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Yean, the Sega vs Nintendo wars of the 8 and 16 bit generations was probably mainly - if not completely - a Xennial affair.

What's a Xennial you might ask? It's the generation between Gen X and Millennial. In video game terms, young enough that the 8 and 16-bit Sega/Nintendo consoles weren't too kiddy for us, but old enough that Pokemon was. We're also the generation that first embraced messenger programs back in the mid-late 90s, probably the biggest into DIY stuff, the only generation to have really understood Paul Verhoeven films.

Here's a Xennial guy (a cultural icon of our generation) who explains it quite well (well, an Americanized version).



I describe myself as a little dose of toxic masculinity.

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Jumpin said:

Yean, the Sega vs Nintendo wars of the 8 and 16 bit generations was probably mainly - if not completely - a Xennial affair.

What's a Xennial you might ask? It's the generation between Gen X and Millennial. In video game terms, young enough that the 8 and 16-bit Sega/Nintendo consoles weren't too kiddy for us, but old enough that Pokemon was. We're also the generation that first embraced messenger programs back in the mid-late 90s, probably the biggest into DIY stuff, the only generation to have really understood Paul Verhoeven films.

Here's a Xennial guy (a cultural icon of our generation) who explains it quite well (well, an Americanized version).

I think he's one of the last gen X he used to have the youtube name the angry video game nerd catchy song added the sega atari nerd angriest video game nerd . though 1981 was the start of generationa of millenials like reviewtechusa but I hate reviewtechusa :P I was some years younger in 1 was born in 1987 but i did start gaming at age 2 like todays generation of kids you see a 2 year old playing on his ipad 



My xbl:dx11332sega

My second Xbl:Segasaturnsan

My psn:Segasaturnsan

My Nintendo Friend Code:1302-4985-4999

My Steam:dx11332sega

My youtube Channel:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2EeIs1FP89Oz7du7IAEbqg?view_as=subscriber

SvennoJ said:

Haha, let's have a pc/home computer console war 90's style :)

Portable was no issue, we were young, pc's were light, monitors only 14inch, couple boxes of floppies, a power bar and you're all set.
Over time it grew from this


To this


While you console kiddies were enjoying street fighter 2, we played Civilization through the night, Wolfenstein 3D, F117A, Falcon 3.0, Dune 2, Alone in the dark. And on Amiga 500 Another world, Lotus turbo challenge 2, Monkey island, Populous, License to kill and so many others. Fire power was a favorite vs game, Budokan the preferred fighter. Street fighter came to pc and Amiga as well, but I don't remember playing it. We played Golden axe a lot though, hardly every made it to the end since we always ended up fighting each other :)

Before PC/Amiga we were on MSX and C64 (at a friends house), loading tapes yup. And copying them on dual cassette decks. PC as well, but the early days of PC were bleeps and ugly colors. Still it got the most attention since it was so easy to get games for PC. My dad used to bring them back from work, mostly Sierra games until I got onto BBS and started downloading games.

Consoles were all right too, my nephews had Sonic and Mario, always fun. Yet, no cheat hacks, can't edit the save games. PC had everything, Amiga had a game shark thingie, edit the game memory while it's running to track variables like lives and money to edit them on the fly.

R1D1 doesn't look very portable to me but I was 5-10 years younger so couldn't carry as much. And let's not try to pretend that a 14" monitor of old wasn't ten times bigger than a modern 14" monitor aka a tablet.

We had a PC in the house too later maybe a 386 or 486. I think I played Populous first on the SNES then got it for PC but it didn't run very well. I know Sierra's Pinball and Pool/Snooker was one of the few games that could run and the options for making music when you bought something called a sound card were immense. I left consoles after CnC on N64/PS1 so I could play it properly and didn't go back til consoles started being more like consoles again.



Nov 2016 - NES outsells PS1 (JP)

Don't Play Stationary 4 ever. Switch!

Genesis does what Nintendon’t!



shikamaru317 said:
Genesis does what Nintendon’t!



Nov 2016 - NES outsells PS1 (JP)

Don't Play Stationary 4 ever. Switch!

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No console war will be remembered or have the impact that one did.



Bite my shiny metal cockpit!

I was just a happy go lucky kid that loved his NES. Then I saw the "Genesis does" commercial. Something inside of me changed. The world got darker. I wasn't a kid anymore. I was a soldier in a war and I was willing to kill.



Twitter: @d21lewis

The memories flooding back. My neighbor had a Genesis and I had an NES followed by an SNES. I remember:

-He tried to sabotage my copy of Super Mario Bros 3. I picked up the cartridge and saliva poured out of it. I chased him and tried to beat him up. Luckily, the game still worked after it dried out. I retaliated by scratching one of his games with a clothes hanger...but I knew nothing about what made games work so I did no damage.

-I would play SMB3 and Super Mario World running through levels as fast as I could saying "Bet you're not that fast, Sonic!"

-I drew gaming art of Mario in a go kart chasing Sonic with Mario saying "Blast Processing can't save you now!" Sent it to a gaming magazine but it never got chosen.

-The ultimate slap in the face was when me and my neighbor traded consoles for a weekend. I loved his games and I was having fun. Then, within hours, he showed up at the door with my SNES saying that it sucked and he wanted his Genesis back.

I think that's he was there first person I ever hated! But we still played together. I should find him on Facebook and tell him I still hate his ass! 😂



Twitter: @d21lewis

I’m old enough to remember living that generation, but not old enough to have been involved in console wars.



SvennoJ said:
Pyro as Bill said:

My first system was a C64 but I didn't have a computer science degree so I had to get my older brother to type in the code everytime I wanted to play a game then pray for the next 10 minutes that it would load. Then I had to work out how to get the joystick working instead of using default keys. Every game had a different setup. The NES/Master System were a godsend for us console kiddies. Yeah, the games cost 10-20 times the retail price of C64 games but they loaded every single time (apart from the occasional blow) and you could play half an hr of Mario or Tetris before school while the C64 was still deciding whether it was gonna load up. And most importantly you got the old TV. My early NES years were mostly in black and white but the games still loaded.

Once Street Fighter 2 arrived on the next-gen consoles, every older brother had to concede that consoles were superior to their geekboxes. So while you were having your copy parties and talking about kilobytes we were having real parties where everybody played SF2 because consoles were portable enough to go anywhere we damn well wanted them to go. The older boys used to invite me to parties because us 'console kiddies' were the only ones who could do the Capcom code fast enough to register.

Haha, let's have a pc/home computer console war 90's style :)

Portable was no issue, we were young, pc's were light, monitors only 14inch, couple boxes of floppies, a power bar and you're all set.
Over time it grew from this


To this


While you console kiddies were enjoying street fighter 2, we played Civilization through the night, Wolfenstein 3D, F117A, Falcon 3.0, Dune 2, Alone in the dark. And on Amiga 500 Another world, Lotus turbo challenge 2, Monkey island, Populous, License to kill and so many others. Fire power was a favorite vs game, Budokan the preferred fighter. Street fighter came to pc and Amiga as well, but I don't remember playing it. We played Golden axe a lot though, hardly every made it to the end since we always ended up fighting each other :)

Before PC/Amiga we were on MSX and C64 (at a friends house), loading tapes yup. And copying them on dual cassette decks. PC as well, but the early days of PC were bleeps and ugly colors. Still it got the most attention since it was so easy to get games for PC. My dad used to bring them back from work, mostly Sierra games until I got onto BBS and started downloading games.

Consoles were all right too, my nephews had Sonic and Mario, always fun. Yet, no cheat hacks, can't edit the save games. PC had everything, Amiga had a game shark thingie, edit the game memory while it's running to track variables like lives and money to edit them on the fly.

PC's were light?

Towers were hardly lighter than they are now, if at all, and those monitors were way, way heavier than those we have now. And the whole thing took more space than these days, making them much more cumbersome. Even the C64 (Keyboard, floppy disc drive and monitor + a controller if you had one) was heavier as a whole than PCs can be these days.

I really don't know where you get that they were lighter back then.