Ten Signs You're an Aging Gamer


6. You Listen to Chiptune Music and Have Some on Your Mp3 Player or Computer
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Whether it's "Vampire Killer" from Castlevania or just about anything from Mega Man 3, you still think chiptune music (AKA 8-bit music) rocks. You probably have some MP3 of chiptune music stashed somewhere on your computer or iPod, too.


7. You Don't Play Portable Games in Public Anymore

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The amount of portable gaming you do in public is inversely proportional to your age. Year after year, you find it more uncomfortable to whip out your portable gaming device when you're waiting around for something. When you were younger, you'd flash that GameBoy at every given opportunity. These days, all you can play with in public is your iPhone. That way, perhaps you can fool someone into thinking you're texting instead of gaming.


8. You Kinda Miss Nintendo Cereal


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Not only do you miss Nintendo cereal, but you remember what it tasted like, too. Packed into two separate pouches, Nintendo cereal was divided into two flavors: the fruity "Mario flavor" and the berry "Zelda flavor." The cereal was composed of fluffy corn puffs that vaguely looked like enemies and items in the Mario and Zelda universes and would come with free Nintendo stickers. Admit it. You've even considered buying an unopened box of this stuff whenever it goes on sale on eBay, from where it can cost more than $100.


9. You Aren't Aware That Modern Arcade Games Now Cost a Lot More Than a Quarter
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Remember when it used to cost a quarter to play an arcade game? One of those old Konami beat-'em-ups would cost you 25 cents to play, and you'd get at least 20 minutes of quality playtime out of that. These days, certain racing or hunting games can cost up to $3 per play. An evening at Dave and Buster's arcade can easily cost up to $40 if you're not careful.


10. You Have an Old System That's Hooked Up to Your TV
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There's nothing like playing old games such as Excitebike on the original NES, even though you could now play it on the Wii. You've probably re-purchased some NES games on the Virtual Console, even though you have the original cartridge. Every characteristic, flaws included, of these retro consoles make the experience something special to you. Even that blinking blue screen of the NES you used to hate so much is now something you laugh at and love.


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damageincm
damageincm

I did that "tapping during the loading-screen" when I was a kid. But something happened since then, called "growing up" or "bringing up patience", so I haven't tried to fool myself or force the computer since I was lttle... :P

Also, not everyone online is an asshole in games. I think it depends more on what games you play, cause every "community" is quite different per game. For example, it's well known that there are the typical foul-mouthed so-called 13-year-olds in the Modern Warfare games. But take something like... say 'Left For Dead 2', and MOST people really play to play the game properly, and maybe 1 out of 10 are uncooperative or even abusive assholes. Well, maybe there's also a difference in console-kids and PC-people. But in any way, I have very little problem with random people online and won't judge until I've seen their behavior.

Udipta
Udipta

Safe for now.. wish I had more time to play more games

septic tank
septic tank

There are old gamers that stop playing modern computers that has a lot better things to do rather than playing computer games that's why he is not updated anymore when it comes to computer games.

signs of aging

nadinethomas
nadinethomas

I haven't play games online not because I'm not confident with my competitive skills. I just don't enjoy it. I think no matter on how are we if could keep on playing the same things that we had before ,you can even beat the young ones.

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Catthulhu
Catthulhu

This should have been called "10 Signs that You Used to play Video Games" instead.

Linkofthefourswords
Linkofthefourswords

I don't do #5 very often either people online are terrible I mainly play with friends online.

Coupon Offers
Coupon Offers

no matter how many other gaming devices is out there still Nintendo is Nintendo no one can beat that 

jj
jj

what makes me sad is knowing the golden years of video games are well behind us. most everything has been done, and the new generation of gamers are stuck with the same old games re-packaged and re-released every 6 months. Not that a younger gamer would notice this trend, but still...

Baconandcheese
Baconandcheese

ALL OF THESE ARE TRUE FOR ME!! NOO!!! I'M ONLY 20!!!

Maxflipz
Maxflipz

Forgot to mention you play your old console games on your new desktop or laptop in an emulator on a computer system many times more powerful than the original console.

Triksterx
Triksterx

I have one more for your list:

You have gone out of your way to create a fully functioning Plug n Play emulation device out of an old SNES controller, fully loaded with games from each of your childhood consoles(NES, SNES, and Genesis for me). Just so you can be sure you can get your childhood game fix no matter who you are visiting.

Chryz
Chryz

soI am 17 and an aging gamer....somethings wrong in the world nowerdays

Younger gamer
Younger gamer

I wish all of these applied to me.

I grew up with older gaming systems such as the NES, SNES, and Genesis. We didn't get an N64 until a few months before the Gamecube came out. I don't own any other company's stuff, such as an Xbox or Playstation, and my Wii goes largely unused. I do play online games, though, such as TF2 and...well, just TF2. I'll play my old systems when I want to really jump into a game. I just wish my batteries hadn't failed in my old cartridges...I had to redo my perfect game of LTTP.

Andy35711
Andy35711

Bollocks. I'm looking at the big four zero in the next couple of months and I still regularly get the top score or K/D on CoD, and I only ever play strangers; so mainly 13 year olds, I expect. Just turn the Game Voice down in the options menu and you won't feel like a paedo in the local school playground!

Me
Me

lol too true .. 3 red cherries out of 3

Christopher Evert
Christopher Evert

"would cost you 25 cents to play, and you'd get at least 20 minutes of quality playtime out of that."

Holy cow! I might have actually played video games when I was a kid if that was anything close to true...Instead I wondered who all these rich kids were, must have had endless rolls of quarters.

I probably spent a grand total of $2.00 on video games in machines when I was a kid, because it was always the same thing... put quarter in... "OK, now what's this game abo... oh. Game over already? Wtf. I'm not putting another quarter in THAT thing again. What a rip off.

If some of these games actually let you get more than 60 seconds of play for a quarter, I might have actually played.

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Col
Col

If your first gaming love was a NES, you're still young. Atari 2600 ftw.

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clown138
clown138

I agree with this list!!!....though I am aware that arcade games these days cost more than a quarter. I do mash buttons from time to time. Cuz loading screens suck major balls. And I know that Nintendo smell all to well!. And who does play there portable games in public??? that just screams " NOT GETTING LAID!!!".....

Gtacomputercare
Gtacomputercare

I've been a gamer for "life". I am now 32. None of this is accurate in the least. FAIL.

Trevortheanderson
Trevortheanderson

Disagree strongly with the online gaming. That's really all I play these days and I'm 29. Hell, there are entire groups of people over 25 that I play with online on a consistent basis.

skit1994
skit1994

Ahh. I'm old. Even if i am only 16, about half of these things apply to me. What?

Loic_alchemist
Loic_alchemist

im 14 and besides the Nintendo cereal i have everything... as long as you consider N64 retro, that and a retron3(NES SNES and genesis put together) but that was made more recently

Jimfightsfortheusers
Jimfightsfortheusers

Turning 30 this year, and I fit most of these. Although I do play FPS games with strangers online, 99% of my online co-op is with friends. Also, I do rock the iPhone for portable games, but I play them loudly and proudly in public. Especially NBA Jam, nobody looks at you funny when a BOOM-SHAKKA-LAKKA erupts from your phone.

TheMightyMonarch
TheMightyMonarch

Uhhh... really? First off: What idiot mashes his buttons during the loading screen? That wears the buttons out. Know how I know that? From 20 years experience playing games.

Secondly, of course arcades are more expensive. Ever been to a movie theater and just PASSED BY the arcade there? Just glance at a machine and it'll tell you it's a dollar for one play. But even then arcade games have been more than a quarter for 15+ years.

Also, chiptunes are popular with scrub new kids who have only been playing for a few years. It's "nerd cool/geek chic" music.

This list sucks.

NightLordsVIII
NightLordsVIII

28 and yes its weird that we feel old before we hit 30.Funny thing though i don't suffer from anything you said.I played ZX spectrum 48 an 128, amiga 500 and 1200, a master system, over here nintendo wasn't that famous.

i love online gaming, met alot of graet guys there, after all we are all getting old so we meet a lot of people the same age or older , so it's cool

Zec
Zec

Interesting how much of these that actually are correct. I did not know of Nintendo Cereal however, but the rest of them made me feel nostalgical.

Mmm.. the Nintendo Smell.

Xcite79
Xcite79

I am 31 and none of that pertains to me. I played games during the NES days. I love gaming online. A lot of those were odd to me. I also grew big on the Halo and Call of Duty games, something only the young crowd knows of. I do respect the old school games and once in awhile will hook up an old console but right now I have my PS3, 360, Wii, and Dreamcast hooked to my tv.

KissMyFeets
KissMyFeets

What? I'm 15 and I'm an aging gamer? really? 7 of the 10 positive?

Pbertovich1
Pbertovich1

I am 23 and I grew up with the NES as my first console. Gaming really has changed.

It went like this for me:

NES:(played with family even my dad could play this one)N64: all my friends would come over and play.PS2/Xbox: System link 16 player halo. And the begginings of online play.360/ps3: Play online mostly but can still compete well. My dad and my sisters don't really play the newer games. But there is def an increase in girl gaming.

acme64
acme64

we call 1-ups "free's". Not sure where that term came about.

Jtd526
Jtd526

pisces gamer....ur awesum

Demumood
Demumood

9 of 10 (did not even know nintendo made cereal), also do u remeber sticking out your tongue and flinging you nes controller like the wii, whenever you made mario jump

GoodJeorb
GoodJeorb

OH DEAR GOD I'M WASTING AWAY.

Guest
Guest

Nintendo smell? It was 2600 smell...and then any and every game for any and every system thereafter.

James Hill
James Hill

and by terrible I meant they are horrible people not that they are bad at the game.(by the way I am linkofthefourswords I just hadn't bothered to log in)

Linkofthefourswords
Linkofthefourswords

yeah it's kinda of depressing more young gamers don't notice it. I'm 21 and I still am tied of the lack of originality plagueing mainstream games.

Darth GTB
Darth GTB

so, you never played Metal Slug...

clown138
clown138

Im a gamer for life and I dont play on-line. A true gamer is antisocial.

Peter Mai
Peter Mai

HAHAHA! I did that as well!!

Darkdiamond
Darkdiamond

53 here. 28 computers in my lifetime beginning with the Atari 400. I remember entering programming code from magazines and saving the prog. on a cassette tape just so I could have something new to play with. I've had every console except ColecoVision and only because I didn't like the controller configuration. Currently... 2 360's, 4 PC's including my second Alienware. Fond memories of playing Falcon 3.0 with me and my buddy's 386-40 over a modem line. It took forever to transfer the data back and forth before we could dogfight. It's been more fun than I can remember. Favorite game right now would have to be Red Dead Redemption.

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