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#120337 - 04/07/06 10:24 PM Re: retired gamers?
sierramindy Offline
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Registered: 04/03/06
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Loc: Rockford, Illinois
What a wonderful, nostalgic time I've had reading all these GREAT posts. I remember CompuServe, even their magazine/newsletter. "King's Quest 4: Perils of Rosella" is one of my all time favs. I remember those curving stairs to the attic, hate to say how many times I was killed falling down that pixel hunt staircase. That was harder than trying to find some of today's hot spots! The ghosts were sad rather than scary, especially the baby. It was the first game where one could use the keyboard or the mouse. I found the mouse so tricky to use that I was sure it would never catch on. How wrong I was! (Except I still find it somewhat tricky and accidentally click who-knows-where and lose a toolbar or a letter.)
I have the impression that we women outnumber the men on this thread. So do we play more games or are we just more chatty?
To love is to be happy with!

#120338 - 04/07/06 10:50 PM Re: retired gamers?
Jenny Offline
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Registered: 12/04/99
Posts: 31224
Loc: Northwestern New Mexico, USA
Originally posted by sierramindy:
I have the impression that we women outnumber the men on this thread. So do we play more games or are we just more chatty?
Women do outnumber men in the membership list of GameBoomers, Mindy--plus I think we're more chatty too. lol

I think the gaming industry is making a big mistake in not directing more attention toward the mature female gamers...
"Once you give up integrity, the rest is easy." Anonymous

#120339 - 04/07/06 11:39 PM Re: retired gamers?
ron.etti Offline
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Registered: 06/10/01
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Loc: McClure P.A. USA.
I think its great that there is a alternative to
just setting in front of the TV.
I am sure we all have a few favorite shows we like.
I am 56 and not to wish my life away ,i am looking forward to retiring.
I know playing these games will keep are minds
sharper as well as having fun playing.
Here in the north east as the weather gets nicer
i will play less,but i welcome a rainy day more then
i use to just to game a little.

#120340 - 04/08/06 12:20 AM Re: retired gamers?
MysteryFantic Offline
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Registered: 03/12/06
Posts: 512
Loc: Delaware
I am so glad that I joined this Forum and to see so many people like me who love Adventure games too. The nice part each game is a new adventure to different places to visit. There are so many new games coming out this year, I have to get some of my other games played first. But just like a kid there are some that I can't wait for. I love being a kid at this age the toys are better.

#120341 - 04/08/06 03:02 AM Re: retired gamers?
aretha Offline
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Registered: 09/16/05
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Loc: near London Gatwick Airport
I rerired the day before my 49th birthday, after completing a 30 year contract. After 30 years of shift work and a 7 day week it's bliss to have the time to do little else but play games. Had a conservatory built and my garden relandscaped and now I chill out with my games while watching the birds and squirrels feeding. I've been a gamer for years but now in retirement I may catch up with the stacks of unplayed games except that Keepsake and Law and Order Criminal Intent have just arrived...must go... wave
There are three types of people - those who can count and those who can't.

#120342 - 04/08/06 06:56 AM Re: retired gamers?
joanieS Offline
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Registered: 11/06/00
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Loc: Piney Woods of East Texas
birthday tomorrow, Retired at last!!!!!!
"A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words." ...unknown

#120343 - 04/08/06 08:57 AM Re: retired gamers?
lkgregorio Offline
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Registered: 04/18/01
Posts: 639
Loc: Cape Cod, Massachusetts
I first retired from engineering at 45, but it was more of a career change.
Then I started my own business, making custom made golf clubs and repairing clubs.

10 years later, I sold that business and my wife and I moved to, Southern Pines, North Carolina.
We wanted to get away from the ice and snow of the Boston area.

There we built a beautiful home, but alas, when the first summer came and the temp. was in the 90's every day for months, we put the house on the market, and eventually moved back to New England. Strange as it may seem, we found that we could handle the cold better then the heat.

We bought our first computer in N.C. and that's when I was introduced to "Myst". I have been hooked on adventure games ever since.

I am now 67, we live on Cape Cod, I make furniture as a hobby, I still love adventure games and I am very glad I found "GameBoomers".

Some very nice and very helpful people hang out here. LOU
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#120344 - 04/08/06 01:58 PM Re: retired gamers?
nickie Offline
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Loc: Texas
What a wonderful thread you started, bigmamma! When I retired in 1993, I had never previously played that many games - just here and there as time would allow. That sure changed in a hurry! All these games are certainly an incentive to live to a very old age to try and complete all of them. laugh
"How could drops of water know themselves to be a river? Yet the river flows on."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

#120345 - 04/08/06 02:21 PM Re: retired gamers?
MsMercury Offline
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Registered: 02/08/06
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Loc: Scotland
Like Aretha, I retired at an earlier age than most, to look after hubby who's disabled. I'm now 53 and to be able to play my favourite games on my own computer is just bliss. With so many great games out there, I'll be kept 'busy' for a long time to come happydance


Mary wave
"It's not what you have in your life
but who you have in your life that counts." puppy

I'm not getting old....just 'Marvelously Mature'! grin

#120346 - 04/08/06 04:53 PM Re: retired gamers?
bigmamma1 Offline
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Registered: 04/26/02
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Loc: florida
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finished Gray Matter, playing Alice Madness returns and Deponia

#120347 - 04/08/06 07:37 PM Re: retired gamers?
rainbow15games Offline
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Registered: 03/04/05
Posts: 246
Loc: Bakersfield, California
I took my first computer class in 1985. I supported myself as a word processor. My first computer was bought out of Popular Science (in the back ads). I bought it for $500 and it came with a dot metrix printer. It didn't even have a hard drive. I had to load the program each time and then put in a 5 1/4" floppy to copy on it. My first games were Pong and Pac Man at that time. I have probably had 6 computers since then. My husband also put together an old one with WIN 98 so I can play older games. It sits in the spare bedroom. He has his WIN XP computer and I have my own w/ WIN XP.

He doesn't play games except Solitaire. I started playing games when I retired in 2001. I have played over 150 games now and I am still buying more and playing them. I sell them as used on That way I can recoop some of my money.

I keep lists on my computer of all the games I play and books I read. Otherwise, I couldn't remember them. Ha!

When I am not playing computer games I either read or my husband and I travel all over the world. Retirement is grand. I told my grown kids that I am spending their inheritance. They think it is great.

#120348 - 04/09/06 04:18 AM Re: retired gamers?
martin1 Offline
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Registered: 12/24/02
Posts: 203
Loc: Israel
I also started to play after I retired, but it is hard to finde here in Israel adventure games so most of them I buy through the internet and the shipping cost is very high. So I began to play backgammon and other board games on the
Maybe you try it fellows

#120349 - 04/09/06 01:17 PM Re: retired gamers?
AquariaJade Offline
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Registered: 04/08/04
Posts: 81
I am only 36, but I just wanted to pop in and say I love this thread! So nice to see the more mature folks (NEVER older!) enjoying games and staying young at heart.

Okay, this youngster is going to go back to quiet lurking mode now.


#120350 - 04/09/06 01:26 PM Re: retired gamers?
MysteryFantic Offline
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Registered: 03/12/06
Posts: 512
Loc: Delaware
This post has been like a breath of fresh air sharing with each other. It is has been a hard year too for me as I lost my Mom and Grandmother and an Uncle in the past six months. It is just Dad and me and God bless him he will be eighty six this year. I am gratful for the games and Forums and help that I do receive when I get stuck on a puzzle. One thing I found that you can't take life for granted here today and gone tommrow. So I make my days better for me and Dad. Games give me the release of most tension. I am playing Voyage what a totally different kind of game. Having to keep one step from man eating plants. Thankful for this day and the Forum too and new friends.

#120351 - 04/09/06 01:41 PM Re: retired gamers?
Becky Offline
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Registered: 02/16/00
Posts: 26916
Loc: Stony Brook, New York, USA
I'm sorry to hear about your losses, MysteryFantic. It's great to have you here.

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