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Subject: 4th Generation of Gaming vs 5th Generation of Gaming

Written By: Eazy-EMAN1995 on 05/06/15 at 8:03 pm

Which gen do you prefer?
The 4th generation consisted of the SNES and the Sega Genesis

The 5th generation consisted of the PS1, Sega Saturn, and the N64(my first ever game system!!!! :D)

The Sega Genesis is the oldest game console I have ever played, and it was damn good!!
The N64 was the first game system I ever brought!! 8) I was too young to get PS1 at the time. Although I did get a chance to play it with my cousin since he owned it! ;) It introduced me to gaming! It was the best thing ever to me until i bought the PS2!
Honestly I prefer the fifth gen, that's just me! ;)

Subject: Re: 4th Generation of Gaming vs 5th Generation of Gaming

Written By: mxcrashxm on 05/06/15 at 10:01 pm

It's difficult to choose one of them as they had their own success. The 4th generation contained gaming which had 2D games that were off the chain. This generation introduced new characters and franchises into the gaming world which have now expanded with sequels and some characters getting their own game. This is actually the first generation I played games beginning with the SNES. That console was the bomb. It had plenty of well done games and most of them are still playable and tolerable even today. I feel it destroyed the Genesis in the process during the competition of the 90s. Now I'm not saying that the Genesis was awful. That console definitely had its own fair share of games. It spawned Sonic, who ultimately became Sega's mascot replacing Alex Kidd. Additionally, he was now Mario's rival who still competes with him today.

As for the 5th generation, this era ushered in a new period of gaming. It introduced the 3D modeling and was placed in many games which most are now classics. This era was my prime gaming days consisting of N64 and PS1. This generation was wonderful. I unfortunately didn't have as much games as the 4th generation, but I still had fun regardless. Although the graphics were horrible, the  gameplay was exquisite.

I appreciate both eras of gaming and they were just well done in their own way.

Subject: Re: 4th Generation of Gaming vs 5th Generation of Gaming

Written By: 90s Guy on 05/07/15 at 12:54 am

4th generation without hesitation.

Subject: Re: 4th Generation of Gaming vs 5th Generation of Gaming

Written By: Inlandsvägen1986 on 05/07/15 at 3:27 am

I suppose, 4th generation also included the Gameboy, so I'll take this (my first "console" ever in 1991)!

Subject: Re: 4th Generation of Gaming vs 5th Generation of Gaming

Written By: ArcticFox on 05/07/15 at 9:33 am

I didn't start playing games until the 6th generation when I got my GameCube in 2002, but I'm going to say both. Both generations introduced a lot of iconic and timeless games. Many of which are still influential today.

Overall, I think the 5th Generation is what is most likely going to be rembered when it comes to '90s pop culture. With the PS1 being the iconic console.

Subject: Re: 4th Generation of Gaming vs 5th Generation of Gaming

Written By: mxcrashxm on 05/07/15 at 9:43 am


I didn't start playing games until the 7th generation when I got my GameCube in 2002, but I'm going to say both. Both generations introduced a lot of iconic and timeless games. Many of which are still influential today.

Overall, I think the 5th Generation is what is most likely going to be rembered when it comes to '90s PPP culture. With the PS1 being the iconic console.
The 7th generation didn't begin until 2004/05. GameCube was part of the 6th generation.

I do agree with the PS1 being the iconic console in the future, but i also say that the SNES and Genesis will be as well. Those 3 consoles transformed gaming in a postive light.

Subject: Re: 4th Generation of Gaming vs 5th Generation of Gaming

Written By: ArcticFox on 05/07/15 at 11:49 am


I didn't start playing games until the 6th generation when I got my GameCube in 2002, but I'm going to say both. Both generations introduced a lot of iconic and timeless games. Many of which are still influential today.

Overall, I think the 5th Generation is what is most likely going to be rembered when it comes to '90s pop culture. With the PS1 being the iconic console.


I fixed my post!

Subject: Re: 4th Generation of Gaming vs 5th Generation of Gaming

Written By: Eazy-EMAN1995 on 05/07/15 at 1:21 pm


I didn't start playing games until the 6th generation when I got my GameCube in 2002, but I'm going to say both. Both generations introduced a lot of iconic and timeless games. Many of which are still influential today.

Overall, I think the 5th Generation is what is most likely going to be rembered when it comes to '90s pop culture. With the PS1 being the iconic console.

You could cheat and say both would gens would be remembered in 90s pop culture with PS1 AND the SNES being the two most iconic consoles!

Subject: Re: 4th Generation of Gaming vs 5th Generation of Gaming

Written By: mach!ne_he@d on 05/10/15 at 4:51 pm

This is a very tough question, but I'd probably have to go with the 4th Generation since it holds the distinction of being my first "console generation". The Super Nintendo, which I got as a Christmas present in 1992, was my very first video game console, while the Sega Genesis, which I got a year later, was my second. I was of prime age to participate in all the SNES vs. Genesis playground debates, to catch "Sonic fever" (I had all four of the original Genesis carts and watched the Saturday morning show religiously), and to enjoy the pinnacle of 2D platforming with classics like Super Mario World and Donkey Kong Country.

The 5th Generation was great as well, though. I had a Nintendo 64, and my brother had a PlayStation, so between the two of us we got to enjoy most of the best games that generation had to offer. I'm a huge RPG fan, and the 5th Generation was when that genre was it's peak commercially, so that's a big plus for me. That stretch of 1997-2000 that had Final Fantasy 7, Wild Arms, Lunar Eternal Blue, Final Fantasy 8, Final Fantasy 9, Legend of Dragoon, Legend of Mana, etc. was just ridiculous.

Subject: Re: 4th Generation of Gaming vs 5th Generation of Gaming

Written By: MarkMc1990 on 05/10/15 at 11:11 pm

My brother got Sega Genesis for Christmas when I was 3. My early childhood was spent playing games like Sonic the Hedgehog 1 and 2, Mickey Mouse Castle of Illusion, Fun & Games, Ninja Turtles: Hyperstone Heist, Ristar, Aladdin, and Tiny Tunes: Buster's Hidden Treasure. To this day I have a nostalgic soft spot in my heart for these games.

When I was about to turn 7 my mom surprised us with an N64 and I became obsessed with the Mario franchise. It was a huge part of my childhood as N64 was the dominant system from the time I was in kindergarten until 5th grade.

It's hard to choose. N64 was better for multiplayer games like Mario Kart and Golden Eye.

Subject: Re: 4th Generation of Gaming vs 5th Generation of Gaming

Written By: Eazy-EMAN1995 on 06/26/15 at 9:36 pm


I didn't start playing games until the 6th generation when I got my GameCube in 2002, but I'm going to say both. Both generations introduced a lot of iconic and timeless games. Many of which are still influential today.

Overall, I think the 5th Generation is what is most likely going to be rembered when it comes to '90s pop culture. With the PS1 being the iconic console.

Um.... Hardcore gamers would most likely disagree with the 5th gen being more memorable than the 4th gen! I mean that SNES/Sega Genisis console war was just iconic! But yes SNES, Sega Genesis, and PS1 are the big 3 when it comes to 90s gaming!

Subject: Re: 4th Generation of Gaming vs 5th Generation of Gaming

Written By: #Infinity on 06/28/15 at 1:51 am

The 5th generation produced the best games overall, from handhelds (Pok√©mon), to home consoles (most 1st/2nd-party N64 titles), to PC's (Age of Empires and Roller Coaster Tycoon), to the arcades (Dance Dance Revolution).  The 3D graphics were mostly ugly polygons intermixed with occasional hi-res sprites, but the games themselves were so fun that you fully accepted them.

The 4th generation is also great, especially for Super Mario World, Link to the Past, and Super Metroid, but it still feels a little basic compared to the diverse, mold-breaking world of the 5th generation.  I also think Sonic the Hedgehog is extremely overrated, as the franchise is mostly style over substance imo.

Subject: Re: 4th Generation of Gaming vs 5th Generation of Gaming

Written By: Wiz83 on 06/28/15 at 2:21 pm

I would say both generations are memorable and were innovative in their own way. The 4th generation (Sega Genesis, Super NES) produced some of the greatest games ever like Super Mario World, Sonic the Hedgehog, Street Fighter II, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Doom, Super Metroid, and Chrono Trigger. It was also my own prime years of gaming, so I remember it quite favorably. On the other hand, the 5th generation introduced 3D graphics that were stunning for the time and gave us games like Super Mario 64, Final Fantasy VII, GoldenEye 007, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Metal Gear Solid, etc.

Subject: Re: 4th Generation of Gaming vs 5th Generation of Gaming

Written By: ocarinafan96 on 08/24/15 at 5:47 pm

Well I'm a bit biased being that I started gaming during the 5th generation, so I would say 5th I have a lot of nostalgia of playing N64/PS1 with my cousins when I was 4,5,6 years old!

Subject: Re: 4th Generation of Gaming vs 5th Generation of Gaming

Written By: mqg96 on 08/24/15 at 6:06 pm


I didn't start playing games until the 6th generation when I got my GameCube in 2002, but I'm going to say both. Both generations introduced a lot of iconic and timeless games. Many of which are still influential today.

Overall, I think the 5th Generation is what is most likely going to be rembered when it comes to '90s pop culture. With the PS1 being the iconic console.


Damn, you got me by a year lol, I didn't get my Gamecube until my 7th birthday in early 2003 with Super Smash Bros. Melee and a couple others, but it's nice that you got yours around the time it was fresh & brand new when 6th generation started hitting its peak.

Subject: Re: 4th Generation of Gaming vs 5th Generation of Gaming

Written By: Gdowe1991 on 08/25/15 at 7:56 am

I would have to say the 4th generation of gaming. My very first gaming system was the Sega Genesis when I was about 3 or 4 and for that system I had the game The Lion King and then for Christmas in 1996 when I was 5 I got a SNES with the first Donkey Kong Country that was released 2 year prior to that. I didn't get my N64 until summer 1998 with the game Wave Race 64 which was for my 7th birthday. While 5th generation gaming systems may have been more addicting and very fun, the 4th generation systems of gaming hold more nostalgic value for me as the first systems that got into gaming along with the, these along with the original NES that my aunt had although that system had long lost its popularity at the time.

Subject: Re: 4th Generation of Gaming vs 5th Generation of Gaming

Written By: ArcticFox on 08/25/15 at 9:57 am


Damn, you got me by a year lol, I didn't get my Gamecube until my 7th birthday in early 2003 with Super Smash Bros. Melee and a couple others, but it's nice that you got yours around the time it was fresh & brand new when 6th generation started hitting its peak.


It may have been 2003, I'm not sure. My memory is cloudy regarding the early '00s.

Subject: Re: 4th Generation of Gaming vs 5th Generation of Gaming

Written By: mqg96 on 08/25/15 at 12:07 pm


It may have been 2003, I'm not sure. My memory is cloudy regarding the early '00s.


Ok, yeah, the 2000 & 2001 years of the early 2000's are cloudy and fuzzy to me. However, I can remember 2002 & 2003 crystal clearly on the same scale as 2004 & 2005. 2006 is the most clear out of all though when it comes to my peak childhood.

Subject: Re: 4th Generation of Gaming vs 5th Generation of Gaming

Written By: Eazy-EMAN1995 on 08/25/15 at 12:48 pm


Ok, yeah, the 2000 & 2001 years of the early 2000's are cloudy and fuzzy to me. However, I can remember 2002 & 2003 crystal clearly on the same scale as 2004 & 2005. 2006 is the most clear out of all though when it comes to my peak childhood.

late 98, 1999 and even early-mid 2000 is sorta fuzzy for me as well. Even though there are plenty of moments from my early childhood I can recall fondly. However fall of 2000 (my 5th birthday) I can remember on the same level as 2001, 2002, and 2003 regarding the early 00s.

Subject: Re: 4th Generation of Gaming vs 5th Generation of Gaming

Written By: ocarinafan96 on 08/25/15 at 12:55 pm


Ok, yeah, the 2000 & 2001 years of the early 2000's are cloudy and fuzzy to me. However, I can remember 2002 & 2003 crystal clearly on the same scale as 2004 & 2005. 2006 is the most clear out of all though when it comes to my peak childhood.


For me I my memories from late 98'-mid 00 are fuzzy, but I do have a few great memories from that time, like my visiting a Family Reunion in Summer of 99' & going to Orlando, Florida in Summer of 2000. But I would say my memories from late 2000 are pretty clear especially seeing Rugrats in Paris in theatres around this time and Christmas of 2000, getting myself a Gameboy color and a Tickle Me Elmo. So my memories from late 2000 are pretty on par with the 2001-2003 part of the early 00's

Subject: Re: 4th Generation of Gaming vs 5th Generation of Gaming

Written By: Eazy-EMAN1995 on 08/25/15 at 12:57 pm


For me I my memories from late 98'-mid 00 are fuzzy, but I do have a few great memories from that time, like my visiting a Family Reunion in Summer of 99' & going to Orlando, Florida in Summer of 2000. But I would say my memories from late 2000 are pretty clear especially seeing Rugrats in Paris in theatres around this time and Christmas of 2000, getting myself a Gameboy color and a Tickle Me Elmo. So my memories from late 2000 are pretty on par with the 2001-2003 part of the early 00's

me too!!

Subject: Re: 4th Generation of Gaming vs 5th Generation of Gaming

Written By: muppethammer26 on 02/28/16 at 9:32 am

I started playing video games in 2000, right at the end of the 5th gen, when I used to play both the N64 and the PS1. I still have a N64 today, buy my PS1 got lost.

Subject: Re: 4th Generation of Gaming vs 5th Generation of Gaming

Written By: Howard on 02/28/16 at 2:35 pm


I started playing video games in 2000, right at the end of the 5th gen, when I used to play both the N64 and the PS1. I still have a N64 today, buy my PS1 got lost.



How did it get lost?

Subject: Re: 4th Generation of Gaming vs 5th Generation of Gaming

Written By: Zelek2 on 02/28/16 at 2:35 pm

4th gen games were probably a bit more refined, I'd say. 5th gen games, while a promising start to the 3d platforming genre, tend to suffer from "floaty" physics/controls in retrospect.

The 6th gen managed to perfect the art of 3d platforming...before the 7th gen ruined it. ;D

Subject: Re: 4th Generation of Gaming vs 5th Generation of Gaming

Written By: Zelek2 on 02/28/16 at 2:37 pm


Overall, I think the 5th Generation is what is most likely going to be rembered when it comes to '90s pop culture. With the PS1 being the iconic console.

Disagree. I don't think anyone will ever forget such 90s marketing as "blast processing", "Genesis does what Nintendon't", etc. in addition to the highly memorable games of the 16-bit era.

Subject: Re: 4th Generation of Gaming vs 5th Generation of Gaming

Written By: Toon on 02/29/16 at 5:40 pm


Disagree. I don't think anyone will ever forget such 90s marketing as "blast processing", "Genesis does what Nintendon't", etc. in addition to the highly memorable games of the 16-bit era.


The SNES vs Genesis console war is one the biggest moments in gaming history. Not even sure how'd it'll be forgotten. It's also the time Sega became a well known worldwide. Introduction of icons such as Sonic. And the Super Nintendo also has its fair share of memorable things that can be brought up when discussing '90s pop culture. The 5th gen was also important, but the only big thing from the 5th gen was the Playstation 1. Nintendo 64 was less successful than the Super Nintendo was. Same for the Saturn when compared to the Genesis. The Sony Playstation 1 sold more units than the Nintendo 64 and Sega Saturn combined. And even the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis combined.

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