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I think over the years there has always been a game that was the 'must get' for each generation, they may not be your favorites, but the majority may have disagreed with you [or I might have got it wrong]. Anyway lets start with the nes generation.
1. Maybe you would start with atari, but I consider the nes era to be the true birthplace of video games as we know them. The players- The nes, the sega master system and the turbo graphix . But nintendo won by a LONG margin, both in games and sales. The nes was the birthing ground for dozens of legendary games, but mario owned it. Super Mario Brothers 3 is the biggest, most ambitous title of that entire generation. Maybe it had an unfair advantage then, but when its soul brother New super mario bros is outselling modern warfare2 its hard not to see how much greatness that game was packing.
2. The 'Super' generation. The players- The super nes and the sega genesis. Now nintendo actually had real competition. Mario's fad like popularity was fading and sonic's was just beginning. For me, there is no clear big game for this generation. But it comes down to Super Mario World, Zelda: a link to the past, and Sonic the Hedgehog[1,2 or3]. But I have to give it to sonic 3, it was very ambitious and it was released at the height of the hedgehog's popularity. I prefer 2, but this was the bigger game.
3.The CD generation. No, I'm not doing a piece on the mini race of the saga cd and the virtual boy. The players- The Nintendo 64, The Playstation, and The Sega Saturn/Dreamcast. Prolly the oddest generation, sega created 3 consoles since the genesis and it seemed to chop each one every time someone one-upped them in specs[and then they went bankrupt]. But some of the greatest games ever made were made in this time frame. Nintendo was at the top of their game, Sega recklessly unleashed their ambitions, and dozens of 3rd parties developers spread there wings out from under giant 1st party developers for the first time. The not that there isn't a clear winner, its that there are to many winners. But for me the true big game of this generation was Ocarina of Time. Others sold better, but no one was better. Oot's ambition is off the scales, and is truly the biggest game of this time.
4. The playstation generation. The players-The gamecube, the playstation2, and the xbox. This is when gaming went mainstream, and games started changing to be more acceptable to the mainstream in my opinion. There were many hits during this generation, which makes the big game of the generation so admirable because it still manages to be the clear cut winner. Both in sales and in acclaim, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas stomps its competition. Its ambition was grandios, including so many things to do that even many 'hardcore' fans didn't experience them.
That only leaves us with the current generation. If the biggest game has already been released for this generation, I'd be very dissappointed. But the current standings as I see them are GTA4, Little big planet, or Modern Warfare2. But I have great hope for the future, -Halo Reach, Wii zelda, GTA5, and maybe Fable3 will be the true contenders for this generation I believe.
Also, to those who may find this blog angering, I consider the big game to be: the game with the most ambitous design. Nothing else. So what do you think? I realize how weak my 'super' generation pick is[In my defense, I was a little hazy about that generation], if you know better I'm all ears but please back up any claims with hard facts. I look forward to any critism, kudos, or insights.