This subject came up many times throughout my life and I would love to hear my fellow lakernation opinions on this. Let me tell you a little bit about myself that can be relate to this matter. Don't worry, i know most of you dont give a crap about who i am but just wanted to let you know the back story a little bit.
I am 32 years old. I grew up in the 80's and I call those times the golden age of technology. PC was extremely new. IBM and Apple were trying to make a huge boom. And ofcourse the gaming industry was trying to make a huge name for themselves. Instead of being an arcade coin eater machine at your corner bakery store, the gaming industry wanted to take gaming to a new level. Playing games at home. Yes they did try it with Atari in the 70's and Oddysey before that but it wasn't really a success untill a little japanese company called Nintendo came out and pretty much destroyed the competition in the 80's. My first system was the NES. I was old enough in the 80's to understand how to play games so all i did as a kid was sitting at home playing games all night and all day. I was so addicted to my nes that I tend to have bad grades. My parents threatened to throw away my nes if my grades didn't improve. Luckily it did so my addiction continues. During that time the PC wasn't really relevant enough to dip into serious gaming. ANd besides, my parents couldn't afford a PC at the time. So my pc gaming didn't come until later in my years. So gaming was a huge part of my life. One of my main hobbies.
Anyway, lets fast forward to the current time. I am much older now and I still love to play video games as when I was 5 years old in the 80's. In fact, I believe I love it more than when I was a kid. During my 20's as a broke college student I saved up to buy myself both the playstation and the xbox. I mean who needs two systems anyway? I even applied for IGN and gamespot during that time so i can work in the industry but I suck during the interviewing process and I no nothing about programing or graphics design so it didn't work out. As I became older I made enough money to buy myself a fast PC so I can play games on it. But during my late 20's and to the present day as an early 30 year old dude, i tend to have detracters. Most of my friends are not gamers. I got a friend who is a gamer but majority of my friends are not gamers. They are around my age. Most of them have kids and wives. One night I went out with a group of friends and a girl that I got the hots for asked me a question that stops me on my tracks. We discussed about a lot of stuff and then I brought up video gaming and how I love to play video games. The girl I had the hots for asked "Aren't you too old for video games?" You know that screeching sound from a vynal disc that stops the music? Yea that sound happened in my head. I was like no you didn't! No you didn't asked me that question. I was offended believe it or not with that question for some reason. I told her it is never too old to love video games. I will be playing video games until im 90. I couldn't care less. Then she said "you're like a man child." Isn't it a waste of time?" Anyway the night kind of end in a sour note but I dont want to get into it.
The question to you guys is am I too old to play video games? Weather its on PC, console or handheld. The idea that video games are for kids to me is one of the most uneducated, prejudice and ignorant statement anybody can have. However, do I blame them? Is it the video game culture that causes this? My arguement for that ignorant believes is that it is a hobby. No such hobby should have any age bearing. Why am I considered a loser because I spend hours playing video games? Why can't i say the same thing to anybody who spend hours on netflix watching game of thrones? Isn't that the same thing? So its ok to be old and watch a tv series for hours but its not ok to play video games for hours? Why do people always have to hide the fact that they buy a game system not for their kids for for themselves? Is it considered taboo if you are a 45 year old man standing in line for a ps4 or xbox one and its not for your kids? I believe that you don't have to be in the "gaming industry" to be allowed to play video games even when you are in your 30's 40's 50's 60's and beyond. Video games to me is for all ages. Its not taboo to spend hours on video gaming. It doesn't make you a loser or a man child or immature. I can say the same thing for people spending hours on anything like say playing farmville on facebook.
But maybe some of you guys do think its for kids. Maybe you do think people are losers especially my age and up to play video games. I would like to hear your opinions on it.
Edited by epicwolf, February 24, 2014 - 01:09 PM.