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What is your favorite generation of gaming so far?

Hey GAF, what is your favorite generation in gaming? For me, as of this writing I'd say the 6th generation is my favorite overall because it felt like a balance of arcade like gameplay while the scope of games grew to be "home console" games, so there was a balance there instead of gaming mostly consisting of huge AAA blockbusters that chased graphics and cinematic mood at the expense of gameplay like the generations that came after then. So what say you GAF, what is your favorite generation of gaming so far?
 

BryceNobody

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wvnative

Member
Tie between 6th generation (PS2/GC/Xbox) and the 8th generation (PS4/Xbox One/Switch)

6th gen...Good god almighty, the creativity was endless, so much variety, and 95% of it was quality. Just pure emphasis on fun and immersion from every genre, I can't think of a single game I bought back then that I didn't enjoy. Even shit games like licensed crap had a charm to them. As a kid these games felt boundless, and as an adult when I replay them, or play some classics I missed out on, they still have a feel to them that just isn't present today.

8th gen, look I know it's easy to be cynical with shit like fortnite and endless COD sequels and on the surface it seems like there is less variety and in some ways there is, but good god almighty, I still love so many games. AC Origins/Odyssey, Red Dead 2 (and I personally love Red dead online), the Titanfall games, basically every Sony first party title. You say trends, but fuck it I like the cinematic third person action game trend. FF7 Remake is my dream game and it exists, and is everything I dreamed it would be. And indie games like a hat in time and bug fables did a fantastic job filling in the missing gaps. Crash 4 is a thing and it's awesome. Consoles might have been underpowered but go back to PS3/360 for a day, they all ran at like 15fps unless it was an arcade racer or first party title. PS4/Xbox One were more consistent despite the restraints. Not to mention massive QOL improvements this gen like more accessibility options, more seamless online integration, and easier data backup options. And I haven't even mentioned Nintendo's STELLER output.
 
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KXVXII9X

Member
Probably the GameCube generation with so many variety of games it was great! I enjoyed the PS3 generation as well (mostly because it was my first non-Nintendo console, but made me into the a huge Playstation fan and grew my love for story driven games)

Ultimately, I really enjoyed DS generation the most. Mostly the original DS because it had the best assortment of unique and experimental games with great presentation and a focus on fun. Most of my favorite games ever come from the DS. It truly felt like a brand new experience when it came out.
 

nemiroff

Gold Member
My favorite nostalgic memory is when I got my Commodore VIC 20 for Christmas, I hadn't seen anything like the parallax effect in Choplifter before, it was amazing, and Omega Race was unbelievably good at the time. But I still wouldn't call it my favorite generation. So nostalgia is just memories and often broken and turned into disappointment when revisited hands on. Thus my favorite generation is always the current accumulated generation where I have most of the full range of history available at my fingertips to pick and choose when I feel like it.
 
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RoboFu

One of the green rats
porpbably 16 bit era, but NES will always have the top spot for me as it was a great age of creativity where many of the "still to this day" legendary franchises were born.
 

Shifty

Gold Member
Know, o' prince, that between the time when the oceans drank Atari, and the rise of the sons of Apple, there was an age undreamed of, when shining consoles lay spread across the world like plastic mantles beneath the stars.

Hither came PlayStation 2, black-cased, sullen-lensed, dualshock in hand, a processor, a renderer, a DVD player, with gigantic memory cards and gigantic discs, to tread the jewel cases of the Earth under his rubbered feet.

It is I, his chronicler, who alone can tell thee of his saga. Let me tell you... of the days of high quality video games!

- Kaz E. Howard

 
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GametimeUK

Member
PSWii60 generation for me. I have no idea why. All the games ran like shot, bit I must admit I loved the games themselves. I feel gaming was getting modernised in such an amazing way at the time (in some respects), but I feel last gen and current gen (in terms of mainstream games) deviates from what I enjoy. However, there's still more than enough to still keep me happy.
 

TMLT

Member
PS2/GC/OG Xbox > PS3/360/wii > PS1/N64/Saturn (and DC, kind of)

All three are pretty close for me. I think those generations were kind of in a sweet spot where 1) games were advanced enough but didnt require huge teams and ridiculous amounts of cash and time to develop 2) games could effectively tell stories etc etc but they were still...you know..games first and foremost, and 3) gaming was big but it hadnt become a total corporate nightmare yet.
 

Pelta88

Member
PS4 because I didn't have to ask my mother to get me games like I did back during the PS2 gen.

Also Sony had a plethora of bangers and hidden gems on the PS4.
 
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R6Rider

Gold Member
A tough choice for me as I really enjoyed 6th gen, but can't deny the past 10 years of online gaming with various groups of people.

In terms of pure games, I'll just go with 6th gen, but overall I'd say 8th gen.
 

CatLady

Selfishly plays on Xbox Purr-ies X
Xbox 360.
The 360 is when I first got back into consoles from PC & MMOs and damn there are so many great games from that generation, and they still hold up great today.
 
Excluding current gen because it's too early to have any real opinion of it

1. 360/PS3/Wii
2. One/PS4/Wii U (and first half of Switch of that counts)
3. Xbox/PS2/Gamecube
4. N64/PS1

Beyond those gens I only played a relatively small amount on the SNES and Genesis to can't really formulate opinions on any other gens
 

Chronicle

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PS3/360 the jump to 16:9 wide-screen and HD will never be matched. Such clarity. Also fantastic games. Gears of War, tlou, Battlefield Bad Company 2, BF3, COD modern warfare. An amazing gen. Also wireless controllers!! Streaming and bigger focus on online connectivity and multiplayer.
 

Kokoloko85

Member
Probably either the Saturn/PS1/N64 era or Dreamcast/PS2/GC/Xbox etc
But could also be the Snes/Megadrive. All had prominent PC games too
I enjoyed the PS4/Switch gen too
 

MacReady13

Member
As much as I loved the 8 bit and 16 bit generations, I would have to say either the 32/64 bit or 128 bit generations were my favs. The days of the PS1/2, N64, Gamecube, Dreamcast and Xbox were so fucking good. The amount of classics in that era are just unreal. And all was before sub services, patches, DLC etc... It was the last great era of gaming for me.
 
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