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Just so you know 80s had 5 years of crap and death of consoles, before Super Mario Bros. brought it back. Sega didn't do anything useful in the 80s except Phantasy Star and maybe Wonder Boy. The NES just didn't have enough classic to carry the total gen as best. Oddly Super Mario Bros. 3 appears in both gens because of how long it took to leave Japan.
90s had all the SNES and Genesis games as well as most of the N64, PS1, and Saturn games.
00s on the other hand has some of the cut off N64 and PS1 games as well as the GCN, PS2, XBOX, and Dreamcast games. However despite a being lot of them they mostly aren't as genre defining and as epic as say Super Mario Bros 3/Super Mario World, any 2D Sonic, Final Fantasy 6/7, Mario 64, Zelda: OoT, MGS1, even Mega Man 3. Basically unless your an FPS freak, Started gaming last gen, or a DreamCast Fanboy(which does even cover the first year SonicA1 is a 90s game) you shouldn't be voting for 00s over the 90s.
"I'm 23 years old, playing games since I was 4-5. I know it's cheating, buy my vote goes to 1995-2005. Can't beat it."
That's what I kinda tried to give my vote to. Mid to late nineties and early to mid 00s. I started gaming around the same time you did. Unless you count silly DOS games on floppy disks, then it was a bit before. :P
Half Life 1 Half Life 2 Halo 1/2 Yoshi's Island, DKC2, Perfect Dark, Mario 64, Goldeneye, Super Mario RPG, Tales of the Abyss/Symphonia. Skies of Arcadia, Final Fantasy 7, Final Fantasy 10, Metal Gear Solid 1/2/3
Okay 1995-2005 WINS.
Now playing: Deadly Creatures (Wii), de Blob (Wii), Killzone 2 (PS3)
"^Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego. Where's Waldo. I remember those days well."
Man, there was one DOS game I played that I was recently trying to find the name of. It was around the same time as Dig Dug and Castle Adventure. I barely remember it, but I think you were this guy who maybe wore red and maybe even had a hat and who went from screen to screen (black backgrounds with platforms) killing or maybe just avoiding monsters...I don't know if you were in a dungeon, or what, but I think it must have been a screen-to-screen action or puzzle platformer. I never found it after searching many lists of old DOS games, but I did rediscover this old gem of an unrelated genre: http://www.squakenet.com/computer_games/4281/Round-42/download.html
Later than those games, though, after I had started on consoles, a huge, huge part of my PC-gaming childhood came in the forms of King's Quest, Space Quest, Police Quest, Quest for Glory, etc. I've replayed those many times.