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February 19, 2013, 02:35:01 PM - ORIGINAL POST -

Hilarious article.

So Mr. Abel retreats to a safe haven where he knows he can find suitably mature joystick companions: a website he helped found called, where players meet on forums with names like "Get off my lawn."

Mature gamers meet up on websites with names such as, which are typically supported by donations and advertising, because they prefer to play with people of a certain age. But occasionally, senior teams also test their mettle against the hordes of young guns on public Internet servers—even if it ends badly. Mr. Abel says he is still stinging from an especially harsh beat-down at the hands of "some 12-year-old girls from Japan" in a giant-robot game called Chromehounds.

"When I win I let them know: You just got your butt kicked by a pensioner," says Mr. Atkinson, who used to play with his son but laments that "he's in business, he's gotten too busy."

The minimum age to join one of these old clans is 25... so I guess I could be a gamer geezer now.  Grin

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Read February 19, 2013, 05:13:33 PM #1

This is the same reason I don't do bemani tournies much these days. I just don't have that college free time to keep my game up. And it's sad to think that this is how it'll be until I can retire die.
Read February 20, 2013, 11:11:33 AM #2

This is the same reason I don't do bemani tournies much these days. I just don't have that college free time to keep my game up. And it's sad to think that this is how it'll be until I can die.
Yes, I'm feeling that way too these days... These young'n's got so much energy without even hardly trying it's tough to keep up Angry
Read February 21, 2013, 07:03:50 PM #3

college free time to keep my game up

Hahaha oh you're HILARIOUS.
Read February 22, 2013, 12:34:53 AM #4

I had more free time in college than I did during high school or after college.
Read February 22, 2013, 02:40:12 PM #5

I would say that I had more free time in my high school days, but I made better use of my free time in college. Now though, I barely have any time at the end of the day to walk my dog and make sure the house isn't falling apart.

This might be a slight exaggeration, but not by much.
Read February 22, 2013, 06:55:02 PM #6

I solve this problem by not having a dog and putting off house maintenance.  Smiley
Read April 18, 2013, 07:16:48 AM #7

Eh. I'm not as old as the rest of you, but I grew up playing "Clinton" games (SNES, N64, GB). I still have those systems in case I ever want to avoid the games of THIS generation.

CoD, cough cough.....
Read April 18, 2013, 07:44:31 AM #8

When you said Clinton games I thought you meant NBA Jam for a second.
Read April 18, 2013, 10:05:53 AM #9

That included. Smiley

Balls on fire. Wait. That didn't come out right...
Read April 18, 2013, 11:15:18 PM #10

C'mon guys!

Even though some of you maybe 25 or over, it doesn't mean that you can't out play someone younger of just play for fun!

Just think if someone like Randy Couture (UFC Hall of Famer) thought this way! He would have retired a LONG, LONG time ago. He continued fighting well into his 50's! Instead of feeling sorry for himself, he kept training to fight at his apex and beat a lot of "young'n's" who were 20 to 30 years younger than he was!

Think of someone like Mad Matt for instance... He is 30 years old and playing 17-19's and passing with 80 percent or better!

Or think of some of the locals who play at ACME Bowl.

MYKL is 26
GRAK is 26
ROSE is 25

All three of them are beasts!

MYKL is an amazing timing player, scoring well into the upper 99% on songs like Gravity Blast (12).

GRAK is beastly, playing nearly all the Dragonforce songs and convincingly passing them.

ROSE is amazing at endurance/speed songs, recently scoring 99.89% on a 1800 step song!

Don't let your age set limitations to your performance. I understand that as you grow older, it is difficult to set your hobby as a priority and it is placed on the back burner.

Yes, you do have more responsibilities. Yes, it does become harder and harder to find the time to play. But, age should never become an excuse!

Point is, it doesn't matter if you are 18 or 35, as long as you enjoy yourself and have fun with this game and have fun with those you play with.
Read April 19, 2013, 09:15:46 AM #11

Damn kids need to get off my lawn
Read April 19, 2013, 01:33:21 PM #12

Speaking from my own personal experience, I peaked in dance games at 25-27. I'm 31 now and I still play well, but finding time to stay at the top is/would've been damn near impossible.

I also have WAY too many hobbies for any one man to devote time to, so I'm probably pulling myself in too many directions with regards to that, too.
Read April 20, 2013, 10:21:36 AM #13

I can't do any of the 10 step songs on DDR on mats. I need to save $$$ for metal ones...
Read May 04, 2013, 04:05:21 PM #14

Hulk has unlimited free time. Teens don't want to annoy Hulk, They don't want Hulk to be angry.
Read May 08, 2013, 12:21:33 PM #15

I think that the real issue with staying on top competitively in ITG with the mid-20s and older crowd is less physiological/aging and more, as Scott has said, a lack of being able to dedicate ourselves to the game. Many of us have full-time jobs and other hobbies and ITG really just does not look as important in comparison to those. I still am exercising, but my ITG skill has certainly declined compared to where it was when I played regularly. While physical fitness helps, being good at ITG comes down to dedication to it past a certain point, and not many of us are willing/able to be as dedicated to it as we once were.

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