- grown men and games consoles
Just because you read it in the news doesn’t mean it’s true for everyone!
I admittedly don’t have a console or gaming PC these days. But I played a LOT of games in my youth. But then I also windsurfed a LOT. And rode bikes a LOT. I used to skate a LOT too!
Maybe the key thing was that my Dad used to play them with me though, rather than leave me in room to play at all hours. He also rode, windsurfed, but thankfully not skated, with me a LOT too.Posted 4 years agobearnecessitiesSubscriber
I was only thinking this reading same post today and concluded it’s healthy to be able to engage brain in as many different activities as possible, so no harm done. I don’t get it myself, but then I never did get playing games in my yoof by yourself.
However, playing Wipeout with friends in my late teens on a PS1? Just epic; still smile now thinking about it.
Getting old doesn’t make you stop doing things. Stopping doing things makes you old.
Now feel old 😕Posted 4 years ago
Sitting about gaming seems a lot less silly than sitting about watching telly or a movie.
At least with gaming you are actively involved, interacting, and using your skill and intelligence to progress.
Those who don’t get gaming are from the same mold as those before them that didn’t get television, movies, wireless or the phonograph. 😀Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
yunki – Member
what’s it all about.
Having fun. And it’s a lot more involving than watching TV…
Games can be a lot of things but for me the best games are about stories that involve you. Co-op/social play can be good too, playing company of heroes online is how I stayed in touch with a mate who moved abroad… the games I play have changed as I’ve got older, run-and-gun types, driving games, platforms etc don’t have much appeal any more but I don’t know if that’s because I’m old or just because I’ve played them a lot in the past…
The best games stay with you like the best films or books… I was at uni when I picked up Final Fantasy 7, I remember more from that game than I do from General Principles of Scots Law 😆 It’s a wonderful story, a cinematic experience that you drive yourself… Superb music (the soundtrack’s been performed in full orchestration round the world) a great world to explore and characters to live with. Funny and sad and haunting and hopeful and beautiful. Only trouble is you can’t just recommend people to give it a bash because it takes about 60 hours to finish…
But it’s a shame that people’ll miss such a work of art because “video games are for kids”… It’s a bit like writing off early cinema because it’s not in IMAX.Posted 4 years agoCaptainFlashheartMember
I have an ancient PS1 sitting somewhere gathering dust.
Games for me nowadays tend to be silly little things on a tablet, rather than proper ‘gaming’. Far better for travelling/life etc.
That said, I do remember spending waaaay too much time playing Civilisation in the past!Posted 4 years ago
Games for me nowadays tend to be silly little things on a tablet.. I do remember spending waaaay too much time playing Civilisation in the past!
Pssst.. you can get Civilisation Revolution on the iPad – it’s not quite as in-depth as the later PC versions, but it is good for a long flight or train journey.Posted 4 years agoMister PMember
I know men in their 40s that spend as much time as teens playing games (at the expense of actually moving). I’m not convinced they’ll make it to their 50s though.
I have a mate who developed DVT from sitting playing X-Box so much.
Personally I don’t “get” games. Maybe it is because I am pretty bad at them when I do give them a try.Posted 4 years agoMilkieMember
Gaming is a lot cheaper than my other hobbies! £40 for something that will last 3-6 winter months in my book is value for money!
A friends son has just been employed by a big firm to play real simulations (military) as he was soo good at them. Gaming has it’s perks, he was a big online gamer with strategy and things like COD. So it’s not all bad.Posted 4 years agomakeitorangeMember
I’m sure I read the average age of a console owner is 30ish. That makes me below average (just..). As said above everything in moderation. I don’t play mine that much anymore (less than 3-4 hours a week in the summer I’d say). But have been known to play 12hour sessions if the time is available, the game is very good and it’s raining outside.
I can see myself booking time off work when the new GTA comes out.
Amazingly I’m not obese and I do have an active social life!
Whilst we’re on gamer stereotypes I’ve also played every GTA game since my early teens and have yet to commit a violent crime in real life!Posted 4 years agoCougarSubscriber
I’m sure I read the average age of a console owner is 30ish.
I did the legwork on this last time someone went “games are for kids” on here. See the first few posts here:
(Heh, seems I used the same trite phrase back then, too)Posted 4 years agoyunkiMember
I look at my four year old lad, and hope he doesn’t turn out to be one of those lads that is utterly content to mostly sit around playing x-box, in the same way that I hope he doesn’t get into drugs, or crime or god forbid……. cars
I know that there are a few adult gamers on here from other threads.. so, what’s it all about..?Posted 4 years agomolgripsSubscriber
but it’s like… er.. playing games
And that’s bad?
As above – I think well rounded tastes are a good thing. It’s oversimplistic to say that say, reading is good, or conversation, and gaming is bad. Your conversation could entirely be vacuous gossip, your reading material could be Mills and Boon, and your games could be properly interesting and thought provoking.
– GTAIV was like watching a good gangster movie, I reckon.
– The Cave (little platform puzzle game downloaded) was pretty difficult and amused me greatly. Not so different to doing a puzzle from the newspaper.
– Gran Turismo and smilar, driving games, require supreme accuracy and skill, much like snooker or darts, but with an added high speed real-time element for a bit of endorphin action
– I haven’t played it yet but I own The Last of Us, a thriller closely based on The Road by Cormac McCarthy. If that’s not grown up, I don’t know what is. It’s meant to be very profound and serious.
Grown-up games are no different to grown-up films or books, they are just interactive media. As gamers have grown up, so has gaming.Posted 4 years agoSamBMember
Funnily enough, one of the main times I catch up with friends is playing online with them. I see them reasonably regularly, but I live a good 4 hours drive away from some of them so don’t get to catch up often.
Spending an hour or two messing around in games is fun by itself, but we also catch up. I’d never think of calling them to say “Hi, how are things / the missus / the family” but conversation does turn to that. It’s a nice way of keeping in touch, whilst not having to go against my manly manly man nature and make a phone call to communicate with someone 😉
Also, you can do stuff like this:
[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN4qGR1NtvI[/video]Posted 4 years agonicko74Member
Personally I don’t “get” games
Picture the scene. You’ve come home from a crappy day at work. Your boss is a twunt, your colleagues are lazy hippos and you seem to be the only one that actually gives two sh*ts. Not that you’re getting paid for it.
You get home, it’s cold and raining, and you’re reminded that the house needs fixing, otherwise the basement’ll flood again, but you don’t have the cash to do it til next year. And the missus wants you to go and do some curtain-choosing over the weekend, so no riding the bike.
Gaming serves exactly the same purpose as every other hobby people have in these circumstances – it’s something else to focus on, completely unrelated to whatever’s stressing you out; it’s a way of unwinding, and giving yourself a sense of achievement and something to think about afterwards. Books/ films/ games, knitting, gardening – it’s all the same. Although some of it is, admittedly, more productive.Posted 4 years agoGunzMember
If you never play them you’re probably not aware how much they’ve advanced in the last 10 years. They can be completely immersive, a satisfying challenge and a way to just zone out for a bit away from the general hiss and static of life.Posted 4 years ago
I can’t get why so many people will sit on the sofa watching other people play sport on the TV but each to their own, video games aren’t the evil they’re made out to be.
The games developers I know don’t play games.
That could be where they are going wrong 😀Posted 4 years agosamuriMember
For me it’s far more involving playing games than it is watching TV. the original question can easily go the other way, ‘I don’t get adults who watch TV all the time’. I also don’t get going to watch football games, playing golf, going to church, going down the pub all the time, bird watching, fishing etc etc etc.
All these activities are things I don’t get and some of them I personally think are a complete waste of time but each to their own. I don’t question why other people do them because it’s clear it floats their boat.
If all I did was play computer games then yes, that doesn’t seem quite right but game playing takes up a very small part of my life. They’ve certainly never turned me to drugs or car theft.Posted 4 years ago
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