When did you start playing games? Was the Playstation your first foray into our world. Were you running around with Link on the original Nintendo or is Master Chief the one who made you pick up a controller? I think every gamer has their individual opinion about which gaming generation was the best time to be a gamer. I’ll be the first one to admit that I think this generation rules the roost. Here’s 4 reasons why we’re all in gaming bliss.

4. We Can Still Play Old Games

Remember if you wanted to play the original Sonic The Hedgehog? It meant finding your Sega Genesis, hoping it still worked, find your old Sonic cartridge, blowing the dust off it and getting your old time fix. Now all it takes is 5 bucks and an online network. A good reason why this generation rules is because more than likely, we can still play our favorite titles. Nostalgia is definitely not a problem.

3. Consoles Do More Than Just Play Games

Was the Playstation 2 your first DVD player? Remember how cool you thought you were when you use your Sega Saturn to play music? Now you can surf the internet from your console, put all your music on its hardrive and download demos so you can try before you buy. The inclusion of Netflix gives you your own video rental store in the comfort of your own couch. Why leave the house at all?

2. Co-Op Rules

Games are just better when you have friends to play with. Since the explosion of the online market, Co-Op games have never been more popular. Gears Of War, Left 4 Dead, Castle Crashers, Rainbow Six: Vegas, Halo, and the list goes on. Even old school games such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Streets Of Rage 2. Teamwork and playing together has never been funner.

1. Online Competition

All the reasons on this list have online to credit for their success. But in terms of the purest form of competion, nothing beats putting all your skills to the test against players around the world. I know Dreamcast was the first console to try online gaming and Xbox Live was the blueprint, but this generation was where online gaming took over. Xbox Live and PSN continue to push the boundaries, while Nintendo is still playing catch up. When a game doesn’t have online, don’t you feel as if it is incomplete. Developers have to add some sort online component to games that may not need them (Fable II). It just goes to show you, games have changed.