee" incident results in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas being re-rated Adults Only and removed from stores temporarily.

My favorite memory: Blogging about talking heads and simulated sex acts.

Notable releases: Gran Turismo 4, God of War, Nintendogs, Guitar Hero, Perfect Dark Zero


News: Nintendo releases Wii and DS Lite, Sony releases PS3, all three game consoles experience major supply shortages

My favorite memory: Losing my soul to hours playing The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

Notable releases: New Super Mario Bros., Kingdom Hearts II, Resistance: Fall of Man, Wii Sports


News: Blizzard announces Starcraft II, Microsoft admits to "red-ring of death" failures and extends warranty on Xbox 360s, Bungie breaks away from Microsoft

My favorite memory: My first run-through of Portal in The Orange Box.

Notable releases: Halo 3, World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, Heavenly Sword, Rock Band, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare


News: Blizzard announces Diablo III

My favorite memory: The Lord of the Rings Online expands into Moria.

Notable releases: Super Smash Bros Brawl, Grand Theft Auto IV, World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Left 4 Dead


News: Batman: Arkham Asylum earns "Most Critically Acclaimed Superhero Game Ever" award from Guinness World Records, Sony launches PSP Slim and PSPGo

My favorite memory: GameOn! podcast reaches 200 episodes.

Notable releases: Uncharted 2, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Resident Evil 5, The Beatles: Rock Band