Which gen was better?

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#1 Posted by drekula2 (1945 posts) -

This gen, or the previous gen.

These questions are a matter of opinion: not fact.

Which gen is better relative to the context of the time?

Which gen is better in absolute terms?

Which gen innovated or improved gaming more?

Which gen will have aged better 10-20 years from now?

#2 Posted by marcheegsr (2836 posts) -

I'd say past gen. SD to HD was big.

#3 Posted by famicommander (8524 posts) -
Sixth generation (PS2/Gamecube/Xbox/Dreamcast). Games were still video games then, as opposed to the vaguely interactive movies which regard the player as an inconvenience that we get now.
#4 Posted by I-AM-N00B (410 posts) -

This gen, with thanks mainly to the amazing Gears Of War and Call Of Duty games and the thrills they brought when playing online!

#5 Posted by CUDGEdave (2590 posts) -

1980's,No stupid DLC,Pre order bonuses,micro transactions,whiny kids,endless boring yearly updates...

#6 Posted by JackBurton (3802 posts) -

1996-2001

#7 Posted by drekula2 (1945 posts) -

This gen brought lots of great things to the table.  Strong stories, cinematics, online play and so on.  But, this gen was infested with shooters.  None of which matched the impact of Half Life 2, Metroid Prime or Halo of last gen.

#8 Posted by RimacBugatti (1287 posts) -
Dreamcast/PS2/Gamecube/Xbox as far as gameplay although I am a graphics whore. So if we could just bring that gen to these graphics then we would be perfect. I think maybe its just that we have increased our expectations to an insane level.
#9 Posted by Masenkoe (4888 posts) -

6th gen imo

#10 Posted by gameboy343 (1024 posts) -

last gen by miles and miles. the games were just funner to me then the ones now.

#11 Posted by Archangel3371 (15739 posts) -
I'd say that this gen was better and the best one overall so far. So many amazing games have come out this gen and for most all of it it's been a steady and constant stream with nary a dry spell to be had. Also the proliferation of HDD's and interenet capabilities have enabled a lot of cool features, great additional content, and another vehicle for games to be delivered. It's allowed for smaller budget games, indie games, and games from previous eras to be delivered more effectively to consumers. Having been an avid gamer ever since the Atari 2600 era I can easily say that this has been the best generation of gaming ever for me. I have never purchased and played a more varied amount of games from as many different developers then I have this gen.
#12 Posted by drekula2 (1945 posts) -

I'd say that this gen was better and the best one overall so far. So many amazing games have come out this gen and for most all of it it's been a steady and constant stream with nary a dry spell to be had. Also the proliferation of HDD's and interenet capabilities have enabled a lot of cool features, great additional content, and another vehicle for games to be delivered. It's allowed for smaller budget games, indie games, and games from previous eras to be delivered more effectively to consumers. Having been an avid gamer ever since the Atari 2600 era I can easily say that this has been the best generation of gaming ever for me. I have never purchased and played a more varied amount of games from as many different developers then I have this gen.Archangel3371

Agree to some extent.

In absolute terms, this might be the best gen.  In relative terms, it's probably the worst.

The quality of games are slightly better.  But last gen and the gen before it, the games were significantly better.

For example, I agree Halo 4 was better than Halo 2, but Halo 4 didn't feel in any way to me as awesome as Halo 2 did.

#13 Posted by sukraj (23051 posts) -

This gen

#14 Posted by Jackc8 (8500 posts) -

PS2 era for me.  Games were made by developers who were free to express their creativity.  You got a gigantic variety of games - something for everybody - and if it only sold 100,000 copies, that's okay.  They still made a nice little profit and everybody was happy.

This gen games are made by marketing departments and focus groups.  Everything looks and plays pretty much the same.  It only sold 3.4 million copies?  That's a disaster!  Make the next sequel into an online multiplayer shooter.

Unfortunately this mindset will probably doom the next generation to be exactly like this generation - just with higher resolution.  But once you get to the point where new ideas - or any ideas at all - aren't welcome any more, there's no pint at all in putting a faster CPU in any machine because they're simply not using that to do anything more than it did last gen.

#15 Posted by ReddestSkies (4087 posts) -

Sixth generation (PS2/Gamecube/Xbox/Dreamcast). Games were still video games then, as opposed to the vaguely interactive movies which regard the player as an inconvenience that we get now. famicommander

Such an awful post. I kinda wanted to reply seriously, but I don't think it's worth it. Instead, I'll just refer you to Trackmania Stadium, and ask you to try to find a story in that. Or maybe I'll just ask you: "what's wrong with vaguely interactive movies in the first place?"

PS2 era for me.  Games were made by developers who were free to express their creativity.  You got a gigantic variety of games - something for everybody - and if it only sold 100,000 copies, that's okay.  They still made a nice little profit and everybody was happy.

This gen games are made by marketing departments and focus groups.  Everything looks and plays pretty much the same.  It only sold 3.4 million copies?  That's a disaster!  Make the next sequel into an online multiplayer shooter.

Unfortunately this mindset will probably doom the next generation to be exactly like this generation - just with higher resolution.  But once you get to the point where new ideas - or any ideas at all - aren't welcome any more, there's no pint at all in putting a faster CPU in any machine because they're simply not using that to do anything more than it did last gen.

Jackc8

The words "indie games" invalidate all three of your paragraphs to a point where it would be pointless for me to list the decent creative efforts that came from big publishers this gen. I'll still name Outland, though. Look it up if you don't know it.

#16 Posted by naju890_963 (8954 posts) -

This gen was pretty awesome but It won't beat last gen.

#17 Posted by Ricardomz (2329 posts) -

I have never seen a generation with so many quality games like this one.

#18 Posted by parazels (42 posts) -
I am voting for the fifth and seventh generations. We got a real polygon graphics in the age of PlayStation 1. Games and gameplay were changed forever. We got very realistic worlds and wide internet functionality in the current generation.
#19 Posted by luno-gamer (405 posts) -
Definitely this gen for me. I got to play a much wider variety of games, and I was fully introduced to Xbox live for the first time. Like so many other people, I never got a subscription to Xbox live on the original Xbox. At that time, it seemed to me like it was just a luxury that the majority had to do without. Of course, since the 360, it's much harder to find people without live than it is to find people with it.
#20 Posted by gameofthering (10314 posts) -

Last gen.

It had the Dreamcast, PS2, Gamecube & Xbox + PC 

#21 Posted by BARRICADE_28 (147 posts) -

Last gen. Games this gen were good but so many were far too similar. Too many sequels, too many FPS games etc. this gen. Far less risk-taking this gen. Realism also started to replace fun and gameplay in some aspects (ie: GTA IV and its car/motorcycle driving controls vs previous GTA games).

#22 Posted by Apanrobert (7 posts) -
Last gen. Mainly because the variety of games and genres. As games now days tend to cost at least $10 million to develop you want to bet safe and get your money back. PS2 games didn't have that kind of development cost and therefore more freedom in what content they could have. I can't say that I'm dissatisfied with this generation though. It has had a lot of great games and it seems it's going out with a bang this year and the first half of 2014. Not a bad time to be a gamer I would say.
#23 Posted by HipHopBeats (2903 posts) -

6th gen all the way. Granted a lot of good games spawned from 7th gen, but also more gimmicky shit like season passes, collectors editions with cheat code bonuses, announcing DLC before actal game launch, and disc locked content reared it's ugly head.

Plus last gen had more new, fresh IP's to add variety amongst the rehashes. 7th gen started off good (2005 - 2008), but devolved to what was mostly politics, tacked on multiplayer to games that didn't need it, DRM crap, sales figures and impatient casual gamer focus groups who need to be spoon fed text pop up in game messages on how to advance to the next level.

Devs now are too cheap and lazy to even include a detailed instruction manuals which were pretty cool to read back in the day, but constantly bitch and complain about lost of profits from used game sells.

#24 Posted by ZomBViperKing (51 posts) -
Last generation was better for me but this generation still has a chance of finishing strong.
#25 Posted by chicknfeet (15629 posts) -
I'm partial to the Atari/Intellevision generation
#26 Posted by WhiteKnight77 (12018 posts) -

I'm partial to the Atari/Intellevision generationchicknfeet

You old man you. I say the Pong/Asteroids era. 

#27 Posted by DarkCatalyst (20930 posts) -
Sixth gen, and not by a small margin. That doesn't speak to a slump these days, it just means sixth gen was something extremely special. Even though we're near the end of seventh gen, it feels like developers are only now starting to recapture the energy that constantly fueled sixth. Hopefully they don't drop it in the transition to eighth.
#30 Posted by nooblet69 (5162 posts) -

I can honestly say that I have fonder memories of the last gen. There were some great games for the current gen but overall there are just so many classics for ps2 / xbox / gc. Maybe I was just younger and it didn't take as much to impress me.

#31 Posted by JohnTheGrudge (30 posts) -
This gen had Red Dead Redemption, Arkham City, Bioshock, Mass Effect, Skyrim... Last gen was great but not a patch on this gen. The best developers really upped their game big time.
#32 Posted by luno-gamer (405 posts) -

I vote this gen. It didn't have quite as many instant classic titles like the past gen did, but it seemed like it had a larger amount of enjoyable games. I played way too many games on the original xbox that I just didn't enjoy very much.

#33 Posted by idunnodude (2282 posts) -

past gen for sure. ps2 dominance was just legendary. so many quality games.

#34 Posted by hrt_rulz01 (6221 posts) -
Although I have very fond memories of last gen (Gamecube & Xbox are still 2 of my favourite consoles I've owned), the sheer quality of titles this gen is hard to go past. So I say this gen.
#35 Posted by Inferi-Fang (71 posts) -
Sixth gen without a doubt. Smash bros melee and Halo CE consumed my life lol