Debate of the Day: What’s the Greatest Console of All Time?

I have this debate a lot with my friends, and so I thought I’d let it spill over onto the pages of my website as a discussion you all could participate in. Though there are only three real console contenders right now, over the years we’ve seen many a system come and go, and had a lot of good memories with  most of then. Yes, even you Dreamcast.

But is there one that stands out above all the rest? And if so, why? Is it pure nostalgia and yearning for the “glory days” of gaming before 3D messed everything up? Or is it the opposite, that power and graphic prowess and online capability have made the newest systems the absolute best by definition?

Honestly, I’m not sure about my own answer. Due to my age, the first console I ever played was Sega Genesis. Due to a video game ban at my house, the first console I ever owned was Nintendo 64. But then I remember amazing memories playing Grand Theft Auto and God of War on the PS2, and now I spend my days rotating through titles on my 360, which in terms of hours played takes the crown by far.

I really can’t decide. My Xbox has broken too many times for me to deem it quality enough to be the “best” console. PS2 was a blast and a tech revolution at the time, but I feel like I had more fun with earlier systems. Or was that just because I was a kid and EVERYTHING was more fun? Very few NES, SNES, Sega or 64 games are still fun enough to keep playing today. It’s just hard to recapture that feeling.

But hey, maybe you have a definite answer, and I’d love to hear what your pick is any why.


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