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Know what sucks about being an older gamer?

#31knightimexPosted 3/31/2013 4:59:29 PM(edited)
Mine is downloading \ buying games that interest me only to not play them for very long extended periods of time.
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#32WinternovaPosted 3/31/2013 5:17:45 PM
I have games in my collection I haven't even OPENED. Bulletstorm is one of them - bought it for $5. I also bought Call of Duty:Modern Warfare and left that sealed...ended up giving it to my younger brother when he got his 360.

Right now I have Alice:Madness Returns, You Don't Know Jack, and DeBlob 2 sealed and unplayed as well. Damn sales and clearances. I think You Don't Know Jack will be the next game night with my wife, though...she consistently kicks my ass at Poker Smash.
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#33blackhrtPosted 3/31/2013 5:34:40 PM
Its not just about the money DragonNexus.

Its also that us veterans kept the urge to play but sometimes forget the difference; Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a shorter game than Syphon Filter 3. When you expand the scope of what you play, that takes up time. I'm not going to cave in and start playing Angry Birds. I'm not crazy. :P

I've had to resort to not picking a lot of "trilogy" games or multiplayer games. If I play all 3 Dead Space games, I'll have fun and get a whole story, but I'll miss out on some other title I may have wanted to play. I've also had to stay away from too many role playing games (I picked up the Witcher 2 ugh I don't even know If I will beat it before December)
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#34JanayBerryPosted 3/31/2013 5:35:21 PM
chaos_belmont posted...
GGearX posted...
Sorry TC....


I don't have that problem most of you old people do, I'm young!
And just a reminder, your eyesight gets worse, your reflexes get slower, you become weaker, and no more all nighters.


This guy knows what he has to look forward to.


lol...
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#35shawnmckPosted 3/31/2013 5:35:46 PM
I know exactly how you feel.
When I was younger I only had a part-time job, but I still lived with my parents, so I didn't have to worry about bills, rent, food, etc.
Now, I have grown-up expenses, as well as other problems that require much of my attention.
I don't have any kids, so I don't have that to worry about.

But yeah, I wish I had more money & more time.
When you're young you don't worry about time...but when you get older, it becomes a priceless commodity that you just never have enough of.

But at the same time, I still feel blessed in the sense that I get to play most of the games that I want. Although only half of them seem worth it.
Still, I can't complain, because I know I could be worse off.

But what will really pickle my ass is if the next-gen consoles go On-line only, and block out used games.
Sony has already confirmed that they won't, but MS still refuses to answer the question, which leads me to believe that's the direction they are heading.
First of all, I don't make much money, and bills often surprise me, which leads to ever smaller allowances for games.
As such, I have to take the games I don't particularly feel are worth keeping and trade them in for credit so as to afford new games.
Without being able to trade in games for credit, I would literally cut my new game allowance in half. I would literally have to make due with maybe 3 to 5 games per year.
And if the On-line becomes a requirement, then I could just kiss gaming good-buy for good, since my Internet in my area is a joke, and often cuts out regularly every day.
It's okay for gamefaqs, but for gaming purposes it is not an option.

BTW
I don't have kids and never will (am unable to).
Nor do I have any other hobbies or past-times.
If I can't play video-games, then I don't have anything, and I might as well eat a bullet.
It's a sad & lonely existence, but it is the one I've been dealt.
I also have physical problems that don't make things easy either.
And playing video-games is the best way I've ever been able to deal with stress.
Take that away, and you might as well take away the one thing that keeps me sane.

^ Not that I like admitting such, but its true, and without video-games I am a mess.
So please don't give me any crap like...."if you can't pay for video-games, then you shouldn't be playing them in the first place....used games ruin the industry....durrrp.."
Not everyone can afford to buy games new any more than they can buy a new car.
I don't have it easy...why should the Devs & Publishers ?
At least I do my best to buy practically 95% of all my games new...I just happen to trade in 15% of my games (the ones that suck) for credit to buy more new ones.

It's a viscous cycle, but so is life.
When you get older and start living on your own (without your parents), then you'll understand.
Way too many entitled brats act like since they have it easy, then somehow everyone else should.
Life doesn't work that way, and life is never fair.
#36blackhrtPosted 3/31/2013 5:45:17 PM(edited)
Did I mention veterans don't use strategy guides or watch a whole youtube walkthrough before playing the same game they JUST WATCHED? thats kind of dumb IMO.

@shawnmck
Just keep on gaming bro!

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#37WhiteBaitKentPosted 3/31/2013 5:44:37 PM
It's perfectly fine having a whole lot of games that have been bought on sale etc. Better to grab them while they're cheap then spending full/near to full price on them. If people are buying the majority of their game lots at release prices or close to those prices then yeah, that's a problem, I think. Financially at least.

Also, you may not be playing said games now or in the near future, but at least they're there when you want to play them in say, 5-10 years assuming you keep them that long. Just don't be overwhelmed at the amount of games you've got. You'll get to them eventually if you decide to keep them forever.
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#38shawnmckPosted 3/31/2013 5:56:36 PM(edited)
Dragon Nexus posted...
From: Downdesc | #004
Either stop buying so many games, or start donating some of your backlog.


Sorry but that sounds like socialism.
Or communism...

Which one is it that America is most terrified of these days?


^ Both Communism & Socialism are related.
Communism is just a more radical version of Socialism.
Currently we are already under the umbrella of Socialism...but we keep moving left at a constant rate.
If we continue down this path, than I estimate we will reach Communism in roughly 30 years (give or take).

The more taxes the Government takes, the bigger Socialist we become.
When taxes started, it was roughly 2%....we are currently at 30% to 39% (depending on your income level).
Some conservative estimates from analysts predict that in another 15 years, our tax rate will probably be 50% to 75%.
Keep in mind that our National deficit keeps ballooning every year, and politicians have absolutely no interest in slowing it down, let alone reversing it.
They are all to happy to spend other people's money. Spend...Spend...SPEND !

Why not after all..? Every time they spend a Million, Billion, Trillion..they get a piece of the action. Hundreds of Billions are unaccounted for every year according to the Government's own statistical data. So you can figure it's probably a lot higher.
It's a nice racket, that under any other circumstances would be illegal and land anyone in jail...but when Government does it, they get applauded for having compassion. When all it is, is a big scam to separate people from their money, and blaming someone else or some imaginary bogey-man, so as to not generate outrage.

Most politicians are nothing but crooks in sheep's clothing, pretending to have big hearts and care for the poor & middle-class...when they are really trying to steal everyone blind and amass as much wealth as humanly possible while in office and keep everyone else from noticing (hence why all the rhetoric & propaganda).
And there are way too many fools (sheep) that fall for it.
Ever notice that politicians live like kings & queens ?

Sorry for the rant.
I'm 43 and see how we are creeping more & more Left towards Socialism & eventually Communism every year.
I've also taken History courses in College, so I've studied Communist Countries, and they are always started with good intentions & Socialism in mind, but always end up with Communism and abject misery. Right before they collapse under their bloated weight.

But I digress.
#39kungfuj0Posted 3/31/2013 5:51:23 PM
I'll tell you guys what REALLY sucks about being an older gamer...

It's when you get to the point where your kids (or in my case, my nephews) can beat the pants off of you in games that you used to dominate.

I can remember when I was actually good at stuff like fighting games and such. I taught my nephews how to play those games, and now, its not even a contest half the time! It's like I'll see what they're doing, know what they're doing, and in my mind, I know what I'm supposed to do to counter it, but by the time the message goes from my brain to my fingers, its too late. The window has closed, and my nephews are on to the next move, and I am usually laid out and getting my ass handed to me!

I feel like an athlete that stayed in the game 1 season too long sometimes. Now I don't know for sure if this is just me getting old, or if my nephews are just that good or what. I just know it sucks when you get to the point where you can see this stuff happening, but yet you are powerless to do anything about it. And I'm just 38, so I don't even want to know what 40 is going to look like...ugh.

I remember teaching my oldest nephew to play Halo:CE when he was 5. We played that and MechAssault on xbox1, and he picked both of them up right way. He's the shooter fan in the family. My other nephew, who is 2 years younger, is the fighting game fan. Both will play me in sports games and others sometimes, but those are their primary areas of interest. I used to beat the crap out of both of them in Halo, but now, I can't remember the last time I actually won a round!

So yeah, TC, you're fussing about having too much money and too big of a collection and whatnot, but meanwhile, I got REAL problems over here! Your problem is a GOOD problem to have, while mine is essentially a battle with Father Time, and that dude is undefeated at EVERYTHING! Who knew that he even cared to wage war on gamers anyway? He oughtta have his ass at Kobe Bryant's house right about now and leave me the hell alone!
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#40WinternovaPosted 3/31/2013 5:57:19 PM
shawnmck posted...
When taxes started, it was roughly 2%....we are currently at 30% to 39% (depending on your income level).
Some conservative estimates from analysts predict that in another 15 years, our tax rate will probably be 50% to 75%.


In 1956, the highest marginal tax rate was 91% (Republican administration - Eisenhower)
In 1971, the highest marginal tax rate was 70% (Republican administration - Nixon)
In 1983, the highest marginal tax rate was 50% (Republican administration - Reagan)

It's not like the tax rates in the country have been increasing at a steady rate as you imply.
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