Your Memories Of A Generation: Part One

Following on from our own Memories Of A Generation series – which if you haven’t read yet, I can highly recommend – we asked you to share your own memorable moments from Generation 7, and that you surely did.

Over 70 comments later and here we are, at the round-up. There’s a lot of ground to cover, so we’ve split this up into two parts, and I apologise in advance for anything I’ve been forced to omit purely due to time and size constraints. TSA’s readers are a vocal bunch, and reading each and every contribution you’ve made has been a genuine pleasure. Thank you.

Warning: This article features commentary on a large selection of games, and you might consider some of these to be spoilers. There’s nothing major, I promise, but you have been warned.

To kick us off, AshW92 spoke about the moment he joined Generation 7, saying that although he wasn’t a day-one adopter, he knew PlayStation 3 was to “rekindle” his love for gaming – a thought seemingly shared by many of you, with the console’s high-definition gaming a revolution and titles offering experiences the likes of which we’d not seen before.

LegendishThingy summarised their first high-def experience similarly, saying: “Just booting up the PS3 and seeing the XMB pop up in front of me is something I’ll never forget.”

On the topic of the games themselves, tactical20 – rather unexpectedly – cites family-friendly quiz-athon Buzz as “the reason” for their PS3 purchase, with Jimster71 also saying “I doubt I’d get rid of the PS3 until I could replace titles like Buzz”. Bizarrely, they weren’t alone either, as both kennykazey and rept0n also recalled their memories of the series, praising the “hours of fun” it provided for family gatherings. Jason Donovan and dodgy hair-dos aside, however, the real buzz-word for gamers last-gen, and the thing that sticks with most of you it seems, is ‘immersion’.

Micky17 announces the recent Grand Theft Auto V as “the perfect open world game” with an “excellent and engrossing story”, whereas Parryman looks back on 2008’s Fallout 3 just as fondly, calling that game’s open-world “expansive and absorbing”. He even goes as far as to say that the much-rumoured Fallout 4 would “force my hand in buying the machine it’s on”. High praise indeed.

As I’ve sat compiling this, I just realised I’d completely forgotten about my cup of tea (and perhaps thankfully, The X Factor on TV) – but that’s nothing when put beside TSBonyman’s Memory Of The Generation; “The first time I played flOw I was so engrossed in the gameplay that I didn’t realise I had been standing up the whole time.

“The same thing happened when I took my PS3 to a friend’s place, he stood there, silently engrossed and gently swaying with the Sixaxis.”

Apparently nowadays TSBonyman still stands when he replays flOw, just for that “authentic experience”. There’s dedication.

On a far less jovial note, Steelhead’s tale of how Bioshock’s twisted storyline and survival mechanics prompted a genuine and unexpected change of personal character shows just how engrossing a video-game world can become.

“Considering myself to be a nice guy I vowed to rescue every [little sister],” they commented. “After a while I found myself harvesting everyone I could lay my hands on, justifying my actions by saying ‘survival of the fittest’ while becoming stronger.

“I sat back and realised that I had become nothing more than one of the many Splicers I had slaughtered along the way, just as addicted, just as insane as they were. That is not a happy thought but it marked the first time a game had such a profound effect on me. That is why Bioshock and the Little Sisters stand out amongst the entire generation.”

When we asked for your input last week, a good number of the comments received were top-10 lists or Games Of, rather than Memories Of The Generation, but looking at these lists there were certainly a few names which popped up again and again, and perhaps most prevalent amongst these stand-out titles was Infinity Ward’s 2007 FPS, Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.

Tactical20 plumped squarely for declaring Call Of Duty 4 “The best FPS ever,” while AshW92 didn’t go quite so far, but still praised the story for both its realism and – at that time – refreshingly original “modern setting”. A point to which Youles concurred, saying they were “blown away” by the visual nuances introduced within certain parts of the single player campaign.

Alongside Modern Warfare, the other title mentioned again and again was 2008’s Burnout Paradise.

ron_mcphatty heaped admiration on this “game of the generation” which he called “unbeatably fun” and “near bug-free perfection”, saying that developers Criterion should be proud of what they achieved, “considering the amount of broken crap we consumers have paid for in the last few years”. A voice echoed by freezebug2 who posted to say “Burnout Paradise, for me, has been the most outstanding title of the gen.”

Now, one may be an open-world racer, and the other a mission-linear FPS, but both these games – alongside a few others which kept appearing on your lists – have one thing in common. Online play.

Bilbo_bobbins, doug & Youles all revealed the critically-acclaimed Modern Warfare to be their defining multiplayer moment, and alongside AshW92 talk of a “revelation” and getting “hooked” by Call Of Duty’s online modes.

bigchrissyc preferred to tear through the open streets of Paradise City for their memorable online experiences though, highlighting Burnout as “ridiculously fun with friends and probably funnier with strangers,” – a comment Jimster71 agreed with, adding, “I’ve yet to play another game with the same online spirit. The co-op challenges were a genius idea and made for a great online community within the game.”

To cap off this first selection of your memories, we turn to tonycawley, who summed up the industry-wide shift quite succinctly:

“I think my most lasting memory overall of this generation is online gaming, both competitive and cooperative.”

That’s all we have time for today, but come back tomorrow for the second part of Your Memories Of The Generation, in which we continue to discuss the advantages of online play and beyond, as well as – unfortunately – looking back at a particular sore point from the era.



  1. certainly lots of memories for everyone. It has been a good generation but still not as fun as the PS2 era for me. I hope the PS4 can bring back the fun I had then, but I fear local multiplayer games have nearly died.

    • I’ve always felt the same way about the last generation. PS3 and X0 had some great games, but overall they lacked that “something” that PS2 had. Maybe I just grew up. Or maybe it was the games industry getting more traction with the public and going mainstream, producing more of the same every year.

      I was very excited for the coming of PS4 because in my mind it’s what I wish PS3 was (ie. the actual “HD” console). Now let’s just hope for many great games!

      Jak & Daxter 4… pretty please?

  2. I’ve been so busy I didn’t have time to do this :(

    • Bash something into the comments here, fella. I’m happy reading more. :-)

  3. As I said in the original article – COD4 is the only reason I bought a PS3 early 2008 and yet my catalogue of retail games is now close on 80! I literally played nothing else for the rest of that year. I was totally engrossed in the multiplayer and nothing has sucked me in in quite the same way since (MW2 came close I’ll admit but it was ruined by hackers :-( ). And that moment where you briefly got to play as Price… Brilliant!
    Another stand out memory for me was when 2.40 landed and grabbing SSHD just to get some silverware… Then feeling gutted knowing it’d be a while before another trophy compatible game hit.

    Ah memories :-)

  4. Lovely summary, Adam. Thanks for this. Looking forward to part two, as well. :-)

  5. Aye, it was indeed a great read. It’s been great reading other members thoughts about the PS3 generation and I look forward to reading the second part of this article…..cheers guys for making this site one of the best gaming sites on tinternet.

    • Here here :-) it’s the only gaming site I frequent which I think speaks volumes considering the sheer amount of gaming sites out there.

      It’s the community here (something I’ve never really participated in before – but I plan on making more of an effort this gen) and the more personal touch put on all the articles that make this site as good as it is.

      Keep up the, frankly, brilliant work chaps :-)

  6. Had to laugh when I saw part of my comment being used. Great to read other peoples memories of the gen, I’ve had a great time over the last few years and I’m glad to see everyone else has. I do agree with the people who say that the PS2 gen was the better though.

  7. Well, I’m late in this game, but for me it was a bit of retro that was one of my highlights: playing Ico and Shadow of the Colossus HD, especially the second. I’d never played the originals. The expanse, sense of loneliness, bosses and, of course, the ending, all contributed to an unforgettable experience.

  8. Cheers Adam. Of course i had many other, more ‘regular’ gaming memories like everyone else but it looked like most of those were being covered so i went with something that i thought was equally deserving of a mention.
    It’s really lovely to have flOw and Flower alongside me as i begin my journey into the next generation and i hope to gain some equally unique memories from my time with PS4.

  9. Well, we were pretty spoilt with the launch of last gen, not only a huge step up spec wise from PS2,XBox etc. but also the dawn of proper multiplayer (PS2 network adapter and disc anyone :P)
    And with tiles like Uncharted, Burnout Paradise, SuperstardustHD, etc. releasing around that time, it was all a bit of an exciting time which has left a legacy of great memories!

    • That network adapter was the biggest waste of money for me, so full of promise and inevitably such a pain in the arse!

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