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#1 Edited by BubbleBobble (244 posts) -

Half-Life (1998) Counter-Strike (1999) Quake (1996) Quake II (1997) Quake III Arena (1999) Everquest (1999) Asheron's Call (1999) Unreal Tournament (1999) Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings (1999) Starcraft (1998) Banjo & Kazooie(1998) Pokémon Red/Blue/Green/Yellow (1996-1999) The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998) Goldeneye (1997) Xenogears (1998) Final Fantasy VII (1997) Final Fantasy VIII (1999) Final Fantasy Tactics (1998) Metal Gear Solid (1998) Power Stone (1999) SFIII:Third Strike (1999) Tekken 3 (1997) Soul Calibur (1999) Silent Hill (1999) Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (1996) Super Mario 64 (1996) Super Smash Bros. (1999) Resident Evil (1996) Resident Evil 2 (1998) Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (1999) Crash Bandicoot (1996) Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back (1997) Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped (1998) Crash Team Racing (1999) Spyro the Dragon (1998) Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage! (1999) Fallout (1997) Fallout 2 (1998) Baldur's Gate (1998) Grim Fandango (1998) Diablo (1996) Gran Turismo (1998) Gran Turismo 2 (1999) Mario Kart 64 (1996) Diddy Kong Racing (1997) Mega Man X4 (1997) Planescape: Torment (1999) Thief: The Dark Project (1998) Starsiege: Tribes (1998) The Curse of Monkey Island (1997) Twisted Metal 2 (1996) Homeworld (1999) System Shock 2 (1999) Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (1997) Tony Hawk's Pro Skater (1999) Command & Conquer: Red Alert (1996) Panzer Dragoon Saga (1998) NFL Blitz (1998) Tobal 2 (1997).
  
 
Any Questions?

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#2 Edited by imsh_pl (4207 posts) -

Just one:
Will it blend?

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#3 Posted by Barrock (3926 posts) -

Shit you could just say '98.

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#4 Posted by theoldhouse (437 posts) -

SHITTING HELL THATS SOME GOOOOOD GAMING  
  
Are we old timers yet?

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#5 Posted by Tim_the_Corsair (3053 posts) -

Deus Ex came out in 2000, your argument is invalid

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#6 Posted by JoeyRavn (5219 posts) -

I feel really, really old... In a good way, but terribly old nevertheless.

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#7 Posted by Solemn (288 posts) -

Shit you could just say '98.

THIS.
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#8 Posted by Tsoglani (595 posts) -

Damn, thems is some excellent games.

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#9 Posted by ssj4raditz (1156 posts) -

Uh, you forgot Mega Man X4...

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#10 Posted by Foil1212 (474 posts) -

Fuzion Frenzy came out in 2001, nullifying your point. Sorry I had to be a party pooper, bro.

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#11 Posted by Galiant (2237 posts) -

Yeah, they were great. But I wouldn't play any of those games today.

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#12 Posted by ssj4raditz (1156 posts) -

@BubbleBobble: Thanks. I would've been remiss in my duties had I let you leave that off your list!

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#13 Posted by warxsnake (2720 posts) -

Please add Homeworld if you want my old ass respect.

anyway its because AAA games budgets made sense and developers at the time weren't afraid of thinking outside the box, and there wasn't as big a risk to do something innovative.

These days it's either:

  1. Do it like call of duty
  2. Do it like uncharted
  3. Do it like Red Dead
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#14 Posted by perilator666 (523 posts) -

Your list is missing Thief.

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#15 Posted by Kjellm87 (1735 posts) -

I'm ok with this.

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#16 Edited by damswedon (3241 posts) -

Your definition of late 90's also includes my definition of mid nighties.

Early 91-3 Mid 94-97 Late 98-2000

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#17 Posted by Bulby33 (683 posts) -

Fuck... 1998 was such a great year. Nothing has even come close. Well, maybe 2007. 
 
I agree with this topic.

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#18 Posted by Swoxx (3034 posts) -

Holy shit, I'm in

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#19 Posted by ChickenPants (931 posts) -

Agreed my friend. 90s PC gaming was the greatest!
 
You forgot Planescape Torment though.

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#20 Edited by Gargantuan (1905 posts) -

Planescape: Torment (1999)
Heroes of Might and Magic II (1996) 
The Curse of Monkey Island (1997)

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#21 Posted by Vinny_Says (5914 posts) -

Hope you didn't poop yourself writing so many words old man.

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#22 Edited by farmer (342 posts) -

Third Strike was released in 1999.
Also: Red Alert 2

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#23 Posted by thehexeditor (1436 posts) -

You forgot Starsiege: Tribes.

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#24 Posted by Bulby33 (683 posts) -

You also forgot Tony Hawk's Pro Skater (1999), Rayman 2: The Great Escape (1999), Panzer Dragoon Saga (1998) which are all considered fantastic games.

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#25 Posted by Nasar7 (3210 posts) -

 

How can anyone over the age of 20 disagree?

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#26 Posted by Bulby33 (683 posts) -

Oh, and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (1997)!

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#27 Posted by NakAttack (1329 posts) -

No Superman 64, this list is garbage.

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#28 Posted by Jeffsekai (7159 posts) -

Nope.

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#29 Posted by IceOrb (199 posts) -

@warxsnake: Who is saying do it like Red Dead?

Cause I'd be pretty ok with someone doing it like Red Dead since there is all of like 4 good Western themed games out this generation.

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#30 Posted by JoeyRavn (5219 posts) -

@Galiant said:

Yeah, they were great. But I wouldn't play any of those games today.

Played Symphony of the Night a couple months ago. It holds perfectly fine today. Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, Fallout, Fallout 2, Planescape: Torment and Baldur's Gate too. Sprites age much better than 3D.

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#31 Posted by GoofyGoober (941 posts) -

Well duh.

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#32 Edited by lockwoodx (2531 posts) -

More like 1994+ are the golden age. 1994 was an epic year for gaming if not the best year in the history of gaming.

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#33 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

Why have I the feeling that you're forgetting a lot of terrible games? Like everybody else always does, including myself?

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#34 Posted by LordXavierBritish (6651 posts) -

Trying to establish a Golden Age for a medium this early in its life is a fucking fool's errand.

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#35 Posted by Meowayne (6168 posts) -

Good times. I wish content had evolved with the same speed as technology.

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#36 Posted by warxsnake (2720 posts) -

@IceOrb: Red dead redemption was an open world game that introduced true random encounters, among other things. You have new open world games that are using that as their basis now, Prey 2 for example.

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#37 Posted by Loose (417 posts) -
@LordXavierBritish said:

Trying to establish a Golden Age for a medium this early in its life is a fucking fool's errand.

This. Games also age incredibly quickly (and poorly), so it's nigh impossible to go back and compare the quality of games from different eras. I tried playing RE2 recently and that game is fucking awful by today's standards.
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#38 Posted by spankingaddict (2940 posts) -

I would say the late 00's have better games than this list.

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#39 Posted by Aetheldod (3914 posts) -
@Loose said:
@LordXavierBritish said:

Trying to establish a Golden Age for a medium this early in its life is a fucking fool's errand.

This. Games also age incredibly quickly (and poorly), so it's nigh impossible to go back and compare the quality of games from different eras. I tried playing RE2 recently and that game is fucking awful by today's standards.
D: take that back!!!!!!!
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#40 Posted by Jimbo (10472 posts) -

@damswedon said:

Your definition of late 90's also includes my definition of mid nighties.

Early 91-3 Mid 94-97 Late 98-2000

Pretty sure 1990 was in the nineties, dude.

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#41 Edited by Quesa (382 posts) -

Retronautical, man.

Edit: I played a bunch of these games. But as many people have pointed out, it's hard to make a golden age when games age so poorly. I'm sure a lot of people would like to point out all the great games that came out before the 90's and tell you you're wrong.

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#42 Posted by Rolyatkcinmai (2763 posts) -

Nah, 2007 was.

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#43 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19836 posts) -
@Jimbo said: 

Pretty sure 1990 was in the nineties, dude.

Well, they say 2010 isn't actually part of the new decade... 
 
And I haven't even played half of the games on that list. So I disagree.
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#44 Posted by damswedon (3241 posts) -

@Jimbo said:

@damswedon said:

Your definition of late 90's also includes my definition of mid nighties.

Early 91-3 Mid 94-97 Late 98-2000

Pretty sure 1990 was in the nineties, dude.

There is no year 0 on the Gregorian calender so the first decade was years 1 to 10. 1990 was the last year of the 1980's.

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#45 Edited by Loose (417 posts) -
@Aetheldod said:

@Loose said:

@LordXavierBritish said:

Trying to establish a Golden Age for a medium this early in its life is a fucking fool's errand.

This. Games also age incredibly quickly (and poorly), so it's nigh impossible to go back and compare the quality of games from different eras. I tried playing RE2 recently and that game is fucking awful by today's standards.
D: take that back!!!!!!!
Can't take back the truth. Seriously, if you had someone play RE4 and then play RE2 right afterward and you told them that the latter is one of the greatest games ever made, they'd probably think that you're a crazy person. The medium constantly evolves to deliver more compelling gameplay, better storytelling, more intuitive controls and more immersive worlds. Games like RE2 were important to the progression of the medium and it was a great game when it came out, but you'd be foolish to think that a game like that offers a competitive experience to those available to players today.
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#46 Posted by Galiant (2237 posts) -

@JoeyRavn said:

@Galiant said:

Yeah, they were great. But I wouldn't play any of those games today.

Played Symphony of the Night a couple months ago. It holds perfectly fine today. Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, Fallout, Fallout 2, Planescape: Torment and Baldur's Gate too. Sprites age much better than 3D.

It's nothing to do with graphics for me, really. I tried playing the old Fallout games recently, it feels like a chore, even if I'm interested in the story and everything it just feels too old. We've come a long way with things like UI, inventory management and general player control/feedback.

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#47 Posted by joshth (656 posts) -

look I'm not going to deny that some of the greatest games ever made are there, but this last decade has had JUST as many great games, if not more.
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#48 Posted by lockwoodx (2531 posts) -

The only reason games were good in the 90s was that's when mainstream America got a genuine taste of Japanese Drama where they kill off main characters and there are seldom happy endings. It blew people's minds.

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#49 Posted by Duncs (48 posts) -
@damswedon said:

There is no year 0 on the Gregorian calender so the first decade was years 1 to 10. 1990 was the last year of the 1980's.

1990 was the tenth year of the 199th decade, sure. But it's part of the 1990's. You can tell, because the first three numbers are 199.
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#50 Posted by sirdesmond (1395 posts) -

While these were all certainly awesome games, I don't really think gaming can ever have a true "golden age" (or at least, not yet) simply due to the fact that it is a medium so closely tied to it's technology. Like some other people have said here, those games were amazing at the time and certainly hold high places in video game history but unlike film and literature which, for the most part, remains consistent in the manner in which it is to be ingested and how it is to be considered, very few of those games hold up today (while old films and books do for the most part).

Don't get me wrong either. I love old games. I even do a podcast about them. I just think a lot of those experiences when played today aren't nearly what they were at the time of their release.