Masterpinky2000: This is old news by now, but I was shocked when I saw that article claiming that the average gamer was "35, fat and bummed." Who doesn't remember this guy from the famed South Park episode "Make Love, Not Warcraft"?
You're never too old to be playing video games. I'll be playing till the day i die.
You think older directors don't watch and enjoy movies, they just make em? Do you outgrow an appreciation of art or music? If grandma is encouraged to pick up a Wii and play Mario Shuffleboard, or Let's Nap!, why the hell should anyone be expected to "outgrow" this fantastic medium.
I'm just worried about carpal tunnel and arthritis and stuff like that. Haha, then natal would be the only option huh? Unless they do mind controlled controllers by then. That'd be cool.
'Nuff said. EDIT. I just wanted to say that this guy's blog is a really good one, far better than the nonsense we see on many "gaming" websites with paid "journalists. Kudos to masterpinky2000
I think being a child at heart is always a good thing, no matter how old you are. It keeps you from becoming a depressed old man who does nothing but watching the stock market all day
Yeah. As long as you exercise as much as you game, you should continue to do it for the rest of your life. I know I will (though I am concerned about carpal tunnel, it's already starting to take its toll)...
I'll be 35 in 6 months married with 2 kids. And I can't wait till they get big enough to game with me. I have a feeling I've got a couple of frag dolls in the making. Bottom line if I had the ability to evolve with the gaming scene and have it grow up with me then there is no way to out grow it. Game on gamers.
I'm 22 and am having a slight case of carpal tunnel, but all I have to do is eat my glucosamine and then i'm good.
*Gamer = Entirely too much blissful time playing videogames. As you grow older you gain more responsibility which mean more time needed for other things. But it's like darkride said, this is not just a child's toy anymore. This medium is on the road to becoming the dominant entertainment medium. Videogames have just now reached their adolescence, there is still so much to learn. Just look at music, it has been around since the dawn of man and it is still evolving and growing. We'll be gaming forever. I am confident that everyone of us wants to see how videogames are going to grow over the years, and we're not going to stop just because we've gotten older. What do you think we're going to be doing with all that retirement time? Playing our Playstation 6 and Xbox [big ass number], thats what.
People forget quickly don't they? The first games I played weren't even aimed at kids and that was back in the late 70's in my mum and dad's pub-even back then it was obvious adults liked gaming-and now with so much choice why would anyone want to stop while they still enjoy it? I'm 36 now and game with my kids, missus, mates and on my own. As I can't play sports any longer gaming has actually become more important to me lately and I don't see why I should stop-who am I hurting? Plus, some of the guys at Dad's Army are sh1t hot and go a long way to proving we oldies aren't always as crap as I sometimes make us look!
I'm an over 30's gamer (started with the arcades and Atari 2600) and I have had to intentionally game differently as I get older. Way back in the day, I could "game freely" meaning that as long as I had the money to game, I could just play whatever fun title comes along whenever and for how long I wanted. But as I get older, the problem that I have isn't money. It's time. I have to balance - - my career - time with my wife - taking care of parents (yep, they're aging too and will need you) - keeping the house in shape (repairs, yard work, shoveling snow, etc...) I've had to make some adjustments... - no more mmorpg's! And I love these. From EQ, to FFXI, to LotRO... I always start one but find that I can't make the time commitment to continue. You need to grind hardcore in some of those mmorpg's to get to higher levels, and waiting 1-2hrs for a group in FFXI was not a good use of time. Hope FFXIV can eliminate the time-sink. - I have to save story driven rpg's like ME or the FF's for vacations, which is about the only lengthy alone time that I'll get - WHERE I game is a consideration. I've had to get expensive-arse gaming laptops every couple of years instead of cheaper, more powerful desktop computers, just so I can game on the couch or bed next to my girl while she watches tv or reads. Just so that she feels that we spend time together, and I'm not spending it in another room upstairs all of the time. - No Guitar Hero type games! Due to my addictive personality, I've have to miss out on this craze. I know I said that money isn't a huge issue but I'd go f'n broke trying to buy up all of those songs. And DJ Hero just came out?! Man... it's calling to me, but I can't do it - I can't play games like Dead Rising and Demon's Souls when there are little kids over. We were babysitting my little nephew who's not even two yet, and he happened to look up at the screen just as I was using the Meat Cleaver to cut down three red eyes knights in Demon's Souls, and the kid yelped "Ouch!". Smart kid. Out pops DS and in goes the f'n Chicken Little Blu-ray. *sigh* That movie sucks! But honestly, the "sacrifices" are minimal. There's nothing wrong with gaming 'til you die, as long as you remember to put your responsibilities and your loved ones first.
I'm in my thirties & I guess I'm lucky or just work really hard. I'm no youngster & buy what games when I want, play them when I want, where I want, for as long as I want. Now, since I have a bachelor's lifestyle (+ no kids), a country estate, and plenty of discretionary funds, it allows me to game with as many different single ladies (& milfs) (and watch some great Blu-ray flicks) with almost as much variety as there are PS3 games! One thing is for sure now though; I won't stop video gaming until we run out of electricity & you can bury me duel wielding Dualshocks. You hear that N4G!
"the average gamer was "35, fat and bummed" Man, I want to play games until the end, but no that way XP
I'm 21 and sometimes I feel a bit..meh if I'm playing online with 13/14 year olds but I'm never going to stop gaming.
i feel exactly the same sometimes as i am 21 as well, but there is no way, no way what so ever that i would leave games, GAMES 4 LIFE.
Can't afford it anymore.
Hope ya get back on yur feet brother, and God Speed lad!
Keep your head up bud. Your never alone.
@ #3 Dude, that's such a shame. Did your wife take all your money in alimony? Just remember you can still enjoy gaming even while your budget is limited. I am relatively poor and have been playing starcraft and it's still awesome fun! Having little money merely means you really need to buy the best value games, not the latest and greatest, imo. Don't let the fact you got divorced ruin the great fun of gming.
Yeah fella. I fel;t the same when my illnesses meant I couldn't work properly anymore but stick in there and you'll find that there's ways and means to find the resources to get along. Besides at a time like this you could prolly do with a little escapism. If you can manage to keep youself online there's plenty that 90% of modern PCs will allow you to play for peanuts-seriously you don't, unless this women's leaving you without a pot to pee in, have to just sack the gaming as there's a million cheaper ways to get back in mate. Head up and good luck-whatever you decide you'll do next.
Chin up, mate. I know how you feel. I was barely past 25 when I went through a bitter, expensive divorce. Coupled with the fact I had an illness, things were really bad. Had I not had GTA4 at hand last year, the whole sorry episode would've been 10 times worse. There are some great titles released on the PC, especially now since Christmas is coming up even those cheaper PC titles might be discounted even more. Lesson? Never get married early - or at all.
Time to stand up man, I want to see you in the Gaming Crew again
Although I don't have the time to play as often because of work and money constraints.
Bah... never to old to play games
I'm an old game player. Started playing Pong, then Atari, then Coleco Vision, PS1, PS2, etc, all the way through now with the PS3. Not only do I like playing, I have an appreciation for the whole evolution of video games as a player. The artistry, talent, creativity, and amounts of content & detail in the software these days is amazing to me. I'm 44, and see no shame or embarrassment at all about playing video games. Some of the people my age, who kid me about being a dork for playing video games spend their time watching TV shows like American Idol, Survivor, and who knows how many countless hours of commercials between 10 minutes of TV show at a time. Someone pass me my game controller, because I think that is a lot more interesting than watching those TV shows.
Man... My birthday is on November 23.. Turning 29 years old! Woohoo for old age :D!! I'll probaly stop playing videogames when I suffer from Alzeihmers or Arthritis... Which I hope never happens... :/
My mother suffered from dementia at a early age and to see someone you love lose their memory and basic needs skills is the worst thing I ever experienced in my life. 29 is also still very young man.
NEVER!!! haha while im only 19 i highly doubt i will ever stop gaming. I feel kinda bad for my fellow gamers in their 40s though. Not because their too old but because we are getting to see such amazing games, and we all get to enjoy them but what happens in 20 years? I'll be 40 with my PS5 or w/e and they'll be in their 60's, and i just cant see my grandpa gaming lol oh well...maybe they will have Wii Sports Senior Citizen Edition :) PSN: BldyShdw
Look at it this way: we older gamers (I'm 30 now) may not experience the PS7 or something... But we were first in line when the NES reached its peak, when the SNES came out, when the world got to know the third dimension and when this new console, the PlayStation, dropped in stores...
Who knows what the future of games will be like. Every year gaming becomes more and more mainstream. I also see games as having just as much, if not more, potential than other forms of media. In 10 years it may be just as normal for adults to play video games as it is for them to see a movie now. Alot of people like watching certian tv shows ever week. I only watch football on tv and instead of watching shows usually I just play videogames. Videogames are constantly attacked but When I have kids Ill encourage them to play appropriate games instead of watching tv soo much. Im still excited to see the boundaries get pushed as I remember when videogames were just squares. Going from playing on my uncles atari and my nes and awesome 1988 computer when I was little, to seeing the games of today is amazing. I feel sorry for the kids who never got to play 2d games, or experience the transition from 2d to 3d. Those were some of my favorite consoles the snes/n64/ps1. I have alot of great memories from the ps1/n64/DC generation(for me DC is in that gen). Being a gamer soo long makes me realize how special a good game is. Every gen it gets harder and harder to make a game. The games are so much more complex and hard to make now. And even thought games now cost 60, I can remember alot of cartridge games for nintendo systems costing 70+$ when I was younger. I see reviews knock a game for being too short, not having the best grafix, or not having multi and all I have to do is think back to 1991 when even some of the best games like TMNT 4: TiT could be beaten in 21 min of game time. While new technology and flashy grafix keep me interested in gaming its the gameplay that keeps me playing games. I think next gen will be great too with more powerful hardware and a much faster blu ray drive in the consoles, Im excited already.
In fact, I would love it if I died from a heart attack because of frustration because I just got spawn killed.......again lol
I almost throw my controller at the screen when they do that.
It's pretty interesting how several people have already said they're 21 years old in this thread, because so am I. I still love video games, but over the past few years I've noticed I hardly ever get the same rush/excitement that I used to get when I was a younger gamer and very few games really "engross" me, and if I ever do get that feeling, it's usually only 1 or 2 times a year with certain specific games. I imagine the more Mature themes, and more Realistic graphics probably makes older gamers feel a lot less embarrassed to say that they play video games because for the most part, Gaming isn't seen as something that's solely just for kids and teens anymore. As long as I'll still be able to sit down in a chair with a controller in my hand and play games the way I've been playing them from the start 10-20 years from now, I'll be gaming forever.
It feels like just yesterday I was just 12 years old :/... Hope that makes sense.. lol. ;)
If we were still living in the late 1980’s, I would have to agree that if an adult was spending his entire time down at the arcades with cups of quarters, or countless days passing super Mario over and over, I would say it would be time to move on to something more productive in your life. However going into a new decade now, almost 20 years later, we now enter a new generation of video entertainment, with a multi-billion dollar industry finding more success in the current generation of people than the film industry. No longer are we limited to 2D sprites satisfying our boredom as a simplistic pass times, just trying to pass to the next level in hopes of passing time or beating an unachievable score. We look to Videogames as a new source of satisfying our fantasy’s and our desires for escapism, moving beyond movies and books to an interactive media in which we have some control. There are games for children, for fitness, for parties and most importantly for fun. Just like books evolved from a non-fiction to fiction, and film evolved to capture the minds and imitations of generations before, this is where video games now go. Is anyone too old to play games, no. Edit: @ AclayPS3 - I am also 21 :)
I'm not to old for gaming, but sometimes I think about giving up on forums. PS My Grandfather recently went completely blind. I hope this never happens to me. I'd rather be in a wheelchair and not walk than blind, at least I can still game and watch movies.
Life is not over for your grandfather..there are plenty of people who will take care of him in his older age. my prayers go out to your grandfather.
I imagine shutupandplay, MetalGearRising, Patchstation 3, and Derp or whatever the hell his stupid name is. Never Underestimate The Powers of the Lonely and Stupid, for they have nothing to lose (except their virginity...maybe one day...LOL!)
There was a time where I could not afford games that I wanted...Now I can and I will never stop playing regardless of age. Its also a great feeling to beat someone younger then you in halo or madden 10..the look of disbelief that you can get a head-shot in halo 3 and dominate is priceless.
yeah das how i was i could afford the game now i can an i play game all the time an im 26
Im 32 but i have a healthy gaming life, i don't think im ever gonna stop playing. Though i wonder when im 80 will i still be able to kick ass on fighting games since my reflexes would be dull at that age. Anyway as long as i can hold a joystick or keyboard i wont stop.
I'm 29 and will probably be gaming until my hands get gnarled into claws and I can't press the buttons. However, as stated above, reflexes would be an issue eventually. I guess I can't say for sure how long I'll game, but I can't see people like my grandparents playing video games.
My dream is be an old grandfather and completely pwn my grandsons in the Halo of the future.
21 is NOT old :-) Try 30 ;)
Im 51 started with pong,atari,coleco vision,intellivision,ps1,ps2 to ps3 and still gaming. i play more old school ps1,ps2 games but they all entertaining.
whoa 51, thats very commendable im only 23 and i have a bunchhhhhhhhhh of titles but only play UC2, MvC2, and Stardust HD
I lost a bit of respect for this article when I read the author was only 22. Nothing personal but imo you have yet to even experience the things you write about and at your age you don't really appreciate the additional strains that later life (30 and beyond) can bring and have a bit more growing up and changing to do yet before you truly become what I would term adult. That being said some of your points are well thought out but ultimately I think today’s gaming landscape is very different to the past where perhaps the older gamers did outgrow games - now I think they have more or less become universal and the fact people have grown up with them (unlike in the past) makes a big difference as well.
I love playing my games... but its all about balancing how much you play from this point on. I work 40 hours a week, I live with my fiance, and i'm in the process of buying a house. I make sure to get my playtime in though, moreso on a Sunday, and at somepoints throughout the week. Now, if I was a professional video game reviewer that would be a whole different story... cough - new site coming soon - cough
turned 30 this year, and as a family man you do have less and less time to commit to video games, but I would think the same holds true to any hobby. I typically play with gamers my age with similar situations. we have to schedule times to get online for mp games and typically play together in addition to the single player gamers we play stuff like demon souls, uncharted, god of war. SP games can hold our attention better than a game such as a killzone or modern warfare since we can play single player games at our pace. Only rule we have is "NO SPOILERS!"
Hey, I take your point seriously, I definitely haven't experienced many of the true worries of adult life yet. I didn't intend for the blog I wrote to be a whine session, it was more of a collection of thoughts that came from different sources. One of them was that society at large still perceives gaming as a "childish" medium. Another was the fact that many of my friends have largely given up gaming, particularly after we all went to college. Combining those with my increasing awareness that I'm about to enter a pretty weak job market, it made me think about the place that gaming has in my life. Like many of you, and as I say in the article, I ultimately concluded that there isn't really such a thing as "too old" for gaming. But habits do change, and as an adult the norm is no longer picking up a game and playing it passionately for eight hours a day. It's more of a hobby where you put in an hour or two when you have free time, and relish it for what it is.
Never to old to play games. I guess all the basketball, football, baseball, soccer, tennis, and golf players need to hang it up. Grown men and women make games. Grown men and women play games.
Pretty decent thread so far great job to the contributor and the article. Now we have established that most of us are responsible adults we should be like that in all news section at least in gamer zone ;) On topic i'm enjoying 30+ years of gaming started way back like most of you in 70s on atari2600, pacman standalone unit etc.. C64 was the next step then amiga500 - 386 - 486 - pentium 90 .... ps1/ps2/360 Three cheers for gaming industry and the devs who are giving us hours of enjoyment in our lives and keeping us in young spirit.
I guess Im the only other lawyer on this thread. HAHAHA Good luck, sir, it is brutal out there for lawyers. Just brutal. As for games, Im an interesting case. I played my NES, SNES, and Ps1 all quite a bit. My fav. was probably SNES because of the mastery of Squaresoft at that time, but I digress. I actually skipped the Ps2, XBox generation. Borrowed my buds to play the Final Fantasies. I then moved to a city I didn't know anyone with alot of free time on my hands. After discovering I really don't like drinking alone, I decided I wanted a ps3...ya know...for the bluray. What I have discovered is that games are great when you have nothing else going on. With all the time in the world they are wonderful ways to spend a nasty day. That said, I know that once I get real busy again, I just wont be able to play as often, even though they are still alot of fun. I could write a whole article on the jump from the ps1 to ps3...It seems it was that middle generation that really brought gaming into the limelight.
39 years old 2 kids Started off with Atari Pong in 1978. The only console I have not owned is the PS2. Married to University sweet heart Career in banking A gamer at night after the kids have gone to sleep. Well sometimes before they goto sleep if it's a highly anticipated game. It's hard to balance all these things, but you do it if you love it. I am over weight, but I swear it's glanular, I SWEAR IT!!!!!
I don't think you're ever too old. My girlfriend's dad is in his 50s and he has a PS3, 360 and a nice gaming PC, and probably plays more than most people in their teens and 20s. He's playing Demon's Souls, Uncharted 2 and Borderlands right now, and plays online a lot with his friends who are also in their 40s and 50s. As for me, I might slow down a bit but I don't see myself not playing anymore. I grew up playing games, and if I keep playing them I don't ever see myself being too "old" to understand games or anything like that, and use it as my main form of entertainment. Lots of people in their 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, etc still watch tv and movies, so there's no reason people will stop playing games when they get older. I personally hate the fact that they are still called "games" simply because a lot of people think they are silly and look down on them because of that.
I'm 26 and feel like I'm too old to be a full on gamer. Just about everyone I know has a console but they never keep track of upcoming releases or they don't know who Hideo Kojima and Tim Schafer are etc. It really made me self conscious for a while and like some kind of stereotype gamer nerd but one thing getting to this age has taught me is that doing the things you enjoy is always cooler than trying to be seen as cool by others. I never regret the days I spent playing Resident evil but I cringe with embarrassment every time I remember hanging out with the goth kids doing drugs and trying to look cool.
and still gaming everyday .. I remember sitting in front of a ZXSpectrum typing in lines of code .. I remember going to my best friends house to play Hunchback on his dad's BBC Micro .. I remember getting a Commodore64 for Xmas & playing Ghostbusters, Manic Miner & Forbidden Forest .. I remember buying with my own spending money the 512K behemoth that was the Amiga500 .. Kids these days don't realise how good they've got it compared to when we were growing up because they are unaware of the legacy .. as if we'd ever give up gaming for good unless we absolutely have to .. Boys will always have their toys .. Gamer for Life
Crossed 36 3 years back but almost similar legacy cept for zx. I was atari, c64 then amiga500. Man loved Ghosts'n goblins, green beret, arkanoid, ghostbusters, airwolf etc on c64. The music even in those days was so enthralling and they had special musicions doing their stuff. The game devs were also creative and literally geniuses, off hand i remember rob hubbard (musicion), David bardben (elite), llama guy jeff minter, two brother chris and tony or something and Paradroid/alleykat creator Andrew Braybrook. Can't believe that with hardly 50k of memory available out of 64k on c64 these geniuses could create such amazing games which lost so many hours of my life... Great times :)
There's a name I haven't heard for years .. Andrew Braybrook!! some other titles from my C64 daze .. ye ar kung fu bruce lee karateka back to the future daley thompson' decathlon summer games elite 720 degrees scarabaeus space harrier skool daze super zaxxon and best of all samantha fox's strip poker!! ruh roh!! http://www.c64.com/
hahahah wow stvw74 nice memory.. Tnx for the link bring back lots of memories.. I have an amiga500 emulator on my PC, called UAE great stuff. I will try to find c64 emulator as well . Yep Andrew Braybrook was my hero played paradroid and paradroid90 to death. U remember uridium? http://www.mobygames.com/de...
best game evah! i rocked it everyday .. although i seem to remember it being quite difficult .. it had the best graphics too .. happy daze werent they ../? PSNid: stvw74
Ghosts 'n Goblins = The Demon's souls of it's day.
I'll walk away from games when I walk away from life. "From the womb to the tomb" as I once heard some guy say. Sometimes I wish I could just quit my job and play my video games for the rest of my life.
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