A recent survey by the AARP and ESA claims that 40 million Americans over 50 play video games! Find out about that and more !
Wow that's unbelievable
According to the report, mostly games that typically appeal to older folk though, like cards, puzzles, trivia etc. Less than 10% are genres like FPS and Arcade. That's about right. I do hear some 50+ people on ESO, though.
Believe it im 57 still gaming. Don't play open world FPS games though.
Nice!!! Play on, playa! Lol
VR could be a huge boon for baby boomers who want to relive life as their young self.
I had some hardcore MMO customers around age 60+ when I worked at Gamestop about 10 years back. Not World of Warcraft, I think they were still playing Everquest if I remember correctly, or Everquest 2.
I will be as well, God willing....
Thanks to Wii sports. lol
Doesn't surprise me, games are fun. I have had more fun in my life playing games than i have with anything else, if i didn't then i wouldn't invest so much of my time into it.
When I reach 60-70, video games will continue be one of my retired hobbies - if I live that long. Maybe that's what the backlog of games are for...
I'm 47 and still like to game from tome to time. I grew up with it. First system was a telstar, which had pong. Then came Atari, and I was hooked. We now have an Xbox one, and I enjoy sports games, and FPS online.
I'm 46 and game just as much now as I did in my 20's. Only difference is my taste in games has changed. In my 20's I only liked FPS (Basically Dud Bro games today). Now I like single player story driven games and games with more atmosphere like Alien Isolation and DOOM. So still some FPS's but not the multiplayer stuff as I don't have the time to invest to get good enough to compete.
I've been playing video games since my parents bought me Pong. However, I really didn't get into gaming until I bought my kids a N64 when I was 39. Blast Corps was the game that turned me into a passionate gamer and Gaming has been my number one hobby ever since. I play games to escape from the world and I prefer to escape by playing single player story driven games like Uncharted, Infamous;Jrpgs and wrpgs like Persona and The Witcher and; even platformers like Ratchet and Clank. That said you're never to old to game - game on!
Sure, escapism plays a big role. I think that this entertainment medium helps many to forget the grey and harsh reality for a while, without this medium life would be plain boring. Good Games are great time-killers too, I play between my duties and working times, so that time passes away much faster. There are also people who criticize this hobby and the gaming community in general, sadly they don't understand it. It has its pros and cons, like everything else in life.
I'm almost 50 and I've been playing video games pretty much non-stop since their inception. I play most genres, but especially 1st and 3rd person shooters, horror, action rpg... as long as there's a decent narrative. I can't stand most MP -but that has very little to do with the games themselves. Not sure I appreciate them lumping hardcore gamers in their 50s with the 100 year-old in the picture who's just learning how to play solitaire on her crt monitor.
Given how old video games in general is, 50 is too young.
The real MVP's
So that's how Sony are smashing it ;)
I can't really say if I will continue this hobby at that age. I've started with Super Mario Bros. or Super Mario World (can't remember exactly), because my father always played it on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, so he introduced me into this field. I've started with Jump n' Runs like Super Mario and Crash Bandicoot and Fighting Games like Tekken and Street Fighter, the most accesible genres in my opinion. RPG's, especially Action-RPG's like Dark Souls and Monster Hunter became my favourite genre along with good Action and Adventure titles like God of War and Shadow of the Colossus. Now I'm in my mid-twenties and I still enjoy this hobby like I did decades ago and I don't know whenever I will stop, it surely depends on the games. All in all, I don't regret investing time and money into this hobby as long as it provides fun and entertainment, doesn't matter how old I am. I think we'll see more and more older gamers in the future with the ever-growing technologisation/mediatizatio n and establishment of videogames as real entertainment medium like movies or books.
Cool, I'll probably be gaming to that age and beyond just to get through my back log of games.
I'm 57. Been playin off and on since the PS2 and BOX. A little behind on the backlog. Just finished all the Bioshocks. Now playing Dragons Dogma Dark Arisen. 60 hour work weeks put a damper on my playing time. My Aunt is 78. She still has my old Xbox. She is playing Max Payne. She called last week. She can't beat the last boss. I went to do it for her and she was playing inverted! No Wonder. Psyconauts and VooDoo Vince was her favorite so far. I don't plan on stopping. It's a good value when you think about it. Plenty of games to play when I retire. Have a 360, PS3, and Xbox One and about 60 games yet to play. Other friends my age laugh because I have all these. To me games keep the mind sharp and I have a better attitude because of them. I look forward to the weekends to play some more or jump on the Harley and barhop. Let all the other old folks play Bingo and do what old folks do. Gaming is where it's at for me!
You hit on something that has been studied and is important. Games do a LOT to keep mental fitness as you age. Not only "brain training" games either. Simply put, there are very few things that can keep the ol' neurons firing better than gaming.
That's right. I'm I to FPS. and RPG. Skyrim and Fallout 3 were great. I'll do the Witcher 3 after I finish Dragons Dogma. Then the new Deus Ex. And Cyberpunk. Want to try the Last Guardian also. Ico was the 1st game I finished. SOC was great also.
That's awesome. I wonder what she's playing?! Maybe a little Overwatch?!
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