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Submitted by Rockefellow 1337d ago | opinion piece

Quoting the Internet: Playing Games After Age 20 Is "Not Normal"

Quoting the Internet explores examples of profound stupidity involving our favorite hobby, video games. People who falsely slander something they’re too lazy to even attempt to research, understand, or consider the opposite view deserve to be ostracized for their behavior.

Read on to find out exactly why Synne Sørheim's comments in a recent testimony are completely unacceptable and unbelievably ignorant. (Industry)

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Yi-Long  +   1337d ago | Well said
Yeah, let's stop doing the things we enjoy...
... simply because we have reached some kind of magical arbitrary age where some idiots deem it immature to like these things...(!)

Yeah, THAT'S'normal'(!)

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Rockefellow  +   1337d ago
Spot on point.

"She must not realize that the largest age demographic for video games is the exact age range she's criticizing. Oh, yeah, or that it's among the largest entertainment mediums in the world, if it isn't the largest."
Yi-Long  +   1337d ago | Well said
She seems to think she's still 13...
... trying to put others down by calling them 'immature' and ridiculing their hobbies...

Luckily, I'm 35, and I don't give a rat's ass anymore about what other people think about me watching cartoons, reading comics, playing videogames, or whatever.

Life's too short to not do the things you enjoy doing, simply because some other people might want to bitch and moan about it and call it 'immature'.

Who the hell is she to judge my hobbies!?
Abash  +   1337d ago
Im 21 and sadly my dad sees it the same way as that lady, when I was 18 he'd even tell me that video games are for 12 year olds. That was one of the best things about moving out, not having his criticism for doing something that's normal for millions and millions of other people my age and even older to do for entertainment. Some people just are close-minded and you cant change their opinions
dredgewalker  +   1337d ago | Well said
I'm 34, video games help me stay in touch with my youth. People need hobbies to have a healthy state of mind as long as they don't get too addicted to it.
morganfell  +   1337d ago
Let's stop going to movies and reading books as well.

After all, what are those two mediums?

Video games are experiences much like a movie or book, except games are interactive events where there is a degree of control in guiding the outcome or at least the speed of the story.

This woman certainly should not be straying into cognitive thinking and learning as there are a host of researchers and psychologists of much greater renown that will bury her opposing thoughts. Incidental learning (a subset of cognitive learning) is a process that, when using immersive techniques such as video gaming, has shown more promise than anything since the invention of the chalkboard. Retention of subject material nearly doubles versus conventional learning methodologies. It's why the Department of Defense is investing so much into furthering it's use.

At the end of the day this woman comes across as some shrill harpy who lost a guy to video games because she failed to understand it's attraction or it's relevance as an educational and social learning tool. Also good, plain fun is apparently alien to her. She likely blew a mental gasket when she found out he had female gamers in his clan.
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TopDudeMan  +   1337d ago
She is obviously one of these people who seem to think their way is the only right way to live. There's just no reasoning with these people. It's best to just leave them be.

I'm 19 and I fully expect to be playing video games in my 20s. Hell, maybe even my 30s. And if I make it to my 40s, there's no point in stopping then, is there?

It's a hobby. Like cycling and jogging and other stuff. People do these things alone, are they not going to be able to talk to people?

I don't go out much because there are people like her in the world. If it's not video games, it's something else they're judging you for. That's my choice. I am pretty good at making friends. People get along with me just fine. I am extremely punctual. I'm a promising student. I can arrange stuff well. My communication skills and confidence are around average and I am very happy.

Explain that, ms/mrs sorheim, since you're such a smarty pants.
TekoIie  +   1336d ago
"It is however, something completely different to relate to something in real life, have committed relationships to other people, arrange meetings, go to work in the morning, have a healthy relationship with a GIRLFRIEND, or having common social skills"

I highlighted GIRLFRIEND for a reason... Sooo are all gamers male or lesbian??? Shes one of those ignorant people who only believe men play Video games.
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Hellsvacancy  +   1336d ago
"Watching cartoons, reading comics, playing videogames, or whatever"

Nothing wrong with a bit of "whatever" i was looking at some whatever earlier ;)
Gaming101  +   1336d ago
Yet another imbecile pretending to know something when earlier in their statement they admitted they knew absolutely nothing about videogames - PERFECT
Spydiggity  +   1336d ago
it's much better to just sit around watching dancing with the stars and american idol. or some pointless sporting event.

btw, who wants to be normal?
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egidem  +   1336d ago
Fcuk her and her opinions
I believe I speak for everyone when I say that we're all gamers and we love gaming because of the joy, entertainment and challenges it brings us.

I can assure her this: As long as I'll be able to hold a controller, I'll always be gaming.

I'm 1000898460% sure there are people out here on who've been gaming for most of their lives and ARE above the age of 20 (such as myself). I'm also sure they won't suddenly completely stop because they hit some magical age!
inveni0  +   1336d ago
Most of the best games can't even be sold to people under the age of 17, so........ What does that say about video games, again? Oh yeah, they're predominately FOR adults.
Autodidactdystopia  +   1336d ago
I F*&%^$g hate this lady, she reminds me of the stupid girls that were bragging about their gpa in school but when the tests came around, I crucified their asses, dont they know that not caring is cool?

just kidding its only not cool to care when it is to kiss someones ass. otherwise caring is good
MariaHelFutura  +   1337d ago
Do what thou wilt.
PerpetualMathx10  +   1337d ago
crowley ftw. id be curious as to what she does for entertainment, and if there is an age limit for that...
Blacktric  +   1337d ago
Give this guy a Well Said. GIVE THIS GUY ALL THE WELL SAIDs!
MariaHelFutura  +   1337d ago
Yi-long is one of my favorites on N4G.
eagle21  +   1337d ago
Fuk her. :)

When we are all looking back on our lives, please don't regret giving up what you enjoyed or something that made you happy because somebody said you should.
Grap  +   1337d ago
i think this is the first first comment on news hasn't have a disagree lol.
MrBeatdown  +   1336d ago | Funny
You may think she's an idiot, but that's only because you're not normal.

Unlike you weirdos, I burnt everything remotely fun in my home on my 21st birthday. Because I am normal.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to grab myself a bowl of Cheerios (NOT the flavored kind! I'm normal!) and watch Law & Order with a smug sense of satisfaction stemming from how superior I am to you lowly fun-having man-children.

Good day!
QuodEratDemonstrandm  +   1336d ago
I couldn't decide whether to give you a well said bubble, or a funny bubble.

I went with funny. I think that's what you were shooting for.
Lazy_Sunday  +   1336d ago
The lack of disagrees in this statement shows you how one sided n4g is.


Wait, you thought I was serious? Fuck no.

Now grown men playing with MLP dolls? That's a little much.
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Legion  +   1336d ago | Well said
I am pushing 50. I have played almost everything. I have toyed with my own small game creations and have been gaming all through my life. I have had a full military career and raising 3 well behaved children.

Am I a normal father, aged man, gamer? I would beg to say there is no normal... but for anyone to say they know at what age someone should quit something... especially when the demographics of the issue at hand are against their said results... step down and rethink your words.

Gaming is growing along with the masses of children that started out playing games. We grew up and chose to move from the little 8 bit world and expand the stories in the game to meet our needs.

Women grow up playing dress up and having tea parties. When they get older do they stop doing that? No they simply move on to the adult version of it...

Men have the desire to be competitive. We enjoy our techno gadgets. Video games just fit into what we are all about. And just as when we were children and liked the animated movies... we grow up and don't stop watching movies... we just watch more mature movies now. We do the same with games... we move on to more mature titles.

Get over it. You can pry my controller from my cold dead hands.
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HarryKawkReturns  +   1336d ago
+1 bubble for ya. Well said!
ceballos77mx  +   1336d ago
Well said my father used to be like that, now at 68 he just finished dark souls, every assasins creed, and he loves the uncharted series, next up for him Skyrim. He told me that now he undertands why i love this hobby.
FACTUAL evidence  +   1336d ago
100 agree' 0 disagree....that's sexy as hell....on-topic, this b***h is insane.
edwineverready  +   1336d ago
If I would care about what other people find immature. I would have stopped playing games and stopped skateboarding a long time ago. I am 36 and not going to give neither of them up any time soon.
TheRealHeisenberg  +   1336d ago
I'm 41 years old now and have been video games since I was 8 years old. I don't get to play as much as I would like to now but that comes with growing up. I would play a lot more if I could but I have a fine @$$ Filipino wife and two kids that keep me plenty busy. We do play video games together when time allows. I just wanted to put that out there before I kindly tell that lady to STFU because she has no clue what she is talking about.
RustedMan  +   1336d ago
@ Yi-Long
your comment was so spot on that aren't even "accidental" disagrees.
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BinaryMind  +   1336d ago
I can not believe the mind****ery I just read. The fact that someone who calls themselves a professional psychologist can say something like this makes me question the relevancy of the entire field!
hennessey86  +   1336d ago
well I have been abnormal
for 6 years then :/
Spinal  +   1336d ago
Well said bro. Agree + bubble.
ApolloTheBoss  +   1336d ago
I have a 50-something year old cousin and plays his GameCube after work everyday and totally normal.
tordavis  +   1336d ago
N4G gamers and fanboys finally fighting together for a common cause.
AzaziL  +   1336d ago
I laugh whenever someone talks about games being for kids, yet spends the evening watching reality tv garbage daily. They must be much more mature../s

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QuodEratDemonstrandm  +   1336d ago
Keeping up with the Kardashians = normal
enjoying the story in Heavy Rain = psychopath

Makes perfect sense.
Mounce  +   1336d ago
She looks like one of those psyhobabbling dykes that you find in elementary school crushing kids dream-bubbles by shoving her opinionative bullshit down their throats.

Her face, appearance alone, is stereotypical amongst the almost feministic and over-glorified entitlement to think their opinion on a matter is fact rather than simply a Weak personal opinion, I loathe people like her with a bloody fucking passion. It's people like her who basically emphasize probably the peer pressure of losing ones V-card at 16-18, oh shit son, you better do it fast or else you're Not Normal.

Better yet, what fucking Right does she have to say she can say what IS normal and what ISN'T Normal? That fucking bitch, honestly. Any human who thinks they can define what is and what isn't Normal is not only potentially egotistical, but they need discipline of the mouth....
LUCKYXS7LEVEN  +   1336d ago
So basically playing Video Games are more inhumane than taking drugs. Oh this is great logic
MrMister  +   1336d ago
I can tell from that picture that she's a bit uptight. Perhaps she hasn't been getting any love in bed...
GraveLord  +   1337d ago
As long as you have a social life, a job and can take care of yourself, I don't see a problem with playing video games after age 20.
Cosmit  +   1336d ago
Having a Social life is overrated.
TheRealHeisenberg  +   1336d ago
It is only overrated if you don't have a healthy one.
ApolloTheBoss  +   1336d ago
But I hate people.
Snookies12  +   1337d ago
Lol, she's just mad because she doesn't understand the word "fun", I mean look at her expression. I think that's her when she's happy...
NastyLeftHook0  +   1337d ago
Im proud to not be "normal" i cant help but look at the sheep of people flocking to the beach in santa monica and other areas as if they are a flock of geese or another type of animal with no sense of adventure and lust in this life. Normal is the opposite of good, wonderful, and exciting.
Hufandpuf  +   1337d ago
Whats wrong with being normal? The beach is fun, and its a great place to hang out and meet new people.
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Hicken  +   1337d ago
"Normal" is abnormal.

"Normal" implies there's some societal standard that must be adhered to in order to function properly.

But "normal" people don't exist. Everybody's got something they like that a lot of people would go, "Eew, really?" to. And if you don't, you're one boring-ass, conformist of an individual... no, you're not an individual.
QuodEratDemonstrandm  +   1336d ago
98% of the world's people are weirdos.
So weird is normal.
Sonyslave3  +   1337d ago
Agree Grave but unlucky some people don't have that.

I pity the fool who put gaming above everything else
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jc48573  +   1337d ago
I'm glad I got out of my last relationship. I wouldn't have done it w/o the help of games to help me forget all that last miserable moment I went through just to finally break up or let go. Some gfs can be such an ass and let me tell you this, I actually sacrificed all my gaming needs just to spend time with her. It went well for a good year, but then bang! one 'stupid' argument just whoosh! I was like fuck it! I don't just game, I have other hobbies too where I get to socialize person to person. It's not normal when people make you think it's not normal.
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jeeves86  +   1336d ago
Anyone that wants to keep you away from something you enjoy doing (provided it's really harmful) makes you wonder if they actually care about you.


From one person to another, kudos - you were right to drop her.
ceballos77mx  +   1336d ago
Amen brother, that happened to me too.
dredgewalker  +   1336d ago
I also lived with a girl who despises me playing with video games even though I never forget to do my responsibilities. She should have been happy I was always home and not out chasing after girls or drinking with my buds. Some women are just too demanding.
ACEMANWISE  +   1337d ago | Well said
I'm stunned. I could have sworn video games helped me become smarter and develop skills in ways most never think about.

For starters video games have helped me solve problems. I'm not talking about personal issues, although it has been known to be a remedy of escape. I'm talking about increased ability to solve mathematical, electrical, and other technical problems. I largely credit this due to all the puzzle and strategy games I have played over the years.

I've played many video games that contained extremely hard puzzles like Silent Hill, Legacy of Kain: SoulReaver, Portal, and others that spanned back to the Atari 800XL computer (where there was no instructions on how to get a game started, much less play). It was these games that caused me to develop my ability to solve. Whether that be a crime, a math problem, a goal, or a broken chair. It trained my mind to the point where multiple solutions could be envisioned just by looking at a problem. It is these skills that become useful for careers in computers, law enforcement, or even technical industries.

Video games have even helped me develop hand-eye coordination. Could this not be useful when piloting an aircraft, machinery, or finding ways to access tight spaces. What about driving a vehicle? Now, I'm not saying it will train you to do these things. What it can do is allow the mind to properly keep tune with motor functions in order to more accurately do what the mind is thinking.

Video games have enabled me to keep the imagination there. To keep the mind open to all possibilities so that nothing in thought is kept too narrow in perception. By having this way of thought it allows myself to refrain from a quick conclusion to things.

It allows a form of critical thinking that I consider well beyond that of the mentioned psychiatrist in the article. For she was taught by a book thus her reality is very contained. It provides her symptoms and possible solutions. No where is her conclusions drawn from experience. Even I, who have taken elementary psychological courses, know that the term "normal" refers to the majority in regards to the study of the human mind. The last time I checked the majority of people seek out entertainment on all fronts...and at all ages. For her to say that playing video games after age 20 (as opposed to seeing a scripted movie with obvious political message and corporate agendas) is not normal, then she probably needs to go back and refresh her education. Last I checked it wasn't normal to create an entire reality because a book, or because a higher power told you so. The last time I checked it wasn't considered "normal" to conclude that 99% of gamers are not "normal" because 1% decides to go out and mass murder...which is the minority in a minority group. Only critical thinking can do that and a real understanding of everything after the knowledge is handed to you...not when.
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solidboss  +   1337d ago
i agree
brilliantly said
FutureWWEChampion  +   1337d ago
ur comment is to long to read but i agree lol
AgreeFairy  +   1337d ago
>extremely hard puzzles

Stop trollin
ACEMANWISE  +   1337d ago
At least you didn't disagree with the others. Soul Reaver has got to be one of the most complex, but intellectual, game for puzzles I've experienced. All of them made sense.
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belac09  +   1337d ago
well put acemanwise!
CaptainSheep  +   1337d ago
If being a gamer after 20 means I won't be normal, then so be it. I'll be "not-normal" for the rest of my life.
This reminds me of that SpongeBob episode, though, haha.
Alos88  +   1337d ago
She has one of those "I had fun once- it was horrible" faces.
redDevil87  +   1337d ago
She has one of those "Haven't been laid in 10 years" faces.
dredgewalker  +   1336d ago
With that kind of face a guy would rather play games than do her.....
manman6  +   1337d ago
Why should I care about being NORMAL. If I going to live my life I going to do whatever makes me happy. No gamers should stop gaming because of someone else.
WeskerChildReborned  +   1337d ago
How is it not normal when their's games only intended for people 18 or over?
ginsunuva  +   1336d ago
Haven't you heard? All games are immature shooters for kids.

Also, why isn't movie-watching past age 20 unhealthy?
attilayavuzer  +   1336d ago
What have you been living in a cave? M rated games are only for people age 17-19...
FutureWWEChampion  +   1337d ago
I'm guessing all of us are above the age of 20 lol f*** it i'll play video games till my fingers develop arthritis.
Colonel_Dante  +   1337d ago
Im 25. And guess what? I dont care what people say.

P.S, Im a qualified Psychiatrist. And there is NOTHING abnormal about gaming over 20. Times change.
Games are as much a past time or hobby as watching or playing football.
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fossilfern  +   1337d ago
Im 21 and have a very healthy social life and keep fit....
AgreeFairy  +   1337d ago
She's the type of person who would give her 10 year old Call of Duty, let him go online by himself, and complain that games are the devil because he started swearing.
h311rais3r  +   1337d ago
Well I guess no one above age 20 should watch a movie alone. Read alone. Do anything alone. I guess she doesn't know what co op is :p. I do co op with my gf. In games and in bed. I have a job. Have tons of friends but because I'm 21 I guess I'm not normal cuz I play games. Shame on me!
cpayne93  +   1337d ago
Ha ha just two more years and I turn 21 and become abnormal! :P
StreetsofRage  +   1337d ago
HA! And who said this world is normal??? GAME ON BABY!
Taibo  +   1337d ago
Neither is watching t.v or going to the cinema
darkknight0996  +   1337d ago
I do not know why some people have this irrational hatred for video games, I have been playing video games since I was six years old and couple months ago I got my masters degree.
the problem is not in games, it's in the parents.
I think it's normal to play games if over 20, it's not normal to stop because you are a cretin age.
P.S. I'm 30 now and I have a really great life.
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Colonel_Dante  +   1337d ago
The last two weeks Ive watched the news.

1)A zombie ate a mans face.
2) A gay pornstar chopped people up and mailed the parts to various politicians in Canada.

not games.
Jihaad_cpt  +   1336d ago
I think the gay model or zombie gave you a disagree.
belac09  +   1337d ago
what a dumb cunt, i would HATE to live her life, i bet she is miserable.
LightningSamus  +   1337d ago
Well i guess i'm not normal then.
Doletskaya  +   1337d ago
Not to be judgmental, but look at her. If anything is abnormal, it's her face, it's terrifying.
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dboyman  +   1336d ago
She seems miserable/grumpy in that photo. Also if we were going by looks in the photo, she would type that is very opinionated and controlling
PersonMan  +   1337d ago
For me, video games are a form of entertainment. Just like movies, there are games for kids and games for adults. I think video games are actually better for your mind than movies too. It keeps your mind sharp and your reflexes sharp as well.

It's kinda stupid, but I've been playing a lot of The Impossible Game lately and it really needs you to have a good memory and fast reflexes to beat it with no flags. So far I've done the first 3 levels with no flags. Awesome game. Only $1 too!
THE-COMMANDER  +   1337d ago
Im turning 21 in july :)
Long Live Play!!
OldSnakePS3  +   1336d ago
im turning 27 in december!
Long Live Play
rmedtx  +   1337d ago
She probably can't find a boyfriend and she blames it on video games...
AKS  +   1336d ago
That's only partially true. She found one, but he quickly found he preferred video games over her.
rmedtx  +   1336d ago
Bay  +   1337d ago
There should be no age limit on these things. It's not like playing video games past the age of 20 will suddenly turn people into something else.

Hell, my grandfather used to collect toys and my dad plays video games. It's a break from reality/stress of work. Society's rules can go screw itself.
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dcbronco  +   1337d ago
I'm sure her husband(there's even someone for the Crypt Keeper) is doing adult things like cheating on her, being an alcoholic and stealing money from his company. Spend more time helping your church molest children ditz.
Summons75  +   1337d ago
Tell that to the stress that I reduce by playing games in my free time while balancing School, work and a wife and kids.
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