Speaking with Eurogamer, Irrational Games founder Ken Levine said he thinks 2011 has been the best year for playing video games since 2007, the year his game, Bioshock, was released.

It's been an interesting year. It's the best year since - and I'm not just saying this because of my game - 2007. A lot of great games, like Portal, came out that year. It's the best year in a very long time."

2007 wasn't just the year of Bioshock and Portal, though. The original Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, and Mass Effect were released that year, along with Super Mario Galaxy, and a slew of others. Many of 2011 and 2012's most anticipated releases are sequels to games released that year.

Levine went on to say that he was proud of the industry, not just because of all the great games that were developed, but because he felt it had been a long time since he saw so many developers live up to their potential:

"[2011] is a year to be proud of our industry," said Levine. "It's a year to be proud of the Uncharted guys. It's a year to be proud of Epic. It's a year to be proud of the Call of Duty guys. It's a year to be proud of everybody because people are delivering this year in a way the industry hasn't delivered in a very long time."

Hopefully Irrational Studios' next game, the highly anticipated Bioshock Infinite, will keep bar high when it's released in 2012.

[Via Eurogamer]