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The Aging Gamer (Blog of Skadave)

Posted by skadave, 18 April 2013 · 233 views

I am starting this blog to keep a journal of how my gaming experiences play out as i get older. I would like to start off by giving you some information about myself that may put things into perspective.

Age: 39
Born and Raised: NY Metropolitan Area
Current Residence: Maplewood NJ
Work: Manhattan Based Printing Company
Marital Status: Married
Children: 2 (1 Girl Age 5 1/2 - 1 Boy Age 1 1/2)
Current Consoles Owned: Xbox 360 (Preferred Console), PS3, PSVita, Nintendo Wii (Not Currently Hooked Up to Television)

I have been an active gamer since my father bought an Apple 2+ in the early 80s. I was quite young when this happened but I do remember playing Mystery House, Ruski Duck, Lemonade Stand, and a star combat game which I cannot remember the title. From then I owned a Colecovision, NES, Gameboy, Genesis (Which i bought late when I was in college and never really used), PSone, Dreamcast, PS2, Gameboy Advance, Gamecube, DS, Xbox 360, Wii, PS3, and a PSVITA.


From this point, I will most likely put up some gaming impressions, either reviews, quick thoughts, or lifestyle changes and how they affect my gaming.

My goal is to see how my impressions change as I (and my family) get older. For instance right now I have ZERO patience when it comes to games that are difficult (I do not have the time to do things more than once).

Ideally I would like to build a dialog with other gamers to see how things have changed as they get older, to see what they have done, or not done differently.




I am starting this blog to keep a journal of how my gaming experiences play out as i get older. I would like to start off by giving you some information about myself that may put things into perspective.

Age: 39
Born and Raised: NY Metropolitan Area
Current Residence: Maplewood NJ
Work: Manhattan Based Printing Company
Marital Status: Married
Children: 2 (1 Girl Age 5 1/2 - 1 Boy Age 1 1/2)
Current Consoles Owned: Xbox 360 (Preferred Console), PS3, PSVita, Nintendo Wii (Not Currently Hooked Up to Television)

I have been an active gamer since my father bought an Apple 2+ in the early 80s. I was quite young when this happened but I do remember playing Mystery House, Ruski Duck, Lemonade Stand, and a star combat game which I cannot remember the title. From then I owned a Colecovision, NES, Gameboy, Genesis (Which i bought late when I was in college and never really used), PSone, Dreamcast, PS2, Gameboy Advance, Gamecube, DS, Xbox 360, Wii, PS3, and a PSVITA.


From this point, I will most likely put up some gaming impressions, either reviews, quick thoughts, or lifestyle changes and how they affect my gaming.

My goal is to see how my impressions change as I (and my family) get older. For instance right now I have ZERO patience when it comes to games that are difficult (I do not have the time to do things more than once).

Ideally I would like to build a dialog with other gamers to see how things have changed as they get older, to see what they have done, or not done differently.
Heh, I have the exact same current consoles as you, only difference is that 360 is not my preferred.
Lately, I have been taking advantage of Play Station Plus (For both the Vita and PS3). So I have been playing more Play Station products than i have in the past.
Mystery house, Yes! I remember playing this game and i couldn't for the life of me remember the name. I just finally got a PS3, went through all the Uncharteds. Not sure what to get to next.
For me it's clear: time invested supersedes money spent. I buy most of my games in the $10-$25 range knowing that most I'll play for 4-6 hours over a weekend max. Sometimes when I realize something isn't worth too much of my time, I'll take the difficulty down a notch and at least what's there. Less ashamed to give up as well (I'm talking to you, jumping thingees in Dante's Inferno. Whatever happened to level select codes?)
I ran into a problem a few years ago finishing school and finding time for gaming. So I stopped buying games and started selling off chunks of my backlog. Finished school and had a good run last year till me daughter was born in August. Time has been very very limited now. My backlog is down around 30 games (it was 120 back in 2011) and at my current pace I will probably only play 5 of them this year. What little time I do have I try to use playing multiplayer with my friends, and that's pretty much it. At this point last year I had beaten 9 games. I'm at 1 so far this year, and another that I got the platinum in but beat last year.

Watching my daughter grow it's becoming more of no matter how much I want to play something, I need to work to support her and would rather spend my limited hours at home with her. Unless she passes out early, or days that I can start work late. Sorry that I rambled on, but after being a gamer for years like you (I'm 32.. I started on my Texas Instruments computer when I was 4 or 5), this is something I have struggled coming to terms with since my daughter's birth.
I have a drastically reduced fraction of the time available to me to 'game' than I did a few years ago. As such, I too have no patience for overly difficult games. This entails often playing on easier settings and not going for 100% completion or platinum trophies.

One of my main factors in purchasing games has become checking online before purchase to see how long a game is. My preference is games that take 6-8 hours to complete, with only certain exceptions (i.e. any Metal Gear or Batman/Arkham game).

Being 26, I missed out on the Apple II, but my first console was an Atari and damn, was it ever fun. Even when I got my NES, I think I still jumped on that Atari more often (which I still proudly own). Nothing quite like Outlaw, Pac-Man, Berzerk, and Space Invaders...anyone remember those steering control pads for Night Driver?
I'm looking forward to your blogs. I'm around the same age as you, and I also don't play any games on the most difficult setting. And I also don't try for 100% completion, as my time is limited.
I've got six years on you. I fondly remember the Apple II (then the II+ and the IIc I got for graduation). First console was a Magnavox Odyssey, but also had Atari 2600 and a hybrid computer/console with a cassette tape drive (boy, do I feel OLD now!) called the Imagination Machine. I thought the Commodore 64 was one of the best game machines around back then. I also gravitated towards the Colecovision if not for any other reason than the pack-in Donkey Kong game.

The only handhelds I can remember back in the day were the red-blip sports games like Mattel Football, basketball, soccer, baseball, etc. Had Sega Master System,Sega Genesis, original NES, Nintendo 64 and a few others but fell out of gaming after graduating college.

I collected arcade cabinets for awhile, just the ones I remembered fondly from my youth (and, yes, Donkey Kong was among them). But it wasn't until I opened a PC LAN / console gaming center that I started to get back into it. What an eye opener!

I too prefer the XBox 360 but own all the current gen stuff. Still on the fence about the Wii U, but looking very much forward to the PS4 and next XBox iterations. Having not grown up with the complicated dualshock and XBox controllers, I have a harder time with FPS games on console than I do on PC, which feels way more natural with a mouse and keyboard. I don't have a lot of time for gaming, but occasionally I'll get invested in something that takes a long time to finish, whittling away at it a few hours at a time (Skyrim, Dark Souls, Final Fantasy XIII and XIII-2 for example).

It was a whole lot easier when I was running the game center to sit down and play stuff with the customers, and I got into a few gamerscore competitions along the way, going from 0 to over 50,000 the first year. That may seem like kids play to some of you, but that was managed while working about 105 hours a week. (Being your own boss has its benefits, but going home after putting in a 9-5 day isn't one of 'em!)

I've toned things way down, even starting a fresh account back to zero (sitting about 25,000 now after 2.5 years on that tag) since then because it became as close to an obsession as I want to get.

I'll be watching your blog. Thanks for starting the discussion for some of us a little longer in the tooth than most on these boards.
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Hey, a fellow Apple ][ and Magnavox Oddyssey2 person here.

As I have gotten older, I don't have the patience to play through games that are overly difficult, I don't care for platformers all that much any more. I also like a focus that pushes the game forward instead of being lost and mindlessly wandering around until I accidentally trigger the game to move on. I like story in my game; I seem to be in the minority there: Too many people bitch about story scenes getting in the way of playing. This is probably why I like JRPGs; a story and strategy combat.

Having a child has taken away much of my gaming time. There are just too many other things that need to be done now.

I also seem to have less disposable income for gaming. It wasn't until Christmas 2011 that I got my first current gen console :ps3:. I don't expect to get a next gen console anytime soon.
Can we get an update OP