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Shit My Dad Plays

Russ Pitts tells those kids to get the hell off his lawn as he discusses how the Generation Gap is influencing the gaming landscape.

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I never considered it but.... what if kids start liking stupid games and, in response, developers stop making the stuff I like. What if my kids like the terrible games I abhor? Should I lock them in the attic and force them to play SNES until their eyes bleed?

I'm 29 and my dad plays Civ almost exclusively...and so do I. What does that mean?

My family is a bit strange, the generation gap is barely there, but it does show up sometimes. Personally, I'm not much of an MMORPG person, but both my parents have 70somethings in WoW they play together and my mom has and 85 as well, me and my father are currently going through Red Vs. Blue: The Blood Gulch Chronicles Remastered together and me and him listen to the same music and plenty more, but when it comes to most games, the gap is there. Still, the smallness of it is amazing (especially between me and my father). Mainly because his parents weren't the reactionary "The end is nigh" types and he and my mother aren't either. So, while the gaming part of the gap is there mostly (not completely, though), no other real gap is (and my father is still the only person who I've got into a rickroll war with).

I was just thinking about something like this the other day, but it was more to do with the fact that there will be kids growing up that will never experience the great things that shaped most of our childhoods. It made me a little sad.

Russ Pitts:
As an industry, we could be facing a future in which gaming PCs and consoles are taking a backseat to "always on" gaming platforms like mobile phones and social networks.

God, I hope not.

Bloody kids.

I would say that it won't happen for a bit. Games grew up with the older generation and we still have the larger amount of disposable income. My only problem is that a lot of the games are polish first, then gameplay because too many people these days require the graphics to be great.

 

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