Re: 2001 is one of the greatest years for video games
It was a great year. GTA3, FF9, MGS2, Halo, Sonic Adventure 2, Shenmue 2,DMC, Conkers Bad Fur Day, two of the best extreme sports games in Dave Mirra 2 and SSX Tricky, Max Payne, Undying, the very underrated Anachronox, Silent Hill 2 which granted wasnt fully appreciated until a few years later, Luigis Mansion, Red Faction, the GBA, the PS2 finally finding its feet after a shaky start etc. (although a few of these did release in 02 if you were in Europe)
On the not so good side I remember it being the year that both the N64 and DC "died" even though they still had a few great games left in the tank. Obviously the N64 was being phased out in favour of the GC by the end of the year. As early as around March/April I remember reading an article which had the DC in front of a headstone with something like "RIP 1998-2001" written on it...that sucked.