We had a saying in the Navy...one of our many sayings, "Your best job was your last job" (not to be confused with the Navy SEAL motto of, "The only easy day was yesterday."). Of course when you were in that job it wasn't the best job, it was the worst job. Until you were in your new job, which then became the worst job...and your old job became the best job. The same is kind of true with the video game world, except the best year in gaming just so happens to be the current year of gaming. I hope all that makes sense and you can decipher my mindless ramblings.

I know I said 2012 was the best year in gaming. I'm pretty sure I even blogged about it. With games like Mass Effect 3, Far Cry 3 and Assassin's Creed III (and lots of other games that didn't end in 3), it truly was a spectacular year. But then along comes 2013, with games like Dead Space 3, Crysis 3, Tomb Raider, Bioshock Infinite, The Last of Us and who could forget Thomas Was Alone. Okay, I didn't know Thomas Was Alone came out in 2013, but since I'm playing the game now and discovered this, well 2013 just got a little better.

But now, I'm torn...because 2014 is just about half way over and it's already been a great year. I've played several games that I absolutely love. Titanfall and Watch_Dogs being a couple of them. But also Mario Kart 8 and Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze. We're supposed to get other big hits like Little Big Planet 3, Far Cry 4, Evolve, Super Smash Bros., Destiny, and I will go ahead and say it whether it counts as a new game or not - Halo: The Masterchief Collection.

Of course in the big scheme of things the best year in gaming is subjective and probably doesn't matter much anyway, but it does illuminate the fact that we're living in arguably the best years gaming has ever witnessed. And with each New Year it really does seem to match or exceed expectations from the previous year.

But it also makes me wonder...

I've been gaming for quite a while now. Maybe you have too. When was the last time you've heard of a bad year of gaming? A year when gamers were disappointed with the releases and tired of the hardware? We've definitely seen some bad years in gaming before...it has happened.But it's been a long time...

The old video game crash of 1983. There was bad year.

The video game crash of 1983, also known as Atari shock in Japan, was a massive recession of the video game industry that occurred from 1983 to 1985. Revenues had peaked at around $3.2 billion in 1983, then fell to around $100 million by 1985 (a drop of almost 97 percent). The crash was a serious event that brought an abrupt end to what is considered the second generation of console video gaming in North America.

I'd like to think we're safe from ever experiencing another video game crash again and for now it seems like we are. But when we hear about the big names in the industry losing money, cancelling projects and laying people off, of course there is always that twinge of trepidation that it could happen.

Whether we ever witness a bad year in gaming or worse, another video game crash, who can say? But it won't be 2014 because this year is already on pace to be one of the best ever. Just like last year. And the year before.