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#1 Posted by Clandestine1966 (10 posts) -

Hi Guys, I shan't bore you with my gaming history, suffice to say I am a 45 year old who loves video games, these days I'm more content to watch my 13 year old son than actually play the games myself. Where is the addiction that used to compel me to complete 'just one more level', the monkey on my back that kept me tethered to my game of choice. I still love all the magical technology, the podcasts, and the gaming communities but haven't felt compelled to play a game through to completion for years. I guess my question is am I alone, does anyone else ever feel like they should be doing something more important as soon as they fire up a game, or is just me? Any thoughts? Kind regards, George PS I created a remix of the current Giant Bomb theme, I would really welcome any constructive feedback http://vimeo.com/37811370

#2 Edited by Hizang (8532 posts) -

@Clandestine1966:

#3 Posted by TwoLines (2811 posts) -

Huh, I'm still pretty young, so I can't say how I'd feel as, let's say, a 70 year old playing a game, but I think you're never too old for anything. Movies, TV, and yes, video games. Hell, you can watch cartoons and enjoy them. A more comprehensive answer would involve an idea of a target audience, how many old (let's say 80 year old) people watch action movies, and so on. Interesting subject, not enough data.

#4 Posted by mordukai (7150 posts) -

@Hizang said:

@Clandestine1966:

#5 Posted by GunstarRed (5186 posts) -

My stepdad is 51 and has played a ton of Kingdoms of Amalur. You're never too old to play games.

#6 Posted by Sooty (8082 posts) -

Being too old to physically take part and just getting bored of the medium are really different things.

#7 Edited by BonOrbitz (2193 posts) -

You can stop playing games when yer dead.

Love the theme song remix!

#8 Posted by Hailinel (24794 posts) -
@Mordukai

@Hizang said:

@Clandestine1966:

#9 Posted by phantomzxro (1577 posts) -

When you can''t pick up a controller anymore.

#10 Posted by TooSweet (388 posts) -

I spent like 3-5 years where I barely picked up a game. Something in me just shut down on it. I think it was just that I felt I had too many responsibilities that needed to come first. These days I'm back in full force. I missed out on great stuff but that's okay. My dad though is now 60 and he plays on the DS and he enjoys some games on his laptop. He used to be a big fan of arcades like Pac-Man series, Rastan, 1942 and 1943, Ikari Warriors and Cabal. These days its Zuma on his laptop and tetris type stuff on his DS.

#11 Posted by jjnen (661 posts) -
@Hailinel
@Mordukai

@Hizang said:

@Clandestine1966:

#12 Posted by bananaz (256 posts) -

When my hands stop working? I sometimes get that when I turn on my 360. It's the fact that this thing is made to play games and has it's own power supply and fan. It's a household appliance. PC games are easier to start up without feeling like you're interrupting your day. I spend far more time on sites like GB and Dtoid than I do playing games. I also stick to single player mostly and try to play one game at a time. You can't do everything anymore. Plan on which games you really want to play and what games you can skip.

#13 Posted by NegativeCero (3003 posts) -

I don't know. For me, it might be temporary, but I've begun to lose interest in sitting down to play games. But that is more of not having time to combined with everyone I used to game with being too busy too (college, work, life). I wouldn't call it being too old and I'm sure I'll be back eventually.

#14 Posted by N7 (3588 posts) -

The day you die.

#15 Posted by Brother_PipPop (255 posts) -

Never!

Two days ago, I went into gamestop (I know) to pick up SSX. And while I was in there there was this older retired man who was talking to the cashier. I was assuming he was getting something for his grandkids or what-ever. When i went up to the register since im shuch a dashing young man the cashier decided to actually talk to me (!!!) and she told methat he started playing games agin to improve his hand/eye coordination and he really wanted a new way to spend some time. He tried (I forget the exact name, some flight simy game or what have you) but it was going to fast. He decided to get Mass Effect 1 and 2. So I dont think there is any age limit.

#16 Posted by MordeaniisChaos (5730 posts) -

Death.

#17 Edited by CornBREDX (5285 posts) -

I'm 30 and while I take a break from playing games more often then I used to, and don't play as long as I used to- I still love to play video games and don't think I'll ever be to old for that. 
 
My mom is 63 and she still plays games all the time. Recently I got her into playing Mass Effect and she loves it. 
 
Edit: Oh and wanted to say I think what helps with that is that there is still games with a large focus on story as well as the other games with more focus on mechanics and game play. When I'm feeling to tired for mechanics I can just play something to enjoy the story. Just a guess, but with all the types of games out these days I think any one could play them and find something they like.

#18 Posted by biospank (657 posts) -

never because there are so many awesome games that are made for adults now.  
@Brother_PipPop: You should have recomended a racing game because you use allot of eye/hand coordination on those game.

#19 Posted by Shun_Akiyama (490 posts) -

Your not drunk till you have to hold onto the ground, to keep from falling off the earth.

#20 Posted by B0nd07 (1699 posts) -

@Hizang said:

@Clandestine1966:

This is the only answer and what I came in here to post.

#21 Edited by NickBOTT (481 posts) -

Never.

#22 Posted by Sweep (8859 posts) -

I forget how old Claude is. You can join his Silver Surfer club.

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#23 Posted by ZeForgotten (10397 posts) -

Never. 
Unless of course you reach an age where you suddenly forget how to play games. 
Forgetaboutgamingitis

#24 Posted by Fallen189 (5006 posts) -

Like 25

#25 Posted by nick_verissimo (1385 posts) -

I think you can make the argument that you can never ever be too old to play games and enjoy everything about them. You can look at tons of people who absolutely love sports and never ever play them, but just don't have wherewithal to play them. In my case, I played hockey for 12 years, but stopped to lack of funds, school and work, but it hasn't stopped my love and appreciation for it since I last played. I think the same thing can be said for video games in that you can really enjoy all aspects of them and the community and brotherhood you feel without picking up a controller and playing something.

#26 Posted by OllyOxenFree (4973 posts) -

Until you are mentally and physically unable to play for more than 10 minutes.

#27 Posted by Farley_Lives (278 posts) -

@Clandestine1966: Funny story about this actually. I've been training in a new area at work and my trainer is this jolly older gettlemen. Couldn't be more like the image of a veteran truck driver (which he is), second day in training out of nowhere he starts talking to me about how he's playing Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning. Spent the last few weeks talking about video games, I was just blown away cause this dude showed me pictures of his Grandkids then started talking to me about the Witcher games.

In Short, you are NEVER to old to play games. I will game till I die.

#28 Posted by Solh0und (1774 posts) -

When you're physically unable to play them.

#29 Edited by jozzy (2042 posts) -

Aren't there enough prejudices outside the gaming community that we need people that actually game ask if they are too old to game, or if they shouldn't be doing something useful? Seriously, you are obviously a smart person with a family and a multitude of responsibilities, you know what the importance of a hobby is. You also know that it has nothing to do with age. Not sure what you were expecting out of your post, was it only to plug your remix?

#30 Posted by Sergotron (487 posts) -

When you start to have a family, career, and adult life your priorities do change. As long as you still enjoy playing them in that small window of free time, I see no problem with continuing to play games. If you rather be doing something else in that free time, then maybe it's time to stop.

#31 Posted by Scalec (71 posts) -

When you die.

#32 Posted by Slag (4377 posts) -

As others have said, it isn't age, it's whether it fits timewise into the free time you have.

I think that's why I game less and most fo my friends do, not because we are older, but because we have less time due to work, spouses, home ownership, family etc. I know by the time I'm done with all that, I'm actually too gassed in a lot of cases to want to game like I used to.

And well I think you have to a certain amount of regular free time available to really make certain types of games fun. I used to pretty much play RPGs, but these days it's mainly starcraft and multiplayer things like that or games I know I can blow through in a couple sittings. It's because i know I'll maybe have a half an hour to an hour to play on who knows what days. So I gotta be able to get in quick and get my fix without having to remember too much what I did next time I pick up the game.

A lot of my friends, just jam out to Angry Birds and their ilk iphone games for their quick fixes.

#33 Posted by crusader8463 (14422 posts) -

18 obviously.

#34 Posted by JudahJones (48 posts) -

I turn 33 this month and my wife and I are expecting our first child this summer. I'm known by my friends and family as the gaming enthusiast and the first thing anyone says when they find out is oh, now in addition to being too old for games, you'll no longer have time or interest! But I disagree with that. If you truly enjoy something, you will make the time to indulge yourself in it, and still balance your life and responsibilities. The only real change with gaming that I noticed due to age is that i cant keep up with the young rapscallions on fps and fighting games as easily as I used to. But then I get to indulge in other less action heavy genres like jrpgs and strategy games. So my tastes may get tweaked over the years, but as long as I still love doing it, I'll make the time for it.

#35 Posted by yoshisaur (2723 posts) -

The same time you're too old for Legos.

Never.

#36 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -
@Sweep said:

I forget how old Claude is. You can join his Silver Surfer club.

I'm 47 and still play a lot of video games. I would say I play more now than I did back in the Atari 2600, NES and SNES days.
#37 Posted by mracoon (4971 posts) -

Tastes certainly change with age but you're never too old to enjoy playing games. It's the same way you're never too old to watch movies, listen to music or read books.

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#38 Posted by Clandestine1966 (10 posts) -

Hi Guys,

I’m gratified to know I’m not the only one wrestling with this, one this for sure is that based on the tone and demeanour of everyone who was kind enough to reply, there is absolutely no prejudice when it comes to age! (not on the Giant Bomb)

I still love gaming and can’t wait to see what the next gen will bring; in the interim I do still enjoy the odd casual game on the iPad, I even bought an Amiga emulator a few weeks ago (but that’s another thread).

Thank you again for everyone who posted!

Kind regards,

George

http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/george-wood/34/683/ab8

#39 Posted by Jimi (1126 posts) -

@Hizang said:

@Clandestine1966:

#40 Posted by spartanlolz92 (511 posts) -

i guess when my hands have arthritis. thats the only thing i can think of.

but your never to old to do soemthing you love.

#41 Posted by Morrow (1829 posts) -

I think you are never too old to do the things you like :)

#42 Edited by stryker1121 (1442 posts) -

@Clandestine1966 said:

Hi Guys, I shan't bore you with my gaming history, suffice to say I am a 45 year old who loves video games, these days I'm more content to watch my 13 year old son than actually play the games myself. Where is the addiction that used to compel me to complete 'just one more level', the monkey on my back that kept me tethered to my game of choice. I still love all the magical technology, the podcasts, and the gaming communities but haven't felt compelled to play a game through to completion for years. I guess my question is am I alone, does anyone else ever feel like they should be doing something more important as soon as they fire up a game, or is just me? Any thoughts? Kind regards, George PS I created a remix of the current Giant Bomb theme, I would really welcome any constructive feedback http://vimeo.com/37811370

Gaming is a hobby. You could be putting boats in bottles or collecting stamps and nobody would frown upon it. If you have your shit together and you're not doing bong hits in Mom's basement while playing WoW 15 hrs a day, who's to say you can't game in some form or fashion for life?

#43 Posted by stryker1121 (1442 posts) -

@Farley_Lives said:

@Clandestine1966: Funny story about this actually. I've been training in a new area at work and my trainer is this jolly older gettlemen. Couldn't be more like the image of a veteran truck driver (which he is), second day in training out of nowhere he starts talking to me about how he's playing Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning. Spent the last few weeks talking about video games, I was just blown away cause this dude showed me pictures of his Grandkids then started talking to me about the Witcher games.

In Short, you are NEVER to old to play games. I will game till I die.

That is actually fairly awesome. Stereotype killer of a story indeed.

#44 Posted by SlasherMan (1725 posts) -

When are you too old to watch movies or read books or listen to music?

#45 Posted by Sgykah (95 posts) -

i will stop playing video games when they stop challenging me. like a good book or a fun puzzle, they're a way of improving myself; whether that's my views on life, my hand eye coordination, or my mental acuity. now, if only i could figure out a way to combine my love of all things video games with my career.

#46 Posted by xXxLYNCHxXx (162 posts) -

I day after I die... After the birth of my two kids, my gaming habits certainly have changed. I have a lot less time to play, but the time I do get is much more precious than it used to be. I don't see myself giving up games as they exist today. I could see myself not playing games in the future, should technology or gameplay render them unrecongnizable ( for the worse ). Imagine motion control to the extreme. Then I'll just be a grumpy old man longing for the good old days... And stay off my lawn!

#47 Posted by RubberFactory (288 posts) -
#48 Posted by StrikeALight (1114 posts) -

I don't believe I'll ever stop playing video games.

I'm not into the marathon sessions like I once was, nor do I buy as many, but I still find them immensely rewarding and enjoyable.

#49 Posted by Deusoma (3006 posts) -
@Hizang said:

@Clandestine1966:

You are too old to play video games when they close the lid on your coffin.
#50 Posted by Castiel (2616 posts) -

@Rappelsiini said:

@Hailinel
@Mordukai

@Hizang said:

@Clandestine1966: