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#1 Posted by imchardo (43 posts) -

I'm new here and 53 years old. Understanding that I'm setting myself up for jokes about false teeth and adult diapers, just wondering, am I the oldest guy around here?

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#2 Posted by Kidavenger (4417 posts) -

There was an age poll a few months ago and I'm pretty sure there were some people that were in their 60s but most of the community is early to mid 20s.

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#3 Posted by Kevin_Cogneto (1886 posts) -

I'm 38, and this is the only video game message board that doesn't completely make me feel like an old man. Though there are moments...

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#4 Posted by MonkeyKing1969 (7429 posts) -

I just got no line bifocals...frickin-A

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#5 Posted by Franstone (1534 posts) -

Well you've got me beat so I welcome you with open arms. : )

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#6 Posted by NeverGameOver (891 posts) -

I'm 32 and I got my mother (55) into video games (Skyrim, Witcher 3), but she's not in deep enough to watch GB content.

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#7 Posted by ShaggE (9185 posts) -

I'm 31, which puts me on the older side of the curve, but I think I stumbled into this age by accident. I don't even own a briefcase, and I'm pretty sure we're supposed to have briefcases. If not for my distinct memory of the 90s, I'd say somebody made a mistake. I laugh at "deez nuts" jokes. Surely I'm 17 at most?

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#8 Posted by Splodge (2728 posts) -

32 and already feel uninformed, irrelevant, and old. Especially when it comes to games. Recently moved countries and sold my ps4 and gaming PC. Downgraded to a serviceable laptop.

But then I got to giantbomb.com (a website about murder) and I can recover some of my lost HP.

See how cool that was I said HP, pretty cool huh.

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#9 Edited by imchardo (43 posts) -

Yeah, ok, maybe I am the resident old guy then. Whatever, that's cool. Damn though, time slips by...

Still love video games, except for the really twitchy ones. Takes me forever to aim a gun :-)

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#10 Posted by BoccKob (471 posts) -

I'm in my early 30s, but I have the reflexes and grouch potential of a man twice my age.

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#11 Posted by FacelessVixen (2500 posts) -

So, does 27 count as "older", or is it more defined by having grey hairs and being in the running for being a grand parent?

If not, damn whippersnappers and their #yoloswags and their yaoi zowies! But, if so, then I'll just get my dumb millennial-ass outta here.

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#12 Posted by citizencoffeecake (1527 posts) -

Probably on the slightly older end of the spectrum but welcome nonetheless. There's plenty of curmudgeonly spirit to go around.

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#14 Posted by imchardo (43 posts) -

@citizencoffeecake:

Thanks to you and others for the welcome. I'm hardly curmudgeonly, so long as people stay off my lawn and keep the noise down.

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#15 Posted by buzz_clik (7590 posts) -

Well, you've got me beat by 13 years! :)

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#16 Posted by viking_funeral (2881 posts) -

ITT: People posting their ages

@imchardo: Welcome to the community.

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#17 Posted by myketuna (1952 posts) -

Might be a few even older members here, but 53 is on the older scale around these parts from what I can tell. But I don't think any of us really care about age here too much. Most everyone I've seen here is pretty chill about everything.

So, welcome aboard.

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#18 Edited by stantongrouse (151 posts) -

38 but often made to feel much older from large swathes of the internet. Not here though, which is very nice. I do really like being old enough to have a living understanding of the pre-internet world though. @imchardo welcome to the friendly corner of the internet.

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#19 Edited by mezmero (3708 posts) -

Jeff Green is like 55 and he's one of the coolest gamers ever in my mind. Anyone keeping up with this hobby for such a long time is A-okay in my book.

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#20 Posted by RetroMetal (870 posts) -

46 here.

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#21 Posted by oldenglishc (1538 posts) -

I'm creeping up on 40 and looking forward to my downward slide on the ass-end of life.

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#22 Posted by imchardo (43 posts) -

@oldenglishc:

My experience is my own, and others with more drive and desire will continue to achieve new heights throughout life, but for myself, a slacker at heart, the ride downhill has been pretty sweet so far...

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#23 Edited by bmccann42 (382 posts) -

41 here, and have never mastered WASD and mouse&keyboard gaming. I just stick to console gaming, but still have to look down at the controller to check the buttons every so often.

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#24 Posted by oldenglishc (1538 posts) -

@imchardo: Being middle-aged is a wonderful thing. Still young enough to do whatever you want and world weary enough to enjoy those things without worrying about what other people will think.

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#25 Posted by Shindig (4811 posts) -

I'm only 32. Grey hair and a piss-poor hairline. And a developing hatred of millennials. Enjoy global warming.... and retiring at 70.

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#26 Edited by OldGuy (1687 posts) -

55. Played Pong during those early heady days (never played any of the games that people programmed on oscilloscopes, but...), before then we only had the hoop and stick to entertain us.

Get off my lawn.

...damn kids...

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#27 Posted by deactivated-5a00c029ab7c1 (1777 posts) -

I'm 36 and I'm happy that I was able to experience the 90's and boy do I miss them not so much the school part but the music and wrestling was so good also the arcades it was a simpler time nobody was looking down at there smart phones all day.

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#28 Posted by Sinusoidal (3608 posts) -

I'm 40. Cut my teeth on an Atari 2600 (came out the year I was born.) Masturbated in my early teens to the soft porn ads in video game magazines. Now, I'm aging gracefully with my beefy PC and indie games that remind me of my youth.

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#29 Posted by Justin258 (15541 posts) -

I'm 25.

I guess I don't belong in this thread.

OK, seriously, the number of people in their 40's and 50's who play video games is growing. They probably don't post on forums all that much, but I bet you could find a few places if you looked.

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#30 Posted by achoyq (145 posts) -

36 here, happily married with two kids!

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#31 Posted by imchardo (43 posts) -

Very pleased to find here other middle-agers (don't dare tell me I'm past middle-age, dammit) and even more pleased by the warm inclusive welcome. Thanks to all, think I'll hang around a while.

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#32 Edited by Zurv (976 posts) -

I'm in my 40s :)

started with hand held Nintendo (donkey kong handheld), to c64 then to PC gaming (picking up most consoles along the way.. but no really using them :) )

(i think we might have had a pong something too)

It is real nice to buy any game or PC hardware without stressing about the cost. :)

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#33 Posted by shorap (413 posts) -

38 here, been playing games since I could grasp (and chew on) an Atari joystick. Definitely crotchety about parts of the internet.

Millennial slang, content creators, sponsored vids, twitch streams, and social media obsession makes my cynical side seeth but my optimistic side remembers that we were all young once.

Aside from that I echo Vinny that today is The best time to be playing games but I sure wish I could find a perfect emulation of Golden Axe 2 arcade or that Sega would release it on Steam, consoles, etc.

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#34 Posted by diz (1394 posts) -

I'm only 51, so welcome old-timer!

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#35 Posted by BSw (391 posts) -

I'm 32, so I'm in the processes of getting old. Give me a few more years and I'll join your old folks club.

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#36 Posted by jaycrockett (855 posts) -

I'm 45 but I play co-op shooters with my dad online, and he's 72. You are never too old to game!

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#37 Edited by Linqzil (1 posts) -

@jec03 said:

I'm 36 and I'm happy that I was able to experience the 90's and boy do I miss them not so much the school part but the music and wrestling was so good also the arcades it was a simpler time nobody was looking down at there smart phones all day.

WTH! I was about to write something similar to this. I'm also 36yrs old.

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#38 Posted by pickassoreborn (763 posts) -

42. Been playing videogames since I was 6. To paraphrase Jeff, it would be insane to stop now...

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#39 Edited by Marcsman (3823 posts) -

47. I think I played games my whole life. Not too sure the 70s & 80s are all blurry now.

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#40 Posted by armaan8014 (6306 posts) -
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#41 Edited by armaan8014 (6306 posts) -

@linqzil said:
@jec03 said:

I'm 36 and I'm happy that I was able to experience the 90's and boy do I miss them not so much the school part but the music and wrestling was so good also the arcades it was a simpler time nobody was looking down at there smart phones all day.

WTH! I was about to write something similar to this. I'm also 36yrs old.

I've been missing the 90s for the past few weeks, watching movies and listening to music from that time (and watching documentaries about shoegazing) (Edit: Also making a video game and trying to capture the spirit of the 90s) Like @justin258 I'm 25 but the 90s were my childhood! Which = extreme nostalgia.

I know that technology has to grow and become natural and all that, but I really feel social media and smartphones have ruined everything. Sucked some of the magic out of different forms of media, sports and even video games. Everything's so hurried, overexcited and loud now!

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#42 Posted by GERALTITUDE (5984 posts) -

You're in the upper 1% age bracket probably, but, yeah, should be some even older grandpas around here somewhere! :D

Welcome one and all!

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#43 Posted by fledeye (253 posts) -

I'm 36. Long ago I accepted that my eldest child is probably older than some people who watch GB content. However my youngest being just over a week old is younger than the average member, so I take solace in that.

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#44 Posted by oldenglishc (1538 posts) -

@fledeye said:

I'm 36. Long ago I accepted that my eldest child is probably older than some people who watch GB content. However my youngest being just over a week old is younger than the average member, so I take solace in that.

My wife and I were both 35 when we had our son. Nothing reminds you of how past your prime you are more than the 'Let's get to know some of the other parents from daycare' bar night.

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#45 Posted by Justin258 (15541 posts) -

@linqzil said:
@jec03 said:

I'm 36 and I'm happy that I was able to experience the 90's and boy do I miss them not so much the school part but the music and wrestling was so good also the arcades it was a simpler time nobody was looking down at there smart phones all day.

WTH! I was about to write something similar to this. I'm also 36yrs old.

I've been missing the 90s for the past few weeks, watching movies and listening to music from that time (and watching documentaries about shoegazing) (Edit: Also making a video game and trying to capture the spirit of the 90s) Like @justin258 I'm 25 but the 90s were my childhood! Which = extreme nostalgia.

I know that technology has to grow and become natural and all that, but I really feel social media and smartphones have ruined everything. Sucked some of the magic out of different forms of media, sports and even video games. Everything's so hurried, overexcited and loud now!

I was born in '91, so I do remember some of the later '90's. And, frankly, a lot of my favorite things are from the '90's. Albums by Death, Yu Yu Hakusho, Chrono Trigger, Super Metroid, Princess Mononoke, and I could probably go on but that's not the point of this thread.

I know that technology has to grow and become natural and all that, but I really feel social media and smartphones have ruined everything. Sucked some of the magic out of different forms of media, sports and even video games. Everything's so hurried, overexcited and loud now!

I used Facebook for a year or two, forgot my password, and haven't really returned to social media since. I couldn't tell you the difference between Snapchat and Instagram - I think one is meant more for phones but I couldn't tell you which? It's not because I'm antisocial, I just never really found any appeal in using any social media.

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#46 Posted by pweidman (2832 posts) -

Fifty something too duder, so you're not alone. And this thread reminded me of Claude. Haven't seen him post here in forever.

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#47 Posted by MonkeyKing1969 (7429 posts) -

41 here, and have never mastered WASD and mouse&keyboard gaming. I just stick to console gaming, but still have to look down at the controller to check the buttons every so often.

Yeah, I haven't mastered it either. And, I honestly would rather just be worse at a game playing with a joypad, than play WASD. Not sure that makes me old...just stubborn

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#48 Posted by sikdude (113 posts) -

I've lived for 37 years.

"In a row?"

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#49 Edited by CraftXIII (47 posts) -

My 70 year old father watches Giant Bomb content regularly. His favorite video features were Giant Bomb Makes Mario series that spun-off into the Dan vs. Patrick war. He also really enjoyed the Kerbal Space series from the BEast crew.

I've spent decades trying to get him into video games with many fits and starts. Nothing really stuck until I gave him one of my old Xbox 360s and copies of Mass Effect 1 & 2(he's a Star-Trek fan). After that, he was all-in! Halos', Batmans', Hitmans', Metal Gears', Boarderlands, Deus Ex... he's beaten nearly all of them. Now I regularly get txt messages from him at 5am telling my how he'd been up all night but finally made it past a particular section of a game he'd been playing. Teach a man to fish...

When he criticized the boss fights in the original version of the Deus Ex reboot, I knew we had crossed the threshold.

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#50 Posted by armaan8014 (6306 posts) -

@pweidman: I'd wandered into his profile recently, seems like he's been active.

I've spent decades trying to get him into video games with many fits and starts. Nothing really stuck until I gave him one of my old Xbox 360s and copies of Mass Effect 1 & 2(he's a Star-Trek fan). After that, he was all-in! Halos', Batmans', Hitmans', Metal Gears', Boarderlands, Deus Ex... he's beaten nearly all of them. Now I regularly get txt messages from him at 5am telling my how he'd been up all night but finally made it past a particular section of a game he'd been playing. Teach a man to fish...

Your dad sounds really cool