Am I Immature?

Published Friday 15 Mar 2013 4:48pm | 10
Tags: old school, Pong, growing up, Older gamers
 

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.

Classic Pong

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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Comments Comments (10)

 
Posted by LoftyDog
On Monday 18 Mar 2013 5:18 PM
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Its a good post. Glad to know I'm not alone out there, probably not as old as you but getting close
 
 
 
Posted by nimrod76
On Wednesday 20 Mar 2013 1:38 PM
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No one I know plays games any more, even those younger than me. There are a couple of guys that are still interested in whats going on and will turn up every now and then to play MK or have a blast on Batman.

I don't really care what other people think as far as maturity of gaming goes, it's what interests me and that's all that really matters. Hell my mum is 65 and she got her copy of ACIII before me.
 
 
 
ambushy
Posted by ambushy
On Friday 22 Mar 2013 9:10 PM
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20 March 2013, 01:38 PM Reply to nimrod76
No one I know plays games any more, even those younger than me. There are a couple of guys that are still interested in whats going on and will turn up every now and then to play MK or have a blast on Batman.

I don't really care what other people think as far as maturity of gaming goes, it's what interests me and that's all that really matters. Hell my mum is 65 and she got her copy of ACIII before me.
Yip I'm with you lot. Not concerned about what others think.I'm not sure maturity has much if anything to do with it. You 1st have to be open minded enough to get into them and appreciate the amazing places they can transport you to,much the same as a good book, film,artwork, puzzles or a play. I guess people don't understand that games are all of the above rolled into one. Nice blog, made me chuckle. My 1st tv game was a pong also. A nz made console (very rare now) called sports-tronic. hell man I'm going to game till i drop haha. Fortunately my close friends still game hard too. We all used to do the spacies thing as teens.
 
 
 
ambushy
Posted by ambushy
On Friday 22 Mar 2013 9:15 PM
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22 March 2013, 09:10 PM Reply to ambushy
Yip I'm with you lot. Not concerned about what others think.I'm not sure maturity has much if anything to do with it. You 1st have to be open minded enough to get into them and appreciate the amazing places they can transport you to,much the same as a good book, film,artwork, puzzles or a play. I guess people don't understand that games are all of the above rolled into one. Nice blog, made me chuckle. My 1st tv game was a pong also. A nz made console (very rare now) called sports-tronic. hell man I'm going to game till i drop haha. Fortunately my close friends still game hard too. We all used to do the spacies thing as teens.
whoops sorry nimrod see what i did there? proof of age lol clicked the wrong darn tab. :-) oh good ya dear ole mum getting the hidden blade going on aye.
 
 
 
ambushy
Posted by ambushy
On Friday 22 Mar 2013 9:18 PM
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now I,m talking to myself eeeeeeeeeeeeek heeeeeeeeelp meeeeeeee
 
 
 
sick_wierdo
Posted by sick_wierdo
On Saturday 23 Mar 2013 11:18 PM
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22 March 2013, 09:18 PM Reply to ambushy
now I,m talking to myself eeeeeeeeeeeeek heeeeeeeeelp meeeeeeee
Im 29 years old and im extremely passionate about gaming, I'm a Playstation gamer and have been since 95 with the release of the first gen Playstation, before that it was Sega Mega Drive and going back further the Master System. If not more than anything I'm more passionate about gaming now than I ever have been. I have a fulltime job, a girlfriend, and live my life as any other person does. You are not immature, neither am I, and neither is any other person that makes gaming a lifestyle choice. Those people that see gaming as immature or a thing for kids are in my opinion ignorant and just don't understand the enjoyment that can be had from it, and have probably never played a game in their life, yet can form a negative opinion on the subject with no knowledge whatsoever. Just my rant, feel free to disagree. Loved the article btw, about time someone bought the subject up!
 
 
 
Posted by Newsboy
On Sunday 24 Mar 2013 10:45 AM
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32 here and I wear the gaming badge proudly. I work with a lot of people who don't game or know anything about gaming, that doesn't stop me from discussing the industry with them in a similar way they'll discuss topics I'm not interested in with me. I'll be shocked if I'm not gaming on my death bed :)
 
 
 
ambushy
Posted by ambushy
On Sunday 24 Mar 2013 9:36 PM
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Maaaybe...there is a future market then for the "GAMERS" retirement village. Heck that would be some tech-ed out community :-)
 
 
 
Posted by jamesg
On Monday 25 Mar 2013 4:50 PM
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Thanks for the comments and input. Glad to see I'm not alone here and that there's a few of us around.
 
 
 
Posted by jub-jub
On Friday 5 Apr 2013 9:58 PM
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I am an oldie and know a heap of other older gamers. They all tend to focus on GT5 thugh