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Gaming Podcast 159: Mega Dork

February 2nd, 2010 by Derrick Schommer · 8 Comments

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This weeks gaming podcast, we’re flashing back to Trade Wars and the Teleplay Modem while learning a bit about our communities ideas about video gaming in prison. We’re checking out a few news tidbits for the week:

  • PlayStation 3 has been hacked
  • Microsoft plagued by another class action lawsuit
  • Nintendo giving their opinion of the iPad
  • Gamestop COO wants to educate customers about DLC
  • Metal Gear Solid Head developer not happy with delay

This week we’re asking the question: Is it acceptable for older people to play games and when did this become socially acceptable for adults to be gamers?

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  • 1 Herr_AlienNo Gravatar // Feb 3, 2010 at 3:52 am

    @PS3 being hacked:
    Jennifer, Derrick, you’re both right. Jailbreaking and unlocking are very similar procedures.
    In regards of the actual unlocking of the PS3, Jennifer is spot on: regardless of the intentions of the original hacker, people will pick it up to play pirated games.

    @Gamestop and DLC:
    How comes? If I remember things right, game producers make DLC avalable only for new games. And Gamestop also sells used games. How will that work out?
    “Well, Mr. Customer, remember what we said about DLC? Well, forget about it if you buy this, this and all these other games, ’cause they’re used games.”

    @Question of the week: yes, it is acceptable. I know several 40+ years playing games, and I don’t see a reason why they shouldn’t; it terms of gamers, they’re among the most well behaved ones.

    As for this being socially acceptable, well … interesting question.
    The way I see it, people expect adults to worry more about real life stuff, and spend their spare time (if any!) fishing or doing old-guys-stuff. Video gaming is associated more with teenagers, so seeing an older guy doing this feels a bit weird.

    Now, ending on a more optimistic note, I have seen both dad and daughter playing the same game. I feel that this actually creates a stronger connection between the two, so there … video gaming can do good to your family 🙂

  • 2 IvanNo Gravatar // Feb 4, 2010 at 12:41 am

    In Responds to the Question of the week!
    Well I don’t think it’s weird at all that all the hardcore gamers of the 80’s grew up lol, I sure I’ll be a gamer playing FF LXIX when I’m 40. I have played & become friends with many older gamers in my online experience in FPS’s/MMO’s like Runescape & Fire Emblem Empires (Turn & Text Based Strategy Game). + I’m sure ill play with a lot of married couples when I join the ban wagon late & start playing WOW next month. (my nerdy (8]}+< friends finally convinced me)
    Cheers Thx for Casting

  • 3 IvanNo Gravatar // Feb 4, 2010 at 1:08 am

    I don’t think this game exists any more but when i used to play FEE for about 6 months i got really dedicated & became 6th best in the game
    [8)]+< til I went away 4 a week & in that time I was betrayed by my alliances which declared war on me & after 100’s of txt attacks destroyed my Empire =] such a classic game , cuz u lose in that game no matter how long u have played ur acc gets deleted & its only referenced in Scores. But I guess it was Karma for Destroying hundreds of Empires in my time in Power. With my Empire dead the urge to play it died as well but enjoy my attempt to conquer the FEE Server =].

  • 4 Jonah FalconNo Gravatar // Feb 7, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    It’s odd. Mass Effect 2 has the same affect on me as an MMO. I haven’t even scratched the surface (exploring other worlds, because there’s tons of content only if you actively look for it.)

    As for the question of the week: I feel odd sharing my hobby with tweens and high schoolers. They just don’t have the maturity to add anything to conversations more than mindless fanboyism and the word “gay” every other sentence.

    As I get older, I have more of a disconnect, but then again, less of one.I guess that’s what, ahem, 2old2play is for, no?

  • 5 IvanNo Gravatar // Feb 8, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    @ Jonah
    That’s a bit of a Stereotype don’t you think. There Nothing wrong with being open to the opinions of all age, gender & cultures. I think it’s immature to say that all people of youth have no valid points. It’s true that people become more mature of time, but maturity develops from past learning experiences not time it’s self. I know quite a few older adults who can be quite immature themselves.

  • 6 Jonah FalconNo Gravatar // Feb 9, 2010 at 10:50 am

    In this case, the stereotype is based on reality.

  • 7 IvanNo Gravatar // Feb 9, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    @ Jonah
    Y don’t u share with me your opinion about the Question of the week. I quite interested in the point of view of a mature mind is. if you didn’t want to share your thoughts that’s fine but was the little rant really necessary if you didn’t intend to get a response.

  • 8 IvanNo Gravatar // Feb 9, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    If you didn’t want to share your thoughts that’s fine but was the little rant really necessary if you didn’t intend to get a response.

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