Fallout 1 came out in 1997, but mostly it was a weak year. Likewise, Clive Barker's Undying and Arcanum came out in 2001, but mostly is was also a comparatively weak year compared to 1997-2000.
1997-2000 is the strongest 3 years in PC gaming, imo.
I'll also add Icewind Dale (which was good, but not great), Diablo 2 and Dungeon Keeper 2 to this list. Best three years of gaming, hands down. Consoles also had gems like FF7 and Soul Reaver... Both of which made it to the PC eventually. --- Join the gaming community at www.haeravon.com Watch gaming videos at www.youtube.com/haeravonfaqs
There is a lot of crap releasing these days, but there is also still a lot of good stuff too. You just have to keep your ear to the ground to find it. Most of the AAA super advertised games these days are just lack-luster as all hell. On the flip side it's pretty common for a random game to pop up and just blow me away with how fun it is.
So like someone else said it's always the golden age for PC gaming. --- Drugs are never the answer, unless the question is what isn't the answer.
Most of the platform's worthwhile games came out in the period from mid-90s to mid 2ks but that's nowhere near the huge transformation that console gaming went through during the PS1 era.
Then again, considering the state PC gaming finds itself now, those years might as well have been it. --- "Now go ahead and leap ignorantly to the defense of wealthy game companies who don't know or care about you."