[Just a note from our big sister site Gamasutra, where there's a gigantic comments thread, despite the nominations being via a private submission form, heh. But check it out for ideas, and then go vote...]

Gamasutra is asking its users to vote for their 'Game Of The Decade' -- the video game title that they think was the absolute best of the last ten years, from January 2000 to date.

While the site's editors continue to round up their Top 5s of 2009, a set of lists that will end with a Top 10 Games Of The Year next week, it's handing over the ten-year game list to its readers.

Any user with a valid Gamasutra user account can respond to the question - anonymously, if they wish - naming a game released this decade for any console, handheld, PC or online platform, and why they believe it outdid any other.

The final article will include a ranked list of the most-referenced games, but also an extensive list of 'honorable mentions' which include particularly persuasive write-ups.

(Respondents are welcome to use sites like GameRankings to remind themselves of release dates and specifics on highly-rated games from this decade.)

Thus, the question, which can be answered at the official Question Of The Week page until the end of Tuesday, December 22nd, is:

"Gamasutra is asking its users to vote for their 'Game Of The Decade' -- the video game title that they think was the absolute best of the last ten years, from January 2000 to date. Name the game, and then explain why it mattered to you and what differentiates it from the multitude of others released in the last decade?"

The best responses will be compiled into an article to be published on the site between Christmas and New Year, and users can either respond publicly, with their name and company specifically cited, or answer anonymously if they wish.