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#120320 - 04/07/06 02:42 PM retired gamers?
bigmamma1 Offline
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smile or to put it another way-how many of us started gaming after retiring.or reaching retirement age.(not retiring from gaming!)
I,for one, didn't even get a computer until age 60(in 2001)and now am on my 2nd one.
I discovered adv. games a year later and quickly acquired BAAGs syndrome! I'm still trying to play my way out of the pile of games I bought then-but more and more new ones keep grabbing my attention.

I wonder if the gaming community even realises how many older gamers are out there and buying games.I believe gaming keeps the heart young and the mind alert-but don't forget to get away from the computer every day and get some excercise shame
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#120321 - 04/07/06 02:46 PM Re: retired gamers?
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Exercise is good, but gaming is better. I am retired and you should see the pile of games I keep adding to which I haven't played yet. Who cares anyway. I don't

I started gaming about 3 years before I retired, egged on by my sons who started me on RPG games. since then I have played and collected loads and loads.

I just love it laugh

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#120322 - 04/07/06 02:57 PM Re: retired gamers?
Bevlee Offline
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I bought my first computer the year I retired from the nursing profession. I am now on computer #3. I began playing adventure games when my grandson left his Kings Quest game at our home. laugh I had watched him playing the game, and it looked so interesting, that when he left I continued playing and have been hooked ever since. I am now 75 and currently playing SCRATCHES, and loving it!! scared
Beverly in Florida
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#120323 - 04/07/06 03:00 PM Re: retired gamers?
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I also did not start playing games until I got in my 60's. I got egg on by my brother the first one I ever played The Longest Journey love it. And then I was hook there are so many good games and it beats TV at times.I also have adquired a stack of new games to be played. I am playing Voyage now. I find sometimes you can get involve before you know it is wee hours in the morning.

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#120326 - 04/07/06 03:15 PM Re: retired gamers?
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I worked nights in a medical reference lab and retired @ age 68 on my birthday and told them even if they hit rock bottom don't call me. After rearrainging my standard of living I bought a cmptr. This took about a year and maybe 2 years later bought a N Drew game and WOW! This is it! After some more rearrainging I bought that wonderful gaming XP. So now I have 2 cmptrs - ME and XP - and a room full of games. And by the way, what's the best way to store them, horizontal or vertical. I have no AC in my little house and it gets hot in Central Texas so if games are lying flat would the heat destroy the threading? Also, could anyone out there write games for intelligent cats as 2 of mine show a keen interest in the keyboard and monitor graphics.
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#120327 - 04/07/06 03:37 PM Re: retired gamers?
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Well, I started gaming when the last kid left home (though she came back)--Does that count as retired? wave
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#120328 - 04/07/06 04:02 PM Re: retired gamers?
Marian Online   content
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Yankee Clipper,

Your cats might like this:

http://www.cyberpounce.com/

I saw this program a while back and when I saw your note I was reminded of it.

And to get back on topic, I can't wait to be retired so I have more time for gaming. I will try to get out and look at the sky on a regular basis, too, though. laugh

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#120329 - 04/07/06 04:33 PM Re: retired gamers?
LadyKestrel Offline
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Registered: 10/08/03
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Loc: Decorating in NJ
In July 2003, I took early retirement (age 55) from the school system where I had worked as a speech and language therapist for 33 years. I had discovered adventure games in Sept. 1999 but had to schedule my playing around vacations or holiday weekends. Now I can play whenever I want. smile
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#120330 - 04/07/06 04:47 PM Re: retired gamers?
joanieS Offline
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I started computer gaming when Myst came out. Retired in 1999. On my third computer (not counting the 4th computer I bought used to play older games).
Hey, looney4labs, I had 4 out of 5 of my kids move back at on time or another. Have one with his family coming back in June for awhile until they get their new house ready. I LOVE it!!! Hmmm. Maybe that's why I am so into computer games. They fill the void in my childless house. wink
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#120331 - 04/07/06 05:20 PM Re: retired gamers?
Yankee Clipper Offline
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Marian, That's a great site. Now we just have to modify the keyboard so it works by smell and they can work it by their little paws or noses. I should get it and see what happens. It takes awhile to acclimate to retirement but games surely help.
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#120332 - 04/07/06 05:23 PM Re: retired gamers?
looney4labs Offline
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Quote:
Originally posted by joanieS:
Have one with his family coming back in June for awhile until they get their new house ready. I LOVE it!!! Hmmm. Maybe that's why I am so into computer games. They fill the void in my childless house. wink
Joanie--that's funny--I'm still waiting on the void--but with 4 dogs, it'll probably take awhile--

Meantime, I treasure the "quiet" time so I can play happydance
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#120333 - 04/07/06 05:29 PM Re: retired gamers?
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Hmm - can't connect to http://www.cyberpounce.com/
I bought my computer shortly after I retired.
Bought some golf and card games.
Surfed the net one day and found Gameboomers.
Couldn't believe the number of people over 60 who are members here. thumbsup
Now I have about 20 unplayed games on my bookshelf amd just bought 3 more today.
Turning 62 on Sunday - hope I can play all these games before my final great retirement.
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#120334 - 04/07/06 05:37 PM Re: retired gamers?
KateVa Offline
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Hmmm...first computer game I played was "The Perils of Rosella", probably in 1989 with my first computer. The game didnt like my typing...but I was charmed and intrigued. I was a recent widow, so I could take out a lot of frustration by yelling back at the computer :Waht dod you MEAN you don't understand??" It didnt even understand my response....wonder why? lol I love my new home. love the people, and YES! those who sell games should realize that 'older' gamers have a goodly amount of income that isn't ear-marked for college expenses, etc. Cater to us!!

Kate ( Katva in Until Uru as in never miss a plug for your favorite game) lol

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#120335 - 04/07/06 05:41 PM Re: retired gamers?
Jenny Offline
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I didn't start gaming immediately after I retired, spent several years taking care of my father first. But after he died, I jumped right in, and the pile of games just keeps getting higher and higher... happydance
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#120336 - 04/07/06 08:01 PM Re: retired gamers?
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Ahhhhhhh, Kate! My gaming buddy!!! What would I do without you! I never want to have to find out! I told you this was a great group of people!!! Not just gamers either. It's a tight knit group of people who care about other people, too!

I left my job to take care of my elderly parents back in 1990 and can't say I'm really retired yet, but for all intent and purposes *I'm retired*!!! I work harder now at 66 than I did on the job, but the pay is non-existent.

My brother, Chuck, got me started and set up with a computer in '94 and gave me Myst to play! That was IT!!! It took me 2 months to play it and THEN he tells me about all these help forums and walkthrus!!! ....after I strangled him... I started collecting these things and like everyone else, I have a room full of shelves all over with games stacked to the ceiling. The first big quake here could be my last!!! hahahaha I'm in California and it will bury me in games! ROFL!

It's been a great escape for me to immerse myself in a game, as well as great entertainment and loads of laughs! I think about all the choice lines that Lewton had and Tex Murphy... and the serious scary stuff with The Beast Within and Gabe!

I don't have much free time to hang out in the forum yet, but my parents are still with me anyway.

This has been a wonderful home to me! Thanks to all of you who took me under your wing! Syd was the one who suggested I join. I thought Syd was a 'guy' first! She has such a great sense of humor that I felt right at home here!

I still wonder if she ever finished Luxor!!! hahahaha There was a 'whole' thread on that when I started! smile )

Gaming keeps you verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry young at heart! thumbsup

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#120337 - 04/07/06 10:24 PM Re: retired gamers?
sierramindy Offline
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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?
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#120338 - 04/07/06 10:50 PM Re: retired gamers?
Jenny Offline
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Quote:
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...
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#120339 - 04/07/06 11:39 PM Re: retired gamers?
ron.etti Offline
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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.

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#120340 - 04/08/06 12:20 AM Re: retired gamers?
MysteryFantic Offline
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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.

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#120341 - 04/08/06 03:02 AM Re: retired gamers?
aretha Offline
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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
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#120342 - 04/08/06 06:56 AM Re: retired gamers?
joanieS Offline
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birthday tomorrow, Retired at last!!!!!!
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#120343 - 04/08/06 08:57 AM Re: retired gamers?
lkgregorio Offline
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Registered: 04/18/01
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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?
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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
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#120345 - 04/08/06 02:21 PM Re: retired gamers?
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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

Cheers!

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#120346 - 04/08/06 04:53 PM Re: retired gamers?
bigmamma1 Offline
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happydance
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#120347 - 04/08/06 07:37 PM Re: retired gamers?
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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 Amazon.com. 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.
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#120348 - 04/09/06 04:18 AM Re: retired gamers?
martin1 Offline
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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
http://www.itsyourturn.com
Maybe you try it fellows
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#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.

:-)

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#120350 - 04/09/06 01:26 PM Re: retired gamers?
MysteryFantic Offline
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Registered: 03/12/06
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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.

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#120351 - 04/09/06 01:41 PM Re: retired gamers?
Becky Offline
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I'm sorry to hear about your losses, MysteryFantic. It's great to have you here.

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#120352 - 04/09/06 07:41 PM Re: retired gamers?
ssgamer Offline
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Hi,
I'm semi retired at 72 (next week) I keep working a couple days a week to pay for traveling,games, and books.
My grandaughter got me inot games in 2001 when she talked me into a Nancy Drew game, now not enough time to play and to much work.
I like to come here and read the threads, keeps one up and at them as they say.
Charllotte

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#120353 - 04/10/06 10:26 PM Re: retired gamers?
Joan A Offline
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Registered: 02/01/06
Posts: 65
Loc: 22460 Uzel, France
My father introduced me to the Colossal Cave back in the early 80s. I was visiting him for a weekend; the first day we played for 12 hours and I ended up calling work every day to ask for another day off. I'll never forget in one game, after trying to get rid of a dragon in oh so many ways, throwing that stupid bird in a bird cage at him and turns out the bird was a flame-throwing bird and fried the dragon. rotfl After five days, I had to go back to work and we still hadn't finished it. We played games every time I visited him - all the Zorks and whatever we could find.

Didn't really have time while I was working to play on my own, but now - another woman, also retired, and I play together. I do play on my own, but find it's more fun with two. What I'm not good at, she is and v/v.
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#120354 - 04/10/06 11:16 PM Re: retired gamers?
mulawa1 Offline
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Ask me again in October smile

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#120355 - 04/10/06 11:35 PM Re: retired gamers?
ladyyve Offline
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Ohhhhhhhhhhh no, Peter!!! You're retiring???? You can't! Not from creating????

What about all our jigsaws??? Will that be the end of your gaming??? sniff!

I don't even want to THINK about it! frown

Yvonne

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#120356 - 04/10/06 11:57 PM Re: retired gamers?
mulawa1 Offline
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Loc: Queensland, Australia
No way Yvonne ... more time for creating!!! I already have three more game ideas brewing in the back of my head.

Peter

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#120357 - 04/11/06 03:20 AM Re: retired gamers?
ladyyve Offline
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WOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! YIPPEEEEEEEEEEEE! <does a happy dance!>

errrrrrrr... you 'could' retire early if that's the case!!!! smile ))

Phew! I think my heart stopped beating for a moment there! ROFL!

Big Hugs,

Yvonne

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#120358 - 04/11/06 07:20 AM Re: retired gamers?
Becky Offline
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Registered: 02/16/00
Posts: 26894
Loc: Stony Brook, New York, USA
Peter -- you call that retiring? I call that "making people very happy." happydance

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