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Should the Elderly Play Video Games?

SodaHead Gaming 2012/01/23 20:08:24
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When you think of a hardcore gamer, you're probably not picturing a 74-year-old man. But this 74-year-old man is thanking video games for keeping him alive. Actually, he's thanking "Resident Evil 4," specifically -- probably not the game you'd expect. According to Kotaku, Shiro Suzuki started gaming 15 years ago, when he got hooked on games like "Gradius," "Castlevania," and the "Resident Evil" series.

Suzuki recently attended a "Resident Evil" 15th anniversary event in Tokyo where he told the audience, "I owe making it to 74 years old to Resident Evil. I want other elderly people will play video games. It betters you as a human being." Words from the wise: He says he achieved his "Resident Evil 4" Mercenaries Mode high score (178,270 points) by getting enemies to group together, then lighting them on fire.

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  • robert.goldsmith.14 2013/01/31 05:07:11
  • aprendiz aprendiz 2012/11/07 15:22:24
    Yes
    aprendiz aprendiz
    Hi,

    My name is Liliana and I'm a student at the University of Aveiro. I'm conducting a survey that takes part of the research for my Master's thesis in Multimedia Communication - Networked video games for senior citizens. I would be very grateful if people aged 65 or more than 50 could answer this.

    The survey is available here: http://questionarios.ua.pt/in...

    Thanks in advance,
    Liliana Costa
  • FortunaVeritas 2012/08/15 01:32:35
    Yes
    FortunaVeritas
    Gaming should be open to everyone regardless of sex or age. Well, within reason. There's probably no need to start having newborns play video games just yet. Give it about 20 years though....
  • elsewhere 2012/03/15 00:46:11
    Yes
    elsewhere
    Sure, why not.
  • Motherf$cker 2012/02/21 21:33:38
  • HippieMan 2012/02/21 00:53:52
  • Umbreon! 2012/02/12 16:53:56
    Yes
    Umbreon!
    It really depends on if they're healthy enough to handle playing them. If they're stable, why not? My grandma is 89 and has played Wii Bowling with me.
  • Tara 2012/02/06 21:44:59
    Yes
    Tara
    +1
    Why the hell not? I think they've earned the right to do just about anything they want.
  • Panthiana 2012/02/06 13:58:59
    Yes
    Panthiana
    Why not?
  • NoHandlebarsAttached 2012/02/06 03:29:48
    Yes
    NoHandlebarsAttached
    I'm gonna be a gamer until I die.
    (Then, on the off chance that there's an afterlife that has video games for some reason, I'll keep it up)
  • Dr.CleoDactyl 2012/02/06 02:42:50
    Yes
    Dr.CleoDactyl
    Lol depends on their skills....
  • FanOreilly 2012/02/05 14:14:59
    Yes
    FanOreilly
    I do and I am old!
  • Motherf... FanOreilly 2012/02/21 21:36:06
    Motherf$cker
    +1
    How OLD!?
  • v i o l e t 2012/02/05 10:03:17
    Yes
    v i o l e t
    I don't see why not unless they are prone to seizures or have another medical condition that would make it bad for them to do so.
  • Vicky 2012/02/05 05:29:19
    Yes
    Vicky
    GREAT WAY TO BOND! If only they WOULD though
  • Gray Serpent 2012/02/05 04:55:53
    Yes
    Gray Serpent
    Well, it would stimulate their minds. It would also help stave off arthritis and dementia, and give them a way to connect with their grand kids.

    Medicine can't even do that.
  • lazy panda :D 2012/02/04 23:16:45
    Yes
    lazy panda :D
    that would be epic! like they'd say "that link fella is really cool" and ill be like "sweet grandpa!"
  • music4ever 2012/02/04 15:20:36
    Yes
    music4ever
    I think it is good fun to let the elderly play video games
  • Teh MIghty Pyro 2012/02/04 04:38:24
    Yes
    Teh MIghty Pyro
    i dont see why not, if they enjoy it then let em have at it
  • Izzy! 2012/02/04 02:20:03
    Yes
    Izzy!
    demotivational poster the cops someone call them

    Lol.
  • Rhi-ot. 2012/02/03 23:11:33
    Yes
    Rhi-ot.
    They say when you're older you need to keep your brain stimulated, video games are very stimulating :)
  • American desi 2012/02/03 21:02:47
    Yes
    American desi
    They're still living, and I'm 99% sure they want to make the most of their remaining life!
  • AliceStefanescu 2012/02/03 20:59:57
    Yes
    AliceStefanescu
    Why not? It may make for a nice way to spend the time. Considering how they can't really spend that much time outside and all.
  • jinx 2012/02/03 20:44:02
    Yes
    jinx
    hell i say let them play. theyre old and close to death. if they want to step in a cage with a hungry tiger to be happy let them. i love old people. they have a few years left let them enjoy it.
  • Glee_ky 2012/02/02 15:58:08
    Yes
    Glee_ky
    why wouldn't they be allowed to play video games?
  • cate 2012/02/01 21:19:31
    Yes
    cate
    Video games don't discriminate by age!
  • bye im out sodahead 2012/02/01 20:02:20
    Yes
    bye im out sodahead
    you go girl show these young ones how to do it.Don't stop movin' baby
    Tutti frutti
    Drive me crazy
    Wiggle wiggle
    Wiggle wiggle
  • Quazimoto 2012/02/01 19:50:43
    Yes
    Quazimoto
    You go Suzuki. He also looks great for 74 years young.
  • The Aging Yankee Liberal Do... 2012/02/01 06:46:35
    Yes
    The Aging Yankee Liberal Douche
    why shouldn't they?
  • moo 2012/02/01 04:51:29
    Yes
    moo
    oh yeah they definitely should play video games since they never had these game systems when they were younger kids. I would even play the games with them and enjoy in the fun there having.
  • Tomd 2012/02/01 00:20:52
    Yes
    Tomd
    Oh yeah! Keeps those neurons firing, but don't forget to do a few push-ups in between switching out batteries for the controller.
  • pinkqueen 2012/02/01 00:13:18
    Yes
    pinkqueen
    a little old age fun is great for the soul
  • Flamingolady 2012/01/31 23:42:14
    Yes
    Flamingolady
    Elderly need to stimulate their brains. I have an elderly brother who SOOO needs to stimulate his brain. He would benefit greatly by playing games. And I don't mean casino poker.
  • Miss_Metalgirl 2012/01/31 20:21:27
    Yes
    Miss_Metalgirl
    It can be fun when a kid is ranting and then the other player OWNS him with being so much older and perfectioning the game.
  • MinaM8 2012/01/31 14:50:17
    Yes
    MinaM8
    +1
    Why not? Let them do what they want :)
  • Royo 2012/01/31 02:49:18
    Yes
    Royo
    Hey, if it keeps their brains active and healthy, then let them have their fun. Besides, they are hilarious when playing them :D
  • lmnlme10921 2012/01/30 23:24:43
    Yes
    lmnlme10921
    Saying that they shouldn't be able to play video games would just be a form of ageism. (Yes, that is a real word.) Though I disagree that playing video games would make everyone live longer, and I've seen some cases where the person becomes the opposite of a "better person," he obviously enjoys them, and everyone should be able to do something they enjoy.

    *The term "everyone" is used to represent the majority of people. There are some forms of enjoyment that are frowned upon. i.e. murder, robbery, assault, etc.
  • Jimbo 2012/01/30 20:06:17
    Yes
    Jimbo
    The elderly can go bowling in their front room without having to lift a bowling ball. I think everyone over 60 should have either the Wii, Sony Move or Xbox Kinect in their house or living facility.
  • poopoo 2012/01/30 10:49:05
    Yes
    poopoo
    Just try picturing that old dude playing RE4 Mercs and laughing gleefully as he sets his foes alight.
    Seriously. Picture it.
    There, your day has been made thanks to an old guy playing video games.
    If your own happiness isn't enough of a reason, then what is?
  • Carlton 2012/01/29 03:49:04
    Yes
    Carlton
    old people have to have fun too. lmao
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