Submitted by allograndma 342d ago | opinion piece

Are you too old for video games?

16BitKings - My favourite hobby has always been something that I have kept quite private, partially in fear that I would be judged by others but also because I thought I might grow out of it. Social pressures are not uncommon for anybody of any age, but it seems to me that there is definitely a stigma surrounding those that choose to spend their time with a video game. It is as I have grown older and continued to enjoy playing games that I have started to become aware of the growing pressure by society to ‘grow up’ and move on. But why is there this pressure? And where does it come from? (3DS, Android, Arcade, Casual games, Culture, GameCube, Industry, iPad, iPhone, Mobile, Next-Gen, Nintendo DS, PC, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSP, Wii, Wii U, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

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Kingthrash360  +   342d ago | Well said
no such thing as too old.
my dad is 68 (thats 22 in gamer years) and plays tiger woods everyday...he murders me when i come by to challange him. ....he got me into games when atari came out so he's been a gamer since the beginning. he got me my ps4 for my b-day and i'm 34...so like father like son. i picture myself gaming on my death bed bro...real talk.
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imXify  +   342d ago
Amazing story. Too bad my father is the worst a$$ ever...
FITgamer  +   342d ago
That sounds so wrong lol.
PeaSFor  +   342d ago
am i too old to read a book, listen to music or watch a film?
FarEastOrient   342d ago | Off topic | show
vickers500   341d ago | Off topic | show
osu22duke  +   342d ago
too old for gaming? never
too old to play COD for 8 hours a day until 3 am? maybe...
N8  +   342d ago
Agree with that 100% . To many times I stopped playing and I always say I'm to old to sit here all day playing whatever
tethered  +   342d ago
As far as online gaming goes, my reaction time isn't what it used to be. lol

Still love to play tho!
rezzah  +   342d ago
I've stopped playing multiplayer for most games, the few I still play are for limited hours.

I stick to single player because that is what is most enjoyable for me.
medman  +   342d ago
Getting older has curtailed my gaming at times, life gets in the way. Like you said, the sessions til 3 or 4 in the morning stopped for me years ago. That is why I hardly touch multiplayer anymore. It's just too much time spent ranking up, leveling up, to get some perk or attachment that I don't have the time to grind away to get. I love a great story that let's me play for 30 minutes to an hour, and I can return to it at my leisure, and pick right up where I left off. You can't take that approach with multiplayer.
GordonKnight  +   342d ago
Does this mean the Wii U is for older gamers?
hellzsupernova  +   342d ago
Man I remember playing wings of glory with my dad, and there was a gold game at the time as well lates 90s. Then we played grand turismo on ps2 for hours, now days my old man beat me to buying a ps3 and has clocked up more hours on gt than I could imagine. And now he is 64.

He wants me to install war thunder on his laptop after seeing me play it. Love my old man.
HaveAsandwich  +   342d ago
me and my dad used to play ice hockey, on a mini tabletop rink, with a plastic puck. worked like Foosball. it was awesome. we used to play scorched earth against each other on pc, back in like 92, i guess it was. he's 61, and you can still get him into certain games. good stuff.
Raccoon  +   342d ago
lol men don't grow up they just learn how to act in public.. that's the most ridiculous and ignorant tittle I've heard all week...
dmitrijs88  +   342d ago
One can never be too old for an entertainment.
schlanz  +   342d ago
Everytime I see old people sitting around looking sad just watching TV with a blank expression on their face I think to myself, if only these people were into video games they would live out their golden years with a lot less boredom...
medman  +   342d ago
I agree. Gamer til I return to dust. Do what you love, what you enjoy. Anything less would be uncivilized.
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kabala  +   342d ago
Im 47, been playing since pong. Im not to old for videogames and ill never be to old to play.
SmoothC911  +   341d ago
I'm 43 with a ps3, 4, xbox one and a Vita for when I travel for work. Been playing like your dad, since Atari (some great memories there!).

I think you're never too old to do something you love, screw those who think that part of growing up is giving up things you love to do!
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Batzi  +   342d ago
The only thing that is keeping me playing is the Metal Gear series. When Kojima retires, I quit gaming.
NeoTribe  +   342d ago
Thats like once every 6 years...
RioKing  +   342d ago
Wow, you only game for Metal Gear..and yet you have 1300 comments on here. That's alot of Kojima-talk! Honestly I think fans as hardcore as you deserve some sort of job related to MG.
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MysticStrummer  +   342d ago
Yeah he retires at least once a generation.
Mr Tretton  +   342d ago
lol, I can't imagine gaming for only 1 series, much less MGS.
lonelyplayer  +   342d ago
Sly-Lupin  +   342d ago
I'm too old for bad games, certainly.
And I'm also old enough to tell the difference between a good and bad game.
sdozzo  +   342d ago
Never. But you have to be cool about it. Moderation.
Ninver  +   342d ago
short answer is no. my neighbor who is in his late 40's still plays games and there's nothing wrong with that.

i also plan to play games for as long as my hands function.
xx4xx  +   342d ago
Huge Gears fan. Me and 9 of my 35+ friends play every week. Even one of the guy's father plays.

Do what's fun for u regardless of age.

Reality TV and bad movies ain't gonna beat out quality games. :)
hellzsupernova  +   342d ago
Exactly parents always complained about playing games and I'm like you spend more time watching bullshit then I do playing games what is the difference?
Relientk77  +   342d ago
I will always play video games, no matter how old I am
Chapter11  +   342d ago
Yeah, I got too old to watch movies and listen to music, now I'm too old to play video games.
isarai  +   342d ago
i hate these stupid ass questions, if you enjoy it then keep doing it instead of pretending to "grow out" of the activity just to try and convince other people you're more mature. Hell i think it's more mature to stand by what you are and what you like rather than giving into the distorted consensus of what a normal "mature" person should be like.
CouldHaveYelledUiiW  +   342d ago
"Well Said" Vote for you.
GuruStarr78  +   342d ago
It's not a "question" so much as it's the title of an opinion piece, an interesting one, I might add.. if people on here took the time to read the stories instead of just commenting on the title, there would be less dumb comments here on N4G.com.
chrissx  +   342d ago
Gamer 4 life
Geekman  +   342d ago
Gaming, no. Trying to stay neutral in a 3 way console war, yes.
Gridloc  +   342d ago
No such thing as too old for gaming. I'm 46 and have been gaming since pong came out. Just look at what the Wii did with Wii sports. Seniors bowling leagues. Lol. Nothing wrong with enjoying gaming, just don't forget to live your life outside of gaming. Moderation is key...
wonderfulmonkeyman  +   342d ago
Pfft! Shoot, no.
I'm 30 and I don't plan on slowing down on my gaming habits any year soon, God willing.
I'll someday be known as that neighborhood grandpa that kicks the crap out of kids half his age at most games on the market.
That's one of my long-term goals; become known as the gamer grandpa.XD
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roland82  +   342d ago
I'm 32 and looking forward to donkey kong on friday, Titanfall and infamous next month.
Kaini_Industries  +   342d ago
You're never too old. Videogames will get taken more seriously as an art form by the general population as the medium progresses and ages.
sprinterboy  +   342d ago
Been playing games from the very beginning at 7 yrs old atari :) 39 yrs old now. 31 yrs of gaming, it's gone by so fast.
sergons  +   342d ago
37 here. Time flies too fast, damn.
sprinterboy  +   342d ago
Kick off and sensible soccer were great memories, wish someone would do a newzealand story remake and blood money
higgins78  +   341d ago
This guy know what he is talking about. The Wii U would be perfect for The NewZealand Story 2 making an appearance, I'm sure the Gamepad could bring an extra dimension. Kick Off was great, Kick Off 2 even better.
LAWSON72  +   342d ago
I will play games until I die so no you are never to old to play games
Npugz7  +   342d ago
No way!!! My grandpa died at 76 and played sega genesis sega dreamcast and game gear all the time! It's good for the brain whe you get older.
Neotrix  +   342d ago
In this age of technology gaming has become the biggest entertainment industry in the world making more money than Hollywood, people have grown up with video games as their main source of enjoyment and relaxation, its no longer looked at in the same light when compared with 30 years ago, times change but people still keep their same old judgemental opinions that are out of touch in this modern era. I will always be a gamer no matter what platform or genre, it's a hobby that allows people to escape from reality, imo children should never be the target audience for video games as it would severly stifle the creativity of developers being able to produce amazing games for a more mature audience much like the reaction to the dark souls 2 teen rating that got people flustered.
byeldell34  +   342d ago
I started playing in 86.and I will play into I can't play no more
barb_wire  +   342d ago
I'm 43 been gaming since 1978 (yeah, 1978) I seen it all and tried to play it all too.

I'm old enough to remember all those "console" or which system is better wars.. trust me, it's not worth wasting your time on, they are better ways to pass the time.. like gaming.

I can tell you this (no lie either) since 1978, I've played some absolutely amazing games across a vast array of home systems, consoles and handhelds.

Considering how games were back in 1978, I can only imagine what gaming is going to look like in 30yrs from now.
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MysticStrummer  +   342d ago
Indeed. I've been console gaming since before the Atari 2600.

Adventure to Skyrim is quite a leap.

As for the future, I'm hoping something like Oculus Rift catches on in a big way.
Ra3030  +   342d ago
I think it's great to have gamers of all ages. And now we know the core group Respawn is going for in their bot game. The old folks will have a great time with Titanbot. That's awesome.
Letthewookiewin  +   342d ago
Till the day I die. Every girlfriend I've had never understood it, most of my friends never understood it. It's my chosen form of media and entertainment. 32 years old and ready to play some games.
Otoshigamisama  +   342d ago
I can feel you bro, they will never understand unless they are a gamer themselves and I mean real gamers not casual,I'm 20 years old and I always tell my friends,exes and even my family they always question my dedication to gaming well I tell them I really can't put it to words that how I see and feel it, It Really Can't be put to words! Only gamers can understand what gamers feel.
Letthewookiewin  +   342d ago
sprinterboy  +   342d ago
In 30 yrs time bra the console purchase itself will be a vr helmet 3d @20k super oled with games being streamed to it.
desertpunk86  +   342d ago
my dad got me in to gaming he loves fighting games like mortal kombat and street fighter back in the 90s and now a days he plays games like injustice and mortal kombat and hes
55 and he can kick my ass at those games is like he can read my moves before they happen.
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PrinceOfAllSaiyans  +   342d ago
Well I'm 17 (even tho stores still don't let me buy rated M games because I look 13) so I got many years left of gaming. I will game and watch Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z until I die.
SpiralTear  +   342d ago
You're never too old to have fun.
Eiffel  +   341d ago
Evil Coop is correct.
teedogg80  +   342d ago
I will be 34 in a couple months and have been playing games since the Atari 2600 days. I have pretty much watched games evolve from only squares on the screen to what you see now. I would never have imagined they would get this far. Looking forward to many more great years of gaming.
PsylentKiller  +   342d ago
Yeah, remember the box cover art to those games.

Pinball?! It's gonna be like playing on a real table. Tanks?! Look how realistic those tanks look.
Get home from Toys r us. Pop the game in the top of e Atari. Plug in your joystick. Turn the knob to channel 3. Crank the volume knob up to 10. And sit yourself down 3 feet in front of the TV, only to see different size squares and rectangles on your screen often using only two colors. Yet, somehow, those gigantic pixels looked exactly like the cover art.
Games4ever  +   342d ago
We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.
Ra3030  +   342d ago
We'll said..bubble for you my friend.
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