I have a question about how old/young/year born, one would need to be to appreciate a gaming console. Many users claim their favorite gaming console is x, yet they were born during the consoles production or they were born after the console was discontinued/next generation of consoles. ex: Myself, being born in 1986, one year after the NES was released in the USA. Could I have been old enough to appreciate the NES during its run before the SNES? Probably not since I would have been only five once the SNES was released in 1991. I feel my first real/played/owned console was the SNES. The champion of the universe Street Fighter 2 matches I had with my friends, Zelda: A link to the Past, and Final Fight are all games that I played during their prime, everything else after was unknown and my subscription to GamePro was the only link I had to the gaming industry. For some reason it erks me when someone that was born in, lets say 1994, says their favorite console is the Super Nintendo. These kids don't know anything the heated Sega vs. Nintendo arguments on playground with their 3rd grade buddies or they didn't experience Super Mario World when it was the newest Mario game out and Super Mario 64 was only in the "Coming Soon" section of magazines. So how can this be their favorite console when they were born towards the end of the consoles lifespan? Now, I know someone who is younger can still appreciate something for what it was, but most of these people are still kids, and anyone under the age of 18 doesn't know SHIT about anything. Period. (My next post may be at what age someone realizes that their parents were right about everything and they didn't know shit about anything after all) My overall question is, how soon do you think someone can claim a favorite gaming console (or anything for that matter) and not seem like WTF you were too young. For me it's as follows: Year Born: 1982: NES/Master System 1988: SNES/Genesis 1992: N64/PSX 1998: PS2/DC/XBOX ????: PS3/Wii/360 Extra Credit (Opinion): What is the last year one is born that can appreciate the ORIGINAL console wars, Sega Vs. Nintendo? This isn't a comparison of consoles wars, just age and consoles in general.