How old is too old to play video games?

Philippines
September 9, 2009 10:06am CST
People from all over the world love playing video games but when do you consider yourselves mature enough to leave the gaming world? If your young or in your teens it is understandable that you love playing video games. When your in your 30's or higher some people would tend to say stuff like "Your too old to be playing video games.", "At this age you should set your priorities rather than playing video games" and "Get a life, go out and have some fun in the real world." Well for my opinion, anybody no matter what the age, just as long as your enjoying and you still know the difference between the real and the virtual world, can play video games. What is your stand on this issue?
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• United States
29 Jan 10
I do not think that you are ever too old to play video games as long as you like them and are having fun. They have actually done studies that show that video gaming helps improve hand-eye coordination and helps to keep your mind sharp, as long as that is not the only thing that you do all day every day. If you keep your gaming to an appropriate amount of time, then I think that it is definitely a good thing to do. If a child is allowed to play video games, then I definitely think that parents should play those video games with their children. It not only helps the parents learn and understand what things the children like but also it is a family bonding opportunity. I think that parents should interact with their children in other ways, too, but video games are one aspect of that interaction. As the video game generation becomes older, I bet that you will find grandparents playing video games with their grandchildren. In fact, some of them probably already do this. Therefore, I do not think that you are ever too old to play video games.
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• Philippines
30 Jan 10
I agree with all that you said but what is an appropriate amount of time for you? I think appropriate time is subjective, it differs to different people. My appropriate time would be twelve hours or more
• Philippines
30 Jan 10
Oh by the way I really appreciate you and sagnik resurrecting my first ever discussion made in mylot
• United States
30 Jan 10
I think that an appropriate amount of time is enough for you to relax, have some fun and enjoy playing the game but not so much that you ignore other things in your life and do not do the things that are supposed to do and avoid taking care of your responsibilities because you are addicted to the video games. You need to have a decent balance in your life, otherwise you might miss out on the good things in your life out in the real world while you are consumed by virtual reality.
@sagnik42 (3598)
• India
26 Jan 10
I would say, the older you are the better you will play. I play video games all the time. Well, recently my PC crashes whenever I start a game. I do not know what the problem is but am trying to find it out. However, I will never stop playing video games. I have loved them since I started and will be some 10 years back and I am continuing. I can spend whole days playing games. The multiplayer which you can play with your friends are great, but single player games also rock.
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• Philippines
26 Jan 10
I'm more serious now in my life but like you I will never leave the gaming scene. Everyone of us needs time to relax ourselves and have fun. There was this time in my life that I would wake up in the morning brush my teeth, eat breakfast then go to meet my friend in a computer shop just to play the whole day. That hobby lasted about three months almost without missing a single day
@sagnik42 (3598)
• India
26 Jan 10
I did that until recently. The only difference was that I would sit in front of my own computer and play online with my friends. During the June-July of last year I used to play Counter Strike online for 7-8 hours a day. We are all on the same boat.
• Philippines
26 Jan 10
Haha we have a lot in common when it comes to video games
• United States
18 Oct 09
I agree with the majority on this issue. Videogames are a source of entertainment, and no one is too old for that. Videogaming replaced all forms of TV entertainment (TV shows, movies, etc.) for me starting with the Nintendo 64. To say I'm too old or I will get too old to play videogames is like asking my grandparents, "Aren't you too old to be watching TV still?" They prefer TV and my husband and I prefer videogames. We play videogames a few hours a day together and yet still have time to cook all of our meals, my husband works full time and I own and run a real estate business, exercise, do other hobbies (write, art, read, etc.), my husband goes to an online school, housework, etc. There are people who are addicted to videogaming...then again, you can't say there aren't people who are addicted to TV. To say addiction or the maturity/lack of maturity applies to one form of entertainment and not the other is absurd. Great discussion!
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• Philippines
26 Jan 10
I wish I could have commented earlier on this one. You have provided a very well described stand on this discussion. I hope you are still lotting. I would love to hear more from you
@Humbug25 (12551)
15 Oct 09
Hi there hexeduser22 There is no such thing as too old to play video games, look at me I am 38 years old and in some people's eyes that is old but certainly not too old to play video games!!
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• Philippines
30 Jan 10
How about when you are 80 years old? Would you still think the same?
• Canada
15 Sep 09
I agree with your opinion. You can never be too old to play video games as long as it doesn't become an obsession. I think that anyone who tells another that "you're too old to play games" or anything like that is someone who doesn't care for games at all, and is probably an opinion that should be ignored. Everyone has a hobby, and some people's hobbies just so happens to be playing video games. I mean, why stop doing something you love and find fun because someone thinks it's juvenile? Besides, I think that playing video games when you're older would be a nice way to deal with stress. And depending on what games you're playing, it could be a nice way to keep your mind sharp.
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• Philippines
20 Oct 09
Nicely said. Nothing more to add you've said it all
• United States
10 Sep 09
I really don't think there is an age where people should stop playing games. Obviously there comes a point where people should stop playing games all day and actually work for a living and play games more casually than before. I think gaming only really becomes a problem when someone is obsessed with gaming and really makes it their whole lives.
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• Philippines
20 Oct 09
Obsession is really bad not for gaming alone but in all other aspects as well
@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
15 Oct 09
The idea behind playing games is for fun and relaxation. The older generations want to have fun too. No one is too old to play video games. I play a lot in my laptop. have fun!
@rg0205 (2638)
• Hong Kong
10 Sep 09
I used to think that video games are just for kids but then when the PSP, PS3, Nintendo came out then older people started to get into it, too. I think age doesnt matter anymore as long as youre not neglecting your responsibilities.
• Philippines
10 Sep 09
Nice input all hail the development of the modern consoles
• Philippines
12 Sep 09
I think that game was duck hunt. You shoot green ducks for fun lol
@rg0205 (2638)
• Hong Kong
12 Sep 09
OMG! YES! LOL! It's Duckhunt! I loved that game hehehehe
@KaraKATAD (246)
• Philippines
10 Sep 09
I think that everyone can play video games, as long as they enjoy it. Also, it's all good and fun as long as you do your responsibilities. No one has the right to tell us that what we're doing is wrong if it doesn't hurt anyone or break the divine rules. You should enjoy life to the fullest, and it's your choice on what you want to do.
• Philippines
10 Sep 09
Nothing more to add, very clear and straightforward
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• Philippines
10 Sep 09
Thank you for choosing my response. ^^ Have a good day and happy mylotting~
• India
9 Sep 09
I don't think theres any age to play for playing.Its also some form of entertainment.Anyone can enjoy it. But I don't know why ppl say that computer games are only for small children and old ppl should not play it...
• Philippines
9 Sep 09
I think people got the idea that video games are just for children because for the past years gaming industries target markets are children.
9 Sep 09
i agree but there is no reason to stop playing games or otherwise life would be very boring :D
• United States
14 Sep 09
in my opinion i never think its too old for someone to do what they enjoy. I plan on playing video games until my joints freeze up due to authritis. If it something that lets you just relax and enjoy yourself i dont thinks there is a minimum or maximum age. I've been playing since my hands were big enough for the controller. Playing video games with my friends has always been an enjoyable hobby for me. Now if it was something like collecting action figures then i'd put an age cap on that
• Philippines
20 Oct 09
What a passion for gaming! Just keep enjoying and be the best that you can be in both worlds, virtual and the real world
@sage09 (35)
• Philippines
10 Sep 09
Is there really an age limit to playing?Its like saying that you should bury the child in you.Haha for me its more like play appropriately to age.Lets say a married,working full grown man is not good to be seen playing video games all day.
• Philippines
10 Sep 09
Being a responsible individual you should definitely lessen time allotted to playing video games
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
10 Sep 09
I don't think you should ever be too old to play video games. Having fun and playing games is what will keep us young.
• Philippines
10 Sep 09
When it comes to health playing video games is beneficial just don't over do it.
@adiel35 (69)
• Indonesia
10 Sep 09
I think there is no age limit for someone who love playing video game, it,s about hobby and pleasure , i think we never let other people blocking our hobby, as long as playing video game not harm our selves or other i htink it,s normal, without the need to look at how old we are : )
• Philippines
10 Sep 09
You got that right!
• United States
10 Sep 09
the age to stop playing video games is when you can no longer understand what is going on in the game.
• Philippines
10 Sep 09
yeah that's very understandable
• Australia
10 Sep 09
i totally agree with hexeduser22. The last time i saw a 50 years old man who friend's dad of mine was playing a computer game and i was a bit surprised. I thought that only young people or teen would like to play game but since gaming in present day has developed so much, graphic got better and better make every one want to jump to buy new release game. Do you guys know the latest strategy game? I like strategy game very much, especially Empire total war came out. Any one has tried it yet? What your experience with this game?
• Philippines
10 Sep 09
Now a days I don't know much about the latest or whats hip and I haven't tried playing Empire total war but definitely I love playing strategy games. Ill sharesome inputs if I can grab myself a copy
@realan (520)
• United States
10 Sep 09
There definitely is no age limit. There are so many different types of games available. You can learn a new language, improve your skills, learn to cook, role playing, driving, sports etc. There really is a game for everyone. My husband and I play with our Wii and our DS's, along with our 9 year old daughter. I would stil play video games at the age of 90.
• Philippines
10 Sep 09
Very well said. Your not only enjoying your also learning.
• China
10 Sep 09
"your too old to be playing viedo games " and"At this age you should set your priorities rather than playing viedo games" will said to you if you are play it when you are no longer young.But I think ,play viedo games is good for your health.You can go on with it! have a nice day.
• Philippines
10 Sep 09
Anyone can be young, its either your young or young at heart
@daliaj (5689)
• India
10 Sep 09
I don't think there is an age limit to play video games. I play it and my parents also enjoy playing it. I had a thought previously that video games and cartoon moviese are only for kids. But, when I got introduced to the world of them I started liking it and used to play evern now and then. Playing video games appears to be a stress breaker for me.
• Philippines
10 Sep 09
Yeah more and more games are designed to benefit their gamers
• Canada
10 Sep 09
I think that 25 is too old for video games. I think that by the time you reach your thirties you should have a job and a family to care for. By then video games should be something your kids play with not you. Besides it's much better getting out there and living your life and taking care of your family. right?
• Philippines
10 Sep 09
That's good point. But for me you can still play, that of course if you still have the time, it could develop a bond within the family specially when your kids love playing video games. I think the only difference when playing video games as a responsible parent/husband/wife and playing video games as a young and single individual is the time devoted to playing.