I’ve been gaming on and off for the past 30 years. Like some, I’m an “old school" gamer. Gamers like me form the rear end of the video game target demographic because we were the children of the First Generation. I remember playing Pong when I was 7 years old and unwittingly I became the guinea pig for the marketing gurus at Atari, Coleco, Mattel, Activision and Nintendo. They did a masterful job apparently. I would say we form the leading edge of the demographic but we all know the marketing dollars are directed more at the younger gamers out there.
While a teenager, all my friends were into video games, but over the years they steadily grew disinterested. At times I asked why they weren't gaming anymore and they would say "I grew up", or "I grew out of it". What does that say about me then? That I never grew up? Okay, I can accept that as fact... but does that mean that gamers are immature? The answer is, of course not. However, I am sure a majority of you have at one time or another had your maturity questioned because you play video games. Personally I've learned not to mention it to people unless I know they won't unleash a torrent of anti-gaming bias. I've been careful to keep my gaming on the down low with girlfriends.
Luckily the anti-gaming population has no effect on my desire to keep gaming after all these years. In fact, I surmise that the old-school gamers will be back on the leading edge of the industry as we break new ground. We will be the First Generation once again when research on the effects of arthritis, poor eyesight, and bladder control on gaming are conducted. Studies will be done to examine the link between video games and nursing home violence. Dissertations will be written on the benefits of RPG inventory management in preventing Alzheimer's disease.
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