Pachter Talks About The Aging Gamer
We all gotta get older. It's an unfortunate fact of life and perhaps an especially scary one for hardcore gamers, who are worried about losing their reflexes and dexterity.
But there's also the idea that as we grow, our views and opinions change. Combine this with the ever-changing industry and you've got a potential recipe for depressing disaster, despite all our idyllic claims of "playing forever." This was the focal point for a Negative Gamer interview with well-known industry analyst Michael Pachter. In addition to saying that much of gaming is filled with "smack-talking 13-year-old boys," Pachter compared gaming to the X Games, in that there really isn't any room for the aging - and more cynical - gamer. He has also noted that his reflexes are just too slow for most competitive multiplayer experiences and his final analysis is that older gamers are, quite simply, "doomed." One of the more interesting aspects of the interview is Pachter's observation that many younger gamers hold "anti-profit" and "anti-establishment" views that really don't resonate with...well, you know, people who actually live in the real world. Don't worry; we assume they'll grow up at some point. As for Pachter, although his outlook isn't exactly bright, he still says he'll be playing games "well into his 90s."
As for me, who turns 32 this year, I haven't noticed any flagging of reflexes or dexterity just yet although I know it can't last forever. The good news? I can always fall back on my favorite games that just don't require any fast movements whatsoever; i.e., Final Fantasy Tactics and those old RPGs I love. Heck, you don't need much to work your way through Symphony of the Night, either.
2/2/2010 1:48:03 PM Ben Dutka