Hmmm, for me the three peak gaming eras were the Commodore years when I was at secondary school, the PS1 when I had my first proper job and disposable income, and then the PS3.
The C64 and A500 were a huge part of my life back then, so absolutely need to be included.
The PS1 felt like a huge leap forward in terms of quality, though I'm not sure I actually spent as much time on it as before because of pubs and girlfriends.
The PS3 was another step change because of online gaming. Spending a couple of hundred hours on a COD title was easy for example.
If we discount the fir