More Gen Xers and Baby Boomers are playing games

Avro Arrow

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I'm a Gen-X'er and I've been playing video games since I was four or five years old when I first played Combat and Pac-Man on an Atari 2600. I started gaming on a computer when I was six. I haven't stopped since.
 

waclark

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Haha, good references. No, I did not. I got started on the Atari 2600 in the 70's. First PC games were on the Osborne and the Atari Sinclair in 1980 or so.

I don't doubt that some uber geeks played games before Gen Xers picked it up in the mid to late 70's, but I still stand by my comment about ours being the first generation of gamers. As in, a significant number of us grew up gaming.

I agree that GenX was the first generation in which video games were ubiquitous. Boomers would have been avid video games, and many are (like myself and many friends) but we didn't have the luxury of having gaming consoles in the home until many of us were out of college. Lots of Boomers were and are gamers. Consider that D&D was one of the forerunners to modern fantasy based RPGs.
 

sorten

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I agree that GenX was the first generation in which video games were ubiquitous. Boomers would have been avid video games, and many are (like myself and many friends) but we didn't have the luxury of having gaming consoles in the home until many of us were out of college. Lots of Boomers were and are gamers. Consider that D&D was one of the forerunners to modern fantasy based RPGs.
Yeah, no doubt. A couple of Boomers introduced me to D&D and I'm sure many were playing MUDs on gopher before the Web showed up on the scene.
 

waclark

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Yeah, no doubt. A couple of Boomers introduced me to D&D and I'm sure many were playing MUDs on gopher before the Web showed up on the scene.
LOL I forgot about MUDs. I was never into them. I was more captivated by Never Winter Nights on AOL and later Ultima Online.