I think it depends on the type of “games” you like, whether or not you can continue to play them.
I started playing games in the arcades when I was young (early 80s, I had to stand on a box to reach the controls and see he screen.)
I got a TRS-80 and a Nintendo in rapid succession at home, and then a Gameboy, and I was able to beat Adventure and Zelda and Mario and everything, but I seemed to get “Nintendo hand” worse than everyone else I knew.
When I got my first computer and was introduced to the exceptional games of Infocom, I couldn’t stop playing them. I was sucked into my computer for years – and didn’t have to worry about any pain in my hands.
MUDs followed, and the world of text adventures like Tele-Arena were where I spent my high school and college years. I even wrote one.
Trivia Games captured my attention next, and I designed one of those while working for Genetic Anomalies at THQ.
That Trivia Game I built actually turned my mother into a gamer – she started spending hours a day (at least 10) online answering it’s finite repeating questions, and then she branched out into the realm of online scrabble. 15 years later, with her high speed AOL subscription that’s where you can still find her, and I’m sure she will continue to be playing those games until Long after I’m gone 🙂
About my hands? I have mild hand tremors, so I need to do dexterity exercises on the regular to be able to keep my livelihood and be able to type as fast and often as I do. I’ve found some excellent games that require repetitive hand motions force me into them, many of them mobile but a lot with the new hands free controllers for consoles.
I foresee that as I continue to age, I will keep utilizing games that can help me exercise the failing parts of my body in a way that helps distract me from that.
Originally Posted: https://www.quora.com/What-happens-to-gamers-as-they-age-Do-their-gaming-habits-change-Does-arthritis-or-a-slower-reaction-time-start-to-set-in
Originally Posted On: 2015-05-23