Ever notice that as you get older you start to suck at video games? This post talks about just that.
My twitch reflex certainly is what it was 15 years ago. That is for sure. Strategy games I've noticed don't tend to suffer as much as twitch (FPS) type games though.
Funny thing is I don't think I've gotten worse at twitch games, but if I think about it I seem to care less than when I was younger for some reason.
Its true, you think you're really good at a game and then when your snotty little nephew comes along and has a go and beats you or gets a higher score from his first go- it does make you angry and you end up throwing him out of your room in a fit of angry rage....... all those years spent playing games has amounted to nothing... sob sob
on the original xbox,rb63 and black arrow, was in top 1000 on xbox live. ghost recon and island thunder was in top 200 on live. im 33 now and this gen has sucked apart from being top 5000 in rb6 vegas. it does get harder, but i think mostly do to other grown up responsibilities and no time to fk off. that and a lil hand eye coordination fades over time. also a few decades of gaming ruin your eyesight. hell im full of excuses i know,,, but i cant do shit against the youngins anymore.
It doesn't have to be that way. I'll be 48 this year and I'm better at gaming than I ever was. It just requires finding the time to put in the hours. I normally slaughter the kids online, sometimes it's been so lopsided that I've been accused of cheating. Just last week they couldn't believe that every kill I got was a headshot, so I told them the secret, aim for the head :)
lol more power to you. i hope when im 48 and the kids are grown and gone i can get back to form. gaming will be amazingly kick ass by then so im sure ill be balls out in that generation of gaming. i hate when i suck at games cause ive been better than most folks the majority of my life. good times
I don't think it is your age is the reason why you can't do anything against the youngins anymore it might be because as you get older your priorities and responsibilities change. As a kid, I had all the time in the would to play a game and perfect my skill. As a adult, I have a full time career. I play Black Ops 2 and I have about 12 hours invested in multiplayer. I have guys on my friend ist that have 10 plus days played.
I suck now and I will suck forever ):
Eventually that day will come for everybody, hopefully I'll pass down these amazing skills to my kids. XD
I've been doing that with my son and daughter. Lol
i think it depends on if you constantly play similar ganmes then you may never lose the skill,
This has more to do with memories of the past, than diminishing skill. Like I might remember beating Super Ghouls and Ghosts or Battletoads, but you COMPLETELY FORGET all the times you failed or how hard it really was. We tend to remember everything better than it really was (unless things didn't go well, then it might be a bit worse), but this has everything to do with perception / questionable memories and little to do with skill.
I'm 31 and I don't think my reflexes have dulled at all. I started playing Halo, COD, and Battlefield online 4 years ago and I have gotten a lot better compared to when I started. I thrive on the competition, so that drives me to become a better player.
I'm the same. My very first FPS was Resistance Fall Of Man when the PS3 first launched. On that time there was nothing good to play. So that's the first game that got me hook to the FPS genera. Last gen all I ever played was JRPG and since there are no good RPG this time around I played mostly FPS and mostly COD. My skill have improved since I got older. Not the other way around.
I just turned 17 recently, but I still suck at COD. But then again, I'm not into FPSs, I'm more into JRPGs, I play different gaming genres (except for Point-and-Click, RTS, racing, and Music), and I don't have the attention spam to play for more than an hour of COD Multiplayer.
I have become more skilled at games actually.
I never played Super Smash Bros. Melee in about 5 years and somehow got back t playing it one day and I kicked butt. It's strange though, sometimes when I stop playing a game because of a difficult task I tend to walk away fro the game for a couple of days to a couple of weeks, when I decide to get back on that game I somehow past the task without barely any difficulty as before!
Are you kidding? The controller breaking, spirit destroying, twitch inducing, headache giving, brain melting games I played long ago actually makes new games now seem like cake walks now. What people keep insisting is hard and challenging are actually nothing compared to if you managed to beat older games like Mega Man,Strider,Ghost and Ghouls, Castlevania 3, TMNT, Battletoads and Contra.Compared to SMB3 I can beat modern Mario games with my eyes closed.People like us skills are honed and won't dull as easily as you think.
Loving the comments here guys. Looks like the article got lots of love in the time I've been away. Good chat guys, good chat. :)
It's the opposite actually.
Maybe when i'm seventy and my eyesight diminishes then my skills will start to suffer. Until then the only way is up.
Those were hard games now i breeze on Halo 4 legendary armed only with patience and a sniper :)
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