Although it is a bit difficult to compare video game eras, it sure seems like the current crop of video game consoles and handheld gaming from the three video game companies- Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft- are superior to the older systems in every way, and are more socially acceptable. When video game systems first came out, it was a niche market: mostly young kids and teenagers who liked to hang out at the arcade. In modern times, however, an XBox 360, Wii, and PS3 are as common (or at least accepted and not seen as a niche technology) in households as DVD player or HDTV.
As Generation X became the corporate leaders, programmers, and marketing executives, video game systems have finally been embraced by families with members of various age groups and backgrounds. The handheld consoles, such as the Sony PSP and Nintendo DS, by their very nature target kids, and are much more popular than the later versions of Gameboy and the handheld gaming systems from other companies in the 1990′s and 2000′s.
Video games are here to stay, and with the tough competition of all three video game companies and online retailers, the consumer is benefiting from the video game system wars in terms of game quality and game price.