Then NES launched GEN2. These are my categories only but I suffered through many ups and downs through the years in technology stagnation, renewal, stagnation, renewal..
lol I looked it up – there’s even a name for it- hah!!
NES was the first REAL competition to arcade video games and marked the beginning of the death of The Arcade, because the quality was finally on-par with the stuff we paid a coin for. By then I was bored by video games, thought it was “kids stuff” and I should be MAN and do computers instead of programming for video games, a dying industry.
A dying industry.
Man, I would’ve been wrong…. but there were a lot of “dead years” inbetween NES and anything decent that came along to finally compete in a real way.
My first and last “hooks up to the TV” console was the Intellivision, “Generation 2″ according to these lists.
But I did video games on the PC. A lot of beta testing in the 1990s, including AD&D Neverwinter Nights Multiplayer thing in 1989/1990 (I still have the “Welcome to the Beta Test” package), along with some of the early 3D interactive games (Castle Wolfenstein, DOOM and there was one other that I can’t remember).
Until Minecraft, 2011/2012-2014.
But Castle Wolfenstein and Doom were strictly beta test. I didn’t find them fun. FPS were never much fun to me.
Even Neverwinter nights I took very seriously as a beta tester but not as a gamer, although I built up some good characters.
Minecraft was probably the first video game I actually REALLY ENJOYED…. although I can remember wasting lots of quarters playing Double Dragon and their clones in Arcades for a few years.
Lots of dark times.