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#1 Posted by christ0phe (951 posts) -

I was thinking about this in the shower for some reason.  Am I still going to be 50 and playing video games?  Is there going to be a time in my life where video games just peter out and I stop playing them altogether.  We are the first generation that will have to deal with this and I'm wondering what your thoughts are.  It's kinda hard picturing us keeping up with emergent technology as we get older, especially as it becomes more advanced.  Can you see a 70 year old man with Kinect, or playing Wii?

#2 Posted by HandsomeDead (11863 posts) -

Yep. I think I'll get to the end of this generation and fizzle out.

#3 Posted by AjayRaz (12391 posts) -

yep, at some point. i wouldn't like to stop, but i'll outgrow it 

#4 Edited by CL60 (16906 posts) -

I will probably always play games. Maybe not as much as I do these days. But I doubt I will ever just stop.

#5 Posted by Gabriel (4050 posts) -
@HandsomeDead said:
" Yep. I think I'll get to the end of this generation and fizzle out. "
#6 Posted by Warfare (1632 posts) -

I don't think i will. 
 
BTW i'm 31 now.

#7 Posted by AlwaysAngry (2924 posts) -
@christ0phe said:
"Can you see a 70 year old man with Kinect, or playing Wii? "
People have already forgot about oldschool!
#8 Posted by Mrskidders (1330 posts) -

27 now and going strong.  Plan on playing xbox 1080 with my kids one day

#9 Posted by davidwitten22 (1703 posts) -

Yeah I feel I'm somewhat near the end. Once I graduate college and start working I will probably play less and less until I just stop completely.

#10 Edited by zigx (72 posts) -

Funny I was just thinking about this the other day. Ask me 7 years ago if I would ever get tired of anime and I would probably spout some kind of broken Japanese at you saying no, but now at 27 the interest just waned off.  
 
I don't think I'll outgrow my interest for games anytime soon, but I probably will have less and less time to play them as time goes on.  I do hope one day if I have kids to pass the torch down so to speak, so even when I'm in my 40's I can still hold my own in Call of Duty Vs Halo in 4D on my smell-o-vision.

#11 Posted by I_love_Eva_Braun (481 posts) -

no way

#12 Posted by Bellum (2944 posts) -

Nah.

#13 Posted by BeachThunder (11281 posts) -

Been there, done that...I think I'm regrowing them now :o

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#14 Posted by Make_Me_Mad (2954 posts) -

I can't.  It's going to take me at least the next 20 years to be satisfied with my scores on Bayonetta alone.

#15 Posted by Branthog (7332 posts) -

I won't outgrow videogames any more than I'll outgrow reading. However, what I think about a lot these days is how much longer gaming will be a viable activity for me. As we age, we get slower and our eyesight gets poorer and our minds perform less efficiently. How long until we are physically not able to keep up with the games we want to play? Hell, it's already hard enough to keep up with all the teenagers and 20-somethings in an FPS if they're any good. Not to mention RTSes (Starcraft, etc). How much longer before I have to put down the controller, because I can't see the television, hear the activities, or react quick enough to events?

#16 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8698 posts) -

Don't think so, not much else I can geek out about.

#17 Posted by MetalMoog (907 posts) -
@BeachThunder said:
" Been there, done that...I think I'm regrowing them now :o "
Me too.  I stopped playing games for about 5 years or so after I was out of High School.  Now since the 360 & PS3 have been out this gen, I play them more than I ever did.  The games just keep getting better and better, I always hated FPS until I played CoD4 then I was hooked.  Now FPS are my fave genre, even though I'm fucking terrible at them and want to throw my controller through my tv most of the time.
#18 Posted by kishan6 (1914 posts) -

Yeah its quite possible

#19 Edited by PenguinDust (12414 posts) -

Only when I am physically unable to play or dead.  Of course, I don't play as much as I once did, but that doesn't mean I am any less passionate for the hobby.  Life is more than any one thing, so I can divide my free time among several different pursuits and love them equally.  I really think you kids worry too much about this subject.  You don't need to identify with any one thing 100% of the time to exist.  
 
As for emerging technology, you'll do what generations have done before...get your children to operate it for you. ;-p  Seriously though, you'll figure out what suits your lifestyle and leave the rest to those who need more.  I don't "text" because I have no need to communicate that way, but I can fix my own computer most of the time, and I am willing to learn what I need to know as technology advances.  Chances are when you're middle aged, you'll have a skill set that benefits your life and your kids will have a different set shaped by their needs.   That's okay.  Society evolves and the people change with it and those changes encourage further evolution.  If you're worried about getting left behind, you're wasting your time.  By that point in your life, you'll likely have realized such concerns are fruitless and minuscule when compared to the daily struggles of home, family and work.   
 
And, no I can't see any 70 year old playing Kinect since it doesn't work while people are sitting down.  However, I can see the elderly playing Wii and I know several that enjoy playing all manner of PC titles.

#20 Posted by Yummylee (20626 posts) -

Maybe when I hit the age where I require assistance just to go the loo.

#21 Posted by Bellum (2944 posts) -
@Branthog said:

" I won't outgrow videogames any more than I'll outgrow reading. However, what I think about a lot these days is how much longer gaming will be a viable activity for me. As we age, we get slower and our eyesight gets poorer and our minds perform less efficiently. How long until we are physically not able to keep up with the games we want to play? Hell, it's already hard enough to keep up with all the teenagers and 20-somethings in an FPS if they're any good. Not to mention RTSes (Starcraft, etc). How much longer before I have to put down the controller, because I can't see the television, hear the activities, or react quick enough to events? "

 
 
#22 Edited by TheCreamFilling (1221 posts) -

Nope, gamer to the end... I hope.

#23 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19186 posts) -

Never, unless my personality dramatically changes, which I doubt it will.

#24 Posted by iam3green (14388 posts) -

maybe, but i have learned that it is alright to play video games while older. some people like here that are older seem to still enjoy video games.

#25 Posted by Rhaknar (5940 posts) -

im 31 atm and playing / enjoying more than ever actually, so not any time soon i would say

#26 Edited by SmaQ (80 posts) -

I really dont think so, maybe not PLAY as much. But i think i will have a love for the video game industry until i die. As of now, i read and watch more videogame related media then i actually play videogames. I think that interest will never fade. And im thankful i can have a laptop when im old, just chill and watch 2060s tv-series. I CANT WAIT.

#27 Posted by BabyChooChoo (4045 posts) -

No. Gaming is one of the few things I'm extremely passionate about. When I get older, I honestly hope this is something I can do with my kids and hell maybe even be a granddad and still whoop ass. As I get older I can already make peace with the fact it will be something I do less and less, but I don't think I will ever truly outgrow it.

#28 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -
 I think i've been 'outgrowing' them against my will for the last 6 months. 
 
I still have the passion. i still get erections over new titles with epic single player adventures and multiplayer experiences more than over hot girls. But execution has been... REALLY low for me for long months. I no longer play the fucking games.. except for a few big titles. 
Im getting too tired and lazy and unmotivated to play as much as i want :(  its scaring me and i hope this ends and i get back to my active gaming!
 
 
@Branthog
said:
" I won't outgrow videogames any more than I'll outgrow reading. However, what I think about a lot these days is how much longer gaming will be a viable activity for me. As we age, we get slower and our eyesight gets poorer and our minds perform less efficiently. How long until we are physically not able to keep up with the games we want to play? Hell, it's already hard enough to keep up with all the teenagers and 20-somethings in an FPS if they're any good. Not to mention RTSes (Starcraft, etc). How much longer before I have to put down the controller, because I can't see the television, hear the activities, or react quick enough to events? "
damn... thats some depressing shit right there
#29 Posted by JJWeatherman (14492 posts) -
@CL60 said:
" I will probably always play games. Maybe not as I much these days. But I doubt I will ever just stop. "  
Same
#30 Posted by Claude (16251 posts) -

I'm 45 and play more now than I did in the past. I might give it up when I turn 46, time to grow up.

#31 Edited by agentboolen (1734 posts) -
@christ0phe:  Good Question....  It was 1996, I was egerally awaiting Nintendo's Newest Mario game (Super Mario 64), and was also in the 11th grade.  I remember saying to myself that this would probably be my last game system.  I'm getting old, i'm going to have to get a job and make a living and i'm not going to have time for video games.  
 
Well now I'm 29 and I still love playing video games.  If anything my love has gotten much bigger just for the fact that I can appreciate new stuff and the older stuff that I grew up playing.  I own a Xbox 360, PSP, DS and a PC.  I still find myself enjoying video games and I don't see myself quieting any time soon.  Will i be playing in my 50's or 60's???  I can't answer that question but your question did make me think about it.     
 
But I have to say one thing that I think is going to keep me into them is kids.  I can easily see meself playing games with my kids and teaching them how to appreciate everyone they own.  Most kids that don't have parents that appreciate games don't appreciate them that well and grow tired of them much faster then they should.  I know over the years there might have been something over my head when i was young and just for that it wasn't good, having a older gamer can easily help them understand it.
#32 Posted by luce (4045 posts) -
@Claude said:
" I'm 45 and play more now than I did in the past. I might give it up when I turn 46, time to grow up. "
Pssh I'll outgrow games when im dead
#33 Posted by OllyOxenFree (4969 posts) -

It's like asking if you think you'll outgrow out of movies or music.  No I will not.

#34 Posted by Claude (16251 posts) -
@luce said:
" @Claude said:
" I'm 45 and play more now than I did in the past. I might give it up when I turn 46, time to grow up. "
Pssh I'll outgrow games when im dead "
I just hope I live long enough to see them plugged straight into my head.
#35 Posted by HitmanAgent47 (8576 posts) -

No, however i'll probally slow down a bit way later on.

#36 Posted by N15PCA (52 posts) -

I'm to old when I'm six feet under.  In till then I'll be just fine.
#37 Posted by Extreme_Popcorn (842 posts) -

The older I've got, the more I play. Maybe I'll peak soon but hopefully not

#38 Posted by Dad_Is_A_Zombie (1225 posts) -

Well, so far I'm 42 with no end in sight but we'll see.

#39 Posted by Demyx (3237 posts) -

I don't know we'll see.

#40 Posted by Meltac (1901 posts) -
@Ahmad_Metallic: Omg...
#41 Posted by Atomasist (2818 posts) -

Probably not.

#42 Posted by Ravenousrattler (1417 posts) -

this question has been asked a few times before, and the answer is always no. I don't believe its possible to outgrow videogames anymore, but  it is possible to not have enough time to play anymore.

#43 Posted by Whisperkill (2969 posts) -

I don't know. It depends how I change over college.

#44 Posted by christ0phe (951 posts) -

I feel my kids will be the main factor in how much games I play in the future

#45 Posted by Iceman2913 (508 posts) -
@christ0phe: @christ0phe said:
" I feel my kids will be the main factor in how much games I play in the future "
this
#46 Posted by Lunar_Aura (2780 posts) -

I'll outgrow video game forums before I outgrow video games.
#47 Posted by LiquidPrince (15632 posts) -

If it moves on towards being all 3D and motion control stuff, then maybe.

#48 Posted by Hourai (2795 posts) -

Maybe, but it will take a lot to kill my interest in video games. I don't see age being a factor unless it gets to the point of being too old to hold a controller. 

#49 Posted by Organicalistic_ (2954 posts) -
@AlwaysAngry said:
" @christ0phe said:
"Can you see a 70 year old man with Kinect, or playing Wii? "
People have already forgot about oldschool! "
he was half that, duder.
#50 Posted by BeachThunder (11281 posts) -
@organicalistic_ said:
" @AlwaysAngry said:
" @christ0phe said:
"Can you see a 70 year old man with Kinect, or playing Wii? "
People have already forgot about oldschool! "
he was half that, duder. "
Only if you're bad with fractions ~_~ ... He was almost 50.
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