Are you an "old" gamer?

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  • ltbobby 1 Sep 2012 12:57:47 320 posts
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    Is it right for people to be playing video games in their 40s? 50s? 60s? and beyond? Im asking because I'm getting on a bit now (late 30s) and I'm wondering when it starts looking a bit odd?? When I'm sat in my slippers, holding a controller a centimetre from the tv?
    When is a good time to stop? Are any of you old gamers? Is it socially acceptable to be a silver gamer?
    Are any of you finding it hard to keep up with new technology, more complex games? Is your eyesight going? Your reactions getting too slow? I know it sounds like an opening to a Trisha Show but what do you all think?
  • DUFFMAN5 1 Sep 2012 13:00:31 16,665 posts
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    This thread rings a bell ?
    Age... FUCK AGE
    I'm one of the older EGers on here, still one of the best looking mind you ;) I still enjoy gaming and would assume I will be for many years to come.
  • President_Weasel 1 Sep 2012 13:01:53 10,097 posts
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    I have travelled through time from the year 1974. I'm much more of a PC gamer than a console gamer these days, if that makes a difference.
  • ltbobby 1 Sep 2012 13:01:59 320 posts
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    How old are you?
  • Afiddes 1 Sep 2012 13:07:56 1,164 posts
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    Bah I hope not I am looking forward to seeing where gaming goes in the future
  • Rusty_M 1 Sep 2012 13:23:13 5,378 posts
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    Pfft. Stop gaming when you stop enjoying it. It doesn't matter if you're 20 or 80!
  • Folant 1 Sep 2012 13:24:22 1,749 posts
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    Dad is mid-60's still rocking video games.
    Nothing wrong with it. Hope I am still when I'm in my 50's/60's.
  • monkehhh 1 Sep 2012 13:26:10 3,859 posts
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    Hope I'm still interested and doing it when I'm a pensioner - the older folks I know who engage with new technology and games generally seem a lot more 'with it' and stimulated, and they're easier to talk to :)
  • Apollo 1 Sep 2012 13:26:20 523 posts
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    I'm closer to fifty than forty and I will only stop when the controller/mouse keyboard, is prised from my cold dead hands...
  • graysonavich 1 Sep 2012 13:26:40 7,642 posts
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    Like it matters, you'll all be dead soon.
  • Fake_Blood 1 Sep 2012 13:29:20 5,006 posts
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    I'm hoping for holodecks for when I turn 80.
    The door will have a please knock sign.
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  • MetalDog 1 Sep 2012 13:36:14 23,928 posts
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    I'm 42 and female.
    There has never been a shortage of people suggesting that I shouldn't play games, particularly of the violent short. My answer has always been, and will remain a direct hit to their face with my primary weapon, followed by mockery and laughter.
  • onestepfromlost 1 Sep 2012 13:41:53 2,181 posts
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    i think as time goes on gamers will get older and older, as most of us in the older area grew up with video games really. Why would we give up a hobby we enjoy just because we get older. Games are a form of media we dont stop reading books when we get older, or watching films our taste in those mediums just change.

    Edited by onestepfromlost at 13:42:18 01-09-2012
  • ltbobby 1 Sep 2012 13:43:46 320 posts
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    Why do they tell you that you shouldnt play though? Because its socially not the norm or because in your 40s you may suddenly become influenced by violent games??!?
  • Deleted user 1 September 2012 13:46:33
    Videogames and Pensioners should be a match made in heaven if you think about it.

    Doing nothing but sit about. I think our generation is the first to grow up playing them.
  • Pazie 1 Sep 2012 13:48:22 334 posts
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    I'm a 39 year old female who loves gaming. My mother is 70 and plays on her DSI XL everyday.
  • Fake_Blood 1 Sep 2012 13:54:41 5,006 posts
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    I remember my dad laughing at me when I got a N64 at age 14.
    I'm 30 now.
  • ltbobby 1 Sep 2012 14:04:44 320 posts
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    Its weird that gaming has a "sad" kind of stigma attached to it! I used to be one of those people who used to think that playing video games was a bit sad. But either ive changed or games have changed. Its just a new entertainment media now like film, books etc. But i think it still has this sad reputation for some reason.
  • rickalish 1 Sep 2012 14:10:54 1,838 posts
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    I'm 31 and thought I was getting bored of it a couple of years ago, but I've put in more lengthy gaming sessions (over 5 hours) recently playing PSP RPG's than probably ever before.

    I'm not as excited by games as I used to be as a kid, but that could be the fact that I'm not owning the most up to date consoles so the wow factor for me comes from good game design or an impressive narrative now.

    I still want to marry a gamer at some point though. :)
  • JetSetWilly 1 Sep 2012 14:31:41 5,721 posts
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    As an "old" gamer I for one embrace the trend towards annual releases of major franchises. There's nothing more depressing than looking at the release schedule of something like Zelda and thinking "Fuck, five more of them and I'm practically retired!"

    I shall carry-on gaming (now there's a film that needs making) as long as finances and reflexes permit. I do wonder though if the greater focus on the multiplayer/social aspects of gaming means that my hobby will abandon me before I abandon it.
  • stryker1121 1 Sep 2012 15:20:00 982 posts
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    I'm 37, and because of gaming, my reflexes and hand-eye coordination are better than ever ;)

    I suppose I've felt the same way you do sometimes, i.e. feeling too old to be spending 30 hours on a game when I should be doing some thing adult and responsible, like picking out window treatments or digging up a septic tank or something. But gaming is my favorite hobby, and I see no reason to hang up as long as I enjoy it.

    Edited by stryker1121 at 01:14:31 02-09-2012
  • Afiddes 1 Sep 2012 15:22:37 1,164 posts
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    Haha carry on gaming I could imagine Sid James trying to chat up foxynurse667 over a game of cod only to hear some bloke reply or Kenneth Williams on wow running away from an angry mob screaming infamy infamy they all have it infamy liol
  • Syrette 1 Sep 2012 15:22:44 45,449 posts
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    Hang on, Timmeh is in his 30s?
  • JetSetWilly 1 Sep 2012 15:24:29 5,721 posts
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    EyeLand wrote:
    Jesus Christ you sound old!
    Imagine how the wait for Half-Life 3 is making me feel :D
  • redcrayon 1 Sep 2012 15:29:59 4,616 posts
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    I may only be a EG stripling at 33, but if anything I like gaming more now than I did as a kid. It's become easier to fit it into the odd bits of spare time I have, with more choice of platforms and easy access to older games. Download services and accounts FTW.

    I tell myself I will get through that pile of RPGs when I retire. Knowing my luck it'll be like that Twilight Zone episode where the guy who just wants to read survives a nuclear blast and finds a bookshop, only for his glasses to break.

    Note to self- buy more glasses. And shotguns and tinned food.

    Edited by redcrayon at 15:31:57 01-09-2012
  • Tryhard 1 Sep 2012 15:36:58 5,857 posts
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    Todays young gamers could never of handled this.:-P
  • BabyJesus 1 Sep 2012 15:38:55 4,412 posts
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    Age restrictions would be pointless, sure you're reaction speed goes down but most good multi player games have support classes where that is less of an issue.

    At the end of the day the only time to stop is when you stop having fun, thats all games are about anyway.
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