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5 minutes ago, moosegrinder said:

 

 

There's a long rant in this but I'll be succinct: our parents had lives where you were taught you left childhood things behind when you reached adulthood. You traded them for a job, a family and a comfy dotage. The majority of us can't have that, or at the very least realised it's no longer an easy option like it was or flat out don't want it.

 

 

 

 

Yeah that actually makes a lot of sense.  While I know plenty of people in my age bracket (I am sure there are a fair few on here as well) who are very much into their gaming, I don't know of anybody of my parents generation. 

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There was a guy at work,  in his mid-fifties, mocking me and another guy for chatting about games and that we should grow up(we’re early forties). This was whilst he was sat playing a crappy mobile phone shootumup game! :rolleyes:

 

I’ll be playing  for as long as it’s physically possible and as previously said, hopefully I’ll be able to get plugged straight in by the time my hands are too old :lol:

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Problem with gaming these days is that we are so spoilt. I’ve got a Switch and Xbox Series S and I have never had it so good. There’s a bottomless pit of quality gaming on both systems covering every kind of itch I have. From adventurous RPGs, retro style gaming to countless arcade and console classics. It can be a bit overwhelming but when I decide to game for a few hours I’m never bored. I’m playing Greedfall and thinking this is supposed to be a B game? The expansive worlds, voice acting and details in the cities they created, I grew up with the likes of Bubsy being a B game. 
 

I picked up Witcher 3 in the sales for £7, rewind 25yrs and I was a kid that just blew £30 on Vortex in the sales. 
 

Not sure where I’m going with this other than kids these days have it damn good. Gaming had always been a second/third hobby behind music and art, but took over a lot of my time with less socialising happening over the last year. Glad it’s there. 

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Pretty much everyone in my immediate family still plays - maybe on different formats, or to different extents, but we're all pretty cool about it.

 

I remember a line in a gaming magazine column (maybe Edge, not sure) saying that if gaming doesn't grow through mainstream acceptance, it will grow through the simple means of more gamers being raised by more gamer parents, and the old ideals being thrown out. Unless something catastrophic happens, I'll be happy to support the pastime.

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I won't care as much. 

 

I won't be following news closely and will probably only play single player games. 

 

I go through patches of where every single game I play seems shite. Even if they are supposedly the best thing ever. 

 

I would rather do other things than play games most of the time right now and no doubt more so if I even reach 60. 

 

Then again, when I'm an old fuck what else am I going to do? It will be the pub, movies and lying fucked on the couch. 

 

Kinda like now. 

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As I get older I get tired of games that have to much "baggage" with them where you spend seemingly an age to get to into the "systems" to play and then spend 30+ hours on the same game and mostly it feels repetitive to artificially lengthen it. This kind of what turns me off gaming these days. I Iust want to play games that will engage and entertain me for around 10 hours or so while hopefully giving me a new experience.

 

As long as gaming keeps innovating and bringing something new to the table I'll still be playing. Latest thing for me was VR.  Gaming keeps my brain active and is great for dexterity.

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The only thing I'm worried about when it comes to playing games when I'm older is the thought that I'll probably need medical attention to replace my fucked thumb joints. I try and do stretches every now and then, but it's already at the point where it can feel uncomfortable after a prolonged time playing something action-orientated.

 

There's other fears like not having a home, experiencing some form of dementia and not having a reasonable pension, but they absolutely are more in the realms of 'generally hoping the future is not shit'.

 

But as others have said, I'll probably give less of a shit about how the industry pans out as I get older and turn towards what's considered ancient. Just sit me in front of an N64 at the residential home. Maybe all the OAPs will chip in for an arcade cabinet when it gets to that point :hat:

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56 minutes ago, moosegrinder said:

Lemmy was absolutely an outlier, because he was fucking Lemmy. These people exist but the notion of 'our' generation being the first to embrace this medium into their old age ties in with something that I've been mulling over for a while, which is the massive shift in core values between us and our parents.

 

There's a long rant in this but I'll be succinct: our parents had lives where you were taught you left childhood things behind when you reached adulthood. You traded them for a job, a family and a comfy dotage. The majority of us can't have that, or at the very least realised it's no longer an easy option like it was and some flat out don't want it.

 

Basically what I'm saying is the boomer generation ideals suck. When I'm an OAP I want this shit jacked straight into my brain. I want to keep playing board games and video games and enjoying dumb shit with people near or far untill I'm in the grave because the prospect of living my old age like my mum who now has no friends, no hobbies and ultimately no life out of television absolutely fucking terrifies me.

 

 

 

I dunno if playing computer games is going to magic up a load of friends but you make some good points.

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I can’t see a time when I’ll stop playing games while I’m physically able to. One thing I’m not sure about is if my attention span will come back when I have more time for gaming. I’m already at the point where most new games are too much of a chore, but I still hammer pick up and play games, new or old. 
 

I also think I’ll keep up with gaming news, mainly because a lot of the games I like to play don’t exactly just fall into my lap. The local supermarket doesn’t carry many of the games I want to play unfortunately. Maybe I’ll finally go digital and then I won’t have to buy from all over the web to get games I want.

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Not planning on ever stopping. As I am getting older (40 now) gaming is more and more of an escape from modern life. I think gaming, alongside other escapism like reading and binge watching my favourite TV series keeps me sane.

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The world has changed. We're now (mostly) comprised of generations that grew up playing video games, or at least have had them as a major part of popular culture and pastimes. I've never stopped doing the things I enjoy doing, and balls to anyone who scoffs at it. If anything, games are perfectly suited to giving my crumbling brain a reason to keep functioning.

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I’m often shocked by how many of my friends (I’m 34) have pretty much given up on games. At school and through our teenage years we were pretty much all into gaming, though I was definitely more into it than others when it came to keeping up with news and announcements and searching out obscure stuff. 
 

As we’ve gotten older there’s definitely some people who have taken on the idea that we’re grown up now and too old for it. They’re mostly people who have a huge amount that they fill their time with, full time jobs, houses that need DIY doing, allotments, etc. 

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I'm 53, been playing games since table spacer invaders / pong days


I've had Commodore 64, Amiga 500, Sega Mega Drive, N64, Dreamcast, PSP, Xbox, GameCube, Vita, NGPC

 

My daughter who is at university is looking at taking my PS4 Pro back there at some point; she has a Switch

 

Currently have a PS5 and was kinda pleased with the game length of Miles Morales (as it's the first game I've had time to finish)

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5 hours ago, Jg15 said:

Not planning on ever stopping. As I am getting older (40 now) gaming is more and more of an escape from modern life. I think gaming, alongside other escapism like reading and binge watching my favourite TV series keeps me sane.

 

38 here. It's probably no coincidence that I've spent the last six months or so falling in love with games again. I'm playing Chrono Trigger for the first time at the moment. Compared to the stress of keeping up with the news cycle as much as I was last year, having the SNES on is doing wonders for my mental health- even if I get the occasional flash of reality.

 

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6 hours ago, DeciderVT said:

 

38 here. It's probably no coincidence that I've spent the last six months or so falling in love with games again. I'm playing Chrono Trigger for the first time at the moment. Compared to the stress of keeping up with the news cycle as much as I was last year, having the SNES on is doing wonders for my mental health- even if I get the occasional flash of reality.

 

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I am so jeaous of you, playing that game, for the first time, oh, to have the story be fresh, new and exciting. I mean, don't get me wrong, it's my actual favourite game ever, but I'd love to be able to go back to it and see it without knowing anything about it again, it blew me away in 1995, and it still does to this day, just THE most wonderful game ever made :)

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I'm 56 (but will hit 57 on July 4th) and have been gaming since I bought a ZX81 way back when. I remember wanting the 16k expansion for it (16k on a separate expansion pack! :lol: ) but couldn't afford it. One day my younger brother turns up with one for me. It had PWHS melted into the side of it. Turns out he had stolen it from our school for me (Parrs Wood High School)!

Been gaming ever since and owned pretty much every machine going except for a Commodore 64 and an Amiga (I was strictly an Atari guy by then) One of my favourite old consoles was the Fairchild Channel F, which I never really see being talked about at all. Probably because it sold terribly. But I really liked the joystick that came with it and because it wasn't popular, the local Comet sold off the games for peanuts. 

 I own all the main consoles at the moment, always buying them day one where I can. I had a motorcycle accident a few years ago which left my left hand weak and with poor flexibility. So when I think of getting older and maybe arthritis setting in, it genuinely worries me that I won't be able to carry on playing videogames. 

 In all my years gaming, I was also the only one in my family ever properly invested in it. My younger brother went through a period of stealing money off my grandparents as he was completely addicted to Space Invaders at a local arcade. He was a demon at it to be honest. But he got caught stealing and it put an end to his interest in games. 

 Thankfully my grandson is now at an age where he is a keen gamer. Though like most kids his age (14) he mainly focuses on Fortnite. Though he does have a proper steering wheel/pedal setup for racing games. That's about it really. I love gaming and to be honest, when I'm in pain which happens a lot, it's a wonderful way to escape to another world and forget everything for a few hours. 

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@moosegrinder There are many boomers with gigantic train-sets in the attic recreating entire towns. Not to mention the stamp collecting, train spotting, strategy board-games and jelly & ice-cream for pudding. My grandpa, almost a Victorian, would have been 120 now, and when he died he was still working on his train set, while my Dad, 90, still loves Airfix.

 

Boys grow up to be grown men and then men turn back into boys again. We may have a wider range of toys now, but it was ever thus.

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Lovely little film about two old timers who play Division 2.

 

I think that will probably be me. My gaming habits over the last couple of years, as I reach 50, have gravitated towards me just playing a couple of games, mostly Destiny and Division. It's comfort gaming and those two give me the best dose of mindless fun but with a bit of depth. 

 

I thought getting the latest consoles would reinvigorate my passion for all sorts of games and whilst they have to extent, I'm mostly just too tired to try and embark on a new 80 hour open world adventure. 

 

I'll probably always play the latest Fromsoft, Zelda and Resident Evil but it's definitely all taking a smaller priority in my life. 

 

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