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Are Modern Shooters Too Much for Older Gamers?

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.

  • cipher84
    totally agree with this article. I'm 35 and when I hop on live with my son who is 12, not only is he unreal, but the amount of degrading sexual comments, and just plain swearing is almost jaw dropping. I mean I like to swear with the best of 'em, but trash talking should be more of a intelligble experience that does't rely on the words "your mom, gay, faggot, fu#$" etc... Talk about not having to worry about the kids playground at the school!
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  • cloakster
    The last part is so true cuz no one over 30 will be able to stand the trash talking that goes on. And go Walshy!
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  • nevertell
    Here's a good one- just ban the ones, that are screaming "ur dum!!!" and "no, ur DUM!".
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  • captaincharisma
    well i am not into FPS much these days anyway since most of them are all co-op now. granted i liked CTF games but i was mostly a death match type kinda player. man i miss the original unreal tournament.
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  • HVDynamo
    I see their point with the lack of sportsmanship, teamplay, and conduct. I am 27 and find it very irritating when people just bash each other the whole game. Its a game, its meant to be fun. It happens all to often when I am playing TF2 where no one on my team is working together, and guess who usually loses when that happens. Its called Team Fortress for a reason.
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  • captaincharisma
    cloaksterThe last part is so true cuz no one over 30 will be able to stand the trash talking that goes on. And go Walshy!
    got that right man if your an older guy and try to listen to the players playing these games it will sound like your in the middle of a junior high school LOL
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  • rodney_ws
    This is where dedicated servers come in to play. Control. I play TF2 with some of the nicest folks you could ever ask to meet... new people are always welcome, but attitudes aren't... and in-game admins see to this.
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  • Say rather that few people over the age of 30 would be particularly impressed with the thrash talking that goes on.

    On another note I consider the entire FPS genre to be geared for younger players, being the ripe age of 33 myself. But then again I held the same view 15 years ago, go figure.
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  • JohnnyLucky
    I remember when "pong" first came out. I played all the original Atari console games. I played the original "Duke Nukem". I am 61 years old now and my hand and eye coordination is not what it used to be.

    This is the part I found most interesting:

    "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."


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  • wdmso
    If xbox and Playstation supported Key board and mouse it would even the odds and have the guys with the big screen TV's buy their stuff
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