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2014-2020 and beyond the golden age of gaming...

Yes. 9 16.67%
No. 40 74.07%
Maybe, I haven't though much about into it. 5 9.26%

EDIT: changed title, on reflection 2014 was a weak year, while it had some key titles and it's the low that started this generations rise I think it should be cut. It was mid 2015 when things started firing on all cylinders, specifically the release of The witcher 3. Things have been poppin ever since, consistently on an ever rising incline of epicness and it has yet to reach it's climax. 

I'm going to put the negative aside for a second like microtransations and shady business practices among third party devs and publishers. Some diversity hiring gone wrong and politics entering the game space once again as well as a lack of AA games.

TL;DR : Personally I think, in the same way we have hit the golden age of television, these past four years of gaming have been the best ever across all eight generations and arcades, as well as the two to years to come. The pinnacle above all other generations between the PS4, the switch and PC/steam and VR and even the 3ds staying strong and the Vita taking every bullet like a champ. A good chuck of my top ten...hell top 25 or top 50 have released starting in June 2014 with Divinity OS and right through the near four years following, title after title have consistently slammed into my top spots.

I'm sure I'll miss a few on a list like this but just lets grab a quick overview of the wealth of games we have this gen, the best of the best, the dogs bollachs line up...

The witcher 3

Divinity OS (and hopefully DOS2)


Nier Automata

Horizon Zero dawn

Project CARS

Dirt Rally (both VR and non VR)

Forza horizon series

Wipout collection (VR)

RE7 (VR)

Uncharted 4 A series I'd never have thought would compete for top spots)



God of War soft reboot

Persona 5

Dragon age inquisition.

Xcom 2 + war of the chosen


Killzone: Mercenrys

Rocket league

NexMachina + Resogun + Alienation = the trifecta of bullet hell games

Monster hunter World

Final fantasy 14 heavensward and Storm blood


Zelda BoTW (not up there with my best but I'll add it because it's got so much praise, there must be something to it I'm not seeing)

Super Mario Oddessy (Haven't played much of it but I know from what I have played it's briliance)

Destiny (an fps mmo ffs)

Yakuza 0

Hell blade SS

Moss (VR)

Diablos updated ultimate evil edition + reaper of souls

Tombraider soft reboot

Doom soft rebbot

Shadow warrior

Darkest Dungeon.... God damn there are too many to name, I'm probably missed near half of them but you get the point.

   Virtual reality itself and a whole slew of Virtual reality titles such as Superhot VR, Rush of blood, Operation Warcade, Skyrim VR, Blaster of the universe, Sprint vector, Farpoint, windlands...I could go on listing games in VR that are er 10's for me but it'll be a long list.

   A whole host of excellent remasters done from the ground up or simply just made better than the original like The Crash Bandicoot trilogy, Soon to be Skyro trilogy, Shadow of the collosus, Gow 3 remastered, TLOU, Heavy rain .etc, etc etc. Games from last gen that many didn't get to play for one reason or another but now get to immerse themselves in with a fresh coat of paint without having to feel as if they are playing a dated subpar game, for the most part at least

   A bag load of Indies that rival games from generations past and give 5th/6th gen/6th gen best of gen contenders a run for their money. We see less AA games but when we do, they hit hard and strong and we rarely get roped into crappy games like in previous generations as we have so many diverse critics, personallities and even forum users to spread opinions and get an easier idea of what we will like, will not or grab insight into a game without spending our money and being disappointed after an hour.  

   On top of that JRPG's have boomed harder than they did in the ps2 era and are continuing to get better localization in the west giving us more and more variety and sometimes hidden awesomness once blocked behind a culture barrier. It's clear to see many a folk are diving into japanese games this generation and Japanese companies are seeing greater success and more of a willingness to localize and standing up against the censoring of their culture within those games.

   We can dive into games before they release this generation if we choose to, a foolish choice in my eyes but one that many seem to like doing. We are finally getting film based games that aren't simply cash grabs with similar mechanics each time like Shadow or Mordor, South Park or Spiderman. Niche or half dead genres have boomed back onto the stage and competition among them is at a high.

   We have consoles that are all doing well, no one is clearly loosing and the competition is fierce and welcome and we are seeing the ones who are or have taken a hit, reviving themselves. Nintendo with the switch after the WiiU Disaster, Xbox promising to be better on exclusives even Valve hinting that they want to get back into game development and pushing to clean up steam. We have consoles that Rival PC's and PC builds so cheap they might as well be classified as consoles.

   Everyone is winning here. The games companies both devs and publishers, the console manufacturers and above all else the players. I think this is the best period in gaming...period and it's not even peaked yet.

Am I being overly positive here or do you agree? And lets not forget the amazing lineup yet to come, off the top of my head...


Red dead redemption


Darksiders 3

Death stranding


The Last of Us part 22

Cyberpunk 2077 

Left alive

Soul caliber 6

..and so many more.



PS. Sorry for the grammar, my keyboard is glitching out.



Last edited by John2290 - on 04 May 2018


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Yeah I think so. I have a feeling that video game popularity will decline soon and the 2010s will be viewed as the peak.

Naw, I feel like the golden age was during the start of the 00's, leading up to 2010.

Back then we had a plethora of good games, as well as the PS2. PC had all sorts of games going for it, as well as the RTS genre being very strong back then. Fast forward to today and we have a tiny amount from that genre, as well as numerous studios being wasted by EA that used to make good PC games.

I'd rather go back to the early 00's the the late, because back then, all the games I liked were coming out and in abundance, as well as those dead studios being alive back then, rather than being dead today with their IP's left to rot.

Also we had Crysis back then. The only thing coming from Crytek is a shoddy BR style game. We actually had a few games back then that actually pushed PC hardware.


That being said, everyone has their own view on when we've had a golden age of gaming, so it's always going to vary from person to person. 


Golden Age passed in the 90s. This is renaissance.

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HomokHarcos said:
Yeah I think so. I have a feeling that video game popularity will decline soon and the 2010s will be viewed as the peak.

Decline?  I disagree.  Interactive media is not only the most rewarding type of entertainment, it's also useful.  There are games that literally teach us - from war simulations helping to train military, to simple puzzle games that help ward off dementia in the elderly. 

I think movies and tv shows are on the way out, more likely.  They provide the least amount of entertainment - you can maybe watch the film a few times before you tire of it.  You can't alter it or mix things up like with a video game.  Not only that, movies are costing so much to make with little returns(lest it's a comic book, middle earth, space opera or Disney flick).  To top it off, hollywood is desperate and thrashing for survival, remaking the same films from 30-70 years ago in an attempt to franchise old media again.

Unless something else comes along that flat out trumps interactive media, I don't see gaming going away.  I see it as the natural evolution from film and tv.

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I think it just depends on what you like. For someone like me who has been following video games for a long time the Golden Eras look like this:

Late 70's - early 80's Golden Era of Arcades
Late 80's - Early 90's Golden Era of Consoles
Whole 90's Golden Era of PC
2000-2010ish Golden Era of Handhelds

To me Generation 8 seems like an era of decline. 3DS, XB1 and Wii U are all inferior to their generation 7 counterparts. PS4 is doing well, and is definitely selling better than PS3, but it really seems quite inferior to PS2 (at least from my perspective). Everything this generation seems inferior and sales as a whole are in decline.

However, Switch looks very promising. I am really hoping that it will bring about a new renaissance in gaming. But to me gaming is at the lowest point it's been since the console market crash.

Yes, games these days are more ambitious than they have ever been.

Arminillo said:
Golden Age passed in the 90s. This is renaissance.

Hmm, the Golden age was sloppy then. I remember being burned on games countless times with recommendations from magazines. I guess from the point of view back then it would have been a Golden age but it doesn't hold a candle to today's line ups.


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I'd have to argue the opposite. I think we entered a period of decline starting around the beginning of the 7th gen, which has carried throughout the 8th and will probably worsen into the 9th and beyond. "AAA" gaming is far worse, with many big-name publishers adopting predatory practices. Western "AA" gaming seems to have shrunk considerably, although successes like Hellblade demonstrate a clever studio with a modest budget can turn a profit. Sony has taken a step backward in its focus on cinematic storytelling. Microsoft has taken a bigger step backward with its focus on services over discrete, finite game experiences. In general, many of the biggest names in the business aren't trying to bring new customers into the industry; they're simply trying to get the current customers to spend more.

There are some good things. Access to game development is incredibly easy, sparking a revolution in indie titles. There's a wider range of genres than ever before. Nintendo has been remarkably consistent, although even it has dipped its toes into a la carte gaming. There's a lot of potential in VR technology.

For me, the golden age of video game artistry and design covers the 4th, 5th, and 6th gens, so approximately 1991-2005.