[PPOTW] Which console generation was the best?

Discussion in 'General Gaming Discussion' started by T-hug, Jan 26, 2014.

  1. 1st (1972-1980) Color TV Game, Magnavox, Telstar etc.

    4 vote(s)
  2. 2nd (1976–1983) Atari 2600, Intellivision, ColecoVision etc.

    10 vote(s)
  3. 3rd (1983–1987) Commodore 64, NES, Sega Master System etc.

    56 vote(s)
  4. 4th (1987–1995) Genesis/Mega Drive, Neo-Geo, SNES etc.

    288 vote(s)
  5. 5th (1993–2000) N64, PlayStation, Saturn etc.

    141 vote(s)
  6. 6th (1998–2004) Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox etc.

    197 vote(s)
  7. 7th (2005-2011) PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360 etc.

    63 vote(s)
  8. 8th (2012–present) PlayStation 4, WiiU, XboxOne, Ouya etc.

    8 vote(s)
  1. T-hug

    T-hug Always like this.

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    This week's poll asks; Which console generation was the best?
    This doesn't necessarily mean sales-wise or tech-wise, but just your own personal opinion!
    You can see the full list of machines from each gen here:
    :arrow:Console Generations Wiki

    If you have an idea for a poll you would like to see on the portal just send me a PM with PPOTW in the title and your questions and answers for the poll.
  2. emigre

    emigre Oh Jeremy Corbyn

    Jan 28, 2009
    United States
    Gen 6, there was great diversity between the consoles, support was plentiful, a shit ton of awesome gaems, Devs began getting their shit together with developing 3D gaems, PS2 and Persona 4.

    It was my favorite gen tbh tbf.
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  3. Dork

    Dork Newbie

    Gen 6 because every console had something good going for them and memorable exclusives.
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  4. mightymuffy

    mightymuffy fatbaldpieeater

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    Have a suspicion this'll almost come down to age difference.... For me it's Gen 4, my golden era of gaming! I was in school/college/YTS (eww) at this period, obviously a memorable period in anyone's life - was also great to be able to afford games myself for the first time, which always makes them better. Plus the SNES is my all-time favourite games machine, and the Megadrive 2nd! Gen 5 coming a close 2nd, man did the PS1 have some classic titles!
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  5. chavosaur

    chavosaur Austin Trujillo

    Mar 11, 2012
    United States
    Huntersville, NC
    Tbh, last gen was my favorite gen of all time.
    Consoles went from "Ok, so you can already play games right? Well now we are gonna change the way you play games"
    There was a lot of innovation and mixups last gen that I really enjoyed.
    And it was also the era of Polished online console gaming that got me back in touch with a lot of good friends I used to play games with side by side on the couch, and could now play online with all the time.
  6. GameWinner

    GameWinner Take your heart

    Jun 14, 2009
    United States
    Probably 6th gen for me.
    Persona 4, ya know.
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  7. CompassNorth

    CompassNorth Denko (´・ω・`)

    Oct 18, 2011
    United States
    Seattle, WA
    Fifth Gen man, we had so many great titles.
    Where Fifth Gen had quality, Sixth Gen had quantity.

    5 > 6 > 4 > 3 & 7
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  8. user64

    user64 GBAtemp Fan

    Aug 14, 2013
    Fourth Gen was my first real introduction to gaming.
    I kind of missed fifth gen...
    Sixth Gen was for me. Paper Mario TTYD was probably my favourite game from then. I also enjoyed the fact I could play SNES remakes on my GBA on the go. SP was a great system.
    Seventh Gen was also a lot of fun. The revival of platformers was great. Indie games came to be a part of my life through Minecraft. Mario kart wii and Brawl were games a played quite a bit. In addition, I preferred Galaxy to Sunshine...
    Eighth is just getting started. I only have a Wii U so far, and not too many games at that.
  9. Blaze163

    Blaze163 The White Phoenix's purifying flame.

    Nov 19, 2008
    Coventry, UK
    Though I'll always have a soft spot for the SNES/Genesis era, I voted for 5th Gen. Whichever way you slice it, a generation makes or breaks on the strength of its games. And I'm still playing my favourites from Gen 5 to this day. Ocarina of Time, Final Fantasy 7, Ape Escape, Lylat Wars, Pokemon Red/Gold/etc. That was when games became something more than idle fun to me, they became entire worlds to explore, with a depth I hadn't experienced up til that point. They became more like leading a second life than a quick arcade style blast for ten minutes when bored. While there have been games before and after that have achieved this, 5th gen was when it first became apparent to me that gaming could truly be an art form. Notably the death of Aerith (don't tell me I need spoiler tags for that, surely everyone knows by now) for being the first time the death of a character actually meant something to me.
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  10. Thomas83Lin

    Thomas83Lin Retro Gamer

    Jul 22, 2009
    United States
    Toss up between gen 4 and 5 for me, But nothing tops the good old Genesis and Snes
  11. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

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    Nov 21, 2005
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    There are memorable things in each.... but damned if I would want to go back to them today.

    Life is only getting better.
  12. Nah3DS

    Nah3DS Madre de Dios! Es El POLLO DIABLO!!!

    Feb 9, 2010
    my thoughts here
  13. Gahars

    Gahars Bakayaro Banzai

    Aug 5, 2011
    United States
    New Jersey
    It's kind of hard to offer any objective answer here since a person's choice is going to be pretty colored by nostalgia.

    That being said, Generation 6. The Playstation 2 single-handedly carried that gen and it was glorious.
  14. weavile001

    weavile001 Spiritmaster

    Jun 10, 2012
    6th Gen. because: Persona 4!.
  15. TemplarGR

    TemplarGR Gaming expert

    Sep 2, 2011
    I have been a gamer since Gen 3, and while i think every gen had its pros and cons, i chose gen5 as my favourite.

    Generation 5 in my opinion was the best generation in terms of innovation and taking risks. Many companies tried to produce a console, introduce 3d graphics, gameplay styles, franchices etc. It was the gen when gaming became "serious" and not something for the kids.

    Most if not all current genres took shape in gen 5. FPSs, 3d platforms, cinematic rpgs, survival horrors, stealth games, mmorgps, fighting games, cinematic adventures, RTSs, music games, you name it, it started then... Later generations improved those genres and added or mixed some more, but the biggest change and innovation was with gen 5...

    And even with hardware, there were big innovations then. From the analog stick to the failed Virtual Boy, this gen was anything but boring...

    Although when playing those games today, you may find them lacking compared to modern games, you cannot underestimate gen 5's importance for gaming...
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  16. Tom Bombadildo

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    I forgot
    Man...I had a hard time choosing between Gen 6 and Gen 5. I have more fond memories of Gen 6, but Gen 5 was when I really started "gaming" as a child, so I have more attachment to the games from that generation, but I had the most fun with my PS2/GC/Xbox.
  17. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

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    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    Regarding exclusives, I actually dislike the concept.

    Assuming the ideas of certain games then became codified as "genres", and I can see it for that period in time, that is a good thing? Personally I have had a great time now the idea of genre is starting to collapse, and had a lousy time leading up to it, and people are mixing and mashing things together all over the shop.

    and to finish... gen 5 would then seem to be the PS1, N64 and the like. Early console 3d, PC stuff was almost doing something OK, can go rot.
  18. Hyro-Sama

    Hyro-Sama I'm from the fucking future.

    Oct 25, 2009
    After Earth
    All glory to the 6th Generation.
  19. Taleweaver

    Taleweaver Storywriter

    Dec 23, 2009
    Some VERY interesting points. :)

    And you're right. At first, I was going to vote for 4th generation because of the plethora of 2D quality titles. But until that point, it was mostly an evolution. The fifth generation revolutionized gaming in the literal sense of the world. As such, it was indeed the most important one for gaming, save perhaps the third one (the recovery of the video game crash).

    Your last point is also interesting. I actually disliked this period in consoles, as it seemed as if every developer went 3D no matter what (even games like bloody tetris), and in that regard PC's were much better (this happened to also be the golden age of FPS'es on pc). But on hindsight...it certainly was the best generation, IMO. :)
  20. FouadtjuhMaster

    FouadtjuhMaster Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    So I haven't really participated into the 8th generation, but I remember having a lot of fun playing GTA SA and Fable on my old Xbox and PS2. As I grew older, I still enjoy those moments more that I do now (= 7th generation)

    Graphics / CPU etc. don't really mean much to me, as it is the gameplay that is important to me...
    Therefore, I am voting for the 6th generation.
  21. RodrigoDavy

    RodrigoDavy GBAtemp Maniac

    Feb 9, 2011
    For me it would be the 4th followed closely by the 5th, mainly because of quantity and quality of titles.

    6th generation is completely overrated btw
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