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I knew I'd seen this topic recently. 

 

I'm actually about to write an article about the idea of getting old as a gamer. It's something I've started to think about in the last few months (particularly after playing Ghosts n Goblins Resurrection). I'm 45 and grew up playing 8-bit computer and arcade games in the 80s, and have been wondering if I'm able to play those games as well as I once could, and whether I'd still be able to play faster action games to a decent level in 10, 20, 30 years. I'll still be playing games, but what kind of games?

 

I'm looking to include a few comments from older gamers in the article. Not people who have picked up gaming later in life, but those who have been playing for decades. At least over 55, but honestly the older the better. So if that's you and you wouldn't mind answering a few questions about your gaming habits, or know someone who might fit the bill, send me a DM. 

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Good article that. I don't know what to think anymore though. I've had success in things like Returnal and Demon's Souls in recent times (I've played a lot of From stuff though to be fair) but gave up on Miles Morales at about the half way point as I just never got to grips with what I found was a counter intuitive control system. I've found PC shooters a real struggle over the last few years, Apex Legends especially seems to have an incredibly high skill requirement to really make your mark. Console equivalents much less so although this might just be down to all the top tier players being on PC. I'm 45 next week.

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Interesting article thanks.

 

It focusses almost exclusively on reactions/skills and cognitive function, but it doesn't talk about the physical challenges some of us face as we game in later life.  Arthritis and general pain in the fingers and hands is becoming a more widely reported issue - the cumulative effects of repetitive strain, vibration of joypads, and too much mouse use all add up.  We get ergonomics training at work and specialist mice and wrist-rests for those with any issues to allow them to rest certain areas but carry on - but I don't see that as being a "thing" for home gamers (yet).

 

And real world physical injuries take their toll on our ability to game too.  Knees and back especially seem to let go commonly.  I know from our "mature" sim-racing ACC group, that sitting in a sim rig pushing load cell pedals and wrestling with a force feedback wheel for 2 hours a session, is getting painful enough for some folk that they have to skip weeks in order to rest up and recover... @Meers @davejm

 

 

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“So, if something takes you a second when you’re in your twenties,” he says, “it might take 200 milliseconds longer when you’re in your sixties.”

 

Shiiiiit. That's nearly 12 (zimmer)frames of input lag at 60fps!

Hopefully by 2040 they'll be doing Brook universal fighting board brain implants on the NHS.

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I dunno what I'd do without games as I've nothing else in my life but to be honest I don't mind. I mean I'm 41 now and I'm still playing stuff from when I was a kid/teen. I love retro collecting (probably more than playing them in some cases :lol: I've had a few snide comments from people I know and I've had to actively start hiding the fact I play games because its apparantly childish and I should just grow up etc.  To me that's nonsense and I can't see myslf stopping to sit staring at the TV every night watching Corrie, Emmerdale or whatever the usual mature adults watch each day :unsure: if anything that's even worse, at least games have some decent interaction.

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Myself (and twin brother Shaky Burn on here) will be 50 on Saturday, we have been into video games all our lives…. It started when we first visited an arcade at Pontins in like 1976/77 and then got an Atari 2600, the rest is history. We play co-op games mainly, FPS, Fifa, and racing sims, but tend to pick up most of the recent releases. 

I have spent more money on gaming than anything else in my life (beer might be a close second) and don’t regret a single penny and other than watching sport not sure what else I would have done with all those hours ???

 

I Think we are both happy enough

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5 hours ago, Valver said:

Interesting article thanks.

 

It focusses almost exclusively on reactions/skills and cognitive function, but it doesn't talk about the physical challenges some of us face as we game in later life.  Arthritis and general pain in the fingers and hands is becoming a more widely reported issue - the cumulative effects of repetitive strain, vibration of joypads, and too much mouse use all add up.  We get ergonomics training at work and specialist mice and wrist-rests for those with any issues to allow them to rest certain areas but carry on - but I don't see that as being a "thing" for home gamers (yet).

 

Yeah, that's another important point. One I didn't have space to go into in a relatively short piece. I think it's interesting that one of the interviewees focused not on games needing to be easier or slower, but simpler, in terms of the controls. I played Scarlet Nexus recently, and the number of buttons in play, including different combinations to trigger alternative sets of actions, was already pretty mind blowing to me at 45. You add more age and reduced dexterity to that and it's going to be pretty much impossible, regardless of the difficulty level.

 

I remember Bayonetta had an easy mode where some of the moves were automatic or easier to trigger, so perhaps that's what developers need to look at more. But perhaps more generally, it's going to be a case of choosing games that have simpler controls, or focusing time on learning just a small number of tricky games.

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I'm at that age where I watch trailers for new and exciting games and think "that looks too twitchy for me"

 

Sifu is a great example, looks really interesting but I bet my reflexes aren't up to it.

I love Housemarque's games but never bothered with Returnal as I knew I'd be stuck on the second or third level forever.

 

 

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18 hours ago, Valver said:

And real world physical injuries take their toll on our ability to game too.  Knees and back especially seem to let go commonly.  I know from our "mature" sim-racing ACC group, that sitting in a sim rig pushing load cell pedals and wrestling with a force feedback wheel for 2 hours a session, is getting painful enough for some folk that they have to skip weeks in order to rest up and recover... @Meers @davejm

 

 

Yeah I've had an operation on my left knee a couple of years ago after an accident. There's a titanium plate in my leg now. I have around 95% of my old knee back after the op, so it's not too bad. I cycle and speed skate a lot so I keep it strong, but an hour of load cell brake pedal pushing whilst sim racing kills it if I don't stretch on the straight sections of the race track. After every session I'm doing stretch excercises to relax the knee a bit. Pit stops are also a welcome break. 😅

 

Sim racing is a workout alright! I'm almost 45 now so still a whippersnapper compared to some of you. :P

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51 and this has been an issue for a few years for me now. I was never a super-1337 hardcore FPS master at the best of times but I could do pretty well at most types of games. Now it takes me a good while to "learn the controls" for any new game, and since getting the Xbox with Quick Resume and having multiple games on the go, I often have to pause and remind myself what they are when resuming a game even if I only played it yesterday! Plus of course the ever declining reflexes/reaction time and creeping arthritis/joint issues in my fingers means that games in general are just harder for me these days, even if I'm playing on easy.

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On 12/04/2021 at 07:53, KartoffelKopf said:

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. 

 

 

I wrote this earlier this year and can't believe what a load of shit it turned out to be or maybe I was in a bit of grumps that day. Since then, I turned 48 and I've pretty much ditched Destiny (for now at least, I'll be back I'm sure) but have so far this year completed Spider-Man, Last of Us 2, Dishonored, Ratchet and Clank, Sniper Elite 4 and am working through the brilliant Days Gone now . I've also got a stack of indie titles lined up for when I'm done thanks to this thread. 

 

Weirdly enough, the big factor was actually getting an OLED TV. Together with the new consoles, it's gaming nirvana and am enjoying my 80 hour open world adventures just fine.

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Vaguely related anecdote.. 

 

I'll be 50 this year and have been gaming forever. Earlier this week I had a catchup meeting via Teams with the Chief Operating Officer of the client I'm working for. After we talked work for a bit he said "Can I ask an unrelated question? Those things on the wall behind you.. is one the Nurburgring?"

 

Why yes it is, they're tracks I've driven on. (I've got three wooden track maps on the wall in my office)

 

"Thought so! I play that in Gran Tursimo!"

 

I thought it was great that gaming wasn't seen as childish in what was a 'professional' setting.

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