#1 Posted by CornontheCobbe (2693 posts) -

I have been thinking deeply about my life lately, and where i want to go with it. I'm 20 right now, will be 21 in a few weeks, and i have some more years of college to complete. I've been wondering if Gaming is hindering my abilities to do some things. I know that some people think that gaming is only for kids, but lets be honest, it's awesome and it's for every age group it may seem. We can see this with the Wii especially.
But I want to move on steadily with my life, and have even thought deeply about life-changing stuff like getting married, getting my own place, having kids and all that crap :P But i love my gaming.

So do you think that there is a certain age to stop gaming at? Mid 30's? Late 20's maybe? An age where you may feel that gaming is no longer accepted?  I think i might stop when I'm in my mid-20's. Is this a foolish idea, or do you think that is acceptable?
I'd like some insight from the older generation of gamers here at GiantBomb. I guess i have just came to a point of realisation of real life.

#2 Posted by DarkGamerOO7 (611 posts) -

I will play video games until I get so old my fingers will fall off if I continue. Video Games are for all ages, and all ages enjoy them. I will still be playing video games when I'm like 70. What the hell else am I supposed to do all day while I'm retired? :P

#3 Posted by Skytylz (4070 posts) -

Death, so age varies from person to person

#4 Posted by ThePhantomnaut (6283 posts) -

Hell naw.

#5 Posted by AjayRaz (12679 posts) -

never quit what you love. i'm younger so i suppose my view doesn't count. 

#6 Posted by Video_Game_King (36566 posts) -

What? You want more? What more is there to say?

#7 Posted by Th3_James (2593 posts) -

There might be less time for them as you grow up and have more responsibilities, but that is no reason to stop doing something you enjoy.

#8 Posted by iBePeRFeCT (397 posts) -

I am only 23 years old so I'm not much older than you, but I am married and I go to school full time and work part time.  I go out and have fun and do many other activities other than game.  I believe there is no age to stop gaming because you shouldn't  ever stop doing something that you love doing.  I know plenty of people that work, married, and have kids and still find time to play games when they want to.  It's all about balance.  There will come a time when you will have to cancel your WoW account and pulling all nighters lol but you should never have to give it up completely.  

#9 Posted by Claude (16630 posts) -

I was 31 when the N64 was released and that's when I really hit my stride. I had a better job and bought more consoles and games than I ever had. I'm still rolling at 45.
As for quitting, it's up to the individual. If you think it's hindering you, hit the power button and turn it off. That's my only advice.

#10 Posted by IcySandman (481 posts) -

I guess this would come from how when you get older, you have to quit certain things because of conditions like bad hips etc.
I mean it's a form of entertainment, and probably the last possible thing to do if you can't do anything else truly...

#11 Posted by GunstarRed (5885 posts) -

The older I get the more I enjoy videogames, my stepdad is in his late forties and still likes to keep up with all the new releases even If he isn't very good at them and has a good job and a family so I don't see why age has any impact on whether you should be playing videogames or not. 
#12 Posted by Interfect (1000 posts) -

I think this song explains it all

#13 Posted by Rhaknar (6299 posts) -

im 30, 31 next month, and gaming more than ever

#14 Posted by ThePhantomnaut (6283 posts) -
@Interfect said:

" I think this song explains it all

But we will NEVER get enough,
#15 Posted by Interfect (1000 posts) -
Then don't stop 'till you get enough.
#16 Posted by Skald (4395 posts) -

When your life clock turns black and you are hunted down and killed. Good enough for Logan's Run, good enough for me.

#17 Posted by zityz (2366 posts) -

My grandfather is in his 70s and he activly plays his 360 so, no there really isnt an age.
#18 Posted by sopranosfan (1965 posts) -

I am almost 33 and I have been gaming since the original Nintendo.  I played games a lot up until my teen years and then I slowed down at times as my life dictated but I have always owned a system and I usually upgrade within a year or so of the new system coming out.  If the spirit hits you to quit then by all means do so.  However, if you enjoy it then continue to do so but just adjust it to your lifestyle. 

#19 Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff (5712 posts) -

No. To think otherwise is ridiculous.

#20 Posted by Hamst3r (4894 posts) -


#21 Posted by CaptainTightPants (2830 posts) -
@Vito_Raliffe said:
" No. To think otherwise is ridiculous. "
#22 Posted by cap123 (2467 posts) -

well we might be the first generation where we never really have to stop, i'm not sure, old people still watch movies and, to us at least, gaming is at that level of quality. There will be times when we're too busy to do too much especially those of us who get really hard, tough jobs... but i don't see why we won't come back to it all the time. 
there's more responsiblity when you start a family though, so i'm sure when we get to that point our time will be severly cut. We'll play with our kids sure, but any free time will probably be spent elsewhere.

#23 Posted by captain_clayman (3349 posts) -

i'm 14 right now, and i can imagine myself playing MORE in the future.

#24 Posted by Warfare (1674 posts) -
@Rhaknar said:

" im 30, 31 next month, and gaming more than ever "

 31 and still going strong no Viagra needed .

#25 Posted by rjayb89 (7806 posts) -

You're 20?  You should let someone else handle your joystick from now on, brah.

#26 Posted by iam3green (14368 posts) -

no, there is no age at stopping video games. there are people that still play video games, married, have kids and have a job.

#27 Posted by nobull6 (231 posts) -

Nope. I'm 30, married with kids, and I still game. It gets harder to do it a LOT as there are a lot of demands on my time (job, family, home ownership, chores, etc.), but I still game quite a bit. If it's something you love, stick with it!

#28 Posted by mrcool11 (520 posts) -

Do you think he'll ever stop?
#29 Posted by Toxin066 (3394 posts) -

83. Because that is as old as the Giantbomb age gateway will let you be.

#30 Posted by Shirogane (3594 posts) -

If i stopped, i'd be screwed, considering i'm going into games programming. 
There's no reason to completely stop gaming... 
Now if you're totally addicted to WoW, like certain people i know, and it's screwing over your life, like certain people i know, then you should probably stop playing it, permanantly, unlike certain people i know.
#31 Posted by Chuggsy (575 posts) -
@Toxin066 said:
" 83. Because that is as old as the Giantbomb age gateway will let you be. "
This is a valid point. At 83, you're not welcome on Giantbomb anymore.
#32 Posted by trophyhunter (6039 posts) -

not in this day and age

#33 Posted by MikkaQ (10296 posts) -

I don't think you force yourself to suddenly be "too old" for games. If you are that person, it'll just happen. Your life will take up more and more gaming time, till eventually you don't care that much. You know you're pretty much done when a new console rolls around and you're just about indifferent about owning it.

#34 Edited by Barrock (3775 posts) -

No, there's certainly no age when you should quit gaming. 
If you are interested in a woman yet she won't be in a relationship with you or marry you because you play video games then she isn't worth wasting your life with. Gaming is apparently part of who you are, and you shouldn't fight that.

#35 Posted by BawlZINmotion (704 posts) -

I've never seen anyone "quit" gaming and I've been playing for 24 years. As you grow older your interests within it will certainly change, but outright termination? Doubtful.

#36 Posted by Dany (8018 posts) -

I will still play games if I want to. Obviously I will have different priorities then from now that will mostly restrict my time gaming but it won't bother me.

#37 Posted by LRP21 (146 posts) -
@CornontheCobbe: Bro, I had something similar happen to me, I am currently 22 years old, finish college and beginning my career in law enforcement this year, I have friends who I work with (NYPD) who are gamers and are much older 25-33. They tend not to play as much as you would expect because of the lives they live i.e kids, overtime. Sometimes I get into games with them like COD:MW2 and they absolutely suck so it worries me. I think if you are a true gamer you will always remain a gamer just find new interests. When I was 14-18 I was a huge RPG fan, now I am more into FPS and MGS has always been my favorite since I played the first one when I was around 14. I would say don't worry about it and game on, BTW when I use to play Socom 3 couple of years back, I came across a 51 year old gamer, he was average and a lot of motivation.
#38 Posted by AgentofChaos (1575 posts) -

I think at some point you need to slow down, consider doing more real things.

#39 Edited by Ncuk007 (10 posts) -

Video games are entertainment they should hold you back from doing what you wish as much as movies or music. The idea that gaming must be let go or it will hinder your abilities to lead a better life are your own decision. It is this thought process that keeps video games from being mainstream and accepted as a cultural influence. 

#40 Posted by Feser (546 posts) -

Realistically, if your busy, yeah. If you want to do other things, yeah. If you are worried about getting arthritis, sure. Otherwise play to your heart's content.
#41 Posted by Sin4profit (3201 posts) -

I'll be 30 years old in 3 days and i don't plan to stop gaming. truth is sometimes i'll go for months without playing anything and then i'll have months where every free moment i get i'm playin a game.
gaming is just what i do to unwind. I'm more of an interactive minded person..i don't really watch TV at all and don't watch too many movies. I prefer to interact with my entertainment, be it games or other hobbies, rather then passively absorb it. music being the only acception.
so, no, there's no realistic age you should move away from gaming, that's just weird due process ideology that ya find in the minds of the youths. I'll put a bullet in my head before i feel the need to watch American Idol just so i can have somethin relatable ta talk about with the common folk.
...but then again i'm just F'in weird, so bare that in mind.

#42 Posted by FesteringNeon (2231 posts) -

It's just as good a hobby as any other.
#43 Posted by Brendan (8810 posts) -

I don't game as much as I used to, when I could blow off homework indefinitely and roll through RPG's in two days.  I still like gaming, however, so although my habits and priorities have changed, my gaming hobby has continued.
#44 Edited by me3639 (2006 posts) -

Started when i was 12 took my first class using a tr-80 playing Oregon trail and still play today. I did slow down a little in my middle 20's and 30's but in my book, there is no industry better for entertainment. 
After i read some posts i was thinking gaming includes so much more than just a console or computer. I still play pick up football,  volleyball and golf in the summer and am snowboarding now in the winter. Gaming is just about having fun, if you are having fun, why would you quit?

#45 Posted by OllyOxenFree (5008 posts) -

Why quit something that you love to do.

#46 Posted by ptys (2040 posts) -
@CornontheCobbe: The core gaming age is... 28 I think? I'm 28 and have owned at least one console of every generation starting with the Atari 2600, so basically when I was 7 the core gaming age was 7... sega master system 1989, which is the year you were born? Granted I recently had a hiatus of gaming for about two years and just got back into it last year, things haven't changed a bit!.. Meaning, as I mature... the games mature. As you get older games will too, sure they'll still make them for kids, but games aren't being made for the kids of today, they are being made for the kids of the 80's and 90's and are only going to get bigger and better!... think "Virtual Reality". Maybe take a break, but you'll never be too old for gaming... when you're actually too young in theory.
#47 Posted by Wolverine (4581 posts) -

For some reason every year I get older I enjoy video games less and less. I don't play that often because I'm 17 now and can drive. The reason I used to play so many video games in the first place was because I was so bored all of the time.

#48 Posted by Geno (6768 posts) -

Yeah. The age you're at when you die. 

#49 Posted by armaan8014 (5866 posts) -

Everything in moderation is just perfect.

#50 Posted by TheGreatGuero (8882 posts) -

If you're 50 and still gaming, you're a whole new level of cool.