Golden era? This begs the question, is the "Golden Era" relative to your age as you were experiencing it? I always thought the golden era was the mid to late 90's when you had a crazy number and variety of games, developers and publishers all pushing the envelope (at the time).
Oh the time we could hide quake on the lab computers at uni on every PC and run a tournament during a class without the teacher knowing, unless someone yells or get angry he died
We felt that for three years the PC was still gaining importance, all the multi console passes on, 100 times more exclusive games, it is confirmed, the dev elected him to the GDC most popular platform.
traditional gaming PC & top tier gaming console are going to merge in the next few years into a truly viable solution.
Microsoft essentially promised this with the original xBox. While not exactly the same promised concept, Sony too with PS2. 3DO? oh and let me not forget Nintendo, Sega, Colecovision and Atari all promised similar things. I grew up in the Console explosion. I have seen this movie before.
He's joking. It's just what has been said for years and years but never actually happened.
If anything, with the continued merging of the PS/XB with PC-compatible hardware, you could almost argue that its traditional console gaming that is dead (or at least dying). Sure Sony still has significant exclusives on the PS, but there is nothing about the hardware anymore that prohibits PS games from working on and being coded for a PC (and MS appears to be going all-in on XB/Windows synergy).