So, I've mentioned this before, but there's a pretty accurate little article
about how Baldur's Gate 2 is--even after being out for five years--still such a big name and is being held as something of a touchstone to test the quality of other, newer games against. There's just something about it that makes people say "let's rub this new game on Baldur's Gate and see what happens."
And it's true that gaming has ended up going in a different direction--even the latest Final Fantasy game has a bit of a Neverwinter Nights/Knights of the Old Republic feel to it, even though the actual mechanics of the fight works differently. And while I personally would love to see another BG-style game with the big party and the micro-managing and the hilarious random interactions...when your goal is to sell as many games as you can, this style isn't the one you want anymore. If you want to make it today, you need 3D eyecandy, and plenty of it. (I still think that the spells in BG2 are some of the coolest graphics ever, but my roommates laugh at me when I told them that and attempted to demonstrate, heh.)
And it would seem to me that now, six
years after BG2 came out, BG2 is slowly starting lose its reputation as a touchstone to determine the quality of an RPG. But apparently people have noticed and don't like this idea.
I'd just like to say that I love my fandom.