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What generation did you start with?

Gen 1 46 11.70%
Gen 2 76 19.34%
Gen 3 98 24.94%
Gen 4 54 13.74%
Gen 5 71 18.07%
Gen 6 36 9.16%
Gen 7 8 2.04%
Gen 8 1 0.25%
Other?? 3 0.76%


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Really have a craving to play some Battletoads now...

5th gen ps1. Not including the snes games I played through emulators

Ltd predictions by the time 9th Gen comes out


Xbox one :75 million( was 65) 

Wii u: 20 milliion

4th gen, Sega Genesis/Mega Drive.

ninjapirate42 said:
S.Peelman said:

Not sure. Depends on whether I played the Odyssey2/Videopac G7000 or the NES first. So was either a second or a third generation console. Technically though the fourth generation was already underway when I started playing, though obviously I didn't yet realize how things worked.

I was the same way. I had no idea until years down the road that the Super Nintendo launched the same year I got my NES.

Yeah at the age of four or five, I think, I just played whatever was first handed to me. That was either my mother's old console from her own childhood or my aunt's NES. She had the NES ready to play in the attic because my aunt was an avid gamer back then. I also played the SNES with her first as well, but though I am sure she already had it fairly early on, I don't think she let me or my cousins play that system until a bit later. Since my own mother's G7000 console wasn't hooked up at our house as far as I recall, I'm leaning most towards the NES as being the first console I ever played.

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NES AS home console and Gameboy AS handheld




ninjapirate42 said:

Hey guys, just wondering where everyone started out in terms of playing video games.

Feel free to discuss below!

Generation 3 for me. I played a hell of a lot of NES when I was younger. There's a chance I might have touched an Atari or something beforehand but I don't think so. 

Would you please add some information to the OP about the generations, a lot of people seem to be confused or seem to think that Gen 1 was Atari2600 from the comments and there is a knock on effect of that on all the gens.

Generation 1 (1972 - 1977)

Magnavox Odyssey, TV Tennis, Home Pong Systems, Coleco Telstar, Binatone TV master, Nintendo Color TV-Game.

Generation 2 (1976 - 1983)

Atari 2600, Fairchild Channel F, Bally Astrocade, Magnavox Odyssey2, Intellivision, Emerson Arcadia 2001, ColecoVision, Atari 5200, Vectrex

[Gen 2 also had some Handheld systems - Milton Bradley Microvision, Nintendos Game and Watch Series, Entex Select-A-Game, Epoch Game Pocket Computer.]

Generation 3 8bit era (1983-1987)

SG-1000, Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) , Sega Master System/Sega Mark III , Atari 7800, Commodore 64

Generation 4 16bit era (1987-1996)

PC-Engine, Megadrive/Genesis, Super Famicom/Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), Neo Geo AES, Philips CD-i

[Gen 4 handhelds Game Boy, Atari Lynx, Sega GameGear, TurboExpress]

Generation 5 (1993-2003)

3DO Interactive Multiplayer, Atari Jaguar, Sega Saturn, Playstation, Nintendo 64, Apple Bandais Pippen

[Gen 5 handhelds - Sega Nomad, Game Boy Pocket/light/color, Neo Geo Pocket/Color, Wonderswan/color, Virtual Boy]

Generation 6 (1998-2013)

Sega Dreamcast, Playstation 2, Gamecube, Xbox

[Gen 6 handhelds - GBA/SP/Micro, Nokia N-Gage/QD]

Generation 7 (2005-)

Xbox360, Playstation 3, Wii

[Gen 7 handhelds - Nintendo DS/Lite/DSi/DSi XL, PSP series/Go

Generation 8 (2012-)

Wii-U, Playstation 4, Xbox One

[Gen 8 handhelds - Nintendo 3ds family, Playstation Vita/TV]


There we go, a brief history of gaming Gens haha. Feel free to copy paste this into the OP if you want NinjaPirate42 would rather people know which gen is which for the poll :)

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First game system for me was the Atari 2600 in the Second Generation of gaming, was so amazed by it, almost sure Pole Position was one of the first if not first game played.

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Well, the first console i played was The Playstation 1 (5th Gen) when i was in the Philippines me and my cousins just shared it in out huge house.

But it was the PlayStation 2, which was my first console i bought, here in Australia. I think i bought over 20 games for it. Had lots of fun.

Pocky Lover Boy! 

Although I remember seeing advertisements for 1st gen consoles, I can't remember actually playing any of them. The first that I can remember playing were all 2nd gen consoles; my family had an Atari 2600, and various friends had Intellivision and ColecoVision.

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