The Best Year in Gaming: 2020 vs. 2011

Welcome back to our Best Year in Gaming March Madness bracket competition! Yesterday we looked at 1987 vs. 2006 in another incredibly tight competition. You know things are tough when I have to give Patrons an exact time of day when I’ll be closing voting. But when it was all said and done, 1987 narrowly edged out 2006. The solid lineup of NES games combined with the release of Rogue Trader put it over the top, and I think Peregrin did an amazing job selling horse armor as a net negative for all of us.

Result: 1987 Wins

With that we’ve finished round 1 in the Northeast conference, and so far we’ve yet to see an upset in the competition. That may change however as we move into the Southwest Conference.

We’re kicking off the Southwest Conference with another very tight competition, and one that’s sure to be muddled by other events occurring in those years.


2020 was the pandemic year and there’s no escaping that – but it was also a surprisingly good year for games, especially board games. Also, it had some damn good video games, and the 9th edition of a little game called Warhammer 40,000. So it’s got some chops that may allow it to rise above its bad reputation.

2011 gives us the launch of two handhelds – the PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS – plus video games like Skyrim, Dark Souls, Uncharted 3, Portal 2, and Arkham City. 2011 was also the year Wizards of the Coast really started supporting the Commander format with regular releases.

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