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Video Games Conquer The Elderly 48

bedake writes "The New York Times has up an article discussing the increase in retired people getting interested in online computer games. 'PopCap Games in Seattle, the maker of the diversions so popular at St. Mary, says its games have been downloaded more than 200 million times since the company was founded in 2000. A spokesman said that the company was stunned by results of a customer survey last year: 71 percent of its players were older than 40, 47 percent were older than 50, and 76 percent of PopCap players were women.' The piece goes on to discuss the popularity of the Wii console, as well, a subject discussed on Slashdot before."
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Video Games Conquer The Elderly

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  • Blah (Score:2, Funny)

    by iMySti ( 863056 )
    My grandpa for one welcomes his new 8-Bit overlords.
  • Great. We're beating cancer, eradicating diseases, living for decades longer than our ancestors - and spending those bonus years playing Insaniquarium.
  • by Southpaw018 ( 793465 ) * on Friday March 30, 2007 @02:56PM (#18547321) Journal
    Since when is 40 "elderly?" There are lots of people of retirement age who play games like those made by PopCap and who play on and like sites. In fact, the article focuses mainly on people who are over 60.

    Yet the quote for the article summary is a survey done on age brackets at 40 and 50 - hardly people who could be called "elderly".
    • Since when is 40 "elderly?"
      I propose we call them elderish .
    • Really. Folks in their 40's are the video game generation and the first microcomputer game generation, so of COURSE we're going to buy games. I'm 44, and I grew up on TRS-80's, Apple II's, and Space Invaders. :-)
    • It's old enough that you shouldn't trust. Remember "don't trust anyone over 30"?
    • Was it Lost In Space or Star Trek that used that '60s reference to refer to anyone over 30?
  • Survey Respondents (Score:3, Insightful)

    by EveryNickIsTaken ( 1054794 ) on Friday March 30, 2007 @02:58PM (#18547355)
    Youth and young adults don't take surveys. Old people with too much free time do. Read into this as you will.
    • Don't you mean, "In Korea, only old people take surveys?"
    • I have to agree with that. My mother who's age is numberless (no seriously we haven't created a number that high) is sorta addicted to quizzes and surveys and such. I get tons of free stuff in the mail because she filled out "X offer" or did "X quiz" for me. She's one of those mystery shoppers, she's one of those that people call to ask their opinions on and so on.

      I'm almost 40 years younger, and I don't even have 5 minutes that I'd be willing to give to a quiz, I like single question polls where I don't
    • by Hatta ( 162192 )
      I like taking surveys. Especially ones about beans and George Wendt.
  • Hah! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by 7Prime ( 871679 ) on Friday March 30, 2007 @02:58PM (#18547361) Homepage Journal
    Hopefully, we'll stop having to hear these assholes talk about how the Wii is "kiddy". People will come to their senses and realize that by "kiddy" they simply mean, "not between the ages of 12 and 18", which makes the other consoles look a mite immature by comparison.
    • "Hopefully, we'll stop having to hear these assholes talk about how the Wii is "kiddy". "

      I actually prefer to hear them refer to myself (34) and my wife (also 34) as "kiddies" who don't value their $600+ consoles, it helps to clarify that these console makers are out of touch with what consumers want, and therefore helps me to avoid their products.

      Any company that is that out of touch with gamers and their desires in gaming (who think derogatory comments will shame people into purchasing) obviously won't be
    • Indeed. "The Wii is for kiddies and old people" is much better.
      • by 7Prime ( 871679 )
        Well, only if you're using the anime definition of "old people"... that being anyone over the age of 18.
  • It's not really surprising that the older generations are getting into online games. With the trend of computers and technology being an integral part of almost all aspects of society, it's only natural that everyone eventually gets involved. The stereotype of old people viewing modern technology as "evil" or "weird" is left to the fading past.

    It's also interesting to see the outlet for older people to conversers and interact with a larger, and broader group of people. Not saying that the elderly don't

  • by Captain Splendid ( 673276 ) <capsplendid&gmail,com> on Friday March 30, 2007 @02:59PM (#18547381) Homepage Journal
    To conquer the elderly, drive them before you, and hear the lamentations of their pacemakers!
    • by Seumas ( 6865 )
      I don't see how this is a big deal to begin with. Elderly people today are not the same elderly people as a decade or two ago. Today's elderly people grew up listening to rock and roll and dancing naked in the mud at Woodstock. It's not like today's elderly people were doing the waltz in those old dresses with the enormous wire ass attached to them that the dress poofs out over and lamenting the loss of the horse and buggy. It's not the same jump as taking someone who was born before talkies and held jobs d
  • by illegalcortex ( 1007791 ) on Friday March 30, 2007 @03:00PM (#18547393)
    I can't wait until I'm elderly and in a nursing home with a computer and internet connection. It will be nothing but gaming all day and all night ("all night" being 4pm-8pm). And I'll have someone to bring me food and clean up after me. It will be just like NES years. Only with more organ failure.
    • On a somewhat related topic, I remember a story last year about a nursing home in Florida where there was an epidemic of STDs in the community. Apparently, many there thought they were immune to such things after a certain age. Couple that fact with lots of free time...well...
  • Hmm.... (Score:1, Troll)

    by LordPhantom ( 763327 )
    Having not read the article, I'd like to know...... ... do they call these Video Games "Acute Heart Disease" and "Alzheimers"?
  • Brain age (Score:2, Interesting)

    by QueePWNzor ( 1044224 )
    Nintendo has been bragging like hell about their "touch generations" stuff like Brain Age. The Wii, too. It does have some success, but real games for granddad are yet to come. Besides, Brain Age and Wii Sports compliment old people by giving them a lower age!
  • by ewg ( 158266 ) on Friday March 30, 2007 @03:12PM (#18547609)

    The Nintendo Wii: it's not your father's game console--it's your grandfather's game console.

    Note to young whippersnappers: this joke references an advertising slogan for a defunct brand of automobile.

    Further note to young whippersnappers: get off my lawn.

    • I probably wouldn't have gotten that, had my Grandfather not owned an Oldsmobile dealership... I guess I'm a whippersnapper...
  • We won't have alzheimer's - continuing to play video games may help prevent or hold off its onset - but we'll all have surgery for our carpal tunnel every few years when we hit our 70s because we WON'T stop playing video games. I may as well buy those wrist braces now...
    • "I may as well buy those wrist braces now..."

      I've no idea whether to mod you funny or insightful so I'll comment instead. I picked up a copy of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome a couple of years ago and I'm still getting the hang of the controls.

  • Old news (Score:3, Insightful)

    by vandelais ( 164490 ) on Friday March 30, 2007 @03:47PM (#18548111)
    Elderly people have been playing networked games for several years now.
    They even travel great distances to play.
    The places that host these games are called casinos. They have addictive gameplay, and are networked together to the extent of determining the maximum jackpot awarded.

  • What do you mean 40 or 50 is elderly?! ... excuse me ... HEY GET OFF MY LAWN!! Dang kids, now where'd I put that rocket launcher.
  • In Soviet Korea, only old people conquer videogames!
  • ... is the majority of the conquered elderly South Korean or French?
  • ...92% of people under age 40 are too busy to bother with filling out inane surveys about crappy little online PC games.
  • As one in the "Elderly" generation (I'm 47), I can say that I have had my periods of video game addiction. My parents, who are in their 70s, spend hours at a time playing Freecell on their his and her's laptops, even when I visit. They've always liked card games and table games like Dominoes and Scrabble, the games they like on the computer are an extension of this genre.
  • Video Games Conquer The Elderly
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