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Source: Gamers Have Higher Levels Of Emotional Well-Being

Gaming has been dragged through the mud a lot lately (what else is new right?) but a new study has two interesting findings worth noting.

"A new study finds 17% of adults 63 or older play video games like the ones on Wii or Xbox every day, and a third play at least once a week. Gamers also have higher levels of emotional well-being. North Carolina State University researchers report."

-Gabrielle deGroot Redford. AARP June/July 2013.

It is most excellent to see that so many seniors have been brought into our little hobby as it continues to become a normal part of entertainment. However, I feel compelled to tell you that the article begins with the sentence "Move over, kids." So let's not forget that we are still struggling against the misguided assertion that gaming is for children even in light of studies like the one mentioned.

Also it's good to get any positive news out of these kinds of studies in a time when gamers struggle under unfortunate societal prejudices. I mean, of course you're going to feel more emotionally satisfied when you have such a plethora of rewarding experiences at your fingertips, but some people still need science to convince them I guess.

 

Thanks for the source and happy 65th birthday Mom!

6/28/2013 12:32:31 PM David D. Nelson

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MrAnonymity
Friday, June 28, 2013 @ 2:10:17 PM
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Yes. We definitely need more good light shone on video games. Regardless of the violent games, there really and truly are so very many that are geared solely on having fun. Great article, this one.

I wish my Grandma would play the Wii we bought her... maybe then she'd be in more consistent good moods...

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TheWuziMu
Friday, June 28, 2013 @ 2:24:29 PM
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I'm 47 and I play almost every day.

Playing games is my martini after work. Nothing feels better than gunning down zombies after a crappy day and/or commute.

How does it effect my mood? Better than booze would.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, June 28, 2013 @ 2:37:56 PM

haha

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Jawknee
Friday, June 28, 2013 @ 3:20:34 PM
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If we see more games like the Last of Us, games that are well written, well acted and that can be taken more seriously as a piece of literary/art work rather than just a game, well see more respect from outsiders. I have a few friends who rarley to never play games who are interested in the Last of Us and seem willing, even eager to play it.

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fatelementality
Friday, June 28, 2013 @ 7:15:05 PM

Pretty sure it has a lot to do with the current zombie fad. The sheeple see zombies and say "Ooh, must have!" My zombie phase happened a looong time ago with Resident Evil.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, June 28, 2013 @ 8:35:38 PM

Clickers aren't zombies!

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fatelementality
Friday, June 28, 2013 @ 11:08:34 PM

I'm generalizing World. The game does seem to have a walking dead/post apocalyptic feel to it from what I saw in the demo. The survival aspect could be a factor as well. I'm not dissing the game, (however I thought the 5 min long demo was rather pointless) I'm just trying to rationalize why so many non-gamers are all of a sudden interested in this game. To this day I can't figure out why games had existed so long yet people bought an Xbox & a copy of Halo as soon as it was released. Mainstream gaming may have not been born that day, but it definitely hit puberty. Ugly, pimply puberty.

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Jawknee
Saturday, June 29, 2013 @ 5:49:48 PM

Errrrr, wrong. None of these people new the plot or thought zombies were involved. They saw ads or heard about it from word of mouth. Sony had a pretty aggressive ad campaign.

And can you make that assumption when you haven't played the game? There is something special about this game that demands to be taken seriously unlike that vast majority of other games that may be fun but are not pieces of great literary work.

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fatelementality
Sunday, June 30, 2013 @ 4:59:19 PM

First off, don't tell me that my opinion is wrong. Secondly, I've been gaming for 27 years & have owned every system save for the Wii & DS. Do you really think that the massess are looking for a great literary work? Don't make me laugh. They're looking for something fun, quick, & easy to play. It's called jumping on the bandwagon Jawk.

I'm sure that word of mouth helps a bunch, but just imagine how many people buy games, get frustrated because they aren't about shooting something every 2 seconds & leave it to rot on a shelf for eternity. When people who don't play games regularly all of a sudden buy one that someone told them was good, there just has to be more to it. Clickers aren't zombies? Ok, sorry, they have a fungal infection. I did play the ultra short demo & to be honest it didn't take my breath away in the least.

I'm sure the full game is great, but tell me something: Did you like Avatar? Everyone I talk to did. I hated every second of that movie. What is great to some is crap to others. That's the way it goes. I didn't care for Bioshock. It bored me to tears and had elements to it that seemed to familiar. I'm happy for Naugty Dog's success but I don't think that those who rarely play games are interested all of a sudden for the reason you think. It's the same reason everyone has a snuggie & a sham wow. It's called follow the leader.

I will eventually buy this game & am sure that I'll enjoy it. I just know for a fact that mainstream gamers and/or non gamers aren't looking for story. They're looking for graphics, gameplay, and monsters to kill. If story was the case then everyone would've played the original MGS (or any MGS for that matter) Know how many of my friends have played any MGS?? Zip. There was a huge campaign for FFVII when it released. Know how many of my friends played it? One. He was the person that actually got me into PS and I haven't looked back since.

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Tim Speed24
Friday, June 28, 2013 @ 5:44:20 PM
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Well I'm feeling better already....and I'm only reading about games.

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Knightzane
Friday, June 28, 2013 @ 5:53:03 PM
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Id love to see an elderly person play a kinect game. Mainly steel batalion or that scary ghosty one. Good stuff would come out of it. Seeing how Kinect doesnt work for anything. And happy birthday to your mom David Nelson!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, June 28, 2013 @ 7:11:38 PM

Thanks Knight I'll tell her.

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Temjin001
Friday, June 28, 2013 @ 10:10:53 PM
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I suppose for adults the only way to be a respected gamer is to also be a game designer as a career.

For example, a 35 year old 'gamer' working at Pizza Hut full-time vs. the 35 year old 'gamer' working as a game designer for Microsoft Game Studios.

One description causes the person to react with, "See. Games and adults just don't mix. He works at Pizza Hut still because he's too much a gamer with no direction in life"

The latter suggests, "of course he likes games because he designs games at MICROSOFT for a living."

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mk ultra
Saturday, June 29, 2013 @ 3:17:43 AM
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My moms 59 and I got her to try Unchated 3 the other day. Didn't go so well though, she couldn't move Drake and the camera at the same time. But she does play games like New Super Mario and Jeopardy! with us on occasion.

And a happy birthday to your mom David!

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