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2010s: The Dark Souls of decades

The series defied and defined gaming trends

Patrick Gill (he/him) has been making serious and unserious videos for Polygon since 2016. He also co-hosts & produces Polygon’s weekly livestreams on Twitch.

About 10 years ago, we began our journey into a dark and inhospitable world. A hostile realm where corruption and greed turned kings into monsters, and where hope was a half-remembered dream. Also, some of us played Dark Souls.

Yes, it was the Decade of Dark Souls and the Dark Souls of Decades. It totally permeated the collective gamer unconscious. It just couldn’t be ignored. FromSoftware created this new strain of super-hard action RPGs as a deliberate counterpoint to modern design sensibilities. It’s a series that for better and for worse changed the way games are played, made, and talked about.

So before the ember of discourse fades, sit down by the bonfire light of your computer, tablet device, or mobile phone, and for one last time, listen to a man talk at you about Dark Souls for entirely too long.

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