Is The Current Generation Of Consoles One Of The Best Ever?
While it's certainly true that more games will arrive for the current generation of consoles, there's no denying that the upcoming transition may be quite abrupt.
It seems like hardware manufacturers, developers and gamers alike are all champing at the bit, ready and rarin' to go. It's also difficult to pinpoint high-profile titles that are only coming out for the PS3, 360 or Wii after 2013 is over.
So, where would you rank the current generation all time? How does it stack up to the glory days of the 16-bit era, when the SNES and Genesis owned the world? Or how about the awesome combination of the original PlayStation, N64 and PC. Don't forget that 1998 was one of the very best years in gaming history for all three of those platforms. Of course, the PC is always relevant in every era, so perhaps that isn't fair. How do you feel about the PS2, Xbox and GameCube generation? Was the GameCube just too disappointing? Or was the PS2 just that damn good that it wins all by itself?
I'm still not sure where I'd put the PS3/360/Wii generation on the all-time scale. It really depends on the criteria one uses; if one puts more emphasis on revolutions in the world of interactive entertainment, things get dicey. One could argue that there have been significant revolutions and evolutions in each and every generation. If you're only going by the quality of the games, you run into another sticky situation, just because it's almost impossible to qualitatively compare a PS3 game to an SNES game. Then again, you could just take the easy way out and pick the generation that you personally loved the most. I'm sure you have your reasons.
If I'm going with my favorite generation, I might have to pick the original PlayStation, just because that, coupled with the PC, represented my most memorable moments in gaming between the years 1995 and 2000.
How's about you?
7/21/2013 10:06:10 PM Ben Dutka