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  • robin-lyster - April 27, 2014 12:50 p.m.

    Personally, I would rank it as follows: 2nd generation, 1st generation, 7th generation (because all it did was stagnate all the games, and introduce HD and motion sensing), 3rd generation (it rebooted the gaming industry), 4th generation, 5th generation (it introduced several great games, and 3D), 6th generation.
  • salman-Kurdi - November 26, 2013 7:37 p.m.

    in my opinion 5th>4th>6th>3th>7th agree with allot of people here. I grew up starting with the 4th generation and Undoubtly the 5th generation was the best. It was the last gen were in my opinion the AAA title hadn't took over the cosnsoles yet. The 6th generation was also very fine but it could not reach the magic of the 5th generation. The 5th generation was a time were there was still a huge collection of different genres and innovation. it was a time were you went to the shop looked at the cover of the game and could use your imagination of how it would be like and didn't knew already before what you had to expect like today because most games go the same scheme. It was also a time were a good story was more important than graphics. 5th generation simply had some magic which you can't describe simply by words.
  • Relayer71 - November 21, 2013 10:29 a.m.

    Have to agree with #1. Still own every console of that generation, it was a blissful time for gaming no matter which system you chose. The Gameboy Advance was also part of this gen. #2 and #3 are good choices as well.
  • TheGreyWizard - November 6, 2013 11:36 a.m.

    To me it's like this: 5th>6th>4th>7th>3rd>2nd>1st My first games were from the second generation. I firmly believe that the fifth was the one that games became "serious". They made you care for their world, their universe. Of course there were games like that in the fourth generation, but the lacked a big deal of emotion.
  • supaMcnugget - November 5, 2013 4:02 p.m.

    I grew up playing games in the fifth generation. I adored Super Smash Bros, Tetris, and the Star Wars games on the N64. The sixth generation was undoubtedly the best. Almost all of my most favorite games (Okami, Shadow of the Colossus, Kingdom Hearts, Smash Bros Melee, etc.) were from gen. 6. Of course, the seventh generation was amazing too, but a lot of games lacked the pure magic of the PS2/Gamecube days.
  • Sjoeki - November 5, 2013 10:35 a.m.

    For me it has only been getting better with every new console generation, I started with the NES and now have an Xbox 360 and a PS3, the biggest thing for me is a compelling story and I think we have had some of the best in the 7th gen. RPG's have had them for a long time but to me it seems that other genre's have picked up the pace and played catch up.
  • DirkSteele1 - November 5, 2013 9:31 a.m.

    Think that is a fair list. I might switch numbers 2 and 1 around. My rose tinted specs influence my love for the 16-Bit era (though I still play on the SNES and Megadrive because the games are awesome) where as generation 6 for all the reasons you mention plus one crucial extra. The consoles had the horsepower to actually deliver what Gen 5 promised.
  • GR_DavidHoughton - November 5, 2013 10:09 a.m.

    Totally agree. Gen 5 always felt like a halfway-there proof of concept generation to me, but without the power or developer experience to pull it off, Gen 6 though, positively sang.
  • sephex - November 5, 2013 10:47 a.m.

    Yet, when they finally had the power to pull it off they decided not to. Casualisation and lack of depth didn't begin in this generation. It began in the PS2/Xbox generation with games like Jak & Daxter, FFX, God of War etc... Even Resident Evil 4 is a victim of this. It's a good game though.
  • winner2 - November 5, 2013 8:20 a.m.

    I just love how the generation next slide has no picture of the wii u and there's a recommended article right under it by the name of "the top 7 reasons why the wii u might win the next generation".
  • sephex - November 5, 2013 3:49 a.m.

    1. Ps1/N64: Metal Gear Solid, Ocarina of Time, Xenogears 2. Genesis/Snes: Super Metroid, Donkey Kong Country, FF6 3. This gen: Mass Effect, Assassin's Creed II, Dark Souls To me.
  • Walo00 - November 4, 2013 11:59 p.m.

    I've been a gamer since 2nd gen and I totally agree. 4th gen was the pinnacle of 2D games and 6th gen was the last gen where there was a big variety of games of different genres. 7th gen is great but game development has been condensed too much into a few main genres. Independent Studios are being sucked by big publishers like dust into a vacuum cleaner and "earnings" seems to be the name of the game. The few who remember 2nd gen knows that the same desire for money was what almost killed gaming back then.
  • g1rldraco7 - November 4, 2013 10:47 p.m.

    I was in the fifth generation and I like the 7th one the best.
  • J-Fid - November 4, 2013 8:40 p.m.

    I was going to argue that I'd have swapped 2 and 1, but I've realized they're both perfect choices. It's a matter of unique diversity (Gen. 6) versus an extreme rivalry (Gen. 4).
  • masterjoe123 - November 4, 2013 5:44 p.m.

    Eh, gen 8 has been pretty good so far, despite the lack of Wii U games.
  • Oujisama - November 4, 2013 5:32 p.m.

    Totally agreed with this. The Super Nintendo is probably my favorite game console and I have fond memories of it introducing me to gaming, but the next generation is really when gaming got serious. How fitting, considering that's when a lot of us were also growing up at the same time.
  • LordZarlon - November 4, 2013 4:19 p.m.

    One other thing to note about the sixth generation: It was the last time that all genres were represented with a plethora of games. Even sub-genres had a lot of games. For example, racing games. You didn't just have a bunch realistic games, you also had a ton of fantasy racing games. Multiple sports offerings and strategy games also rounded out the bunch. I still can't believe how small the gaming industry feels now and I blame it on the lack of variety in gaming genres available at the store.
  • talleyXIV - November 4, 2013 3:45 p.m.

    The Gamecube, PS2 and Xbox were some ridiculously awesome consoles.
  • Marcunio88 - November 4, 2013 3:25 p.m.

    My brain completely agrees with this list, but my heart wants to swap the 4th and the 5th generations. I was probably just a bit too young to fully appreciate the 4th when it was still current, but the 5th was properly important in my formative gaming years. Just for reference, I was 7 when the PSX came out. But oh boy was the 6th ever good, in fact I'm looking at a Gamecube and a Dreamcast under my TV right now, still hooked up and ready to go.
  • Fox_Mulder - November 4, 2013 3:12 p.m.

    You've done a great job with this one, I've never seen so many people who wholeheartedly agree with you, myself being one.

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