@playertwo: OP's poll is asking if you play oder games and if so, how old are you. That said, it does specifically ask about "younger gamers" then goes on to list 30+ as an option. Glad to see I still fall into the "younger" category :-p
@thehig1: You're right, maybe I should have asked in 5-year increments but it just seemed like too many options and I got lazy. I hoped the replies would supplement the numbers.
Anyway, my logic was that a game console is "current gen" for 4-5 years, with many not adopting the next gen right away. This, combined with the fact that many people have older sibs who get them into gaming, means anyone in their 20s-30s very likely had exposure to an NES or SNES as a kid (or a similar SEGA). Judging by the responses so far, it seems to be people in their late 20s and up who play, so nothing surprising here.
What I'm looking for are people who weren't naturally exposed to these systems as a kid (maybe grew up with ps2) but ended up getting into them anyway, for whatever reason. My central question being: do those older games have value outside of nostalgia?
You would want to believe so, but the poll is saying otherwise...
I remember getting the SNES in 1991 from my mother's boyfriend at the time and having the chance to play Super Mario World for the first time. Around the same time, I was finally old enough to play my dad's NES and I got to play Super Mario Brothers for the first time; which included Duck Hunt. I know it is kind of backward, but Super Mario has always been a lifelong favorite. My youngest child's room is actually completely covered with Mario memorabilia, stuffed animals, posters, etc.
Might want to redo your poll. NES and SNES were two completely different generations (1987 and 1991 I think).
I got properly into games at around age 7 in 1996. So four years either side of that... See what I mean.
I am not only playing modern video games, but also enjoying the pleasure to play my old ones. Sometimes I play Metroid for Nes just because is simply awesome. It reminds me of my old times when I was a little kid. Don't forget those video games have a very impressive gameplay and that's something devs need to have in mind while developing a game.