I thought about appending this to my 'best years in gaming' thread for reasons that will soon become clear, but ultimately decided against it.
So IGN has put together a list of what it deems to be the Top 100 Modern Video Games. It's a fun read as such things always are, with opportunities for gamers of all stripes to cheer (save perhaps Wizardry) and roll their eyes. To save you the hassle, here's the Top 10:
10. Super Smash Bros. Brawl
9. Batman: Arkham Asylum
8. Assassin's Creed II
7. Uncharted II: Among Thieves
6. Fallout 3
5. Portal 2
4. Super Mario Galaxy 2
3. Red Dead Redemption
1. Mass Effect 2
Their (unstated) criteria for what qualifies as a modern game is kinda interesting. It includes DS/PSP/PC titles from 2005 and beyond, but not titles from the same period that debuted on PS2 or GCN such as Shadows of the Colossus, Resident Evil 4 and Okami.
Of course such lists are not to be taken too seriously in any case... and yet I did, collating data by platform and year hoping to discern some kind of pattern applicable to discussions in my aforementioned earlier thread concerning more recent years in gaming. Alas, that turned out to be a dead end, in part because a list of 100 games covering only 6 years is enough that second-rate titles are getting through and mushing the data. There's a general trend of more titles the closer one is to the present - a full quarter of the list comes from 2010 - but the utility of that is marginal as one of IGN's practices for the list is to include only a single title from any given franchise, which means sequels (which are of course more recent than the games they're derived from) often - but not always - have the edge.
So: Blech. But the platform side of things is marginally more interesting. In this age of multiplatform releases, it was surprising to find that fully half of the list was compromised of titles exclusive to various systems, and that's ignoring the fact that a number of titles I marked down as 'multiplatform' - such as Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker - only became so years after the initial release. In any case, here's the breakdown by platform: number of titles from the top 100 available to the system first, number and list of exclusives second.
XBOX 360 - 56
Exclusives - 8 (Halo Reach, Forza 3, Shadow Complex, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2, Dead Rising, Alan Wake, Fable II, Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise, 'Splosion Man)
PS3 - 54
Exclusives - 9 (Uncharted 2, Heavy Rain, LittleBigPlanet 2, Infamous 2, God of War 3, Flower, Killzone 2, Resistance 2, Demon's Souls)
PC - 46
Exclusives - 8 (Starcraft II, Civilization IV, World of Warcraft, Company of Heroes, Dawn of War II, Shogun 2, Crysis, League of Legends)
DS - 19
Exclusives - 12 (New Super Mario Bros., Mario Kart DS, Tetris DS, Professor Layton, Pokemon: Black & White, Advance Wars: Dual Strike, Picross DS, Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, The World Ends with You, Brain Age, Elite Beat Agents, Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow)
Wii - 17
Exclusives - 8 (Mario Galaxy 2, Smash Bros. Brawl, Metroid Prime 3, Twilight Princess, Super Paper Mario, Wii Sports Resort, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Kirby's Epic Yarn)
PSP - 9
Exclusives - 1 (Valkyria Chronicles II)
3DS - 2
There were three titles on the list exclusive to other platforms (i.e. iOS, etc.): Cut the Rope, Tiny Wings, Superbrothers: Sword and Sorcery EP.
Make of all that what you will. There are various other points of interest and caveats I could raise at this juncture, but I think I've already spent far too much time on all this.