Britain's Septuagenarian Gamer

Britain's Septuagenarian Gamer

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Watch what you say the next time you're playing Call of Duty: World at War - you might just be playing against someone old enough to be your grandfather.

The elderly don't immediately spring to mind aren't when you think about online gaming, but 70 year old Stanley Thompson is defying all conventions and 'pwning' with the best of them.

In an interview with gamezine.co.uk, Stanley spoke about how he got his start playing online, as well as his favorite games.

"The first game I ever played online was Monster Truck Madness. I then played another driving game called Insane and that was my favorite. Indeed I would still play it now but it won't play with XP or Vista ... I play Joint Operations online in co-op mode and also COD WAW in co-op, but for single-player I play Battlefield 2, COD4, COD WAW, and Medal of Honour Airborne. MOH Airborne does not have a very good multiplayer side in my opinion."

Stanley says that his family are very supportive of his hobby, but he sometimes has to explain himself to others. "When I tell people that I play FPS games online, they say, 'what, at your age?', so I tell them it keeps my mind sharp and gives me something to do other than watching TV all day."

Personally, I find the idea of a 70 year old gamer rather comforting, not only is it awesome in its own right, it is another small step towards dispelling the myth that gaming is something that only kids do.

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That's awesome! I wish my grandfather was a gamer :D

Coolest Granddad ever...

This reminds me of when a friend of mine met an entire family who played Diablo. Oh well, we're always saying how mature gaming can be, now we have proof (other than this site etc.) it's not just for teens and idiots.

I want to know: is this guy a veteran? All he plays are war games...

I reckon the better opening line would have been "Watch what you say the next time you're playing Call of Duty: World at War - you might just be playing against someone old enough to remember the war."

Cooler still would be an Octogenarian who was in the war.

If only my granfather didn't have arthritis, maybe he could be a gamer.

This is the greatest thing I've heard all week.

silentsentinel:
I want to know: is this guy a veteran? All he plays are war games...

I noticed that. Most of the time in the US when we hear about the elderly playing games it's stuff like Tetris or, recently, some Wii games. But the fact that this guy plays a bunch of FPSs is awesome.

Gives me hope one day I won't have to murder the human speices :D

101194:
Gives me hope one day I won't have to murder the human speices :D

For someone so superior you spelled species wrong...just saying...

This elderly chap is rockin' I hope he keeps at it. Besides, being passionate about something helps you live longer.

He's 70, so he could've been in some war or another. Vietnam or Korea. Or Desert Storm. WW2 is a bit beyond his age though. I think?

Seems like a cool guy.

This is pretty awesome, hope I can still pay games at 70

It's possible I have played Delta Force 2 with this guy. I remember someone introducing their grandad online on one of the servers I used to frequent. Though it may just be more of the older generations playing games online then we think and it was actually someone else.

There is a reason they called gentlemen like himself the "Greatest Generation". I salute this man who truly has experienced so much in his life and can still enjoy a good round of gaming for fun and entertainment exercising his mind.

Lol I know I was hoping someone would get that. I spare you :D

That's really cool. I hope that I'll still be playing games when I'm his age.

silentsentinel:
I want to know: is this guy a veteran? All he plays are war games...

He's 70 years old and it's 2008 now... so he would have been born in 1938. Too young to be a WWII or Korean War veteran, but in just the right time bracket to go to Vietnam.

'nam was more US than UK... if I recall correctly our government declined to send troops. And he's a little on the later side for the Falklands War (1982, he'd be 44...) He's possibly a veteran, but not of any specific conflict, serving tours of duty in various countries around the world.

BobisOnlyBob:
'nam was more US than UK... if I recall correctly our government declined to send troops. And he's a little on the later side for the Falklands War (1982, he'd be 44...) He's possibly a veteran, but not of any specific conflict, serving tours of duty in various countries around the world.

Actually, he was a truck driver.

silentsentinel:
I want to know: is this guy a veteran? All he plays are war games...

Yeah, I couldn't help but notice that too. It seems odd that he'd want to re-live that, but then for all we know he never took part in the actual fighting.

This is pritty awesome, I hope I'm still gaming when I'm that age.

nilcypher:

BobisOnlyBob:
'nam was more US than UK... if I recall correctly our government declined to send troops. And he's a little on the later side for the Falklands War (1982, he'd be 44...) He's possibly a veteran, but not of any specific conflict, serving tours of duty in various countries around the world.

Actually, he was a truck driver.

Hmm...Not quiet as grand but there you go.

see not matter the age everyone can play vid games
i wonder who the youghest gamer in the world is
i wont nomanate my sister
she started at 5 and her interest in gameing has continued she plays a mean TF2

I once played a game of COD4 alongside a sixty-year-old Shakespearian actor (he boomed out some of Polonius' speeches from Hamlet). Good to know that people that were in their teens when the TV was invented are now using that very invention for the newest medium of entertainment.

This man represents how I want to be when i retire. I just want to play games all day and nothing else...kinda like how I am today!

When I played EQ back in the day (like 2002), we (and by we, I mean my mother, who is now 50 and playing video games) met a guy who was like 80 years old playing the game.
The guy litterally fucking retired, and started playing EQ 10 hours a day!
To top that off, his sons played the game, and possibly there wives!

Now if only I had gotten that guys email addy, since he quit EQ. :(

Reaperman Wompa:

101194:
Gives me hope one day I won't have to murder the human speices :D

For someone so superior you spelled species wrong...just saying...

OOH, BURN!

What warms my heart the most is that this proves there are older people out there who really are appreciating the latest advances in technology. In my small world everyone 50 and older launches into anti-modern tirades about everything invented after 1970 or earlier, clearly because they don't understand new things and feel it'll be too much trouble to learn them, or are just too busy doing other things.

It's good to see that that old sci-fi trope - of people of all ages eventually embracing new advances to make their lives better, even when such advances might seem immediately bizarre to them - has a foot in reality. I know it's mostly a simple matter of being a progressively-minded individual, but like I said, I personally see so few progressively-minded people past 50 that each instance is refreshing.

I hope I will continue to fight off the fearful cynicism of new things when I'm fortunately enough to reach Stanley's age.

I saw the title and automatically assumed it would be a pensioner playing Wii.
But this is pretty swish, wouldn't mind playing COD co-op with Stanley.

ONE on our side for the 'violence in video games' debate.

So Daily Mail, are you going to tell a 70something war veteran than he is too immature to play a video game about war with shooting in?

I realise he was a driver, not a front line commando, but since when did the Daily Mail stick exactly to facts, I'm just using a tiny amount of the truth bending they use. :D

Personally I don't much care about age so much as maturity, I've dealt with 30something asshats in WOW and had 12 year old officers who shame 90% of the players with their good nature and leadership and ability to moderate during problems.

Sheesh! We've got a 73-year-old grandmother in our gaming group. She plays Guild Wars, dabbles in WoW, and her grandkids got her hooked on Half Life 2. Another member of the gaming community has his own family CS clan, with his sons, his wife, his father, and his grandfather playing. I think there's a console-gamer granny in the Cleveland area who plays shooters on the xbox. She's been profiled in the local paper.

A growing number of gamers are over 40, and even over 50. These are the people who were in their 20s when the PCs and early game consoles came out. Not all of them want to play Solitaire or Bejeweled!

My dad only plays war games too. Oh no wait, he played Gun I think. But generally he's all about the fps.

Only problem with a granddad like that is the embarrassment when you get pwn'd on COD

I know my mum is 73 and she..and just about all her friends now, at least play web games and flash games like the Popcap stuff.

There's a huge 'silver surfer' audience of gamers out there, just the majority are in the 'casual zone', which is why the casual companies are raking it in.

 

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