Playing video games over 30

The Resilient

Ostrich
Orthodox
Leaving the gym last night I overheard one of the guys there talking about he couldnt wait until the new NBA 2K videogame came out with all the new players on their new teams. I looked back assuming he was likely in college, but could tell he was easily in his late 30s.

What's everyone's thoughts on playing video games over 30?
Lame. I mean if you're a "gamer" that is. Picking up the xbox or playstation controller occasionally doesn't mean anything. But people that get that hype about vidya, are lame.
I say this as a former gaming addict myself.
 

kel

Ostrich
Too busy to find it now, but lookup a collection of battlestation pics from /v/ from a decade+ ago, you'll be shocked to see how some people live.
 

fireshark

Woodpecker
Orthodox Inquirer
I have a love / hate relationship with games. After age 30 they should really be a low priority in your life, and you should have a strict budget on how much you spend on them. However, I see nothing wrong with using it as an occasional escape / relaxation/ unwind tool. If one were to compare games with movies, the average Hollywood or similar movie is far more destructive to the mind than most games. I can't even make it through 10 minutes of most modern movies. They are pure filth. Games at least have more options and have not (yet) degraded to that level as a whole, though there are certainly very degenerate games out there.
 
I think that it depends on what the game is and how much you play them. I think that there are certain games which arent good for your soul or mind, such as GTA, which should be avoided. if you play an hour or so in a day then i dont think its a huge deal. if you are playing like 3 or more hours a day then you should cut back or stop playing them.
 
I have a love / hate relationship with games. After age 30 they should really be a low priority in your life, and you should have a strict budget on how much you spend on them. However, I see nothing wrong with using it as an occasional escape / relaxation/ unwind tool. If one were to compare games with movies, the average Hollywood or similar movie is far more destructive to the mind than most games. I can't even make it through 10 minutes of most modern movies. They are pure filth. Games at least have more options and have not (yet) degraded to that level as a whole, though there are certainly very degenerate games out there.

I agree. I posted a while ago that I got hooked into video games and I've been on and off with them since. I'm lucky I have more important commitments to handle.

I've heard of a guy years ago who's brother played 12 hours per day for years on end. That is sad and hopefully his brother kicked the addiction.
 

StSeb

Pigeon
I have found that video games have had a negative impact on my life. Whenever I start regularly gaming it removes all my creativity. I spent whole summers in my teenage years playing Call of Duty. When I was 16 my PS3 broke and I could not buy another one. I had no idea how I would spend my evenings. Eventually I found productive things to do with my time, one being I spent every evening after school going to the gym where I developed a very lean and strong athletic build which helped me to excel highly in sports and gain confidence. I naturally become more social, and developed habits that I still have to this day.
Even during college whenever I dabbled in gaming I found the impact it had on my mentality to be very negative. For example when I would be walking my thoughts would be distorted, I would be thinking about how I could gain levels and progress in the game I was currently playing instead of something productive such as how I could improve in my sport/studies or listening to good sermons. I have fallen into a gaming 'hole' about 3-4 times over my 4 years of college and it usually takes me two weeks to snap out of it. When I do snap out of it I find my workouts are greatly improved, I am more social, I spend my free time improving my programming skills and I feel closer to God.
I have come to the conclusion that I simply cannot indulge in gaming, no matter how little time I spend doing it because of the psychological effects it has on me.
 

DrCotard

Kingfisher
Gold Member
I used to play videogames for MS-DOS, Windows and PS2 platforms when I was a teenager. The last video game that I've played on a smartphone was Ingress 4 years ago.
 
Most movies and TV shows are unwatchable so gaming, especially if it appeals to masculine interests like military strategy and combat, is not a bad option in moderation as an occasional form of entertainment, but use your judgment. If you're not into it anymore consider selling your old systems and games on eBay, prices have shot through the roof, especially from the childhood years and adolescence of millenials.
 

Godward

Robin
I stopped playing video games many years ago due to their highly addictive and escapatist effects. It is better to at least sublimate the underlying urge by playing (wholesome) board games with friends and/or family, making it an actual social activity.
 
Actually judging by the so called friends most people socialize with the activirty is worthless. I don't agree with you. I waste a few hours in a bar drinking, which I don't like ..the outcome is no better than if I spend the time playing a game or not. But most gammers play instead of watching TV. Avg American watches 6 hours of TV, at least the game is better for the mind.

In addition, MOST popular games today are multiplayer. My nephew plays with is cousins who live a few hours away. It makes him closer to them. In the old days only time one associated with distant cousins was family gatherings. He also plays multiplayer games with other friends /kids frm school. Traditionally after dinner kids had to watch tv and go to sleep. Adults also play games with co workers.

There are also stretegy games, like Panzer division(something like that) which is a modern version of the old tabletop games that were popular with adults. The problem was setting games up and finding people. Now they can just do it!

I know a dad who plays Civ with his teenage sons, and it brings them together as a family.

And yes, as a teen I struggled to find people to play various boardgames or rpg's with me. But now it is so much easier, due to the internet. But I admit to being old school and wanting to do things the old way.
 
Over the past few years a lot of men woke up to the devastating impact that porn has on their lives. This was a painful realization for a lot of guys and is something that many (most?) men are in complete denial about. But the facts are what they are: porn is an awful drug that rewires a man's brain and robs him of fundamental aspects of his masculinity. Even more insidious, it does so while lulling him into a pleasurable stupor so that he does not even realize he has been grievously wounded, and will even lash out at anyone who attempts to separate him from the porn.

At some point people are going to recognize that as bad as porn is for men, video games are even worse. I realize that's a shocking statement, but I am confident I will be vindicated over the coming years. Video games are basically competency simulators that serve to distract men from developing skills and going after achievements in the real world in favor of quick dopamine hits for accomplishments in the virtual world. The long term effects of widespread video game playing are devastating on a societal scale, as this is literally no less than men checking out of society en masse. What happens when men don't give a shit about the real world and focus on their pixels instead? Women get out of control and foreigners take over. Sound familiar?

What's even worse is that so many boys get sucked into video games and never develop the normal skills of manhood. This is an epidemic. Video games are electronic drugs. Would you give a six year old boy heroin? Of course not. So why the hell would you give him a video game that will fry his dopamine receptors, render his attention span to zero and make him completely bored with meat space accomplishments that require actual effort, focus and discomfort to achieve?

I say all this as a guy who played video games as a kid and teenager and who still does a little bit. They're very fun and engaging. And in moderation they're fine. I'm not saying you can't be successful and have a good life while enjoying some video games. But millions of guys are not playing in moderation, and millions of young boys are frying their brains with them as we speak. It's not good. And it's only going to get worse when VR becomes the standard. We have to recognize the drug-like nature of video games, and keep them away from children especially.

Now what I see, which is the next generation in addiction, is cell phone games! The kids of the Philippines (where I live as an expat) are constantly zoned out playing them. When my partner's family gathers together for a big shindig, the kids (and many adults) generally game, rather than talking and laughing, as Filipinos are known to enjoy doing. My four stepdaughters spend hour after hour either playing games, or enjoying Tik Tok videos, which I view as worse than videogames.
 

Bamboozler

Pigeon
I see some nice posts in this thread. I quit video gaming not so long time ago and I'd have a few reflections to share, but I can see it's already been said before.

The above poster is correct. Games simulate various achievements, but leave you with the negative of lost time. It's like a loop where the lack of real achievement drives people into the game world more. I cannot believe that any gamers are not severley depressed and can't admit to themselves how bad gaming is. It's too much of an injury to see how much time you've wasted and what a lower you are. Easier to disappear into the game world.

If you told somebody you spend 20 hours a week on any hobby, they'd take you for a maniac of some sort. Every gamer knows well it's nothing when a game sucks you in. I mean three hours a day? When you get deep into it you start thinking in terms of days, even weeks. The amount of time spent on gaming reaches totally out of control levels.
If you're a 30 year-old-gamer most likely you've already invested years of your time in VR. Your precious time that no one's going to give you back. It's gone, lost, ground into fairy dust.

Over the past few years a lot of men woke up to the devastating impact that porn has on their lives. This was a painful realization for a lot of guys and is something that many (most?) men are in complete denial about. But the facts are what they are: porn is an awful drug that rewires a man's brain and robs him of fundamental aspects of his masculinity. Even more insidious, it does so while lulling him into a pleasurable stupor so that he does not even realize he has been grievously wounded, and will even lash out at anyone who attempts to separate him from the porn.

At some point people are going to recognize that as bad as porn is for men, video games are even worse. I realize that's a shocking statement, but I am confident I will be vindicated over the coming years. Video games are basically competency simulators that serve to distract men from developing skills and going after achievements in the real world in favor of quick dopamine hits for accomplishments in the virtual world. The long term effects of widespread video game playing are devastating on a societal scale, as this is literally no less than men checking out of society en masse. What happens when men don't give a shit about the real world and focus on their pixels instead? Women get out of control and foreigners take over. Sound familiar?

What's even worse is that so many boys get sucked into video games and never develop the normal skills of manhood. This is an epidemic. Video games are electronic drugs. Would you give a six year old boy heroin? Of course not. So why the hell would you give him a video game that will fry his dopamine receptors, render his attention span to zero and make him completely bored with meat space accomplishments that require actual effort, focus and discomfort to achieve?

I say all this as a guy who played video games as a kid and teenager and who still does a little bit. They're very fun and engaging. And in moderation they're fine. I'm not saying you can't be successful and have a good life while enjoying some video games. But millions of guys are not playing in moderation, and millions of young boys are frying their brains with them as we speak. It's not good. And it's only going to get worse when VR becomes the standard. We have to recognize the drug-like nature of video games, and keep them away from children especially.
As I've said if you keep gaming up to your twenties and thirties there's no point of talking of moderation, because there's none. Alcoholics cannot just sip a glass of wine while having dinner. Nope, it's either or at this point. It's a chilling realization that the Chinese communist party's the only political force naming the problem. Are Chinese commies more based than we are ? And what does it say about us ?

Of course, in most cases porn goes hand in glove with gaming. You've got some free dopamine hits just a click away. How could you resist ?

Nowadays, we also have to take into consideration the amount of leftist/occult propaganda oozing out of the industry.
Gay sex's been normalized, feminist 'strong and independent' characters are abundant, religion's constantly demonized ,and
moreover it's usually dipped in grotesque amount of violence.


My wife is now in her mid thirties and so a lot of her friends are too. You know what this means, right? That those of them who haven't had kids are starting to wonder about them. They're all in long term, stable relationships, so you'd think it'd be a done deal by now, but the common thread in all of their situations is that their "men" are all gamers.

Fucking losers who sit there hour after hour, day after day, year after year, wasting the precious window of opportunity of the women they supposedly love. The women are no perfect angels, but they get their share of criticism. These gaming loafers are supposed to be men. They are supposed to be leading their woman forward, including through the formation of a family, but instead they'd rather sit with their joysticks in their hand, doing the same thing they've been doing since their school days.

You don't have to be a gamer to be a loser, but it helps.
You've nailed it. The guys are so detached, they're not interested in reality any more. Why would they have a child, when they're children themselves overindulging themselves in childish entertainment? They're so softened by easily accessible pleasure that they show no will to deal with serious responsibilities. I don't think we've ever had such a docile, passive society. Even eunuchs in the ancient times probably had more lively attitude towards life.
 
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