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What is the Golden Age of Gaming??

1st Gen 6 1.09%
 
2nd Gen 11 2.00%
 
3rd Gen 26 4.73%
 
4th Gen 161 29.27%
 
5th Gen 137 24.91%
 
6th Gen 133 24.18%
 
7th Gen 58 10.55%
 
8th Gen 13 2.36%
 
Total:545
S.T.A.G.E. said:
aikohualda said:
i wonder if the answer would shift to 6th gen 10 years from now


Milennials will never know about the golden age of gaming. The greatest companies who survived the arcade era existed back then and the non-pc games were still doing very well during the golden era. Sega and Nintendo were duking it out, MS wasnt here and Sony was just entering the industry.


Given that this is very much a opinionated question (unless you are looking at sales and stuff), then you can't say that they will never know the golden age of gaming.



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Teeqoz said:
S.T.A.G.E. said:
aikohualda said:
i wonder if the answer would shift to 6th gen 10 years from now


Milennials will never know about the golden age of gaming. The greatest companies who survived the arcade era existed back then and the non-pc games were still doing very well during the golden era. Sega and Nintendo were duking it out, MS wasnt here and Sony was just entering the industry.


Given that this is very much a opinionated question (unless you are looking at sales and stuff), then you can't say that they will never know the golden age of gaming.

 

Seriously, during the golden age of gaming all types of gaming were doing well. Arcades were thriving, Consoles were growing in popularity and PC gaming was in its own world. I started gaming during the 90's but the spark seem to have started in the 80's into the 90's. Japan was doing extremely well as well.



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S.T.A.G.E. said:
Teeqoz said:
S.T.A.G.E. said:
aikohualda said:
i wonder if the answer would shift to 6th gen 10 years from now


Milennials will never know about the golden age of gaming. The greatest companies who survived the arcade era existed back then and the non-pc games were still doing very well during the golden era. Sega and Nintendo were duking it out, MS wasnt here and Sony was just entering the industry.


Given that this is very much a opinionated question (unless you are looking at sales and stuff), then you can't say that they will never know the golden age of gaming.

 

Seriously, during the golden age of gaming all types of gaming were doing well. Arcades were thriving, Consoles were growing in popularity and PC gaming was in its own world. I started gaming during the 90's but the spark seem to have started in the 80's into the 90's. Japan was doing extremely well as well.

so, you actually mean that the 7th gen was the golden age of gaming? I mean, sure arcades weren't thriving during the 7th gen, but as it has been pointed out earlier in this thread, litterally every system sold massive numbers during the 7th gen. 

Just to remind you of the incredible sales:

DS: ~150 million sold

Wii:~100 million sold

PS3~82 million sold

Xbox 360~82 million sold

PSP~80 million sold

PS: Nice stealth edit, but I saw that you wrote "was the bronze age an opinion?" like seriously? What kind of question is that? It's not even remotely comparable with this!



"The Golden Age" of gaming, as it's referred to, is the 80's and 90's. Highlights being NES, SNES, PS1. Another way of looking at it, is the 8bit and 16bit era. Those were the days when gaming was really coming into it's own, and most gamers, (age 30+) look back on those days as, "The Golden Age".



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I must say, I'm kind of shocked at how many people agree with me (about the fourth and fifth gen).  I thought I'd be in a tiny minority.  But, in fairness, I think it's a highly subjective thing.  It entirely depends on how you personally define "golden age".

As a number of people have said, I'm sure a lot of it comes down to what you played growing up.  No doubt, some of the "magic" fades as games become more commonplace in your life.  But then, that would mean that it should really be your earliest memories of gaming that stand out as the most special.  And yet, despite having very fond memories of all the hours I put away on the Atari 2600, for my money, I still say that console games peaked in the fourth gen.

I guess it's possible that it's pure nostalgia speaking.  I don't discount the possibility.  But regardless of what it is, it's damned powerful.  When you consider that I still have my Mega Drive and still play some of those old games, it really puts it into perspective.  It's hard to imagine many modern games still maintaining my interest 20+ years from now.  On the other hand, I can well imagine that 20 years down the track, someone who is growing up with those games right now, may remember them with the same fondness that I remember those I grew up with.  In that sense, I think it's largely a matter of perspective.



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RenderMonk said:
"The Golden Age" of gaming, as it's referred to, is the 80's and 90's. Highlights being NES, SNES, PS1. Another way of looking at it, is the 8bit and 16bit era. Those were the days when gaming was really coming into it's own, and most gamers, (age 30+) look back on those days as, "The Golden Age".


But who decided that that was the golden age? And are those peoples opinions more valid then mine? You can't define one era as being "The golden age" unless being "The golden age" has some specific criteria. And those criteria will also just be someones opinion, while someone else might disagree with them. There is no answer to the question.



Teeqoz said:
S.T.A.G.E. said:
Teeqoz said:
S.T.A.G.E. said:
aikohualda said:
i wonder if the answer would shift to 6th gen 10 years from now


Milennials will never know about the golden age of gaming. The greatest companies who survived the arcade era existed back then and the non-pc games were still doing very well during the golden era. Sega and Nintendo were duking it out, MS wasnt here and Sony was just entering the industry.


Given that this is very much a opinionated question (unless you are looking at sales and stuff), then you can't say that they will never know the golden age of gaming.

 

Seriously, during the golden age of gaming all types of gaming were doing well. Arcades were thriving, Consoles were growing in popularity and PC gaming was in its own world. I started gaming during the 90's but the spark seem to have started in the 80's into the 90's. Japan was doing extremely well as well.

so, you actually mean that the 7th gen was the golden age of gaming? I mean, sure arcades weren't thriving during the 7th gen, but as it has been pointed out earlier in this thread, litterally every system sold massive numbers during the 7th gen. 

Just to remind you of the incredible sales:

DS: ~150 million sold

Wii:~100 million sold

PS3~82 million sold

Xbox 360~82 million sold

PSP~80 million sold

PS: Nice stealth edit, but I saw that you wrote "was the bronze age an opinion?" like seriously? What kind of question is that? It's not even remotely comparable with this!

 

I edited out that statement because I felt sorry for being rather dickish, but no I doubt many would consider the 7th gen the golden age. Many who know gaming history know the 80's to mid 90's was the period where gaming was pretty much at the height of fun and just being untouchable. So many games were created during this period and it didnt take three to four years to make a game. Companies like Rare could pop out 4 games within a two year span for Nintendo. The Arcades were thriving. During the 7th generation despite the huge sales, we witnessed the falls of many companies. We came to the conclusion that AAA games would be the downfall of numerous companies. Capcom...one of the headlining companies of the golden age is on their way out unless someone purchases them. Despite what people people about Capcom today, they once had a very strong tradition of delivering high quality products at one time and the golden age was that time. There was no Square Enix during the golden age, it was just Squaresoft.

The votes seem to agree with what I am saying as well and my favorite console of all time wasnt even in the golden age. The PS2 was a generation off.



S.T.A.G.E. said:
Teeqoz said:
S.T.A.G.E. said:
Teeqoz said:
S.T.A.G.E. said:
aikohualda said:
i wonder if the answer would shift to 6th gen 10 years from now


Milennials will never know about the golden age of gaming. The greatest companies who survived the arcade era existed back then and the non-pc games were still doing very well during the golden era. Sega and Nintendo were duking it out, MS wasnt here and Sony was just entering the industry.


Given that this is very much a opinionated question (unless you are looking at sales and stuff), then you can't say that they will never know the golden age of gaming.

 

Seriously, during the golden age of gaming all types of gaming were doing well. Arcades were thriving, Consoles were growing in popularity and PC gaming was in its own world. I started gaming during the 90's but the spark seem to have started in the 80's into the 90's. Japan was doing extremely well as well.

so, you actually mean that the 7th gen was the golden age of gaming? I mean, sure arcades weren't thriving during the 7th gen, but as it has been pointed out earlier in this thread, litterally every system sold massive numbers during the 7th gen. 

Just to remind you of the incredible sales:

DS: ~150 million sold

Wii:~100 million sold

PS3~82 million sold

Xbox 360~82 million sold

PSP~80 million sold

PS: Nice stealth edit, but I saw that you wrote "was the bronze age an opinion?" like seriously? What kind of question is that? It's not even remotely comparable with this!

 

I edited out that statement because I felt sorry for being rather dickish, but no I doubt many would consider the 7th gen the golden age. Many who know gaming history know the 80's to mid 90's was the period where gaming was pretty much at the height of fun and just being untouchable. So many games were created during this period and it didnt take three to four years to make a game. Companies like Rare could pop out 4 games within a two year span for Nintendo. The Arcades were thriving. During the 7th generation despite the huge sales, we witnessed the falls of many companies. We came to the conclusion that AAA games would be the downfall of numerous companies. Capcom...one of the headlining companies of the golden age is on their way out unless someone purchases them. Despite what people people about Capcom today, they once had a very strong tradition of delivering high quality products at one time and the golden age was that time. There was no Square Enix during the golden age, it was just Squaresoft.

The votes seem to agree with what I am saying as well and my favorite console of all time wasnt even in the golden age. The PS2 was a generation off.

As I said in an earlier post this is all a question of definition. What decides "the golden age"? Given that we can't (I don't think we can anyway) put any fixed criteria that all agrees on on what defines "the golden age" there is no true answer to this question, if you know what I mean. Sorry about the slight rage, I just got a bit insulted by that bronze age comment.

also @bold- are you suggesting Square Enix is worse than Squaresoft? Blasphemy!



5th for me. So many classics.