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Feeling Old

IlriyasIlriyas The Syrupy CanadianToronto, Ontario Icrontian
edited Dec 2011 in The Pub
So the basis of this topic is that I feel old, not all the time mind you really only when I'm discussing movies and video games with the 6th grade class I'm a co-op teacher for. (Think student teacher only Universities don't care.)

We're having a discussion during the lunch period, after all a lot of them have interests in superheros, video games, and to some extent movies so when a discussion about one of those topics begin they're almost always asking me questions relating to said topics.

The discussion of the day was video games, specifically favourite shooters so when it comes around that they ask me the first thing I say is 007 Goldeneye and they begin asking me why its not BF3 or MW3 before one of them says "Goldeneye: Reloaded isn't even a good game" so naturally I tried explaining to them that I meant the original...which apparently none of them knew about in any way, shape or form, after all the first 'shooter' these kids played was likely COD MW2.

Once I get around to graphics the same one then says "Wow that game must be ancient."

Now I was 4 when the game came out but I started playing it when I was 5 when my cousin introduced me to it (Badly of course but I had a lot of fun and I ended up getting my own copy for my 6th birthday.) I've also played a multitude of other games and I've never felt old playing any of them because most were made around when I was born (Or little at least) and I picked them up eventually.

Graphics have never bothered me as much as they have say my friends or younger generations (Not all of course but I've met a few who couldn't fathom playing Deus Ex because it 'looks bad')

Naturally this discussion made me feel old because I'm talking about and enjoying things they believe to be 'ancient' and/or had no idea they even existed.

I'm 17 for crying out loud most adults still call me 'kid' and will continue to do so at any opportunity for the next month (Got one Irish teacher who says he'll call me lad nonstop till my birthday) meanwhile there are little kids only 5/6/7 years younger than me who are making me feel old simply because of the video games I play.

What the hell society!
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Comments

  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut, Mumble Hivemind Drone Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Nov 2011
    They're not young, they're just uncultured and/or stupid.
  • SnarkasmSnarkasm Madison, WI Icrontian
    edited Nov 2011
    Consider it an opportunity to further their education, even outside the classroom. :)
  • UPSLynxUPSLynx Top EA shill, The Dean of Computer Graphics Redwood City, CA Icrontian
    edited Nov 2011
    Yeah, it's crazy weird that most kids that are "gamers" today don't know many games outside of CoD or Halo or whatever popular shooter BS is out there. There is much missed opportunity for awesome gaming.

    It's interesting that these popular shooters have ushered in a massive new crowd to our favorite hobby - much in the way the Wii or Angry Birds did for those that play casual games. All these people playing, but they have no interest in expanding their experiences beyond these core games.
  • ShortyShorty Manchester, UK Icrontian
    edited Nov 2011
    Simple. If you guys haven't played manic miner, jet set willy, head over heels, horace goes skiing, winter games or shinobi... you have no real gaming cred #reallyold

    CoD? Pffft.

    10 PRINT "This game will take ages to load from a cassette"
    20 GOTO 10
    RUN

    Now back onto the subject at hand. Fundamentally, generations are generations. I was brought on the above. CoD, Halo etc is their version of it.
  • LazarusXeroLazarusXero Illinois Icrontian
    edited Nov 2011
    Shorty wrote:
    10 PRINT "This game will take ages to load from a cassette"
    20 GOTO 10
    RUN

    Brought back a lot of great memories... <sigh>
  • Mt_GoatMt_Goat I am the hatchet man, look over your shoulder Icrontian
    edited Nov 2011
    Hell, when I was growing up, the only games we had were stick ball, marbles, walking on old pop cans, balloons on bike spokes and keil yer neighbor.

    ...and no, i wasn't into the Scotch again!
  • SonorousSonorous Shredmaster, F@H Fanatic Virginia Icrontian
    edited Nov 2011
    Ah man. Memory lane. Playing Goldeneye and Perfect Dark on Friday nights with the guys. Also playing hours and hours of Tribes, Age of Empires II and Counter Strike 1.2 after school. Those were the days man.
  • primesuspectprimesuspect Beepin n' Boopin Detroit, MI Icrontian
    edited Nov 2011
    10 poke 764,255
    20 print "hello!"
    30 poke 764,0
    40 goto 10
  • Straight_ManStraight_Man Geeky, in my own way Punta Gorda, FL Icrontian
    edited Nov 2011
    10 poke 764,255
    20 print "hello!"
    30 poke 764,0
    40 goto 10

    Hehehe-- excuse me, hahaha, emulating ROFLMAO (can't ROF yet after hip surgery so I LMAO).... And I thought I was old when I first saw that and found it funny that the person who showed it to me (8 Bit Atari BASIC, AFAIK) was full of pride at knowing that trick...

    No, my ID has not been hacked. :D
  • primesuspectprimesuspect Beepin n' Boopin Detroit, MI Icrontian
    edited Nov 2011
    :D
  • Gate28Gate28 Orlando, Florida Icrontian
    edited Nov 2011
    Slightly off topic, but what makes me feel old is thinking that Nirvana was popular 20 years ago.
  • primesuspectprimesuspect Beepin n' Boopin Detroit, MI Icrontian
    edited Nov 2011
    One of my favorite albums of all time, Pearl Jam's TEN, is TWENTY. Blargh!
  • KwitkoKwitko Sheriff of Banning (Retired) By the thing near the stuff Icrontian
    edited Nov 2011
    Apple ][ games. 'Nuff said.
  • ShortyShorty Manchester, UK Icrontian
    edited Nov 2011
    One of my favorite albums of all time, Pearl Jam's TEN, is TWENTY. Blargh!

    SHUT UP (I remember buying it when it came out :() that has made me feel really old, damn it, damn it to hell. DAMN IT.
  • KwitkoKwitko Sheriff of Banning (Retired) By the thing near the stuff Icrontian
    edited Nov 2011
    I was a sophomore in college when Ten and Nirvana's Nevermind came out.
  • GnomeQueenGnomeQueen The Lulz Queen Mountain Dew Mouth Icrontian
    edited Nov 2011
    For me it's that I play TF2 games, and even though I'm still accused of being 9 all the time, I'm actually usually older than all of the people I end up playing with if it's not Icrontians, even though some of them have super deep voices and hence sound like 45 year old smokers... (Cough cough COLA)

    ...but more than that, the fact that there are people that can drink legally now that were born in the 90s! SO. WEIRD.
  • ShortyShorty Manchester, UK Icrontian
    edited Nov 2011
    I was recently talking to some lads in a band that was playing a gig with my friends band. They had never heard of the band on my t-shirt.... Carcass (a classic 90's death metal band). I suddenly felt very old.
  • GnomeQueenGnomeQueen The Lulz Queen Mountain Dew Mouth Icrontian
    edited Nov 2011
    Shorty wrote:
    I was recently talking to some lads in a band that was playing a gig with my friends band. They had never heard of the band on my t-shirt.... Carcass (a classic 90's death metal band). I suddenly felt very old.

    I've never heard of Carcass. :D
  • ShortyShorty Manchester, UK Icrontian
    edited Nov 2011
    I've never heard of Carcass. :D

    Damn kids (and non-metal fans) 'shakes old mans fist in the air'
  • TushonTushon I'm scared, Coach Alexandria, VA Icrontian
    edited Nov 2011
    Shorty wrote:
    Damn kids (and non-metal fans) 'shakes old mans fist in the air'

    More like your hand shakes itself, amirite?

    /probablygoingtohell
  • LazarusXeroLazarusXero Illinois Icrontian
    edited Nov 2011
    I only feel old when I flip to the "classic rock" radio station and 50% of it ends up being the music I listened to in highschool...

    That's why I stick to Pandora now... and trying to buy as much new music as I can...

    Pearl Jam - 20 years old
    Nirvana - 20 years old
    Metallica - 30 years old
    Megadeth - 28 years old
    Nine Inch Nails - 23 years old

    Hell, even Slipknot is 16 years old now!!!
  • ShortyShorty Manchester, UK Icrontian
    edited Nov 2011
    Tushon wrote:
    More like your hand shakes itself, amirite?

    /probablygoingtohell

    Cruel dude.

    < yoda > Sensitive about your age you will be, when hit my age you do < /yoda >
  • ShortyShorty Manchester, UK Icrontian
    edited Nov 2011
    I only feel old when I flip to the "classic rock" radio station and 50% of it ends up being the music I listened to in highschool...

    That's why I stick to Pandora now... and trying to buy as much new music as I can...

    Pearl Jam - 20 years old
    Nirvana - 20 years old
    Metallica - 30 years old
    Megadeth - 28 years old
    Nine Inch Nails - 23 years old

    Hell, even Slipknot is 16 years old now!!!

    Going to go find something hip and modern.
  • SnarkasmSnarkasm Madison, WI Icrontian
    edited Nov 2011
    I hear this new band "Hanson" is pretty good. Those girls are gonna be cute when they grow up.
  • Gate28Gate28 Orlando, Florida Icrontian
    edited Nov 2011
    Brian, if it makes you feel any better, I'm older than Nevermind by 3 days, so my whole life I will be quantifying lengths of time to how old Nevermind is.

    Also Snark, I saw Hanson live one time in Oklahoma when I was like 9.
  • KwitkoKwitko Sheriff of Banning (Retired) By the thing near the stuff Icrontian
    edited Nov 2011
    I'm old enough to remember this commercial:

    <iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BG7273yDpdA"; allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" width="420"></iframe>
  • RyderRyder Kalamazoo, Mi Icrontian
    edited Nov 2011
    Shorty wrote:
    < yoda > Sensitive about your age you will be, when hit my age you do < /yoda >
    :grumble: :shakehead :tim:
  • MAGICMAGIC Doot Doot Furniture City, Michigan Icrontian
    edited Nov 2011
    I just turned 25, it sucks.
  • JokkeJokke Bergen, Norway Icrontian
    edited Nov 2011
    Being 22 is quite alright.
  • LazarusXeroLazarusXero Illinois Icrontian
    edited Nov 2011
    Jokke wrote:
    Being 22 is quite alright.
    MAGIC wrote:
    I just turned 25, it sucks.

    That's funny, I'm 34, but my brain still thinks I'm somewhere between 22 and 25... I'm going to be the epitome of a dirty old man someday soon and it's going to be GLORIOUS!!1!!

    I think the only difference between being 24 and 34 is now I can afford all of my habits and hobbies... that, and I have to get up at 5am for work everyday :grumble: but there are trade-offs in life, I guess...
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