I always knew we’d take over the world…

Pew Internet: Adults and Video Games

More than half – 53% – of all American adults play video games of some kind, whether on a computer, on a gaming console, on a cell phone or other handheld device, on a portable gaming device, or online

Video gaming: It’s not just for geeks anymore.

One of the more interesting results of the poll had to do with senior gamers:

Among older adults 65+ who play video games, nearly a third play games everyday, a significantly larger percentage than all younger players, of whom about 20% play everyday.

Yeah, because they’re retired and have the extra time to spend on them. When I get to be 65+ you can be damned sure I’ll still be kicking ass in Call of Duty XXV: World War III or whatever the hell version they’re up to by then.

14 thoughts on “I always knew we’d take over the world…

  1. They need to do something like this for women gamers too…there are a lot of people out there that don’t believe women game!  LOL Not to mention that it is hard for a woman to get into the gaming industry because of the myth that women don’t play or they only want games like SIMS.  Hell, I hate SIMS…DH and I just finished playing Halo 1 & 2 and are looking forward to the next…love my shooters!

  2. I am unimpressed.  Ever since video arcades appeared, it’s stopped being unusual to be a gamer.  RPGers have been freaks for quite some time.  I don’t see those demographics getting any better.

  3. I have this theory that the human batteries and baby farms of the Matrix future may not be too far off. Except instead of being forced into servitude by rouge A.I. and robots, humanity will have built the system willingly to survive in the uninhabitable environment they have created. So they plug into the pods and their virtual realities. Disease will be eliminated because everyone will be self-contained in their little bubbles, being fed intravenously and the like. People will be able to engage in sexual reproduction virtually, except babies will be test-tube babies grown in a baby farm and plugged in from birth and raised virtually by it’s parents. After a few generations, no one will remember there was any reality other than the Matrix.  tongue rolleye

    Even now, people have real income producing jobs creating and selling virtual products in virtual stores to other virtual clients.

    The little known movie MindWarp with Bruce Campbell also has this theme.

  4. Even now, people have real income producing jobs creating and selling virtual products in virtual stores to other virtual clients.

    You’re talking about Second Life.  It’s the prototype Matrix.  If someone could remain plugged in 24/7 and not only survive, but compensate whoever was handling the bandwidth and life support, I don’t see why the Matrix couldn’t be real right now.  We’re even very close to creating an effective direct brain interface so you don’t have to worry about trivial things like moving hands on a keyboard and mouse.  What else do you need… besides a total lack of a real social life?

  5. Human battery farms will never happen for the simple reason that we’re really shitty batteries. Consider the digging capacity the intelligent machines have in the movie. With that kind of drilling available they’d be much better off using geothermal power than humans as batteries. Not only would it be more efficient, but there’d be no reason to keep troublesome humans around at all. Just kill us off and live on the geothermal energy.

  6. Human battery farms will never happen for the simple reason that we’re really shitty batteries.

    Yeah.. I had some conceptual problems with those movies.  It would have made more sense to say that they were experimenting with humans to learn about our psychology, or even something stupid like a spiritual belief like the Cylons had in BG.  It wouldn’t have made MUCH more sense, but better than humans as batteries.

  7. It wouldn’t have made MUCH more sense, but better than humans as batteries.

    The batteries makes more sense from a plot point of view, as long as you don’t mind ignoring the whole real physics.  We ignore science holes in other favourite programmes.

  8. I’m willing to suspend my disbelief to some degree, LH, but the elastic in that particular suspension is getting old and less stretchy.

    Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED the original Matrix movie. The sequels, eh, not so much, but the original movie is still a favorite. That’s in spite of how ludicrous it was.

  9. So what does the Matrix have to do with how older people play video games?

    Obviously the massive AI overmind has already been created and is actively engaged in making us completely addicted to online gaming so that we willingly volunteer to place our bodies in pods and become part of the Matrix while the machines take over the rule of the world and we become their slaves.

  10. Human battery farms will never happen for the simple reason that we’re really shitty batteries. Consider the digging capacity the intelligent machines have in the movie. With that kind of drilling available they’d be much better off using geothermal power than humans as batteries. Not only would it be more efficient, but there’d be no reason to keep troublesome humans around at all. Just kill us off and live on the geothermal energy.

    I agree. But I wasn’t claiming I thought human’s would do this to become batteries for stupid A.I.‘s who don’t know anything about geothermal energy. I said:

    …humanity will have built the system willingly to survive in the uninhabitable environment they have created. So they plug into their pods and their virtual realities.

    I came up with this theory when I witness my roommate comes home every day from work and plugs into his COH game. He will put some food in the microwave and forget to eat it because he got sucked into playing the game. He stays up late and gets by on 5-6 hours of sleep a night. If he could make as much money playing his game, and if he could be fed intravenously, I suspect he would so be plugged in 24/7.  tongue rolleye

  11. Yes.  Actually, the fact that the Matrix movies get so much wrong, and still manage to tell a good story, is a point in their favor with me: it makes them very much like religions.  I hope no one minds if I recycle a comment I posted here years ago, showing the similarities:

    First, the viewpoint from the outside: to believe in the movie at all requires a suspension of disbelief (a leap of faith). The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics is violated here:  raising animals consumes energy, it doesn’t give you energy.  The machines would have had to feed the humans more than they would get back.  Fundamentalists are fond of brandishing this law as a proof of the impossibility of the evolution of order from disorder, whereas all that it shows is that for order to develop, it must extract energy from the environment.

    Second, now from inside the film:  living in the Matrix is like being a fundamentalist: thinking that what you perceive and believe in is the real world, and not wanting to hear or see otherwise.  Being an atheist is like being unplugged from the Matrix, although I must say the food is often better here.

    Third, the world of the Matrix, and the world of belief, are defended and furthered by a complex interaction of evolved structures (the memeplex for faith, the Machine world) and the humans who believe (in God or the Matrix).

    Another whopper in the film, worthy of any righteous fundamentalist, is what Smith says to the captive Morpheus:

    I’d like to share a revelation that I’ve had, during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species. I realized that you’re not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment, but you humans do not. You move to an area, and you multiply, and multiply, until every natural resource is consumed. The only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet, you are a plague, and we are the cure.

    This is exactly the kind of misunderstanding of evolution that fundamentalists often make: they cannot get rid of their ideas of teleology, that things have a greater purpose, and work to achieve that purpose; in this case, a balance with their environment.  Unfortunately, that is not true, until you get beings capable of reasoning about the future.

    Of course, we all live in our own self-made matrices, atheists no less than believers, but (at least I like to think, not wanting to burn in hell any more than the next guy) atheists at least dimly perceive the walls of their preconceptions.  And we have more fun.

  12. Logan, I fixated too much on the human battery part and not on the gamers-would-plug-themselves-in-and-leave-reality-behind-if-they-could part. Yeah, I’d agree with that on some days. I’ve had the make a pot of coffee and then forget to drink it happen with a good WoW sessions.

    There’s an episode of Red Dwarf, an obscure British scifi comedy worth checking out, where the crew end up playing a video game called Better Than Life wherein the software detects your deepest dreams and desires and makes them come true. In the Red Dwarf Omnibus novelization the story has it that the game is banned because people are dieing from not wanting to leave the game long enough to feed and take care of themselves.

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