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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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Registered: 09/11/99
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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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Registered: 03/12/06
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Loc: Delaware
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?
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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
Posts: 9426
Loc: Raking leaves 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?
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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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Registered: 11/08/05
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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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Registered: 12/30/00
Posts: 618
Loc: virginia
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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Registered: 12/04/99
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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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Registered: 12/09/00
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Loc: La Puente, CA, USA
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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