I'm abit torn on which I prefer.
Parts of me appreciate the early 8 bit era(Atari,Intellivision,Coleco,etc)
and the other parts really was amazed by the 32 bit era.
Obviously the 8 bit holds allot to me,I was around 10 when those systems and their games hit.
Air Sea Battle,Asteroids,Space Invaders, they meant you had the arcade experience in your home,and the big games were there for you to play all the time after school. Amazing time to me.
32 bit era though,Sega,Nintendo,Capcom,wow. The move to 3D was a game changer.
I actually bought the Saturn,N64, and PlayStation on day one and it was pretty much like discovering home video games in the 8 bit era ll over again. To me 16 bit era lasted abit too long and it was stale for me, then came the 32 bit 3D era where the games played a whole new way,in true 3D. Granted it was early 3D but my God,Daytona USA,Panzer Dragoon Saga, Super Mario 64, Golden Eye, Resident Evil, so games were game changers. The Jaguar was also dear to me to at that time. Was nice to see Atari enter the fray into 3D console gaming too. Bought one in early to mid '94 for Tempest,AVP, and Doom.
I guess if I had to choose which era I'd go with the 8 bit. Its where it began for me,and the memories are golden. The hobby was thriving,new, and young. Had a special magic about it. Afterall you don't see kids huddling in circles anymore to play a new game on display at GameStop,but you sure did at Sears and MontGomery Ward. Wasn't taken for granted back then,gaming was simple and allot more fun to me.
Sometimes I think todays modern gaming has lot its direction and could use more of goign back to the beginning,the basics,starting over and not getting lost with so much entertainment media being put into these machines. I think the later eras (after 32 bit)
where gaming started shifting slowly towards web browsers, online gaming, dlc, and game patches, is where traditional single player gaming started to suffer.
Edited by PhoenixMoonPatrol, Mon Nov 16, 2015 4:30 AM.