Aging Gamers and Beauty
We have all experienced being obliterated in game by some snotty nosed kid online and then cussed at by their teeny, little voices. Even 18year olds get miffed at the little tykes. It kinda makes you wanna say, “look here whippersnapper!” (because suddenly you feel like a great-grannie from the hill country) but you stop yourself before feeding the underheightened trolls because you know that road leads to a town of wasted time which is something way too rare for us as grownups. This lack of time also accounts for our enormous “need to open and play” pile of games we really are anxious to attack. I can see why gaming is not as fun for some people as they grow older. However, I grow to like it increasingly every year. It is sometimes therapeutic, sometimes a celebration of time off, and sometimes, just makes me giddy with excitement like it did when I was younger.
On our C+2 Twitch Stream the other day, a young kid chatted in “man, Yvonna looks Old!” in reference to one of my photos with Todd Howard and his lovely wife at the Bethesda Christmas Party week. C+2 model Fabienne said, “Yvonna isn’t old, she is a timeless beauty”. That made me smile so big because that is precisely what I have always thought was the absolute ideal look to have. But it also got me to thinking about the aging of gamers as a community. Not only are our heroic founders of game creation now in their late 30s-40s, the gaming community itself is getting older.
I didn’t have my own NES or Commodore 64 like my hubby did (but we recall having friends who all seemed to have Ataris). When I asked him about his earliest gaming memories, he proudly said, ” I also remember getting the Turbo Graphix 16, which I bought with my own money”. Going on to brag like a a kid showing off to his girlfriend, he told me about his Star Wars collection, which included the “bad ass Empire Strikes Back bed sheets set”, of which we still have one pillow case used to buff the force against colds during flu season :)
So if anyone reading this recalls any of these early systems, you may just be one of these aging gamers to which I am referring in this article. If not. it may or may not surprise you to know that according to the ESA:
- The average gamer is 30 years old and has been playing for 12 years. Sixty-eight percent of gamers are 18 years of age or older.
- Forty-seven percent of all players are women, and women over 18 years of age are one of the industry’s fastest growing demographics.
- Today, adult women represent a greater portion of the game-playing population (30 percent) than boys age 17 or younger (18 percent).
The average age of Charisma+2 model is younger though the gaming experience years are about the same. They just started when they were 2-3 years old. No wonder they are so dang good!
So as I find myself discovering new preferences for games than when I was younger, veering toward playing games on difficulties less than insane/hardcore etc. so I can experience more games in the same amount of time. Also, I admit, working zaps up a great deal of time that I used to use playing games so I am not as good as I once was. Still, there are just so many, many great games out there I want to know firsthand. On the irl side of thing, I also find more wrinkles when I smile and the wonderful improvements a pair of Spanx can make. Yet, I also find that I have so much more poise, nerve, and awareness behind those same aging eyes than I once did when I was a pup. I wouldn’t trade my place for that of a teenager for anything. While I live with amazingly beautiful girls day in and day out as their agent, I find myself chuckling at myself and how insecure I once was.
I love the way society is now! In the same way we have discovered that beauty can be found in any size and race, we have discovered that it also knows no age. I look at Faith Hill, Cindy Crawford, and also numerous people in my everyday life and think, “It is so cool that you look so dang great!” I feel encouraged to be my healthiest, try something risky for fun, like parachuting, or taking a college class for no reason but to learn something new. So if you see me acting absolutely silly in a contest like here or out at a convention fronting like I’m an character from a film, comic, or game, I am not trying to look like a teenager, I just enjoy the heck out of gaming and cosplaying… to me, there is a zest brought to life by confidence and experience that supersedes all else.