Does Age Affect Gameplay In MMOs?

Peashooter’s in a bit of an age-related quandary. He went on a guild Heroic dungeon run the other night and there was a particular part of it some of them could do and some of them couldn’t. The obvious difference between the five guildies? According to Pea, nothing but age.

Peashooter says during his social interactions in the game he’s come to realise he’s a jot older than most players, and the majority of people he’s met are below 33 years old. That’s quite a specific data point, and I find it interesting as the playerbase I know well are much more balanced but the average is still around 33. Even so, Pea doesn’t consider himself old.

When people address me as “Mr.”, I still immediately assume they are referring to my father. Sure, I’m married (for 13 years now!), I’m a father to 4 children, and I work full time.  But… I still make time to play a video game. Gamers can’t be “old”, can we? … Two of us in the group struggled with dodging the poop.  We were the older players. The three twenty-somethings had no issues…

That’s why Peashooter’s wondering whether age plays a part in game performance or whether it’s just a case of how you relate to the situation at hand, regardless of whether you’re a spring lamb or a stately tortoise in years. He’s genuinely asking for feedback on whether he can put his Dying In The Fire ™ on one single portion of the dungeon down to age and put the incident away, or whether there are other ways to think about it.

I meanwhile suspect it’s a combination of the two and different ages favour different parts of gameplay. But what about you – do you know players of various ages, and have you noticed performance differences?

_Quote taken directly from Peashooter’s post

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