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Can you be too old to game online?

MartinH32

Well-known Member
Ok, I use to love playing online. COD Modern Warfare was my favourite and I was good at it. Late 40's now and I'm finding that my reactions are getting too slow and if I'm anything but at the bottom of the table in a multiplayer I'm happy. Can't keep up with the young ones anymore. Anyone else the same or is it just me?
 

Peew971

Well-known Member
Same here (early 40s) but I'd say it's probably about not having as much time to play and therefore not being able to brush up your skills as much as some younger players can. If you were single and unemployed I'm sure you'd play much better.
 

aslird

Member
Mid 40's here as well. As long as I am having fun, I don't really care where I end up in the leaderboard, although I would never have classed myself as being great at multiplayer games, even when I was younger.
What puts me off more than anything now is how toxic everything has become, and the win at all costs mentality.
 

Erby1889

Standard Member
I'm 47 and couldn't care less about my age. I play Battlefield 1 Team Deathmatch at the minute but will be getting Battlefield V soon. Used to be bad but now finish top half pretty much all the time, sometimes top 2, with the occasional highlight. Sometimes take a hammering and swear a lot but generally love it. Generally mute other players because I find their chat irritating. I play on the Xbox One X, first console was the wooden Atari 2600 The biggest problem is time to play, work and life in general really get in the way lol
 

MartinH32

Well-known Member
I'm 47 and couldn't care less about my age. I play Battlefield 1 Team Deathmatch at the minute but will be getting Battlefield V soon. Used to be bad but now finish top half pretty much all the time, sometimes top 2, with the occasional highlight. Sometimes take a hammering and swear a lot but generally love it. Generally mute other players because I find their chat irritating. I play on the Xbox One X, first console was the wooden Atari 2600 The biggest problem is time to play, work and life in general really get in the way lol
Yeah with you on the work / life thing. Self employed and two kids means gaming takes a hammering lol
 

ofostero

Novice Member
I think that the age does not matter, there are many games which can attract attention from people over 40
 

Wolfie666

Active Member
I'm late 50's, still playing COD4 and some Elite Dangerous. First started with Commander Keen and Doom on a Compaq P90. Then moved to Quake 2 my first multiplayer experience late 90's. Connection was ISDN 64kb or If I was feeling flush used a bonded 128kb connection. Moved onto UT and then COD4 been there ever since.
I had a bout of nostalgia the other day and reinstalled UT2004, brought back fond memories, shame about the lack of public servers.

I was average then and nothing has changed :)

And to add...The Missus complained back then I spent too much time gaming and still complains now.
 

mozza54

Well-known Member
I'm usually near the bottom of the table when playing.. I still play as I enjoy it though.
 

Greg Hook

Moderator & Reviewer
I don't think you can be too old for PC gaming. You just need to be aware of your abilities in fast paced games.

Take COD for example, when I used to play that I was frequently beaten by those with faster reactions. Although I haven't played it for a while beacuse the last few have all been crap.

In Battlefield 5, my KDR as soldier is nowhere near as good as it used to be in previous BF games, but I can just about hold my own in a quick reaction one on one deal.

But I'm happy with that. Just accept your level that it is now. There are plenty of games out there other than the fast paced COD style games which you can be good at regardless of age.
 

DeanE

Distinguished Member
'Can you be too old to game online' - No *

* - As long as you are physically able to use a mouse, keyboard, joypad etc.
 

MartinH32

Well-known Member
Well thanks all, I guess my reactions are just rubbish then :(
 

I think you all are fine :)
 

Thug

Distinguished Member
49 here and like most, play BF and CoD regularly (when I have the time).
Started off playing multi play with Unreal Tornament and Rainbow 6. Moved on the Call of Duty as a few of my mates played it in a clan and have not looked back since.
I was never 'good' at them, just enjoyed playing, drinking beer, eating nuts and chatting to my mates whilst playing.

I have yet to buy BF5 (although my friend have) as I am too busy playing Assetto Corsa Competizione (or the original AC1) in MP.

Its funny how peoples minds work, my wife went on at me about playing games, saying 'you have been on that computer for an 2 hours'. She mentioned that, yet if I had been watching TV for 2 hours she wouldn't have battered an eyelid.
Also she laughed at me playing games, but I said that she likes to go out with her mates, meeting up for lunch/coffee or a drink etc, so when I said that me gaming with my mates is my version of meeting up for lunch she kinda understood that better.
 
49 here and like most, play BF and CoD regularly (when I have the time).
Started off playing multi play with Unreal Tornament and Rainbow 6. Moved on the Call of Duty as a few of my mates played it in a clan and have not looked back since.
I was never 'good' at them, just enjoyed playing, drinking beer, eating nuts and chatting to my mates whilst playing.

I have yet to buy BF5 (although my friend have) as I am too busy playing Assetto Corsa Competizione (or the original AC1) in MP.

Its funny how peoples minds work, my wife went on at me about playing games, saying 'you have been on that computer for an 2 hours'. She mentioned that, yet if I had been watching TV for 2 hours she wouldn't have battered an eyelid.
Also she laughed at me playing games, but I said that she likes to go out with her mates, meeting up for lunch/coffee or a drink etc, so when I said that me gaming with my mates is my version of meeting up for lunch she kinda understood that better.
If you get promoted at work or if your business starts bring extra cash tell your wife that you are earning X amount extra per month from streaming video games. ;)
 

winteriscoming

Active Member
Mid 40's here as well. As long as I am having fun, I don't really care where I end up in the leaderboard, although I would never have classed myself as being great at multiplayer games, even when I was younger.
What puts me off more than anything now is how toxic everything has become, and the win at all costs mentality.
But being toxic is half the fun. I am regularly muted or banned from online games such as Overwatch because of "abuse", apparently. Anyway, it really heightens my enjoyment and makes every game more engaging because the stakes are higher because its better to grief people when you are playing well so you can be like "?", "ez" "lol git gud noob" etc
 

Ftorek

Standard Member
The gaming team with an average age of 67

very good clip of some pensioners from sweden
age average of 67 :) - still going to tournaments and stuff....

i'm 38 myself (still a pup considering you guys :) - but play good bit of tf2 and just started overwatch...

and what i see from myself - very often you can compensate your reaction times (them yougsters) with more hmmm.... mature skill-set - team play, strategy, etc...

anyhow - i think you can game as long as you can - if it still brings you any joy - fire away :)

m.
 

drinkturps

Well-known Member
Holy moly, been away this week but this is close to my heart. There's loads of us old farts that love gaming online! My twitch reflexes are going down the pan so stuff like CS:Go, CoD, BF are in the bin. But that does not me stop me from giving it a go.

@Ftorek TF2 is great fun, I'm totally with you, you don't have to be an expert to have a thoroughly good time. I still only play dustbowl from my love of it in TFC. WoT and WoWs are also good if you're not so nimble. PUBG is great fun even if you are pants.

Co-op is another great way to play online. As long as your buddies are not knobheads it's a giggle. Our very own @GrumpyOldGamer will point you to lots of like minded people and has a site for people that were the original gamers!

@ChrisKz, massive respect you've got a decade on me. I'd love to know what games you enjoy.

Sometimes it can take our other half's a while to understand our passion and enjoyment but find something they like and you'll not play it again for ages! When I first met Mrs Turps I had a Super Nintendo I could not get her off Lemmings! Safe to say over 20 years later we are still here!
 

chrislee

Active Member
I’m 51 and been gaming for years. Don’t think I’ll ever grow up lol. Play mostly BF and COD before that. Usually finish nearer the top than the bottom...

C
 

Doctor Smith

Well-known Member
Well thanks all, I guess my reactions are just rubbish then :([/QUOTE
Just turned 47 and my reactions are rubbish. I stick to single player now.
 

moonbeam120

Well-known Member
I'm another 59 year old gamer. Don't play many multiplayer FPS games since my (at the time 13 year old) son said I was an embarrassment while playing CoD together. Sadly he was correct. :rolleyes:

Love playing MMO's. Playing RDR2 on the XB1X just now and loving it. ED and Skyrim on a rift is a joy to behold. Probably enjoying gaming more now coz I'm retired and I have the time to do it. :D:smashin:
 

Apsilon

Senior Moderator
Nah. I used to play TF, CS and QA back in the old Wireplay leagues (if anyone remembers those) and was a half decent player.

When I went back to try my hand again at CS-GO almost 10 years later, I got my ass handed to me within seconds. I just couldn't complete. The players are just too good or certainly too good for me to want to invest the time it would take to make me more competitive.

That being said though, most online games whether they be FPS or otherwise are still a blast whether you have slow reactions or not and you'll probably find that after a few hours, you won't be doing half bad against a high majority of the opponents. It's just the cream that will continually hand you your ass :laugh:
 

Liftplus

Novice Member
You cant be too old to play online, but IMO you can be too young (im looking at you kids screaming in a microphone). As long as you enjoy playing the game, go for it.
 

WildeKarde

Well-known Member
Well they say after 25 your reactions start to get slower.

You can still compete but twitch games might be harder to do well.

I play mwo and find I can still compete in it due to pace of game.
 

BontaKun3000

Active Member
Can never be too old to be playing video games however being good at certain games as you get older is a different matter.

I'm not quite so good at the likes of FPS as I used to be but the likes of a strategy game or where great deal of thinking and planning is required I'm leagues above my younger self.

One of the great things about being older is it's easier to troll and trigger people in games, always alot of fun.
 

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