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Should the Elderly Play Video Games?

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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  • william.stiles 2012/01/24 21:58:38
    Yes
    william.stiles
    Let 'em have fun!
  • Rocko 2012/01/24 21:46:23
    Yes
    Rocko
    i think its a great idea its supposed to help lessen the onset of things like parkinsons and altzheimers
  • David (oYo) 2012/01/24 21:39:52
  • Splashs... David (... 2012/01/25 11:52:20
    Splashstorm
    okay?
  • David (... Splashs... 2012/01/25 11:59:31
  • cupcakes David (... 2012/01/26 20:28:24
    cupcakes
    lol wat a troll
  • David (... cupcakes 2012/01/26 20:38:35
  • Jdogg 2012/01/24 21:32:30
    Yes
    Jdogg
    +1
    I think it's great seeing old people playing video games, It's mental stimulation for them.
  • Risa 2012/01/24 21:23:54
    Yes
    Risa
    My grandparents love their wii. XD
  • autumnfae 2012/01/24 21:18:37
    Yes
    autumnfae
    why not? fun is fun
  • Edie 2012/01/24 21:14:22
    Yes
    Edie
    Wonderful way to pass the time.
  • Tennessee3501 2012/01/24 21:13:29
    Yes
    Tennessee3501
    Anything to keep the blood flowing and the brain cells active!
  • Joshua Shaffer 2012/01/24 20:59:55
    No
    Joshua Shaffer
    No old ppl should just write books and die. They aren't allowed to have fun.
  • T Joshua ... 2012/01/24 23:58:41
    T
    Satire?
  • Joshua ... T 2012/02/15 17:58:18
    Joshua Shaffer
    Lol, of course.
  • Khawla Joshua ... 2012/01/26 13:58:46
    Khawla
    What's wrong with u!!
  • cupcakes Joshua ... 2012/01/26 20:29:35
    cupcakes
    im guessing that would be u
  • tush 2012/01/24 20:57:21
    Yes
    tush
    I believe that's a great for them to get movement and to have fun!! =] Who doesn't want to play video games? =] or to have fun? =] =] Everyone does no matter what age you are.
  • OzSurfer 2012/01/24 20:41:24
    Yes
    OzSurfer
    I've been playing them since I first got a commodore 64 and had to input the code myself just to play something very basic by today's standards. I hope I'm still playing them at his age.
  • Loverofcountry 2012/01/24 20:39:09
    Yes
    Loverofcountry
    +1
    Yes, absolutely! If I wasn't on SH all day, I'd be playing a video game too.
  • AMy 2012/01/24 20:27:02
    Yes
    AMy
    +1
    Why not? If they want to play let them.
  • Crimson Rose 2012/01/24 20:11:31
    Yes
    Crimson Rose
    +3
    Someone probably asked this because they were bored. Elderly people, as long as they know what they're doing, should be able to play video games. The 27 people who voted no, maybe it's THEM who can't play video games .
  • bonnie 2012/01/24 20:04:44
    Yes
    bonnie
    +2
    It keeps the mind working..... You go boy...
  • syl 2012/01/24 19:55:41
    Yes
    syl
    +1
    It stimulates the brain. If research has proven that doing things like crossword puzzles daily, helps prevent Alzheimers in the elderly, then certainly gaming would help also. There should be an easy game for them to start out on, though.
  • Pete 2012/01/24 19:36:45
    Yes
    Pete
    +1
    Being close to ONE, I think we should do some gaming like the younger crowd, it keeps our minds working and I feel will keep the big "A" from creeping up on the older set. We don't have to go to extremes but a good "Mario" now and then won't hurt!
  • Miko 2012/01/24 19:10:52
    Yes
    Miko
    +1
    Yeah. Why not? As long as he/she breathes; playing games are possible ;)
  • Captain Hindsight 2012/01/24 19:08:23
    Yes
    Captain Hindsight
    +1
    If they wanted to, but truthfully I do not know any that have the slightest urge to do so.
  • Loverof... Captain... 2012/01/24 20:44:39
    Loverofcountry
    +1
    My brother who is 67 got a new Xbox for Christmas, and he is on it constantly.
  • Captain... Loverof... 2012/01/24 21:33:19
    Captain Hindsight
    +1
    There you go.
  • Sofahead 2012/01/24 18:50:27
    Yes
    Sofahead
    +1
    It's their choice, period.
    I read some benefit from the amount physical action they get from play some Wii games.
  • Arinn 2012/01/24 18:35:52
    Yes
    Arinn
    +1
    sure why not if they enjoy it
  • Robbb 2012/01/24 18:23:05
    Yes
    Robbb
    +1
    Why not? I mean they developed the tecnoogy so why should they not use it?
  • janice.ridge3 2012/01/24 18:16:53
    Yes
    janice.ridge3
    +2
    Why not? Older people need to continue to utilize motor skills but more importantly exercise their brains. Video Games give them both, not to mention pure joy and fun?
  • thermoguy 2012/01/24 18:11:28
    Yes
    thermoguy
    +1
    Drink good water, feed the body and work out is required for longevity of life. Video is good for all of it depending on the games played. It is an excellent way of stimulating the brain and body, except no break dancing.

    That said, watch out for the wireless games. Frequencies and human electrical systems are having conflicts. http://aaemonline.org/images/...
  • Diddley Squat 2012/01/24 18:08:20
    Yes
    Diddley Squat
    +1
    Why even ask that?
  • susan BN-0 2012/01/24 18:08:04
    Yes
    susan BN-0
  • merlinskiss 2012/01/24 18:03:03
    Yes
    merlinskiss
    +1
    Why not?
  • justnotsaying (: 2012/01/24 17:52:42
    Yes
    justnotsaying (:
    +1
    Of course they should. They're fun.
  • boocab55 2012/01/24 17:47:17
    Yes
    boocab55
    +1
    Why not they like to have fun also.
  • Jean 2012/01/24 17:43:54
    Yes
    Jean
    +2
    Video games keep you sharp mentally - good gamers have to be able to pick up on patterns and anticipate their opponents' moves, meaning there is enough intellectual engagement to keep the brain active and ward off Alzheimers. A sense of purpose also adds to longevity, and if someone is motivated to get to level 30 of some game, they have a reason to wake up every day. It may seem small to people who have work and other responsibilities, but for a retiree who may have no other hobbies or people his or her own age to interact with, this could be a blessing.

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