Is there an interest in oldies playing games?

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  • ork4u 27 Jan 2013 06:27:04 6 posts
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    Hello and sorry if this yammer is unappreciated. I'm a 55 year old retired teacher who has barely ever played any computer games before, but I live with my Son who plays them all the time. We thought it might be fun to start making videos where I learn how to play games. Is this the kind of thing people want?

    We have a few videos on the internet now - Gemini Rue, Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Euro Truck Simulator 2. We'd like it if you visited and/or let us know what you think. Here is the link.

    Also my Son informs me that 'self-promoting' in your first comment on a forum is bad form. If I promise to become a proper contributing part of this community, will you be less mad?
  • Deleted user 27 January 2013 06:49:58
    You weren't the guy that robbed HMV were you?
  • Deleted user 27 January 2013 07:13:25
    Fifty-five isn't old: merely middle-aged.

    There are much older gamers.

    And not just in the UK

    Edited by EndlessSolitude at 07:16:24 27-01-2013
  • mcmothercruncher 27 Jan 2013 07:56:50 7,094 posts
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    It sounds interesting to me at least, always loved that "Never seen Star Wars" program which sounds like a similar thingamiwotsit.
    Incidentally, prepare to improve your eyesight and become a multitasking behemoth, fact!

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  • Ziz0u 27 Jan 2013 08:02:57 8,392 posts
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    I'll give it a watch. Can we suggest games?
  • ork4u 27 Jan 2013 08:53:36 6 posts
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    @ZizouFC I'd love it if you did! I'll start a notepad document for requests.
  • skuzzbag 27 Jan 2013 09:09:22 5,648 posts
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    Geometry Wars then but you have to play until you get 1,000,000+

    Edited by skuzzbag at 09:10:07 27-01-2013
  • jabberwoky 27 Jan 2013 18:22:41 525 posts
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    So you are 55 and play videogames. So what.

    I mean it will probably be entertaining and I wish you the best on the project. But I hate this age thing, just be, forget your age.
  • MetalDog 27 Jan 2013 18:27:27 23,697 posts
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    The majority in this forum are post-30 as near as I can tell. Some of us are post-40. So, 55 just doesn't seem that old to most of us, at a guess.

    Good luck anyway - might want to play the 'total noob' angle more than the oldster one, at least until you're older =)

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • Trowel 27 Jan 2013 18:34:41 17,796 posts
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    Teacher, retired at 55? Think you should make some videos showing how you did that to be honest!
  • drhcnip 27 Jan 2013 18:54:34 2,509 posts
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    Trowel wrote:
    Teacher, retired at 55? Think you should make some videos showing how you did that to be honest!
    aye, as a teacher of 40, i'd be very interested in this....:)
  • TopDrawer 28 Jan 2013 00:57:03 17 posts
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    My mum is in her 60's and she's played computer games for as long as I've been around. I remember we used to play typing games together when I was a little kid on the C64.

    She's probably completed more computer games than I have, actually fuck it, I know she has for a fact. I mean most of them are probably point and click adventures but you can throw in Tomb Raider 1/2/3, plenty of Zeldas and Mario too.

    My grandma when she was still around even used to have a go on computer games on our PC, just puzzle stuff but bear in mind she was 88 at the time.

    No one is too old for computer games, you just have to find ones that spark an interest and curiosity in you. Personally I'd start off with puzzlers, adventure type ones as running into FPS (first person shooter) style games might be a bit daunting straight off the bat.

    I gave a watch of your Amnesia video (an example of the FPS view) and I just wanted to snatch the controls off you. But obviously I've been playing games pretty much my whole life and anyone new to them might not get the common rules games have. I remember when I was home for christmas my dad was watching me play some game and asked how I knew where to go, to be honest its instinctive for me, games follow a very strict rule set and there are common actions across most of them. Once you get the common links and understand the limitations of gaming worlds you'll start to breeze through.

    Anyway, rant over, I wish you luck in your adventure into computer gaming, if you stick with it I'm sure you'll find a whole range of games that both make you laugh and keep you entertained in equal measure.

    Edited by TopDrawer at 00:59:34 28-01-2013

    Edited by TopDrawer at 01:01:05 28-01-2013

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  • Trafford 29 Jan 2013 01:41:18 5,807 posts
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    Vanity project, I suppose if you aim it at proper pensioners it might have some worth.
    Going down the Dirty Sanchez route would be more appealing to me.

    Edited by Trafford at 01:46:03 29-01-2013
  • mal 29 Jan 2013 02:53:32 22,605 posts
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    Trafford wrote:
    Vanity project
    You have been on Youtube before, right?

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • Trafford 29 Jan 2013 03:34:34 5,807 posts
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    mal wrote:
    Trafford wrote:
    Vanity project
    You have been on Youtube before, right?
    Ha, to be honest, not often.
  • Telepathic.Geometry 29 Jan 2013 04:09:08 11,365 posts
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    @ork4u: I seriously think that you should consider starting from the beginning, and working your way up man. Go through the history of gaming playing only the finest as you work your way up and acquire the basic motor-skills necessary.

    1. Super Mario Bros. 3, Sonic the Hedgehog, etc.

    2. Super Mario World, Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Metroid, etc.

    3. Super Mario 64, Soul Reaver, Ocarina of Time...

    4. Pikmin, RE 4, Okami HD, Rez HD...

    Just keep building up your basic gaming skills...

    Sound like a plan?

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  • MetalDog 29 Jan 2013 07:26:07 23,697 posts
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    Too much rich kid ninty shit in that list TG. No pong? No spectrum? No C64? No BBC micro? No arcade classics? Skipping the whole golden 90's PC era?

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • Trowel 29 Jan 2013 07:29:30 17,796 posts
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    Telepathic.Geometry wrote:
    I seriously think that you should consider starting from the beginning, and working your way up man.

    1. Super Mario Bros. 3, Sonic the Hedgehog, etc.
    Wut?
  • MetalDog 29 Jan 2013 07:44:26 23,697 posts
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    Hehe, the more I ponder that list the more it annoys me. It's like Atari, Dreamcast, Playstation and Xbox never existed either.
    'Only the finest' my arse!

    EG should fund an old people's home for when we all get crumbly, they could make a fortune televising the old folk pit fights over games =D

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • ork4u 29 Jan 2013 08:21:18 6 posts
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    To Skuzzbag: Thanks for the suggestion. I hope you enjoy .... I didn't! (lol)Geometry Wars

    When I say 'retired teacher' I just mean I've decided to stop teaching (in England anyway), but I still need a job. Any offers?
  • MrTomFTW Moderator 29 Jan 2013 08:21:29 38,339 posts
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    I imagine you would be lethal with a walking stick MD.

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  • Salaman 29 Jan 2013 08:40:57 19,131 posts
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    MrTomFTW wrote:
    I imagine you would be lethal with a walking stick MD.
    I imagine she'd have this kind of cane if she ever had to get one.
  • Salaman 29 Jan 2013 08:40:57 19,131 posts
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    MrTomFTW wrote:
    I imagine you would be lethal with a walking stick MD.
    I imagine she'd have this kind of cane if she ever had to get one.
  • Trafford 29 Jan 2013 09:17:50 5,807 posts
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    That's a good idea, start with Pong, work your way through the ages.
  • MetalDog 29 Jan 2013 09:54:20 23,697 posts
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    MrTomFTW wrote:
    I imagine you would be lethal with a walking stick MD.
    I've been studying already.

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • DaM 29 Jan 2013 10:04:05 13,264 posts
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    Salaman wrote:
    MrTomFTW wrote:
    I imagine you would be lethal with a walking stick MD.
    I imagine she'd have this kind of cane if she ever had to get one.
    A friend is an airport security chap, they caught a sweet old lady going through the X-ray with one of these once. For her "safety" apparently.

    I don't really get YouTube...if I had spare time I'd rather play games than watch a video of someone playing them.
  • andytheadequate 29 Jan 2013 10:24:32 8,219 posts
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    DaM wrote:
    Salaman wrote:
    MrTomFTW wrote:
    I imagine you would be lethal with a walking stick MD.
    I imagine she'd have this kind of cane if she ever had to get one.
    A friend is an airport security chap, they caught a sweet old lady going through the X-ray with one of these once. For her "safety" apparently.

    I don't really get YouTube...if I had spare time I'd rather play games than watch a video of someone playing them.
    I have this discussion with my mate. He says he gets to see games he wouldn't otherwise get to play. I just don't see the point
  • mal 29 Jan 2013 12:14:10 22,605 posts
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    ork4u wrote:
    To Skuzzbag: Thanks for the suggestion. I hope you enjoy .... I didn't! (lol)Geometry Wars
    Thanks for that, good vid. Interesting and quite funny too!

    It's something us lot don't see often enough - people playing games that don't have a history of it. Much of the language of games seems obvious to us - that you are the thing that you can move, and if it moves, shoot it - but we forget that we once had to learn that language. I disagree with TG - the interesting bit is seeing how someone without that degree of familiarity gets on with modern games.

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