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« on: June 23, 2011, 10:51:52 AM »

Here's a question I've been pondering on for a while. When I think about my hobby, I'm thinking: "I really want that game next year." "We'll probably get Diablo 3 after 3 or 4 years of development." "14 years in the future I might buy DNF." (ok, that last one is more of a joke)
Point of the matter, we are easily used to waiting years for what we want. Those are very lengthy awaiting which I'm not sure many domains or hobbies match.

Now, taking the above and making a parallel with the social myth (?) that gamers are 'eternal kids', makes me consider the question: do we mature slower since our perception of time is warped?
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« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2011, 02:19:47 PM »

No. Video games have nothing to do with our perception of time.
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« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2011, 02:29:07 PM »

No, that's completely silly.  Tons of things require years of waiting.
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« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2011, 03:00:28 PM »

I matured perfectly well, thank you very much. >.>

The only thing I find strange about video games and time are when I see a video game slated for the next year, I think that is pretty soon, but if it were a vacation or even the air date for a television show I would find it far away.
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« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2011, 03:05:37 PM »

I matured perfectly well, thank you very much. >.>

The only thing I find strange about video games and time are when I see a video game slated for the next year, I think that is pretty soon, but if it were a vacation or even the air date for a television show I would find it far away.

I think that's because we're usually playing any of number of video games before that one gets released. Unfortunately, we're not on vacation the whole time before we take that far-away vacation.
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« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2011, 03:07:38 PM »

While I do think video games have their occasional detriment, I don't think they have "warped" my perception of time, except for in the sense that playing one can sometimes make the hours go by faster.

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« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2011, 03:09:49 PM »

I haven't been on vacation in 7 years. ;_; This depresses me.
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« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2011, 03:49:05 PM »

I matured perfectly well, thank you very much. >.>

No personal insult meant to anyone (if there is even one to begin with). Just an observation from the wide variety of people I know.
If you look at the usual steps in life (highly debatable I know): leave home, have kids and buy a house; I can't help but notice that the group of people that play video games are lagging behind the others. Most people are at the age where they now have one or two kids and are starting to consider buying a house, yet the video gamers have no children nor house. Worst, some amongst them are still living with their parents actually.
This makes me question: why the correlation. I mean, I'm not too found of the gamers = losers argument.
Maybe my 'test group' is too small or non-representative. Have you observed different results (if so I'd be interested to hear about it)

P.S. I'm not saying that everyone should follow the 'usual life model', everyone has the right to be different and to do whatever they want.
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« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2011, 03:58:36 PM »

Obviously it's all anecdotal evidence and therefore pretty meaningless... but what the hell, I'm 32, married, own a house, and play lots of video games.

/shrug

I actually don't think "gamers" make up a particularly reliable demographic for purposes of sociology since the component parts of that demographic are so diverse. It's a useful demographic for marketing purposes, but probably less so for other types of analysis. If that makes any sense.
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« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2011, 04:09:42 PM »

By contrast, I'm 24 years old, don't own a house, and don't have any kids. I work full time for a publishing company and live in NYC with my girlfriend of five years. Of course, none of this really matters.

Annubis, take a step back. I could be wrong, but I get the feeling that a lot of your statements in this topic are directly connected to your immediate surroundings. Gamers are too big and diverse of a group, like almost anything else, to make any sort of general statement about them.
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« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2011, 04:13:45 PM »

I moved out of home pretty much as soon as it was legal, when I was close to turning 17. I don't have kids or a house, but at 19 I don't think that would even be beneficial for me. I have a long term partner and although I only work part-time at a plastic manufacturing company I volunteer in spare time teaching an IT course and running a group getting people back to work (creating CV's, making them email accounts, phoning employers, etc).

I also game a lot.

I just think you have very immature friends Annubis. :P
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« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2011, 04:16:14 PM »

It's a mix of immediate surroundings and people met through MMOs (hundred or so people). If this is all anecdotal, as you say, would that mean I know tons of losers (myself included in a couple of years -_-U) ?
Also, for reference, I'm looking at the 30-40 age group.
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« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2011, 04:19:56 PM »

I o to a pretty difficult to get into charter school, and I'd think it's safe to say that at least 100 of the 400 kids there are gamers. Hell, I've been in all that honor society bullshit since I was 9, and I game all the time.
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« Reply #13 on: June 23, 2011, 04:30:34 PM »

If this is all anecdotal, as you say, would that mean I know tons of losers (myself included in a couple of years -_-U) ?

Yes. Move out of your parent's basement.
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« Reply #14 on: June 23, 2011, 04:31:53 PM »

I did, and actually, back then, my room was on the main floor =/
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