Comment: Why should we be surprised that older people play video games?



Historically, in 1958, the very first computer game created solely for entertainment was called Tennis for Two.

That paved the way for others, but the early computer game most recognized in popular culture is Pong, created in 1972. It was also around this time that the first generation of home consoles began to appear.

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In the 1970s, the baby boomers were teenagers, a time when many of our youth, fast forward to today, would spend time gaming on their consoles, computers, and mobile devices.

But even though computer games date back to the 1960s and 1970s, I’d say the youth of that time were more inclined to other pursuits than watching a dot ping pong horizontally across the screen between two paddles.

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Do not you believe me? Take a simple poll: ask someone over 55 if they have memories of growing up playing video games.

It wasn’t until the 1980s and 1990s that video games really took off, with titles like Super Mario Bros (1985), Sonic the Hedgehog (1991), Myst (1993) and Doom (1993).

In other words, the generation that grew up with video games isn’t the baby boomers: it’s Generation X.

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Baby boomers were the disapproving parents who dismiss computer games as a waste of time.



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