View Full Version : Am I too old for these "things"?
Wed, 14th Jul '04, 1:37pm
Ok, I'm about to be 34, few days back, my mother told me: "still spending money/time in that crap?"
Crap= pc games; new hardware so I can play many of the new pc games; things related...
I remember when my first game encounter, I was 13 and I was living in a small town; walking to school one day I heard this strange noises, walk in to a local and I saw the beautiest thing in the world: Moon Patrol, Dig Dug; Popeye; Phoenix; Mr Do; Galaxian... I never forget that day, since then, I spend almost every day some time playing some kind of game, either pc game, console game or those little machines connected to a tv (called here Family); of course, since I spend more time doing that than studying, my mother never liked those things that stole my time/money. Now, everytime I go to see my family (they live 400 km from where I live) I take with me some pc games and I spend more time in my sister's because his son has a pc so I can teach and play with him; that makes mom go crazy: Why you come here? To be there all day long and play that xxxx? What about me? your brother?...
So, am I too old for this?
[ July 14, 2004, 23:06: Message edited by: Taluntain ]
Wed, 14th Jul '04, 2:01pm
If you enjoy doing something and are still physically capable of doing it I would argue that you can never be "too old" for it.
For the specific example of computer games I think that the suggestion that one could be too old to play computer games is just out to lunch. I know plenty of people in their 50s to 80s who are avid computer game players. My uncle is probably the best Grand Theft Auto player that I have ever come across. As a matter of fact, if a computer game involves driving fast cars he probably has it and is damned good at it.
Of course, that doesn't mean that you might not be playing them too often but that is a matter of time management.
Bahir the Red
Wed, 14th Jul '04, 2:18pm
You are not too old for it, and should not stop playing unless it gets in the way of your career and life (also, with your expertese knowledge of games maybe you can, when out of work, find a job at a computer/game magazine)
Wed, 14th Jul '04, 2:26pm
I never though myself as too old for this, like JSBB says, if you enjoy it...
Sometimes there are time issues, I had this girfriend once that didn't like me "spending" time playing on my pc, what you do then? I want to "spend" some moment (just an hour or 2 in a week) but she doesn't want that I spend even 5 minutes... Would you quit it?
Now is a different story, my girfrien likes it, in fact, she's good at it, and she's 32...
[ July 14, 2004, 14:39: Message edited by: Sydax ]
Wed, 14th Jul '04, 2:38pm
My advice, don't spend the rest of your 30's playing video games.
Wed, 14th Jul '04, 2:39pm
Well Sydax, if I had a girlfriend who objected to me spending an hour or two a week doing something that I enjoy I would probably think that this girl is far too controlling and show her the door.
Wed, 14th Jul '04, 3:02pm
If you enjoy what you do, by all means keep doing it, and don't let anyone tell you what you should or should not do. Of course, if all you do is sit in front of your PC and play games, neglecting everything else in your life, you have a slight problem. :D
But if it's your hobby, you're definitely not too old for it. Who decides what age you should be to do certain stuff anyway ? One person collects stamps or coins, another likes to jump off bridges with a bungee rope, another loves to assemble and disassemble vehicles, and you like to play games, so what ?
In my street lives an old man (i think he's in his seventies) and he plays with electric trains. His house is totally adjusted to those little trains. He sits in the middle, and watches the show. To each his own, no ? ;)
Wed, 14th Jul '04, 4:35pm
I'm 21 and family has been telling me for a long time that I'm too old.
/me waits for Splunge to post :D
Wed, 14th Jul '04, 4:47pm
If you're happy with it, truly happy, then it's ok.
If games prevent you from getting something else you need (work, studies, hobbies, a sexlife), then it's obviously a problem. But like said, if you have what *you* need, what makes you happy, then it's nobody else's business.
I'm 22, played games since 9 or something. And my family's told me I'm too old since I was 10. ;)
To be honest, I believe games will be some part of my life as long as I live. My imagination and desire for new adventures is just too great for a regular "gameless" life.
Wed, 14th Jul '04, 5:44pm
My last girlfriend didn't approve of me playing videogames at all..she was gone pretty fast. But to answer your question no you aren't. I know many people in their 40's who still love to play videogames.
Dark Haired Beauty
Wed, 14th Jul '04, 6:50pm
Your never too old for video games or candy or anything that makes your feel good inside.
I plan on playing BG-XX with my virtual headgear on computers that no longer need keyboards that read brainwaves. :borg:
Aldeth the Foppish Idiot
Wed, 14th Jul '04, 7:42pm
I think I will follow the sentiment of most other people here. I certainly think that you must prioritize your life, and see what things are most important to you. For example, I have concluded that my work, career, and a relationship with my wife all come before gaming, which is probably a wise decision. That having been said, once I have fulfilled those other criteria, I have no problem playing games. I would say that I play games almost daily, from about 1730-1900.
Wed, 14th Jul '04, 11:03pm
As a resident "old guy" (37), and given that Splunge is gone for two weeks, I will chime in as follows: If you are playing games such that you find yourself more looking forward to playing the game than anything else during the day, it's time to step back and reassess. If the game is merely your version of TV watching or book reading or something like that, no big deal.
I play one CRPG or another on average three nights a week for about an hour or two at a pop. That's about all.
Thu, 15th Jul '04, 3:00am
Now everybody, to quote Lethal Weapon 4...
"We're not too old for this sh*t!"
Thu, 15th Jul '04, 3:05am
Where's Splunge when you need him? He's the unofficial pin-up boy for the greying, balding, members of SP and he'll set you straight.
Thu, 15th Jul '04, 7:18am
I agree with dmc. And in your case, Sydax, you are visiting love ones that you don't often see. It is a good advice that you prioritize them. What's the point of going to their place if you're not going to spend time doing things with them. And besides, you can always play your games when you're at home.
Thu, 15th Jul '04, 1:33pm
Well, my situations is particular one, because two months ago I lost my job, so I live my days trying to find a new one, is not that I need it badly because I do some other particular jobs, by the time when I was with my former girfriend, she didn't like that I play any game at all, computer is for work, she said, my life never was only playing games style, but this is my hobby, this is what I do when I got tired to see the same stupid things on TV or when I read every book I bought and even after doing some sports and see friends. But I see/think/feel that playing games (most pc) is a part of my life, it has just a very little piece of the cake but still is part of it. Why some people deny/don't like some things that you do? even if that the thing you do doesn't hurt anybody.
But worry not, You will hear from me, because now, is a new era in my life, but that's for another post...
Thu, 15th Jul '04, 9:56pm
I was with my former girfriend, she didn't like that I play any game at allGood thing that she's your former girlfriend. She shouldn't be trying to change you if you belong together.
I will chime in as follows: If you are playing games such that you find yourself more looking forward to playing the game than anything else during the day, it's time to step back and reassess. If the game is merely your version of TV watching or book reading or something like that, no big deal.
That says it all pretty well.
Fri, 16th Jul '04, 12:56am
You're never too old!
Heck, I'll be playing computer and D&D 'till the day I die :p
Fri, 16th Jul '04, 1:23pm
Few days later after my game-encounter I was finishing for the third time Moon Patrol, I was very good at it, then one day, they made a tournament, remember that you could put your initials when you made a record? Well, the rules for the tournament were that you had to sign in a book what you signature would be so I picked DAX because by that time I was readin a comic named that way, so I won in Moon Patrol and Phoenix... every place form 1st to 5th, so the gave me a little cup full of coins so imagine: I had almos 500 coins, almost to play forever! because of course, being good in a game gives you the chance to play several hours (like ancients games, not like the new ones that are made to lose so you can buy another coin). So, from that day, Jesper, I made a promise to me: I'm going to play this things forever! Anyway, long ago I forgot that promise but I always find a little time to play them again.
Sun, 18th Jul '04, 2:20pm
Its abit like thinking that an 80 year old man is too old to play golf ... My grandad still plays it and he's 83 i think :)
Sun, 25th Jul '04, 4:43am
Man, go away for two weeks and suddenly I'm in demand. :D
Anyway, as the oldest regular poster here (to the best of my knowledge), I'll just reinforce what others have said. As long as playing games doesn't interfere with more important aspects of your life (work, family, personal hygiene), and as long as you don't spend all your spare time gaming, then I don't see anything wrong with it.
Of course, that applies regardless of your age.
Personally, I spend maybe 5 hours a week playing games. For me, this is time that others probably spend watching T.V., which I do very little of.
Mon, 26th Jul '04, 3:08am
Splunge, I don't know how old you are but I doubt that you are the oldest poster. Just the oldest to admit it. A lot of Seniors play PC games. Maybe more play RTS or city building then RPG. I will admit to being in the over 50 group and have been playing PC games for ages. Started with "Betrayl at Krondor". It is addictive and can interfer with real life but as a hobby it's great and you meet so many interesting people on the forums. As everyone says just keep your priorities straight.
Mon, 26th Jul '04, 3:40am
Be still, my beating heart!!!
Did I just read your post correctly, Nakia - you are over 50?! If so, then, at 44, I am no longer the oldest regular (or semi-regular) posting SP member!!! :D
And also if so, where the heck were you when this topic (http://www.sorcerers.net/ubb/ultimatebb.php/topic/18/505.html) was going on? :p
Mon, 26th Jul '04, 3:48am
Nakia - it has been scientifically verified that Splunge is indeed the oldest regular poster on the BoM.
Dark Haired Beauty
Tue, 27th Jul '04, 12:09am
Scientifically verified. Did someone cut him open and count the rings! :lol:
Tue, 27th Jul '04, 1:14am
@Sydax: as a 15 year old I feel rather wet behind the ears posting here, but with what little wisdom I have been bestowed with, I'd advise you not to give up on something you like to do - be this bungee-jumping, PC gaming, or knitting woolen sweaters...
I game for at least an hour a day on school days, or for 8 hours at a time during vacations, I rarely watch TV, gaming is what I *like* to do so I do it.
Now of course as an adult there are responsibilities that I don't have to deal with yet, but relaxing and having fun is also important, and if that is what you get from gaming, than by all means go ahead - and let no-one tell you otherwise.
Doing what one likes to do is imperative for having a happy life, IMHO anyway.
Keep the faith :holy:
Tue, 27th Jul '04, 3:14am
I agree that Splunge is the oldest Regular poster since I don't post regularly. I may visit but don't always post. But I am a supporter of SP and it is one of my two favorite boards. So Splunge can have the Oldest Regular Poster title but I claim the Oldest Suporter Title at least for now.
Sorry Splunge, when this topic started I was off building Viking Villages and moding their forum. Things are slow there. Also I think the cat ate one of my BG II disks and Ican't install it on my new PC. :mad:
Tue, 27th Jul '04, 3:24am
Oh, but you fessed up in the other thread. :D
And to quote myself in that thread:
The fact that she has less than 10% of my post count total is only an indication that she actually has a life. :D
Sat, 31st Jul '04, 10:05pm
I agree that you are never too old to play video/computer games but I also think you have to be responsible with your life. For the "elders" who are gamers, maybe it is actually a better suited recreation for them because they do have the time and they aren't busy raising kids or trying to get an education. If they are low income then they don't have to travel anywhere for their recreation and the same goes for seniors with mobility problems.
I think the problem with video gaming happens when it becomes an addiction and gets in the way of spending time with family and taking care of responsibilities. I know more than one person who has lost a marriage as a result of computer addiction. And anyone who has been married knows that when you lose a marriage you lose a lot more with it. I also know someone who spends so much time on the computers that he looks like a vampire. It can't be healthy.