Video Game Preservation Week Survey – Golden Era

Video game history is tinted by nostalgia.  There also isn’t very much of it.  As an experiment for Video Game Preservation week, I’m going to ask the following question in a survey – what do you think is the golden era of video games?  Placing the cutoff at the release of the PS3 in 2006 (since it’s too early to judge), the candidates are:

1. Pre-Crash Era (Before 1983)

Notable Games:

  • Pac-Man (Atari)
  • Pong (Arcade)
  • Oregon Trail (Apple II)
  • Missile Command (Atari)
  • Space Invaders (Arcade)

2. The NES Era (1985-1992)

Notable Games:

  • Final Fantasy (NES)
  • The Legend of Zelda (NES)
  • Super Mario Brothers 3 (NES)
  • Wing Commander II (DOS)
  • Wolfenstein, 3D (DOS)

3. The SNES and Genesis Era (1992-1996)

Notable Games

  • Alone in the Dark (DOS)
  • Doom (DOS)
  • Mortal Kombat (SNES/Genesis)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (Genesis)
  • Starfox (SNES)

4. The Early 3D Era (1996-2001)

Notable Games

  • Civilization II (Windows)
  • Goldeneye (N64)
  • Gran Turismo (PS1)
  • Quake (DOS/Windows)
  • Resident Evil (PS1)

5. The Second 3D Era (2001-2006)

Notable Games

  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PS2)
  • In the Shadow of the Colossus (PS2)
  • Halo (XBox)
  • Madden 2005 (PS2/XBox)
  • World of Warcraft (Windows)

(c) 2014 D.G. McCabe