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Thankfully, Gamers Over A Certain Age Are Still "Weird"

In so many ways, it's a relief. Bear with me here.

The News:

NBC's Today Show welcomed TV personality Donny Deutsch in a segment entitled, "The Other View: Getting A Guy's Perspective On Love." If you didn't know, Deutsch is the host of the relationship show, "The Big Idea," where various advice is given on topics that relate to the social lives of men and women. At one point, Deutsch was asked the quesetion: "Is it normal for men to play games in their 40s?"

He replied- "When you're 30, there should be something more on your mind than video games, that's it." The hosts had a laugh at that and simply called any gamer over a certain age "weird."

The Opinion:

I could say the average age of a gamer in this country is 37 years of age and rising. I could say that according to those "in the know," video games are just as mainstream as any other entertainment industry. I could say that in my experience, gamers are by far the most intelligent of all fan groups based around entertainment (with the exception of readers).

But in truth, I'm happy to hear that the media hasn't caught up and in fact, hasn't grown up, either. I'm happy to hear it because as far as I can tell, none of these people are qualified to do anything but smile pretty for the cameras. They're perfectly willing to speak about any topic, regardless of their knowledge on the matter. All this being the case, why should we care what these talking heads say? Why does it even matter?

Over the years, I've found that it's vastly preferable to be in the minority; to be "weird." All the "weird" kids got As. All the "weird" people created some of the finest pieces of art the world has ever known. All the "weird" people went to MIT and Harvard. ...all the "weird" people are running the world. And they know that the masses who call them "weird" are...well, not very bright.

Tags: game news, gamers, gaming industry, today show

7/12/2011 8:31:31 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (117 posts)

playaplus
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 9:38:01 PM
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I applaud this article

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Riku994
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 9:39:12 PM
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*Starts slow clap*
(I love doing this)

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Fabi
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 10:08:54 PM

Hahaha

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darxed
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 9:39:08 AM

clap clap clap...

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Jed
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 4:41:22 PM

Clapping, but still in sync with others...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 9:53:18 PM
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It's because everybody in the media is pretty darn old, when they think of gaming they still think of pac-man and space invaders. It's the same with most politicians, they don't get it and Ben's right maybe it's best that they don't. All we need is Matt Lauer's top CoD kills of the week right?

While I think the gaming industry still has a lot of growing up to do, I'd rather be a gamer weirdo than any other kind. Plenty of people think I'm pretty out there and I'm okay with breaking the mold, being non conformist and everything. Yeah I play games, I'm also an avid reader, writer, and am heavy into politics.

Some day gamers will be running the media and the government so the ignorant better watch out.

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SolidFantasy
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 10:30:07 PM

I can't wait for that day.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 10:47:16 PM

Yea I'm fine with them not getting it. The last thing we need is another one of our favorite entertainment mediums being tainted by the main stream.

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shadowscorpio
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 10:57:55 PM

World, you just described me. Minus the "reader" part. Got to much to read for school to indulge in reading for enjoyment.

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cLoudou
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 11:27:44 PM

Heavy into politics ehh? World for presid......I'm not ready for that.

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Danny007
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 10:55:22 AM

Hi World, I'm just wondering. I've heard you say that you are a writer before. What type of writing do you do?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 12:47:06 PM

Any type really, fiction is my specialty (short stories and working on a novel now) but I can do technical writing, editing, resumes, ghost writing and now I'm writing for VelocityGamer :)

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Danny007
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 5:04:45 PM

That's cool World. Sounds like you're a busy guy. Congrats on the VelocityGamer job. :)

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Cesar_ser_4
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 9:55:53 PM
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Ben you're weird for writing this article...jk

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Claire C
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 10:07:31 PM

you're weird for commenting... ;)

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Clamedeus
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 10:54:12 PM

You both are weird. End of story! :) Just kidding of course, or am I? O_O Dundundunnn

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Claire C
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 10:58:12 PM

you're weird for humming!!!

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Clamedeus
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 11:17:45 PM

You are weird for saying I'm weird because I'm humming, weirdo! :p

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iwillbetheone
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 3:07:38 AM

All of you are weird for calling each other weird for trivial reasons. Oh, that makes me weird too. ;)

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Clamedeus
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 10:39:32 AM

LOL

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ace_boon_coon
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 3:16:17 PM

My brain hurts now lol

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Kall555
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 10:05:02 PM
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I read about this the other day & they also said if you're over the age of 30 & still play games you're one of these weird people who spend too much time in the basement.

I've got five years until i'm weird then & by then i will be looking for a new apartment with a good basement to be weird in to go along with my pleasure dungeon.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 10:24:00 PM

There's plenty of women in gaming, but as it is, gaming is very male oriented. And let's face it, we like our man caves which tend to be in the basement.

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ace_boon_coon
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 3:17:31 PM

I envy you who have basements; I miss having one. Stupid Florida being below sea level.

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Jed
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 4:44:59 PM

I dont think they even know what basements are here in texas, or at least west texas.

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Temjin001
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 10:07:33 PM
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Haha the Today Show. That still airs?
I honestly don't know. I don't actually ever watch broadcast or cable TV. Serious. I don't.
But if I did, I wouldn't go to the TV to get my news. That's seriously an out of date and slow way to get it. If some bone heads are on there making fun of gamers then they're basically just catering to the audience they know who's watching.
Reality and their bubble are two different realms of existence. ah, Plato would be proud =p

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Jawknee
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 10:08:35 PM
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I wouldn't consider myself weird. I wouldn't even consider myself eccentric. I think I am pretty much outside the "gamer" stereotypes. If you didn't know I played video games, you probably would never guess.

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Fabi
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 10:13:40 PM

Same here man. I know about video games as much as I know about soccer, music, Hip-Hop culture, martial arts, fitness, photography and deviant art.

And that makes me weird in that a lot of people usually only like and know about a certain type of thing that kinda defines who they are.

Sorta like... if you're into terrible rap, you're also going to like football, crappy shows on MTV and Vh1, you're also going to dress like everyone on those shows and you're not gonna know the first thing about what video games really are.

But it can also go bad the other way. I know a few people who ONLY know and care about video games, movies and anime. And aren't necessarily making good art, good music, or inventing cool stuff that's gonna make them money. They all have crappy jobs, no social life and no women due to their gaming habits. And well, that's as bad or worse than the MTV brain dead zombie with a huge chain around his neck.



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Claire C
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 10:18:35 PM

What's the gamer stereotype? I don't even know. A young kid with a mario t-shirt? :P

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Jawknee
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 10:36:16 PM

Yunno, over weight, lack of friends or social skills, little interest in anything that isn't video games, World of Warcraft, Magic the Gathering and Anime conventions. Bad taste in music movies and clothing, etc.

I mean I know some nerds that fit the stereotype perfectly. Most just happen to be Xbots. XD

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Claire C
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 11:13:41 PM

I don't know anyone like that, but I know lots of gamers.

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Clamedeus
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 11:33:01 PM

I play Magic The Gathering but not in person just the game, it's actually very fun to play, everyone that I met says I have good taste in music of course some might not, but taste in music is different for everyone so that's subjective.

I wear clothing that I like, I don't care about clothing trends never have.

But a lot of people I first meet don't even know I play games, I go to friends houses to watch football games (USA football of course) and support the team, go to restaurants normal stuff, you really wouldn't know until I told you. :p


But most of all I don't really care what others think of me around my circle, if you do. It'll eventually make you go insane trying to make everything perfect and constantly being worried about what others think. My golden rule, respect me I respect you and we have nothing to worry about.

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Fabi
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 11:43:28 AM

What you mean USA football of course?!

:)

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coverton341
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 1:48:26 PM

I don't know but it seems the "stereotypical" gamer you describe is becoming the gamer minority. That could be anecdotal evidence though, but everyone I know that games (personally know) is at least semi-fit, has other hobbies outside of gaming, are well educated, have many friends and acquaintances, carry on full time jobs, and tend to their real life responsibilities.

When I think of the "typical gaming nerd" I still envision what you described, but for the life of me I can't think of one gamer I know that fits the description.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 10:26:18 PM
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I think any gamer "over a certain age" that hasn't made Playstation their console of choice is pretty weird.

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StevieRV
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 10:31:06 PM

any gamer in general that hasnt made playstation their console of choice is pretty weird haha

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Fabi
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 11:25:55 PM

Indeed.

It blows my mind how anyone could call themselves a gamer and not experience MGS4, Killzone, Uncharted, Infamous and LBP.

I know there are more titles, but I would say to really say you experienced this generation, you would have to play those titles. There is nothing like them on the X-Box.

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iwillbetheone
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 3:12:15 AM

@Fabi, Alan Wake is really worth experiencing. I know that makes only one must-play, but it's a very good one.

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Dancemachine55
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 3:42:36 AM

I can count the number of great 360 titles on 1 hand. Alan Wake, Gears of War 2, Halo Reach, Fable 2 and Forza 3.

I'll need to write out a long list on paper if I want to list all the great titles on PS3, AND that's not including sequels, eg. LBP 2, Killzone 3, Uncharted 3, etc.

Ahhhh, what the hell, I got time to kill:

- MGS4
- Uncharted 2
- God of War 3
- Heavy Rain
- Gran Turismo 5
- Littlebig Planet
- Motorstorm Pacific Rift
- Ratchet and Clank: A Crack In Time
- Sly Racoon: Thieves In Time
- Heavenly Sword
- Killzone 2
- Resistance 2
- MLB The Show
- Modnation Racers
- Infamous
- SOCOM 4: US Navy Seals
- White Knight Chronicles
- Valkyria Chronicles
- Demon's Souls
- ICO / Shadow of the Colossus Collection
- The Last Guardian
- Twisted Metal
- Dust 514
- Starhawk
- Yakuza 3
- Singstar
- Buzz

Okay, 360 has Dance Central, Banjo Kazooie, Crackdown, DOA 4, Lips, Lost Odyssey, Too Human and Viva Pinata, on top of the big 5 I mentioned above. Considering how generous I am with that list, it still pales in comparison to PS3's exclusives.

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iwillbetheone
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 4:00:27 AM

@Dancemachine55, it is unfair to add party games like SingStar, Buzz on your list, since there are many party games on the 360 as well. While I agree that the 360 lacks(immensely) in hardcore titles, the few good ones that it does have should not be missed. Gears 3 and Forza 4 will probably be my last XBox exclusives, but no one can deny how good they will be. Not that I'm saying they will be better than everything Sony puts out, they will certainly be better than some of them. Thus one should try to have both systems if they want to have a complete gaming experience.

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Dancemachine55
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 7:59:56 AM

I hear ya.

I got both systems, and the Wii, and a pretty kickass PC too.

Mostly use the 360 for Kinect games with family and friends gatherings, or for fitness games when I don't feel like going to the gym that night. Dance Central and Your Shape Fitness Evolved are my 2 favourites.

Also use the 360 to play online with friends, games like Halo Reach, Red Dead Redemption (had to swap my PS3 version for 360 just to play with friends), Gears 2 and Fable 2 which is one of my favourites. Since I got GT5, I skipped on Forza 3.

Am very much looking forward to Gears 3 and Halo Anniversary, since I never actually played the first Halo when it released. Never got caught in the Halo craze.

Dance Central 2 is my most anticipated game next to Gears 3 though. As my name implies, love the dancing stuff, and Dance Central is the real deal. If it did come to PS3, I'd probably prefer the Kinect version anyway since it actually measures your body position and movement and doesn't require you to hold anything to play. Only example I can think of where the Kinect excels compared to Move. Move is still better for shooters and hardcore stuff though. :)

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Highlander
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 10:34:56 PM
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I think it's pretty weird that anyone would care what the Today show says about anything....

Tell you what though, when I was 18, video games were not top of the list, and to be honest they still aren't. But I do know that when I was younger, and um....lets say pursuing the objects of my intent...video games came a distant third, fourth or even fifth place. Now I'm a bit more settled and the child is in his teens, I actually find gaming has a slightly greater priority than it did all those years ago. So perhaps, people in their 40's have more, not less time to game, and more, not less reason to do it? Which would make it, let me see now, oh, yes - *less* weird than people in their youthful prime wasting their hours tickling a controller when they could be tickling a member of their chosen gender.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 10:40:09 PM

Same here. I played games once in a while when I was between 18 and 25 or so. I was just too busy with other things like music and school. My gaming habits dissipated soon after Final Fantasy X came out and I played catch up with DragonQuest VIII, Final Fantasy XII and The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess after buying my PS3 while I waited for the games to start coming out. I didn't really start gaming heavily until Metal Gear Solid 4 came out. Ever since then it seems like PS3 exclusive flood gates opened up.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 10:52:25 PM

Interesting, I'm gaming a lot more now than I ever have as well. I had more time on my hands with the NES and SNES, but as a kid you wanna be outside and there really werent tons of great games then. With the PS1 and PS2 I stuck to JRPGs for days when there was no action with friends. Now I'm about to turn 30 and to be honest I'm f*ckin tired of horsing around and am pretty happy at home with my hobbies.

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Claire C
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 11:26:40 PM

Yah, I started with PS1 and was off and on with gaming for a long time. And then I got back into it pretty hard towards the end of the PS2 and original xbox generation. I bought a Wii, also played Twilight Princess, bought maybe two other games for it, became bored with the system and decided to try the 360 cause the PS3 didn't really have games that interested me and was also a tad too expensive, and then finally after 2 RRoDs I packed that one up and invested in Sony. And now here I am.

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Simcoe
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 10:45:33 AM

The last console I owned before my PS3 was my NES, though I may have rented a N64 or PS2 for a weekend or two each year.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 5:42:27 PM

Oi, I hear ya World. (And hello from the town of my family members wedding in Sioux Centre, IOWA. Yup, this Canadian is in the USA for the next week)

I've always been a gamer, but now that I'm older, married, a kid on the way, and own a house, I'm through dicking around my weekends and evenings. I work now, and like enjoying my own hard-earned property. And I'm not even 30 yet.

Oh, and last year, in my unfinished basement, I built a man cave with surround sound and HDTV with my own two bare hands (and tools, of course. :p) My uncle also has a man-cave. His is sound proof and has a full HD projector! He also has theatre seating with huge recliners... each with it's own arm-rest refridgerator and cup holder. And he's a wealthy cardiologist in his 40's. He usually just watches movies, but he also has a PS3.

If that makes us weird, then so be it. lol. We're the ones with the best lives. Whatever these people want to say to make them feel better about themselves... fine by me. I don't need the world to recognize their wrong. Take it with a grain of salt, and it's quite humorous!

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Highlander
Thursday, July 14, 2011 @ 10:23:50 AM

Underdog,

The funny thing about the perception of gamers as weird and the way that the industry acts is that in my experience if is the very gamers being called weird that play the most spend the most on hardware and spend the most on games. we're the ones that can afford the HDTVs and 3DTVs and all the rest because as we get older our disposable income get's better and we settle down into our lives, no longer running around like headless chickens trying to climb the career ladder over the shoulders of others. And as our children age, we have more, not less time because - quite simply - our kids want to do their own thing more, leaving our time to ourselves.

So the average age of gamers is 37, I'd love to see how that changes if you weight the average by the amount of time spent gaming, or the money spent on the hardware/software. I bet it would be an even higher average age of gamer then. The bit I don't understand though is that the gaming industry is not catering to the people who are in reality their core audience. Judging by their output and attitude, they still imagine that the core audience is 18-30. When in fact the average age of a gamer is already 37, and increasing. Seems to me that they are effectively failing to properly serve their core audience.

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Cravit8
Thursday, July 14, 2011 @ 10:55:13 AM

The morning show is for women, so it stroke's womens' feelings. I'm sure my wife at home would have loved to hear gaming is for weirdos as she sits at home drinking coffee watching go-feel-happy morning shows with yesterweek's news.

At the same time, compare my brother would wants to ask his wife to let him spend an ENTIRE day on a boat fishing. The general public has NO idea how time-consuming hobbies like hunting and fishing are, although I think both those get made fun of too, but maybe not as much.

I think the "weird" sentiment gets attached to anything that seems addictive. But even though immersion can be addicting, one can actually stop, put down the controller and tend to something...sure can't say the same when you're out on a fishing boat 40 miles out with your hand in the guts of a grouper.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 10:54:10 PM
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Shows like this one & the ultra-lame View are exactly why I got rid of my cable TV....57 channels & nothing on!
At least with my Netflix, I can watch up to 90 movies a month if I so do desire for $8.

I'm 58 and as for weird, I don't think I am, but just being a biker I guess the mainstream sheep might call me that(behind my back of course.

But I doubt anyone of them would also think that I'm a huge gaming collector too, with 36 systems & handheld's in my collection so far (just picked up a mint metallic white PSP Go today for $50) plus 2,112 games, and counting.

Anyway, who cares what anyone thinks.
Like my grandma used to say..."Eff em all if they can't handle it"

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 10:55:28 PM

Sadly, Netflix is hiking its prices :(

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 11:27:59 PM

World,
They are?
If you know, how much & when?

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Claire C
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 11:32:12 PM

$16 a month isn't it? I have Netflix too.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 11:50:15 PM

yeah Claire is right, depending on your subscription stuff. I get DVDs, Blu Rays, and streaming so it'll be almost 20. Boo.

It goes into effect for current members in September.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 12:59:56 AM


Thanks Claire & World,

Well damn if that isn't a hell of a price increase. I was figuring around $10.

But I haven't heard a word about any increase from Netflix as of yet.

And since I only stream their movies & don't bother getting any DVD's or Bluray's sent, I'm hoping that will be a bit cheaper.

But if not, I'll cancel them altogether & just go with Sony's free movie site "Crackle" that I can log into right from the PS3's browser.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 1:15:27 AM

Check out their blog post Biker. People are pissed. They just announced it today. The price hike is nearly a 60% increase. My package is going from $11.99 to $17.99 a month. I'm considering canceling all together and going with Amazon Prime or the Red Box.

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Killa Tequilla
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 4:30:50 AM

Are you serious?

The movie quality in Netflix is bad as is. I mean c'mon.... They have Fred The Movie in HD & 5.1 but they dont have something interesting like Kick-Ass in HD and 5.1 just SD.

Plus the movies are all from the 90's. Sorry guys but I was born in the digital age where movies like Transformers with all the "peh peh" interest me more than the old 90's movies. With some exeptions of course cuz I also like Saving Private Ryan :D

Well, looks like i'll be using the red box

Im just saying, for 18$ a month we should get better quality and a better movie library. Also I find it hard to navigate, well they have a "Comedy" and only 75 movies for that section, the should have it more complex & have all movies in the comedy section in organized sections.

Lets say im looking for a a scary comedy, bingo!!! Scary Movie!

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jimmyhandsome
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 11:34:06 AM

Gotta love their business strategy though, price their subsciptions so low to put Blockbuster and others out of business, then jack the prices!

Its a bummer but I don't think I'll cancel my subsciption

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 11:48:22 AM

Just to clear something up for those who don't understand the price hike entirely...

Netflix is raising the price but in doing so are separating instant streaming and unlimited dvd's into two packages. Instant streaming will still Eemian the same price the unlimited DVD rental is what is being raised in price. So if you combine the two the price will indeed be higher than what you pay now. It's effect for existing customers on sept. 1, 2011.

Here's the email I got from netflix regarding my plan:

We are separating unlimited DVDs by mail and unlimited streaming into two separate plans to better reflect the costs of each. Now our members have a choice: a streaming only plan, a DVD only plan, or both.

Your current $14.99 a month membership for unlimited streaming and unlimited DVDs will be split into 2 distinct plans:

   Plan 1: Unlimited Streaming (no DVDs) for $7.99 a month
   Plan 2: Unlimited DVDs, 2 out at-a-time (no streaming) for $11.99 a month

Your price for getting both of these plans will be $19.98 a month ($7.99 + $11.99). You don't need to do anything to continue your memberships for both unlimited streaming and unlimited DVDs.

These prices will start for charges on or after September 1, 2011.

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 12:04:29 PM

I will just drop from 2 DVDs out at a time to one when the price change takes affect on sept. 1, to absorb the price change. No harm really I rarely watch my rentals right away ( I've had the first two Harry potters sitting on my entertainment center for a month unopened).

Sorry bout the double reply my iPhone messed up before I was done with my last post.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 12:37:41 PM

Thanks Jawknee,
I checked out their blog & it's way over 5000 pissed off comments so far.

But as far as I can tell, the price won't change for me cause I only stream my movies anyway.

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 2:09:09 PM

I don't blame them for being angry. Jawknee and I were talking about this yesterday. He mentioned that it was the second price hike in a year. That's crazy! I don't see the point in the price hike at all really. So being upset is justified. But none the less I'm not gonna cancel it because only the DVD rentals is going up.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 2:30:31 PM

Apparently HollyWhacked is demanding more money from Netflix. A LOT more. That is probably part of the reason they are hiking the prices. While I can understand their decision to hike the prices in light of these greedy Hollywood studios gouging them, they should still offer some kind of discount for those who want to use both services. A 60% hike on existing customers is completely unacceptable.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 5:43:49 PM

I was already planning on cancelling anyways, but I'll probably use this as the reason. :p

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 5:55:16 PM

I agree jawknee. I was actually ok with it up until I realized they are separating the plans, and calling them both their lowest prices ever. That's a little frustrating considering I pay $14.99 right now, and they expect me to pay $19.98. They should as you say atleast offer a fair discount for those who wish to keep both services. If there was some sort of incentive to pay more I gladly would but there just isn't. I wanna keep the service because I enjoy it, so I prolly will. So much for sticking it to the man!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 10:54:55 PM
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It's SO weird to hang out at home and play video games. It's a lot better to be out at bars drinking and fooling around on your wife, zoning out in front of some inane TV show, or going out and neglecting your children altogether. SUCH weirdos.

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FM23
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 4:31:32 AM

LMAO...man that's some real ish right there. Keep it coming.

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tes37
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 10:58:56 PM
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I'm glad somebody's willing to admit I'm weird. I already feel like this enormous weight has been lifted off of me.

That guy's probably weird too , but for weirder reasons.

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Highlander
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 11:04:42 PM

I'm weird, but it's not because I play video games...LOL!

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tes37
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 11:21:01 PM

It's a good thing we have support groups like the Today show. If it weren't for them, I would still be in denial.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 11:29:21 PM
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Tes,
Then you'll probably love "The View" too, LOL

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tes37
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 11:31:53 PM

That's way too weird for me.

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Claire C
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 11:33:23 PM

It hasn't been the same since Rosie left... :_(

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 1:05:05 AM

Tes, LOL

Claire,
Out of all of them, I can't stand Rosie or Whoopie the most
They both try to dominate their show-mates with their own self-unworthy propaganda.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 1:11:22 AM

Khalid Shek MuRosie is completely insane.

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Claire C
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 1:20:55 AM

Elizabeth can rot in hell.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 10:56:33 AM

Okaaaay....

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cLoudou
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 11:38:40 PM
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I like being weird, I have always been weird, I will always be weird.

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Oxvial
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 12:38:41 AM
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Zelda's Robin Williams ad sure ruined these people day.

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___________
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 4:16:13 AM
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ok, so if you call a 40yo who plays games weird what do you call a 80yo granny who games?
thats right, thats exactly what i saw at EB today.
a 80 year old freaking granny buying some ps3 games, i mean what the hells this world coming to?
i guess some things really dont change..........

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FM23
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 4:29:43 AM

she was probably buying it for her grand kids or something

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BlinkBoy
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 5:18:24 AM

maybe she has stepped up from Wii to a PS3?

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___________
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 9:24:10 AM

no they were hers she said so herself.

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RadioHeader
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 5:29:49 AM
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I wasted the best gaming years of my life on a marriage so I'm making up for it now. If that makes me weird then so be it, but it's better than being married!

lol No offence to the happily maried peeps.

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Snaaaake
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 7:11:38 AM
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Speaking of gamers, there's something I wanna share with everyone.

Recently, my cousin just broke up with her boyfriend, now breaking up isn't something rare but it's WEIRD when a couple months ago they were one of the most loving couple I've ever seen.
So I ask my aunt aka her mom what happened, she told me he beat her quite a few times, yeah, think Chris Brown and Rihanna. I literally went WTF when she told me that.
I asked her how can that be? She told me it's because he's been playing some violent video games lately, daily and regularly.

I never knew I'd actually have this happen to people close to me.
But for some part I'm to blame because I was the one who took him into the world of console gaming.
2 months ago before I recommended a PS3 and 360 to him, he was a PC gamer and he love DOTA and Starcraft 2 the most.

I don't blame myself but I think it's partially my fault.

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Kall555
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 8:15:38 AM

Whoa man, that's intense.

But you shouldn't feel blame because you got him into the hobby. If violent games makes him violence towards individuals then he has a serious personal problem. Games are still not to blame imo, it's the minds that play them.

Anyhow, i hope events improve for the ones you know friend.

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slugga_status
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 9:16:52 AM

That sucks man but not for one second should you feel at fault. For a man put his hands on a woman there had to be something seriously wrong with him already..Hope it improves for you

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Summoner
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 7:21:46 AM
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I don't care what anyone says or thinks about me being a videogamer..
It's unacceptable to hear complaints about videogamers, when there is people who watch the Big Brother or such idiotic programs. In general, i also consider the interaction with videogames, much more stimulating for the brain than just staring at a screen.. maybe its just me.
A lot of people consider videogamers not serious people.. like the rest of the things in our lives isn't a joke.. Hell, there is people who play with their own and other people's lives, like they think that everything is a big game. There's people who have babies just for fun..
Then there are those who take themselves too seriously to make themselves enjoy playing videogames, they think games are for the kids..

If being different than that means being "weird", then i can say I totally am Weird, and enjoy being that way

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Dancemachine55
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 8:04:40 AM
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Everyone knows I'm weird, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Makes me stand out from the crowd of drunken, cool acting 20 something year olds out there.

And seeing these young'ns spend all their money on booze and possibly drugs, well... my conscience is much cleaner and I feel morally superior playing my games after a hard day's work. So I'm weird, that just makes me awesome to a different crowd!!! :P

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Dancemachine55
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 8:07:49 AM

Also, people who don't play games may often explore their city, their life options or their country, along with different cultures in other countries.

Gamers get to do that, but they also can play heroes who save the world, go on grand adventures or explore creative and imaginative universes with plenty to explore.

Makes it feel like non-gamers are missing out on something special. I know I feel special. :D

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Palmetto
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 8:51:33 AM
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At 47 I really can give a rat's butt how other folks view me. Society likes to throw people in categories because it helps them sleep well at night. In the immortal words of Popeye, "I yam what I yam!"

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Clamedeus
Friday, July 15, 2011 @ 12:01:22 AM

Popeye is awesome! I wish they still aired that show. :(

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TheOldOne
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 8:57:51 AM
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I don't think many gamers watch that show (if any), so It's safe for him to make that assumption.
I look at people of my age (35-40 years old) and I think like less than 10% of them are gamers. Probably the wired population (with internet, cellphone, etc) in a decade or two will have a much higher gamer community (above 35% of them being gamers) at the same age range I am now.

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slugga_status
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 9:42:46 AM
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I personally careless. You can call me whatever it is you like but it won't stop me from putting money in my pockets and enjoy one of my favorite hobbies outside of basketball. Although I don't have as much time now with kids and studying for comptia certification tests..

People love to judge what they don't understand

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tazdood1199
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 10:10:56 AM
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Guess I'm "weird" then. I'm 45 and love my games. Have been playing since I bought my Sega Genesis back in the day. By some, I could be considered to be very weird. I also play Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, and Heroclix. You know what? I'd rather be "weird" than what the people that consider me that way are. They have boring lives, I'm sure. Thanks for this article, Ben.

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TheCanadianGuy
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 10:19:08 AM
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it was on NBC so nobody saw it anyway.

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Zorigo
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 10:28:54 AM
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XD oh man thats like exactly my view!

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Kai200X
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 10:38:08 AM
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I am over 30 and I love my video games. If that made me weird, then I'm proud to be weird.

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Danny007
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 10:44:54 AM
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Completely true article. Loved it. I just can't stand it when people talk about something they don't even know about. Its them who are missing out. I may be weird, but its better than being a dumbass.

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jimmyhandsome
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 11:36:41 AM
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Al Roker is weird for getting his stomach stapled.

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Ludicrous_Liam
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 11:37:50 AM
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I'll be completley honest...I play games much MUCH more than most people my age do. I'm 15 going on 16. But the thing is, it's my main hobby. Much like other people's hobbys can be fishing or whatever. So why does the media pick on people like me? I don't fit into any of the gaming sterotypes; I love sports, more so than I do games (But its not my main hobby...go figure :P), while I will admit I'm the quiet guy that prefers to be in the backround, I'd hardly say I'm 'anti-social'. It really get's me angry that when the media thinks of gamers, they immiediatly think of people who shut out the world and play WoW all day. I watched this BBC programme called 'watchdog' where they looked into the lives of 'addicted gamers'. I swear they genralised the WoW addicts to normal gamers at every oppurtunity (I felt like telling the show that, but that required me going on TV which...I didn't want to do because of being ridiculed at school: let's face it, that's what would happen.)

Oh well, I guess we'll have to put up with it. It's not like anyone actually takes anything the media say to heart, right?

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TheCanadianGuy
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 12:28:47 PM

well said liam well said.

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AcHiLLiA
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 11:52:36 AM
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To be honest anybody behind a computer is "probably" weird, especially on this site, "not all" weird comments hahaha.



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Zen_Zarab
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 12:31:40 PM
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Weird people are awesome!

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TheCanadianGuy
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 12:34:21 PM
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everytime the media or (none gamers) think of videogame they think of little kids playing mario jumping around collecting gold stars. or that guy on the WOW episode of south park (anyone see that 1 ?) i'd like to sit them down in front of a game like heavy rain. LA Noire. team ico. i'd bet they'd change their minds damn quick.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 3:34:32 PM
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I'd just like to add that I had to laugh when I saw this. In the past, I'd be angry or annoyed because I know the industry wasn't big enough - or taken seriously enough - for the talking heads to feel any backlash.

But things have changed and I laugh now because they're so far out of it, they embarrassed themselves on national TV. And guaranteed they know it by now.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 5:45:48 PM

I dunno Ben... I wouldn't be surprised if on their downtime, they watch reruns of their own shows...

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Jed
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 4:53:23 PM
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I have a shirt that reads, "Hell ya, I'm weird."

So, not offended.

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stgclawson
Thursday, July 14, 2011 @ 12:09:15 PM
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I don't understand what the big no-no is about people playing video games anyways! I'm 41 AND A GIRL and love playing video games, so I really don't fit the "mold".

What I don't get is it's just another hobby - like reading, watching TV or movies, listening to music, etc. Why when you turn 30 it's okay to sit and watch TV, but it's not okay to play a video game. That just doesn't make sense to me!!

Now, I do believe that as you age, you should be playing video games less since you should have more important things in your life and you probably have a family and a job - so yes, it shouldn't be as excessive, obsessive or important as when you were younger, but I don't see any reason why you can't still play video games as you age!!

I've been playing since Atari (my dad worked for Motorola who made all the game chips and he got them all for free) and I haven't stopped having interest in gaming! Obviously I play less than I did when I was younger and I have more important things in my life like being a mom and wife, but I still play video games and I don't see anything wrong with having a hobby of playing video games - at any age!! I'm not stopping anytime soon! In fact - I see myself playing way in the future when I'm old and gray. I'll be playing with my grand kids!

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TheCanadianGuy
Thursday, July 14, 2011 @ 3:29:53 PM

amen sister! i couldn't be anymore with you. i've been playing regularly sense i was 12 ( almost 22 now) & i'll be playing as long as i can play at a level i expect from my self. if i day comes i can't do something i can do now i'll hang up my controller

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catdr
Thursday, July 14, 2011 @ 12:15:01 PM
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Let's put this in perspective when we we young the computer that put the man on the moon could bearly fit in a basic school. It was the time of pinball and atari tennis just didn't get it. You had to get your parents to take you to the local pizza joint just to play the new craze (pac-man); which wouldn't be out on a machine till you were in your teens, which you mastered while having better things on your mind. now you just don't have time to keep up with all the games and you pick just the most interesting to your liking and hope you can finish it by the end of the year. Does that give the young ones something to look forward to? I am Grateful that there are very good and spectacular games and machines out there! What would you do if you could only hit a dot back and forth like we had?

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PS3_Mom
Thursday, July 14, 2011 @ 1:05:59 PM
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So I guess a female gamer over 40 is really weird? Like others have said, most people have no idea I play video games. I seem like a normal mom involved in my son's sports and activities. But my son's friends think he is lucky because I buy a lot of games on day one. He thinks it is unfair that he has to share his PS3!

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Mounce
Thursday, July 14, 2011 @ 2:31:18 PM
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How could you say that people who are as little informed with reality and the gaming market is a GOOD thing when it clearly displays ignorance? In all ways it just is the same example of how Fox News handles video game-related topics and that's with blatant ignorance and completely showing any disregard to respecting what a game truly is or the message or the point.

Ignorance to knowing the trend of gaming and how mainstream it is, and the ignorance of the unknown, both are related, but meddle in whether or not said-person or collectively the 'People' of certain areas, display hatred, or display it being 'Weird' when they couldn't be any further of the truth. Saying Ignorance is good, isn't good in my opinion, Ben :/ Less acceptance just means less 'Casual morons' that we have to deal with in-game and the growing trend of 'Kinect Bullshit' in a way, but never 100% to kill off what we want.

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Spanky
Thursday, July 14, 2011 @ 6:53:15 PM
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Wow... this brought us all out of the woodwork no?
I'm uber weird and proud of it! Mid-40s, married, 3 kids, yadda yadda. I "reward" myself with a few hours of PS3 almost every night after my work day is finished. I've been a "gamer" since my dad bought a newfangled "vidya" game called pong in the mid 70s. Little did he know what he started! >;)

If the crazy talking head, lefty, libs in the media think I'm weird then I'm doing something right! ;)

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Caanimal
Thursday, July 14, 2011 @ 7:47:54 PM
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Awesome blast Ben, awesome blast.

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Alexeon
Friday, July 15, 2011 @ 12:06:36 AM
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Well, if being the creme of the creme is "weird" then I guess I cant really argue. :D

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wenezz
Friday, July 15, 2011 @ 4:11:11 PM
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F*** what they think of us.

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