The Life Cycle of an Aging Gamer - It'll Happen To You Too

Gaming has been around since the 70s and even with all this new technology there are still some gamers kicking that started out on their Atari 2600's. Ever wondered what an old fart thinks of all this new fangled techy gobbledegook!?

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SniperControl1450d ago (Edited 1450d ago )

I started out on my bro's Atari 2600 with Battlezone and River Raid, here i am here today as a 40 year old playing Destiny.

I've owned most of the consoles, along side a Spectrum 128k, Amiga A600, C64 and various PC's.

My next project is the Oculus Rift which i get in a few weeks.

I love gaming, always have, always will, i hope i'am gaming when i'am a ripe old age of 90 or something.

WeAreLegion1450d ago

I started with the 2600, too! I'm only 25 though. We couldn't afford the NES, so we got the 2600. Worked my way up from there.

Hoping to get the Oculus soon, too.

SniperControl1450d ago (Edited 1450d ago )

You kids don't know how lucky you have it these days...


The NES is the only one of the Nintendo family i didn't own(apart from the handhelds)

RosweeSon1450d ago

Haha yeah we couldn't afford a NES, I'm 28 and we had to do with a spectrum, what do you mean the tape hasn't loaded... Rewind ;( haha, but never forgot getting a second hand NES with mario, duck hunt and a zapper, happy days, love gaming always will, as good as online is can't best a decent story, there's only so many endless matches of the same game I can play.

Digital_Anomaly1450d ago

I programmed my very first game on a Vic20 in Basic... it's been a crazy road since! I've owned damn near every console and am now in the position of making a living as a full fledged journalist in the gaming industry!

At 37 years old I'm often one of the oldest guys in the room at meetings and events but I'm still not too old to teach all them whippersnappers a lesson and give 'em a digital beatdown! lol

SniperControl1450d ago

Lol, i remember spending hours typing in programmes on my Speccy that i found in the back of Your Sinclair magazines, i would marvel as my name would flash up on the screen surrounded by twinkling stars, those were the days.

I actually studied computer science at Uni, but went down the I.T route as a career, wish I'd gone more for the gaming side if things.

ginganinja1450d ago

To think there are some kids who've grown up never knowing the phrase 'azimuth alignment'...
or for whom 'poke's are things you do on facebook.

Magicite1450d ago

Im 26, but already slowly starting to get bored of video games, I hope theres still a chance for me.

Digital_Anomaly1448d ago

I'm having a hell of a time trying to figure out why anyone would disagree with your comment.

You won't always love gaming!! I DISAGREE!!!!

I guess there's always one a$$hole in every crowd right? In the case of N4G there's usually an abundance!

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NexGen1450d ago

The author called the Vita a tablet, lmao.

16bitNutritionist1450d ago

Also hard rain? I think u mean heavy rain bud...

ginganinja1450d ago

They don't, it's just the way the sentence is constructed.

WeAreLegion1450d ago

I play for entertainment. Could be all fun. Could be all story. Could be a good mix of both. My tastes haven't changed a whole lot. Even as a kid, I enjoyed the spectrum of whst was available.

WeAreLegion1450d ago


It's too early for this crap.

CorndogBurglar1450d ago

He makes a good point, and to answer his question, yes, starting a family has definitely cut down my time with games and in turn changed my tastes.

I used to be a hardcore fighting game fan. Street Fighter 2 was like heaven. Now though, I simply don't have the time to play new fighters and go into the training area to learn every character's moves and animations. Any fighting game player worth a damn will tell you that in order to be good, you have to know ALL the characters, this way you can tell what they are about to do so you can counter. Its extremely time consuming to get to be very good.

Now I find myself sticking more toward shooters and strategy type games. Games that don't require hours upon hours of studying to get good at.

Im 32 by the way and started my gaming career with the Atari 2600 and Pitfall, Burger Time, and Battle Tanks. I even had ET...ugh.

kneon1450d ago

Hang in there, the kids will get older and eventually you'll have plenty of time for gaming again. At 49 I now game more than ever.

CorndogBurglar1450d ago (Edited 1450d ago )

Man, thats great news. I consider me and the wife to be very good parents, so i try to spend as much time with our daughter as possible.I only play my games at night after bed time.

But yeah, some things are more important, as i'm sure you understand :)

kneon1450d ago

That's how it used to be for me as well, but then as the kids got older we played together. At first it was kids games like the lego games. Then later as they got older it moved on to more mature games.

TotalSynthesisX1450d ago

SNES, N64, PS1, PS2, GCN... Super Mario World, Mario Kart 64, Crash Bandicoot, Driv3r, Smash Bros. Melee... ah, good times. I'm 21, so anything before the SNES is foreign to me lel.

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