I recently read a post in a facebook group by a woman who was told by someone that she was ‘too old’ to play World of Warcraft. She was understandably upset as she had never considered that 40 would be the cut off age for enjoying a favourite pastime.
While it bemuses me that attitudes like this are still around, I – like many gamers – have experienced the “games are for kids” attitude at least once in my life.
It always makes me chuckle because I am not sure how ditching the controller and just watching TV makes someone more grown up, especially when you consider that games are still being refused classification here in Australia due to their adult content.
I wonder if this attitude comes from an older generation who watched their kids grow up with games, but missed the part where the games were also growing up with them.
When I started playing video games we were into Alex the Kidd and Sonic the Hedgehog, but as my brother and I got older (and more reclusive, because that’s what teenagers do!) our parents never really saw that the games we were playing were no longer brightly coloured 8 bit dudes jumping around punching things, collecting rings or eating hamburgers.
Instead we were playing Final Fantasy and Metal Gear Solid — games that were not only more complex, but also had in depth story lines that sometimes dealt with distinctly adult themes.
Well, that’s my theory anyhow.
I guess it will come as no surprise that I think there is no such thing as an age limit on when a person has to stop doing something they love. 14 or 40, there is no harm in indulging in a bit of virtual reality — as long as all the boring adult stuff is done first. The haters really don’t know what they’re missing out on 😉
What do you think? Can a person be ‘too old’ for gaming? Share your thoughts in the comments below.