Growing up with a particular generation of consoles breeds brand loyalty.
You'd buy Popular System X, most likely because your buddies already had one and you could borrow and lend games, and there was nothing finer than weekend multiplayer sessions on the couch, be they competitive or co-op.
In 2018, games that mimic these classic time periods are everywhere (and have been for a few years). Cuphead, Celeste and Undertale are all very modern examples with deliberately retro graphics, the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy was the biggest retro game of 2017, and thank the gaming gods, we're also getting a sequel to retro-inspired Spelunky.
Retro gaming is as popular as it's ever been, and you'll have a hard time convincing a 90s console gamer that the Super Nintendo has been bested, or that the SEGA Saturn isn't still worth buying.
With all that said, gaming was way better in the 1990s. The 2000s brought the technology, yes, but the drawbacks often outweighed the benefits.
Let's take a stroll back into the past to a simpler time, when it was all about the games.
Bryan Langley’s first self-bought console was the sublime Super Nintendo and he hasn’t ever stopped using his opposable thumbs since. He is based in Bristol, UK and is still searchin' for them glory days he never had.