My father watched me play GTA 4 for a few minutes the other night. The mission was one of the early ones, where you basically just had to track down, chase in a car, and then kill the target. I had gotten the dude out of his car, and was chasing him on foot. I knocked him over, and didn't have any guns yet, so I used the bat. His comment was, "That's terrible." and he walked away.
My dad is 60. He's an old-school geek. Possibly one of the original founders of the modern geek ideal. He introduced me to Star Trek. He's a ham radio operator (something he has tried for many years to get me to do), which is a transition of a profession in the Navy to a hobby (he was in a Navy intelligence division during Vietnam, an ex-CT). He has long been into electronics and computers. He fostered many of my geeky habits. Something he hasn't done so well, though, is transition from the older, familiar technologies to newer ones. Computers, which should not be much of an obstacle to him, are a bit intimidating. But he tries.
Our initial foray into IBM-Compatible computers brought him into the world of Wolfenstein 3D, and Spear of Destiny. Mind you, this was probably quite a few years after these games had hit the market. Modern FPSes would probably be too much of a challenge for him. His reaction to my GTA 4 mission is probably an indicator that he wouldn't want to play them, either. This is a man who also watches, and loves, some pretty violent movies. The example that stands out most in my mind at the moment is the Bourne trilogy.
All of this got me thinking about gaming and aging. It makes me wonder if I'll, at some point, just give up on games for one reason or another. I don't want to now, but that's no guarantee that won't change.
So, I call upon you folks, the community of GWJers. Those who are comfortable revealing it, share your age, and your most played, and least played genres. Or, if you can't pin down a genre, just list a few games that you played recently that held your attention for a long while. Also maybe the amount of time you put into games (i.e. Casual gamer vs. Hardcore gamer).
I'll start. I'm 26. The genre that usually most appeals to me is RPG, especially largely open ones (i.e. Elder Scrolls games). I'm also pretty heavy into FPSes and RTSes. I suppose the genre I play the least would be something along the lines of shoot-em-ups. I would consider myself a hardcore gamer.
EDIT: As this thread grows, and we nail down exactly what people are putting as the genres are, I'll add a list of them for people to refer to. You can also post your platforms of choice, if you prefer, but I mainly want to tie this to video/PC games in general. Board games are a different category than the kind of information I was hoping to gather for this. Once we get a decent sampling of GWJers, I'll start calculating the averages and add them to this post.
FIRST RESULTS: As of Monday, May 26, 2008, 2:07 PM EST, out of a sample of 108 ages given, the average age of goodjers is 30.97.