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Senior Citizen Players?


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Stenrik
10.01.2012 , 05:47 PM | #1
Hi, just was wondering the other day about this demographic. There is of course the thread for middle aged professionals, but I'm talking more about retirees, people with grandkids, etc... I see a huge untapped market for retirees in the MMO world, especially in the next 10-20 years, as the current middle-aged MMO'ers show no sign of stopping.
After all, MMO's cater to people with a lot of time for them, and I think this kind of gameplay is pretty good for seniors too (less need of twitch reaction time with GCD, more tactical). MMO's are also a great way to bond with grandkids, who many seniors don't see as often as they'd like.



So, anyone know SWTOR players 65 and older? What are they like? (If not, who is the oldest player you know?)

(Oldest player I know is a guildie who's 53. She is our main raid tank and a good player.)

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VoidGlider
10.02.2012 , 07:25 AM | #2
most people I have encountered in this game where age had come up in conversation, seem to be around 17-30 age group. The oldest person I have come accross is myself at 42 at this point. Although, as you say, there are much older folks playing for sure.

When I played another MMO (WoW), we had a player in her 70's who was a raid healer and a very good one at that. the rest of the guild was mainly made up of mid 30's to mid 40's with a splash of 50's in for good measure. We also had younger peeps also but just a few.

I guess old farts sort of accumilate over time

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MariaD
10.02.2012 , 09:01 AM | #3
Pandamonium, a guild on The Shadowlands, has a raid team named "Silver Horde" :-) If you know the reference.

The oldest players are around 65.

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sinnaman
10.03.2012 , 11:14 AM | #4
I have a guildie who is 65 years old
"We seem to be made to suffer. It's our lot in life." - C-3PO from Star Wars - A New Hope

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FlippinFlapJack
10.03.2012 , 11:44 AM | #5
I have 2 guildies that are very active and both are retired. Only one has ever made a reference to grand children. It has been a pleasure to make their acquaintance.

So to answer the OP question, yes we do have some senior citizen gamers out there but don't think for second that they are sub par in their skill level. Both of the older guild mates that I have know their stuff and can put quite a few youguns to shame!
Only a Sith deals in absolutes. --Obi Wan Kenobi

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Projawa
10.03.2012 , 11:55 AM | #6
Quote: Originally Posted by Stenrik View Post
Hi, just was wondering the other day about this demographic. There is of course the thread for middle aged professionals, but I'm talking more about retirees, people with grandkids, etc... I see a huge untapped market for retirees in the MMO world, especially in the next 10-20 years, as the current middle-aged MMO'ers show no sign of stopping.
After all, MMO's cater to people with a lot of time for them, and I think this kind of gameplay is pretty good for seniors too (less need of twitch reaction time with GCD, more tactical). MMO's are also a great way to bond with grandkids, who many seniors don't see as often as they'd like.



So, anyone know SWTOR players 65 and older? What are they like? (If not, who is the oldest player you know?)

(Oldest player I know is a guildie who's 53. She is our main raid tank and a good player.)
Agreed, there is a huge potential in this market. I for one will definitely be gaming for the rest of my life assuming arthritis doesn't get me lol and I can still see and hear.

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Flaminica
10.03.2012 , 12:07 PM | #7
The oldest gamer I know is in his middle 60s. He is an exceptionally talented tank whose well above average environmental awareness probably has something to do with his two tours in Vietnam with the Marines.

MMOs have immense untapped potential to not only entertain but to enhance quality of life for seniors. Wire up our old-age homes and instead of warehousing old folks and drugging them into submission, give them keyboards and let them live new lives where they can run, fight, adventure and yes -- fool around, independent of their failing bodies.
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FlippinFlapJack
10.04.2012 , 09:35 AM | #8
Quote: Originally Posted by Flaminica View Post
The oldest gamer I know is in his middle 60s. He is an exceptionally talented tank whose well above average environmental awareness probably has something to do with his two tours in Vietnam with the Marines.

MMOs have immense untapped potential to not only entertain but to enhance quality of life for seniors. Wire up our old-age homes and instead of warehousing old folks and drugging them into submission, give them keyboards and let them live new lives where they can run, fight, adventure and yes -- fool around, independent of their failing bodies.
The spirit and compassion of your idea is not lost on me. However, I have a terrible image in my head of abusive and self serving nursing home staff forcing the elderly to farm gold 18 hours per day.
Only a Sith deals in absolutes. --Obi Wan Kenobi

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amaresch
10.04.2012 , 11:22 AM | #9
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The spirit and compassion of your idea is not lost on me. However, I have a terrible image in my head of abusive and self serving nursing home staff forcing the elderly to farm gold 18 hours per day.
LOL, that got me visualizing some gaming wheelchair rigs. I'd get one. I'd name it Jabba's repulserlsed. Controls built off the armrests and dual swing away monitors and speakers built into the seats. Maniacal laughing as I demolish grandkids online.

I would release the dark side on the staff if they force me to farm tho.

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Mayeh
10.04.2012 , 11:25 AM | #10
Quote: Originally Posted by amaresch View Post
LOL, that got me visualizing some gaming wheelchair rigs. I'd get one. I'd name it Jabba's repulserlsed. Controls built off the armrests and dual swing away monitors and speakers built into the seats. Maniacal laughing as I demolish grandkids online.

I would release the dark side on the staff if they force me to farm tho.
Kragga beat you to it