Are You Game?
Did you know that 26-percent of all video game players – “gamers” are over the age of 50? It’s true. In fact, 38-percent of all 50-plus adults play video games. And 43-percent of gamers over the age of 60 play video games every day. So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to get your game on!
Video games offer a form of visual and auditory engagement that most other kinds of games can’t match. Many of them not only provide a fun experience as well as opportunities to connect with other gamers of all ages. The majority of 55+ grownups play video games on their laptops. However, you can also play games on your smartphone, tablet, handheld game console, or TV game consoles such as the Nintendo Switch, Sony PlayStation, or Microsoft Xbox.
Today, an increasing number of video games are being created that explore more complex adult ideas and are more likely to engage older players on a deeper, emotional level. Rather than simply being mindless distractions, many of the newer games are intuitive and interactive.
Gamers Just Want To Have Fun
The most popular types of video games among older adults are card, tile, puzzle, and logic games. But many 55+ gamers also enjoy strategy, role-playing, and action-oriented games. So try out several different kinds of games and see what you and your friends enjoy most.
Here are some games that are especially worth checking out:
- War Thunder
- World of Warcraft
- The Elder Scrolls V-Skyrim
The Real Benefits of Gaming
According to WebMD Playing certain video games can help improve split-second decision making, hand-eye coordination, and, in some cases, auditory perception. So even though the verdict is out on whether video games are the new fountain of youth, there’s nothing stopping you from joining in the fun — and hey, you might even feel rejuvenated!
There’s no age-limit to playing video games! In fact, not only can video games help to boost cognition, but the friendly competition it starts can make for a lot of fun and quite possibly bragging rights!