Wired Magazine has an interesting article about young gamers versus older gamers. The consensus is that-- while aging gamers aren't necessarily losing skills because of a natural process, younger gamers were trained with better tools. For instance, a great Halo 3 player may get "pwnd" because he grew up playing Pac-Man while the others trained on something like Modern Warfare 2.
"The younger guys have much more refined motor skills, [having grown up] with more-advanced systems," said David Walsh, the oldest player in the Major League Gaming. "I don’t feel like getting older means getting worse. I just think that the younger guys are getting so much better." He added that the other players call him "Grandpa Walsh." He is 25.
But there's a time issue too. The younger generation has more time to spare. Older gamers-- especially those who take on full-time jobs and have a family-- find it difficult to set time aside for games. Thus, when they return to the scene, there are feelings of high-level frustration because it appears they have fallen behind. But there also seems to be a lack of sportsmanship, teamplay, or any kind of code of conduct, thus leaving the game undesirable for an older generation.
“I jump into a match (MAG for PS3)," explains Wired's Gus Mastrapa. "The chatter in my headset makes me feel like I just climbed onto a prison short bus in Mobile, Alabama. My knuckle-dragging squad mates drawl insults at each other, make fun of my handle and call everyone’s sexuality into question. Maybe it is just a matter of being able to put up with it: Who else but a fellow teenager would stand for this constant abuse long enough to get any good at the game?"
Mastrapa is 37, and said that he's played games since the Atari 2600.