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What years did you start gaming?

Pre-1980 3 3.53%
1980-1984 12 14.12%
1985-1989 17 20.00%
1990-1994 22 25.88%
1995-1999 20 23.53%
2000-2004 7 8.24%
2005-2009 4 4.71%
2010-2014 0 0%
2015-2020 0 0%
2021-2022 0 0%

Going by respective console generations -

SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis > PlayStation > PC


Game Boy Color > Game Boy Advance > PlayStation Portable > Nintendo 3DS

PC (gaming).. I started during PS1 era and has been a staple of gaming alongside consoles. Its probably been my primary platform since the PS2 onward if not earlier. If we are talking just consoles PlayStation has been pretty much my go-to with the 360 nearly dethroning the PS3 in the 7th gen.

Last edited by hinch - on 11 May 2022

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  1. PS1
  2. PS2
  3. PS3
  4. PS4

I played a lot on my brothers NES, then his Genesis. I didn't realise that NES, GEN and PS1 were all completely different companies. 

To this day, the NES is still my fav Nintendo console, and the GEN is still my fav SEGA console. 

My primaries have been
GameCube (GBA on the side)
Wii (DS on the side)
3DS (Wii U on the side)
Switch (kind of coexists with the PS4, but more of a secondary function for part of 2019 and especially late 2020 to the present)
PS4 (Vita and PS3 on the side)

Judging by the years most people started, there are two likely conclusions. Most of you are 5-15 years older than me, or you were gaming since preschool (even if only a few hours a year).

Lifetime Sales Predictions 

Switch: 144 million (was 73, then 96, then 113 million, then 125 million)

PS5: 105 million Xbox Series S/X: 60 million

PS4: 120 mil (was 100 then 130 million, then 122 million) Xbox One: 51 mil (was 50 then 55 mil)

3DS: 75.5 mil (was 73, then 77 million)

"Let go your earthly tether, enter the void, empty and become wind." - Guru Laghima

Consoles: NES -> SNES -> N64 -> Gamecube -> PS3 -> PS4
Handhelds: Gameboy -> GBA -> N-Gage -> PSP -> PS Vita -> Switch -> Steam Deck

Since 1998: PC

I had a bunch of other consoles and handhelds over the years, but I didn't use them too much so I just counted devices that I really got the most out of. And yes, I really did use the N-Gage a whole lot. That thing was fantastic for its time.
As for the Steam Deck: I only have it for 4 weeks or something, but it already became my main gaming device. I'm absolutely in love with that thing. Although it is debatable if you want to count it as a handheld, a PC or both. I'd go for the latter.

Official member of VGC's Nintendo family, approved by the one and only RolStoppable. I feel honored.

Started with Commodore 64 and Amiga then following Commodore's demise my gaming history has since consisted of a long line of gaming PC's, stretching over the decades and while not always being day one launch purchases I have owned the main consoles of each gen since then from Nintendo, Sega, Sony and Xbox, along with Nintendo and Sony handhelds.

Last edited by mjk45 - on 11 May 2022

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PS1 (N64, Pentium 90)
PS2 (XBox, GameCube, Dreamcast, Pentium 2 266)
PS3 (XBox 360, Wii, i7 940 desktop)
PS4 (WiiU, Switch, i7 gaming laptop)
PS5 (Series X, i7 8750H gaming laptop)

I just got the Series X today, got to set it up now :)


PS2 may have been primary but XBOX and GCN got a lot of play time as well. PS3 became primary halfway through 7th gen.

I'm the one who voted 2005-2009. Not sure which year exactly.
Very boring list incoming:

Wii/DS -> Wii/3DS -> Switch

Almost never actually used the Gamecube, played it's games on the Wii.

Been gaming basically since I was able to hold a Intellivision controller so I say ~ mid 80's.








I don't currently own any current generation console

I been gaming on PC since 1994 and spent way way way more time gaming on PC then all consoles I played combined.  Most my life it was JRPG on consoles and PC for everything else.


darthv72 said:

Started gaming in 1977 and have been ever since. That year changed my life, it turned me into a lifelong gamer and a star wars fan. I've played every major platform release (and some not so major) and my all time favorite platform is Genesis. It lived up to its name as it really was a new beginning for entertainment. My primary platforms would look something like this:

  1. Pong
  2. 2600
  3. NES
  4. Genesis
  5. Saturn / PS1
  6. Dreamcast / Xbox
  7. 360
  8. XBO
  9. Series X

My list is very similar.  I started gaming in 1982 and have owned every major console and handheld except the PS3 and Vita (if that's a major).  I don't have a PS5 yet, but I will get one in a couple years.  

  1. 2600
  2. Master system
  3. Genesis
  4. Saturn / PS1
  5. Dreamcast / Xbox (This was my least played generation)
  6. Wii / 360 (Wii early in the gen, 360 later)
  7. XBO (PS4 Pro later in the gen, but the Xbone was my primary for most of it)
  8. Series X