2007-Present Date. Halo 3 got me really into gaming and I haven't slowed down since. Maybe it's because I didn't play many games when I was younger.
The N64 was my golden age. Born in '85, didn't own an NES in its day, only played it at friend's houses and daycare. I had a SNES, but I didn't own many games and missed so many classics while playing games like Tazmania and Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt.
It wasn't until the N64 that I was the master of my domain. I was reading gaming magazines by then and was better informed as to all the great games at the time. My friends were equally enthusiastic about games, so we had a blast with multiplayer games like Goldeneye and Perfect Dark. Something that changed in the Gamecube days when it was hard to get people to play Timesplitters (although a decent amount Smash Bros melee was played.) The N64 was home to phenomenal single player experiences too, like the great 3D Platformers and Star Wars games. It was also the time I discovered the greatness of Zelda, playing the previous installments at friends' houses wasn't the way to experience those games.
Dunno if i buy the whole golden era thing, i've always wanted variety and emphasis on unique mechanics and to this day that still pops up.
...Or maybe that just makes my golden era the days of the arcade. I can't place any one cabinet or pinball machine as "the best thing ever" but i remember it being a far more exciting time in gaming, more so than any other time i can remember.
Late 90s early 2000s. I was around 10 which is a great time to have all those influential PC games come out. When space sims were king! Freelancer and Free Space 2
were are sooo goood.
I also played a lot on an N64 and there were some incredible games for that too.
I don't think it's anything to do with the games in that time really, but that it was a time before my depression really started to get bad. When I think back on my best gaming memories it's around the PSX-Dreamcast era. It was the time of firsts for me. On my psx I was playing my first games that felt like they had actual stories and characters to learn to love when I played stuff like Lunar, Front Mission, and Vanguard Bandits. Up till then it was all simple action stuff like mario with zero story. Then I had my first taste of MMOs on my dreamcast with PSO which around the same time I got my first PC and from there the rest was history. Command and Conquer Renegade was my first online multiplayer shooter I got super into and I played it non stop for a year until EA shut the servers down. I started getting super into PC at that time as well with RTS games and later MMOs like Earth and Beyond and Star Wars Galaxies.
So for me it was the late 90's early 00's.
The golden age objectively is probably the PS2 just due to the sheer number of games. But I grew up playing the ridiculously good SNES and PS1 games so there's definitely an argument there too. The Gamecube actually had like 10-15 great games so I could even see someone claiming that was the golden age (since the SNES didn't really have that many more than that).
I guess ultimately for me it comes down to one game, Starcraft. So 1998-2008ish.
I'm an old fuck so I have 2 golden ages.
The Arcade era holds a special place in my heart. Hitchicking to the mall to grab an orange julius then spend the entire afternoon in dim, neon light, sticky floored 'SuperFun' playing Vanguard, Tempest, Xevious, Commando, Gyruss, Paperboy, Tron, Temple of Doom etc, etc, etc.. Those sounds... Just the damn best.
2nd era is late 90s eary 00s when I really started to get into PC gaming and level editing/mapping with games like Half-Life, Unreal Tournament, Quake, etc. Playing those and creating maps for them actually ended up shaping my career in that I wanted to continue doing something creative.
Thanks, Video Games.
That is a tough one because so many games stand out throughout the years and yet the answer is very easy.
Last gen. Specifically from 2004 to 2008. I have been gaming since the last days of the NES and then got an SNES and never looked back, always wanting every system. But honestly, when I went off to college, I was gaming so much more and so many amazing titles were coming out and it was the first time I could buy games when they came out. It was also the first time I was there for a system's launch with the Xbox 360 and experiencing that first year drought, though it wasn't so bad. Half Life 2, Halo 2, Halo 3, Call of Duty 4, Oblivion, GRAW, NBA 2k7, Mass Effect, Unreal Tournament 3, Assassin's Creed, Super Mario Galaxy, Portal, Gears of War, The PSP and the Nintendo DS, Mario Kart DS, Trauma Center, Zelda Phantom Hourglass, GTA San Andreas, endless nights of Starcraft and Counterstrike, experiencing a game like Battlefield 2 for the first time. I mean for gaming, college was the best.
I'm a strange case. I played a ton of games in my childhood (born in 1989, had a Mega Drive, then Nintendo 64, then GameCube, with some PC games thrown in) which were extremely formative and were super important to me, but in terms of games that actually determine the way I think about games, what genres I like, what inspires me etc etc, I'd really have to say that my golden age started in 2006 and ended in 2011 - the two "modern" Elder Scrolls games, Oblivion and Skyrim, are the two most important games in my life, and so Oblivion starts the golden age and Skyrim ends it. During that period I had a ton of experiences that stood out so much more to me than a lot of the games of my childhood. It's partly a philosophical thing, like a connection with the medium; I didn't appreciate video games then like I do now, and I doubt I was capable of.
I was a hyperactive autistic kid experiencing life in this very unique, almost disconnected way, happy and often capable but also strangely stunted; I didn't even learn to read and write properly until I was like 7 or 8. I didn't have a lot of friends who played a lot of games, I have an older sister, and my parents definitely don't "get" games" so there wasn't really anyone around to guide me in any particular path, except maybe my cousin, and most of the games I played and loved were singleplayer. And as a teenager I substituted hyperactivity and happiness for melancholy and a sense of hostility, feeling misunderstood and still disconnected. This is probably the time in my life where I played games the least, although there were formative experiences in this time period, such as the Madden games. I actually have to stop and think about my favourite GameCube games, because none are so important that they jump immediately to mind like my favourite N64 games do (Mystical Ninja starring Goemon, Mario Kart 64, Pokemon Stadium 2, Majora's Mask, WWF No Mercy...).
I think I was in the right place and time in 2006 to really start to get to grips with myself, and therefore get to grips with the world around me. A lot of my favourite and most formative music experiences are also from this period (Thrice, Thursday, At the Drive-In, The Mars Volta, Circa Survive, The Dear Hunter, Radiohead, Sigur Ros etc.). If I can think of a way to describe it, it's almost as if I was asleep for a good portion of my early life, and I didn't wake up until I was, like, 17. Now I'm 24 and I'm almost too awake, but that's a story for another day. The bottom line is, the golden age is about so much more than just time and availability - it's also hugely down to circumstance, and who were were then as opposed to who we are now. But I know this much; when I was a kid I would often play games and dream about what games would be like in 10-15 years time and how much more magical they would be, and playing games during my golden age - BioShock, Dragon Age: Origins, Portal, Mass Effect 1, Civilization 5, and of course The Elder Scrolls 4+5 and so many more - made me feel like we reached that goal, like my dream scenario came true. There are the best games that 8 year old me, off in his own strange little world, could have imagined.
The NES-SNES era was my golden age. My gaming dark ages stretched from N64 to Game Cube when 3d console games were just awful. I played mostly PC games during that period. Then I had a gaming renaissance with Xbox 360 (though it has dropped off a bit the past 2 years).
I'll go against everybody and say that the 90s were the Classical Age. That time when all the important things were being laid down, and developers were figuring out just what the hell to do with video games.
I'd say that we're still in that age, or only just now coming out of it and into a golden age.
Personally, my favorite gaming console fluctuates between the PS2 and the SNES, so my gaming "golden age" depends on my mood when you ask me. If I had to declare one greater than the other, I'd probably say PS2 due to the sheer volume of worthwhile games on that system, but the SNES has a few games that are "higher high's" than anything on the PS2.
The whole golden age idea seems real suspect to me...
I started seriously gaming in the late 90s, and had access to games running from NES and SNES to PS1 and 64; early 2000s brought the GC and PS2, and I'd say that was still a formative time for me.
So for example I'd say my "Golden Age Games" are Diablo II, SimCity, RE, OoT, Link's Awakening, DmC, Tekken Tag, SSMB, and Soul Reaver. Oh and FF IV, VI, VII, VIII, IX + MGS. My first FF was VII, but I played IV right after and I loved it far more.
So my golden age is a ten year span that hits 5-6 consoles + PC and games of every genre? Seems like a pointless definition when it hits so broad. I could see if you had one console growing up or played games in a linear fashion (chronological release) then maybe your Golden Age is more defined.
I find the idea that you can't appreciate old games outside your golden age completely laughable. Maybe it's because mine was so messy but I only got into the original XCOM ~1-2 years ago, loved it, and still play and think about it all the time.
I find that I do still feel the magic of games too, and I'm very sorry for those who don't. MvC2, SMG, FTL and Guacamelee are all games that made me smile with glee/call my friends to check out and read about incessantly. And there's way more where those came from.
2007-Present Date. Halo 3 got me really into gaming and I haven't slowed down since. Maybe it's because I didn't play many games when I was younger.
Same here, mostly due to my parents installing high speed internet. Making it possible to get involved with gaming communities.
I have numerous memories, but my parents kept games out of the house until I was about 10 years old. I remember getting an NES from a garage sale, but my dad played it more than me haha. NES/SNES were fun, but I remember the N64 more. Golden Eye was so much fun with friends. The greatest memory I have though is discovering Everquest. I was absolutely amazed how there could be a totally different world I could go into and do whatever I wanted. My friends and I were completely absorbed in EQ during grade school. Nothing touches those memories, but I wouldn't really call it a "golden age."
In this thread, "Golden Age" = "when were you a teenager"
Not in this thread specifically, that's just what it always means. Music might skew a little higher and games a little younger, but it's just natural that it's going to be somewhere in your teens.
I don't have one, there are games that are special/important to me from my childhood and games that are the same still being released today. It must suck to only really love videogames from a particular time.
Thought i was the only one who feels the same. Im always looking forward to what is new and fresh, too many people buried in nostalgia when it comes to games for some reason.
My N64, loved the hell of that thing as it was my first console that was mine and not my brother (who had moved to college at the time). I remember getting a 64, GoldenEye and Star Fox 64 for Christmas in 1998 and that is when I truly feel in love with video games. Around 2000 I finally played Ocarina of Time as I never heard of it (crazy I know, but we didn't have internet and I didn't have an magazines.
I was around for Mega Drive and SNES stuff but man. Nothing really hit me the way the Playstation did. Going from Sprites and some Mode 7 to fully polygonal was so nuts. The first time I plugged my Playstation into the Family living room TV was a formative moment for sure. Tekken never looked that good in the arcade, I was sure of it.
I've enjoyed games since before I even started kindergarten back on the NES, but it wasn't until Final Fantasy VII that I really became passionate about games. The other PS1 Final Fantasies, including Tactics, Tomba!, Symphony of the Night, Ocarina of Time and Super Smash Bros round out the PS1/N64 era of greatness for me, while the PS2 Final Fantasies, Smash Bros Melee, Kingdom Hearts, Dynasty Warriors, God of War, Shadow of the Colossus and Okami represent my love for 2001-2006.
I hate to think that I've been growing jaded for the better part of a decade, but this last generation was just a complete shitshow for me personally compared to the way that I used to feel about games.
My first experiences with games started with the NES, but it was late 90s shooters like Half-Life 1 and Quake 3 Arena online multiplayer mods (along with Deus Ex) that really grabbed me. In particular:
Half-Life 1 - Team Fortress Classic playing in STA league (not post 1.5 patch), Science and Industry, early janky Counter-strike, Action Half-Life, and Wasteland.
Quake 3 - Quake 3 Fortress, Weapons Factory
I think its narrow minded to have a "golden age" I don't really rank any era higher above any other really plenty of stuff from every era that is/was/will be important to me. Still think Super Mario Brothers 3 is dope and Super Metroid is still goddamn incredible, Final Fantasy 8 is one of my all time favorite JRPG's and Bioshock Infinite is one of the most Incredible experiences I've had in gaming. Diversity man.
I would have to say playstation 2 and game cube. I was young enough to still be wowed, but old enough to understand what I was doing. I loved Wind Waker and Shadow of the Colossus. Those definitely were the most impressionable to me and to this day, I still love playing them. I also had a lot of great co op couch moments with friends around that time too. I liked this last gen a lot, but maybe since I'm older or maybe just the design of games just doesn't really have the same wow factor. If anything the stories are much better now and that's what keeps me interested, but generally game play seems to be lacking a bit these days.
Either the N64 or the original Xbox. Back then I liked pretty much any game I played, and I didn't really quite understand that a game could be bad yet. Well, with the original Xbox I certainly understood, but that statement is definitely true for the N64, so I guess I'll go with the N64.
Seriously, I remember playing Super Mario 64 for DAYS at a time - that game was absolutely fantastic. My friends and I would take turns every time someone died or got a star, and it was just a lot of fun.