The saying holds that "all good things must come to an end." But that's not completely true, is it? Some good things keep going forever—they just stop being good after a while.

It's unfortunate that that has to happen to some of our favorite video game franchises ever, but it seems being around for decades can cause the creative wells to run dry. Some of these franchises have been commercialized, streamlined, or dumbed down to death. Others have simply outlasted their charm, yet somehow refuse to die.

Some—and these are probably the saddest—took big risks that didn't pay off. We're all for innovation, but maybe handing one of your key franchises off to a developer that's made no great games (and hardly any good ones) isn't the best idea? We're looking at you, NIntendo (you know what we're talking about).

Without further ado, let's take a trip down good memories / bad present lane and examine the top 10 franchises that used to be good but aren't anymore.

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