Game Creationism: A history that states meaningful games sprung into existence in the era you personally began to think critically.
I feel bad for these RPG monsters. All those years it took to grow so large! How are we altering the ecosystem when we remove the megafauna?
The blunt reality is most successes are non-reproducible. You have different timing, different skills and different opportunities.
For those climbing the game dev career ladder: Breaking in, giving talks, press, hit games. None of it matters. Love the act, not the end.