When we talk about gamers, we would conjure up an image of teenage boys sitting in front of their PC or console games, lost in the virtual world of gaming. But the gaming scene has changed a lot over the years.
According to Statista, the largest age group of gamers fall on people aged between 25 – 34 followed by 2nd largest age group 35 – 44. Of course, the age groups here are pretty generic because it didn’t say what kind of games they play. The games I like to play are mostly played by younger gamers as it’s more action-based. Older people tend to prefer puzzle or board games, well, at least in my opinion.
If one person can get so engorged in reading a good book or watching a good movie, I don’t see why video games can be viewed so negatively. It’s pretty similar, especially with RPG. You have a storyline just like in a movie or in a book. What’s better is that you become that character and actively engaged in the story. To me, that experience is way more fun.
Apart from the entertainment value that video games provide to us, there are other benefits to it as well. There’s a study carried out by researchers at the University of Montreal concluded that some video games are good for the brains of older adults. The study found that those who play video games have a higher chance of decreasing cognitive impairment and prevent the development of Alzheimer’s.
On top of that, with online multiplayer games these days, older people can easily meet fellow gamers. Imagine spending over 20 hours a week playing online games with the same people months or years after. They become your friends even though you may not have met them in person. That leads to the benefits of social activity for older people. According to another study conducted in 2011, the rate of cognitive decline can be decreased among older adults who are socially active.
If you’ve always wanted to give video games a try but too afraid of how others will judge you, it’s truly just your mindset. Have you heard of Hamako Mori, otherwise also professionally known as Gamer Grandma? She’s a 90-year old YouTuber and esports player who has been playing video games for 38 years since 1981. I wasn’t even born yet Gamer Grandma received the Guinness World Records in May 2020 as the oldest ever gaming YouTuber!
If Gamer Grandma can enjoy video games, you can do it too regardless of your age. Now, what kinda game would you like to begin playing?