Too old to be a Gamer?

Not a lot of people have given me a hard time about being 37 years old and still enjoying video games. But according to many on social media, it almost seems controversial to be a middle aged gamer, but the fact of the matter is, we make up a large majority of the gaming community. The average age of a gamer in today's world is around 36. So, there’s that.

For some reason, a lot of people associate adult gamers with living at home in their parents basement. No job,no money, no life outside of video games. I know there is a small handful of people out there like that, and I don’t really know to say about that in particular. Maybe they’re lazy, maybe it's mental illness. Whatever the issue may be, the numbers are smaller than you might think.

I for instance, am married and have 3 wonderful children. I own my own home and no longer have a mortgage over my head. My kids are good students in school and I am literally living out my dreams. I have accomplished a lot at a young age and managed achieve my goals through hard work and dedication.

So, why would a grown adult still be enjoying video games? Isn’t adulting supposed to be all work and being salty about life? Well, I believe it’s a choice. I can tell you that if video games still carried 8 bit technology into this day and age, I probably would not be the gamer I am today. Granted the technology for games was fascinating at the time and I do enjoy the nostalgia of playing some of my favorite childhood titles, but as an adult, I can only take so much of the 8 bit graphics and audio.

Now, when I say I am a gamer, I mean it. I am a true and blue, diehard gamer. I also happen to be 37 years old. I grew up with the gaming scene and it’s gamers like myself that have kept the industry growing with our love and dedication toward video games. Without us, the gaming industry would not be the juggernaut it is today.

For me, video games aren’t an obsession, but they are a passion. Growing up, I struggled with enjoying books. I read them when required, but I didn’t enjoy the task. I preferred comic books and would try to sneak a comic into my reading assignments as often as I could. When I read storybooks, I couldn’t use my imagination like others seemed to do. I guess I found it boring, plain and simple.

With video games, I am able to use my imagination the same way I think book readers do. I get absorbed into the story and maintain a certain amount of control over the narrative. I get to see art on an endless canvas. Heck, with PlayStation VR, I can even be an artist if I choose. There seems to be a video game to match any mood.

So what’s wrong with that? What’s wrong with being a gamer at any age? Not a damn thing.
My name is I3oston_I3rawler, I’m 37 years old and I’m a Gamer. Are you?


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