Gaming Irresponsibly's Frank Moricz writes: "...I got to thinking about the subject of gamers such as myself, and how easily dismissed we may be among the younger generation..."
You're never too old for gaming. Just like you're never too old for movies, books, music and TV.
If you are 60 years old and you're still playing games. I find that a bit odd.
... instead of limiting yourself because others might think you're 'too old'. So watch the stuff you want to watch, listen to the music you enjoy listening to, watch the TV shows and cartoons which are entertaining to YOU, and just be a gamer if you enjoy gaming. It's very simple.
with grown kids id assume youd have a lot of time on your hand, gaming like all forms of media have no age limit, i know a 72 year old man who still reads xmen comics i personally expect to be playing video games when i retire from medicine 35 years from now better them than golfing everyday
James Best (Rosco P Coltrane of Dukes of Hazard) is an avid PC gamer and he's 84 I think. So yeah, if you love it, you're never too old and anyone who says otherwise should mind their business.
Old people should not play video games.
***If you are 60 years old and you're still playing games. I find that a bit odd.*** 20-30 years from now, this won't be in any way odd. Tons of us 30-something gamers are going to be in our 60s, nearing or at retirement, and looking for things to do in our downtime.
Gaming is a hobby, just like fishing, hunting or almost anything else for that matter! As long as you find enjoyment, you should keep playing! Because Gaming started out being marketed to kids, it has the "FOR KIDS" tag attached to it. When in reality the industry has been shaping itself up to encompass many different types of gamers. It's a hobby! It provides experiences that we cannot get in real life! Most people have dreamed of becoming an all pro athlete, but for some reason or another, weren't able to make it. They play the sports games. Some have wanted to be soldiers but are too young or can't enlist. So they play shooters. There are many different reasons people play games, you can't be closed minded when making a judgment on "WHY" people do what they do. Chess was a game meant for Kings, yet people play it everyday! Is there anything wrong with that?
Tell that to my grandma.
I met a guy over a game of PES2011 on PSN who's 50, oldest person I ever met in a game before that was in their 30's at best. Never too old just as MCG said, gaming is for everyone that gets a kick out of it.
ur too old for gaming when ur wife tells u ur too old for gaming. so u should go find urself a gamer girl so this doesnt happen.
Wise words ;)
Jesus, did you find a bubble sale somewhere?
@ kreate: That's called being p**sy whipped. And LOL @ Kyur4ThePain! :) One bubble for you.
@dragonfodder most americans are pussy whipped. we like to hide it but in reality, we do what our wife saids or we not getting laid tonight. or the next night. until we give in. the best thing to say to ur wife is "ok" and move on...
115. At that age I'd imagine it would hurt my eyes
I am going to play until I can no longer do so!
You're too old when the video games outweigh your responsibilities at home. Most gamers game cause they have the time to (ie highschool and college years). When you start playing games when you should be working, paying car bills, feeding the kids, ect then you're too old. When leisure activities get in the way of adult responsibilities, that's when you're too old for something.
Ah but if you're that busy you can always be a handheld gamer on the fly, no real commitment but you still get to enjoy playing games.
Nah, tdog, you're just talking about people who can't prioritise. It's WAY more important to me that my kids are well fed and taken care of than anything else but that doesn't mean I shouldn't game any more and I'd never allow gaming to be the top priority, or any leisure activity, in my life anyway. I'm often, these days, gaming with the kids or the missus or as a family as well as everything else I NEED to do to look after my tribe-having gaming gives us something to do together even when the weather's crappy-and living in England AND in the rainy Lakes we NEED something like that. Whatever, there's no reason AT ALL you should EVER feel you're getting "too old" as long as you can still play and understand the games of the day-and why would anyone want you to stop either. Seems like a non point. People have sex in their later, later year so why wouldn't, or shouldn't they game too? I want burying with a controller and my handhelds-in case there's a pad shortage in hell/heaven whatever odd afterlife actually exists(not that I believe in ANY religion but, y'know, just in case there's SOMETHING or someone who'll let us game beyond the grave.
That's what I'm saying, like most activities age isn't and shouldn't be the issue, Proper management and prioritizing is!
You don't stop having fun because you get old, you get old because you stop having fun.
This sounds silly to say, but as a grown adult, my own mother is still an avid gamer. She is over 50 and still calls me to tell me about Minecraft
Well, I've been doing it since I was 6, and that was 32 years ago. My wife's grandfather played Tengen PacMan on NES until his late 70's. You never get too old. Gaming is better at my age. I can afford what I want and I have time to enjoy it.
I'm 29, no kids, not married and I haven't hit the prime of my gaming :D Too old is when you can't even pick up the controller anymore, until then... *loads up Mortal Kombat demo*
I'm 34, married, a kid on the way, and teach university ESL/EFL. And you better believe it when I say "I make time to play video games." And I, as well, will play until my decrepit, arthritis-ridden hands can't hold a controller or that dementia has set in so bad, I wouldn't even know how to feed myself.
i'm still waiting for mk demo on 360 and i turn 46 on sunday.
people are treating gaming unfairly, it's a type of entertainment too, just like music, movies...
I remember my Colecovision and that I had an Atari 2600 adapter for it. You will never find such a merging of platforms ever again!
No wonder people will think that they're too old for gaming when they use Streetfighter 1 as an example when they could be playing Streetfighter 4 which is sympathetic to the 2D style of playing whilst looking much better. But there are many examples of games in the past the likes of which are not being made today. e.g. lots of good platform games, Lucasarts adventures.
Streetfighter 1 was an example of a game that most new-generation gamers will never play. Similar to Duke Nukem 1&2 before Duke Nukem 3d.
42 now, and still playing games like I was 15. Thing is, I know my reactions are not quite as good. Played Alleykat on a C64 Emulator, and lasted all of 10 seconds. I had a high score in Zzap 64 when I was a kid :)
I've been gaming since the Atari 2600 and I'll play as long as my thumbs works and there's games I'm interested in...
Noticing what could be a little Athur-itis in my dpad thumb, not stopping me though :)
Really? To old for gaming? How can we even have this conversation. Maybe 10 years ago, when gaming was something that appealed to the more "younger" generation. But now, hell no. Games have proven to be just as philosphical, and emotional as books, or films. Seriously gaming are the baby brothers to films, and books and it's a damn shame there still seen as toys. Personally I'll play videogames whenever I can. Obviously as I grow older, and have children I'll spend less time gaming, but I'll try to sneak in time whenever I can. Either way I'll never stop gaming. The only time I'll stop gaming is when I'm dead, or if the industry crashes and there's no video game market...but regardless.
You'll find, if yoyur kids game-that you end up playing with them anyway. I do and, oddly enough, I'd honestly say that some gaming actually helped them with school too. Reading, maths and all the problem solving and the hand/eye stuff for starters-and playing through FF7 with my ten year old lad(as he was then) really brought him a lot more confidence in his reading as I let him read every blue speech bubble in the game. Seriously, kids don't have to lessen the time you game and often mean you get to replay some classics again and see the wonder you felt on THEIR faces. We're the first generation to pass on gaming too so this is something new and sometimes it's wonderful. Natch, my kids also play sports, hang out with mates, do all their schoolwork and chores but having the gaming to bond over as an extra-love making levels with my boys on LBP as my dad played Lego with me(though I get to play Lego TOO!)-is great. Don't worry about kids as they love to game and wil love you sharing it with them. do it sensibly and there's no reason it can't be a help academically and emotionally as some quality time with mum and dad too. God, I sound like an industry film about how games can be good for your kids! Whatever, you won't get too old for games(I'm 40 and going strong and my 65 year old mum is never without her DS for some DQ or Zelda even if she nearly wet herself the day the wife left her holding the COD pad! We got her into it one ~Xmas after she saw our daughter playing Nintendogs and went from there and it was the first time she'd played since I was a boy in the family pub whch alays had a coin op in the public bar. We played SI, Galaxians and Pac Man when they arrived which got me hooked)-never too old. Why should we be?
One more thing, tech has progressed to much since I was 15, imagine the games you 15-25 years olds will be playing at 40+... even better then you can imagine. All I'll want in 20 years is a Holodeck and some Viagra.
I've thought about this question for a while now and, ever since i read this article all i can say is, thank you mr. Frank Moricz because you've answered my question. Thank You
:D Glad I was able to answer your question. You're very welcome.
Till your thumbs are broke, your blind as hell, and you can't hear sh*t, then maybe your too old for gaming.
When you're playing a game and the tv isn't even on. That's when.
Me and my wife plays games all the time and we are in our mid 30s. I dont think I can quit when it brings me so much joy. Game on.
i may want to stop so my vision doesnt get worse
Just because you get older doesn't mean you stop doing the things you love. As a gamer in my mid 20's I have a family, business, mortgage and I still game often. I don't ever see it slowing down. I enjoy it now just as much as I did back in the NES, Genesis, Super NES days. My mother who is close to 50 owns a DS and plays games, my father who is older then her plays Farmville and things like that, and he is the manliest man I have ever known. So do what you love, keep it in perspective but never stop doing what makes you happy.
-probably when you start posting blogs asking this question...
I didn't think gaming had any age restrictions other than being too young.
You're only too old to game when you're in the grave.
Your Too Old If You Cant Hold The Controller
the day after you die, that's when you're too old to carry on gaming.
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