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Old 06-28-13, 11:13 PM
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Do you ever see yourself "growing out" of video games?

I hear this statement made over and over again, and it makes no sense to me cause I never hear the same thing said about music and movies, but I think they're comparable.

As long as original and interesting games are being created, I don't see how you can grow out of them or what that's even intended to mean?
Old 06-28-13, 11:18 PM
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Re: Do you ever see yourself "growing out" of video games?

Those sort of comments seem to come from people who didn't grow up with video games. The only thing I fear is one day getting to a point where I physically/mentally can longer continue to play games
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Re: Do you ever see yourself "growing out" of video games?

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I hear this statement made over and over again, and it makes no sense to me cause I never hear the same thing said about music and movies, but I think they're comparable.
I wouldn't really compare them. Movies are typically only two hours long. Video games are much more time consuming. As we get older, we tend to have less and less free time.

I kind of have grown out of video games, and yes I did grow up playing them. I started gaming with the Atari 2600 when I was just a few years old. I was in college when Final Fantasy VII launched. I played that game for literally 30 hours straight the first weekend. In college, 20-30 hour marathon gaming like that was a frequent occurrence for me.

Today, I just am not as much into gaming nearly as much as I used to be for a variety of reasons. I have less free time obviously, but also I just don't like the direction gaming has gone with placing more emphasis on a cinematic experience than a gameplay experience. I also don't like multiplayer so I don't use Xbox Live or anything, and missing out on that is missing out on a whole part of modern gaming.
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Re: Do you ever see yourself "growing out" of video games?

As someone who didn't know any parents (read: dads) who played games while I was growing up (I'm 26 now), I find all these guys on here with wives and children who are hardcore gamers to be odd. Totally weird to me. Again, for the reason above.
That being said I can see why that's changed. Games were specifically for kids while I was growing up. Now alot of them are targeted towards adults. I figure I'll still game, even if I get married and have kids.

One thing I have noticed is that I can no longer do long gaming sessions. I could play 8-10 hours straight easily when I was younger. Now I can barely play 2 hours.
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Re: Do you ever see yourself "growing out" of video games?

Originally Posted by Osiris3657 View Post
As someone who didn't know any parents (read: dads) who played games while I was growing up (I'm 26 now), I find all these guys on here with wives and children who are hardcore gamers to be odd. Totally weird to me. Again, for the reason above.
That being said I can see why that's changed. Games were specifically for kids while I was growing up. Now alot of them are targeted towards adults. I figure I'll still game, even if I get married and have kids.

One thing I have noticed is that I can no longer do long gaming sessions. I could play 8-10 hours straight easily when I was younger. Now I can barely play 2 hours.
Agreed on both your points.

My parents hated video games vehemently. If not for my uncle working at Sony I probably wouldn't have gotten a PSX.

I'm 25 btw (26 in a little over a month)
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Re: Do you ever see yourself "growing out" of video games?

I'll be playing the hell out of some videogames when I reach retirement.
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Re: Do you ever see yourself "growing out" of video games?

What RichC2 & DRG said.

Originally Posted by atrium View Post
I hear this statement made over and over again, and it makes no sense to me cause I never hear the same thing said about music and movies, but I think they're comparable.

As long as original and interesting games are being created, I don't see how you can grow out of them or what that's even intended to mean?
I always take it to mean someone can no longer justify the cost for the amount of time spent gaming.
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Re: Do you ever see yourself "growing out" of video games?

My dad turns 80 this year, and he's been playing video games as long as I have. I mean he likes golf and casino games, so it's not like he's an overall type of gamer, but still.

I mean modern slot machines are video games for the most part. Video Poker is a video game by it's very definition. Nobody says people are too old for those.

That being said, I think if I handed my dad a PS3 controller and tried to get him to play a more modern game, he'd be completely lost. I taught him how to play Tiger Woods on the PC with the mouse and keyboard though.

As for other forms of media, people outgrow music all the time. I listen to very little music recorded in the last decade, and most of it I do listen to was recorded by bands that were around long before the last decade.
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Re: Do you ever see yourself "growing out" of video games?

The only reason I would ever stop playing games is lack of time.
Old 06-29-13, 01:36 AM
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Re: Do you ever see yourself "growing out" of video games?

hardcore here....I have two kids in high school and another who will be next year. I still put in 8-10 hour game sessions. I don't think I will ever stop playing games. Just like I will never stop watching movies.
Old 06-29-13, 09:10 AM
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Re: Do you ever see yourself "growing out" of video games?

Pretty interesting post here so I'll chime in...

It'll be a day that will come for me when I sy no but it's still off despite my age...or the way I look it how old I actually feel. For those prior to married life and kids time seems to be in abundance. Kind of like living in n apartment and then having a house...more chores and responsibility = less time. Sad to say but time does not slow down; in fact seems to speed up over the years.

The thing with gaming is like music and movies...age really has no limit or bearing. As long as I can remember playing it's been a sort of unwritten rule, issue, concern, taboo with the age of gamers. I've played with everyone from 5 years old and up...more on the 5 year old later.

I chuckle and amused when I see and hear kids in their teens seem surprised at 25-30 year olds playing games and 25-3o year olds surprised 35-40 year olds with families playing. And of cours the real shocker anyone bove 45....those with walking canes and in wheelchairs playing games??? What's this world coming to....

As I've said I've played wih everyone from 5 and up...and find it quite refreshing and fun. It's a trip when I've done random co-op matches and at the end get invite and getasked the..."where are located and occasional how old are you". When they replay I tell them I'm old enough to be their dad and it's followed by

"whoaaa...seriously dude"...."ugh...yea..seriously dude I am and maybe more"... "hey...that's cool"

As to the 5 year old...he's special...my grandson. We play together...you know the Lego games, Brave, Crash Badigot, Skylanders and most recently Earth Defense Force. I did let him taste a big of Defiance since he likes shooting bugs but just a taste. He's got the Xbox controller button configuration down on five different games. In a couple of years we may be doing BF4, COD, Borderlands 4, Destiny or something. I play with my daughter and son-in-law who likes racing games...Sort of a family affair to say the least.

So a word to the wise and those who feel over-the-hill at the ripe age of 30...get a life because it's only started. Live as you feel and not as you are. And do not underestimate anyone with a game controller no matter if they're 5 yrs old or 80 (no...I'm not that far up yet but so what). Live Long and Prosper..and let the games begin....
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Re: Do you ever see yourself "growing out" of video games?

Since I work in the video game industry, I'd say no.
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Re: Do you ever see yourself "growing out" of video games?

I did grow out of gaming. I only fooled around a little with a friend's PS2, a couple of hours at the most and have never seen a original XBOX in person. So 7-8 years or so, did not play games. As soon as the format war was over I bought a PS3 because it was the best quality, best value blu-ray player, $399 80g version that was released in late 2008.
Eventually I also bought a few games.
Now I'm back gaming, much to my own surprise. And I have a lot of fun.
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Re: Do you ever see yourself "growing out" of video games?

I am already old enough I should have at 51 so I doubt it.

I guess is if my reaction speed and sight get so bad I just suck at them then it might happen from frustration.
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Re: Do you ever see yourself "growing out" of video games?

I'm 36 and my dad was never embarrased about playing video games. He used to play NES with me when I was little. My mom actually wouldn't let him take us to the arcade by himself when we were too little because he would be playing the games instead of watching us, lol.

I don't think I'll ever stop until my reflexes go.
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Re: Do you ever see yourself "growing out" of video games?

I'm 38, and it's not about me "growing out" of video gaming, but with four kids, and a demanding career, I just don't have the time to sit down and play.
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Re: Do you ever see yourself "growing out" of video games?

I'm over 40 and I still play. I just don't have the time to play as much and I don't like all the same kinds of games as when I was younger. I no longer have the patience for games that require lots of button-mashing and finger twitching, no matter how critically acclaimed they are ... just don't enjoy them. Likewise for games that make some kind of "grinding" a necessity.
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Re: Do you ever see yourself "growing out" of video games?

I only play a few hours a week, and once I have kids I can see that being very limited, just from observing friends when they first have kids. But I think I'll always have an interest and will play when time allows; just no more hardcore gaming sessions.

It's funny, I got a wii a few months after it came out. I got about 9 hours into Zelda before getting sick of it. When metroid came out, I only made it 1 1/2 hours before losing interest. I thought to myself "I must be growing out of this." Didn't touch a non-mobile game for three years. Finally got a ps3 when I was laid up from work for a few weeks. I couldn't believe how much fun it was! "So these are what real games are like!"

I doubt I'll ever completely lose interest again.
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Re: Do you ever see yourself "growing out" of video games?

I thought the answer would always be no. Until I had kids, a mortgage, had to finish my MBA, etc. So I'm not sure if "growing out" is the right phrase but I've lost so much free time that its getting lower and lower on my priority list.
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Yeah, about 10 years ago, I thought, there's no way I'll still be playing videogames when I hit 40. But here we are...

I do seem to play them less and less as I get older though.
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Re: Do you ever see yourself "growing out" of video games?

I actually thought that I would age out of playing video games (reasons/excuses: 39, kid, not enough time, don't want to buy a new system, yadda, yadda), but my daughter and I started playing through Lego Batman 2 together and she seems to like it so I may get another few years yet.
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Re: Do you ever see yourself "growing out" of video games?

A friend of mine and I had a conversation about this recently. We talked about how movies and games are often seen as a waste of time. I told him that almost anything you do outside of what is necessary for survival can be deemed a waste of time. When certain people ask me if I am going to stop gaming I ask them if they are going to stop hunting and fishing. Most of the time those activities turn out to be a "waste" of time. Enjoy your life and continue doing what you enjoy.
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Re: Do you ever see yourself "growing out" of video games?

Man great topic. This just hit me in the last 3 months or so. I was in the middle of the new Tomb Raider which is fantastic so it's not the game and I just lost interest in even turning on my Xbox and make and effort to dedicate time to even grab a controller. I don't know what's going on because I really was into TB and Dead Space 3 and from one day to the next nada.
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Re: Do you ever see yourself "growing out" of video games?

No. I've been playing since the first Pong system hit the bars and haven't stopped. I played with my son and now my grandkids. I *have* dropped the amount of time (from days to hours) and my tastes have changed somewhat but I still play at least a couple of hours a week.
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Sometimes, but then I buy another and I'm back again.

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