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Xbox - getting OAP's playing.


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Just getting them online is a pain in the ass if they're not tech literate. e.g. can't even use a modern mobile phone without buttons.

Maybe there should be daytime TV shows covering the basics sponsored by for Dummies. xD

Otherwise they'd be easy pray for all the online scams and cyber crime. The tech knowledge gap for those that didn't grow up with much beyond the VCR is too great to let them anywhere near online without some street smarts.

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2 minutes ago, The Masked Tulip said:

They are vaccinated. They are now being reprogrammed by the xboxes to be Bill's slave army. 

They think XBox is just a game. Turns out they're piloting real life cars and stuff hidden behind some fake graphics. How else does all that 'AI' autopilot stuff work. They can't even detect traffic lights on captchas. xD

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21 minutes ago, Sucralose Ray Leonard said:

I await reports of 87yr old Doris of Bicester being called a Faggot by a 12yr old American.

https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/30/18119925/fallout-76-ban-homophobia-anti-gay-bethesda

IIRC, the main 'eliminator' talking here was like 14 years old, and people could not believe he had that kind of voice.

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I work with a guy who is 68 and well into his counter strike.

In my previous job I worked with a 60-something little chinese woman who likewise was really into Call of Duty. I overheard her at lunch talking to some young lads about her favourite loadouts. I was like WTF, is this candid camera?

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28 minutes ago, ElKapitan84 said:

https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/30/18119925/fallout-76-ban-homophobia-anti-gay-bethesda

IIRC, the main 'eliminator' talking here was like 14 years old, and people could not believe he had that kind of voice.

Dreadful that mind. I have games consoles but never play online exactly because of this sort of behaviour

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1 hour ago, Frank Hovis said:

These games are the very thieves of life.  To force them upon OAPs is to infantlise them.  Why not force them to watch In the Night Garden if we wish to revert them to infancy?

They should be banned and not promoted. I have never had a games console and I never will.

Counterview: we got an elderly member of the extended family an XBOX during one of the lockdowns in NZ (when you couldn't go anywhere).  He was able to play games and talk to the family every day, for free.  The grandkids loved showing him stuff they knew and he didn't.  They'd never stay on the phone more than 5 minutes.  gaming?  hours!

He's said to me online (as I play sometimes with him now) that it saved his life; a few months isolation with no human contact could have sent him over the edge; he lost his wife a few years back and is what i would term a suicide risk.  Now his daughter has another grandkid on the way and he's much more chipper.

So - games consoles can be great for the elderly, in my view.  

As with all things - moderation is key, of course.

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36 minutes ago, wherebee said:

Counterview: we got an elderly member of the extended family an XBOX during one of the lockdowns in NZ (when you couldn't go anywhere).  He was able to play games and talk to the family every day, for free.  The grandkids loved showing him stuff they knew and he didn't.  They'd never stay on the phone more than 5 minutes.  gaming?  hours!

He's said to me online (as I play sometimes with him now) that it saved his life; a few months isolation with no human contact could have sent him over the edge; he lost his wife a few years back and is what i would term a suicide risk.  Now his daughter has another grandkid on the way and he's much more chipper.

So - games consoles can be great for the elderly, in my view.  

As with all things - moderation is key, of course.

much the same for kids during lockdown, it has allowed them to maintain social contact with classmates, friends, and other family members. I'd go so far as to state that gaming is an enabler of lockdown, without it the parents would be rioting by now.

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44 minutes ago, snaga said:

much the same for kids during lockdown, it has allowed them to maintain social contact with classmates, friends, and other family members. I'd go so far as to state that gaming is an enabler of lockdown, without it the parents would be rioting by now.

yeah my kids too. Well my son actually, not the girls. He does get bored still though. Has cooked me dinner twice in the last week, and is reading good stuff too. So I don't begrudge him 6 hours per day on the console, given that at least half that includes socialising.

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12 hours ago, snaga said:

good luck getting an xbox, in short supply atm.

Xbox Series X Console Stock Checker and Locator (stockinformer.co.uk)

has a labour spokeswoman demanded free xbox's for the poor yet?

i am led to beleive that the answer to this is yes..........it falls under "normal standard of living" which means its part of benefits entitlement ......there are actually very very few people in the uk that are actually poor or starving as in 3rd world poor....youve all been had by the rashford scam....

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12 hours ago, Malthus said:

I’m in my 50’s and love video games , but not enough to mike up and talk to those wee gits 👍

I love Call of Duty (those 5 words trigger most 'gamers') but the first thing I do as soon as I turn on my PS5 is hit the mute button. I don't really get the popularity of mics in games, often I am the only one in the lobby on mute.

Why would I want to hear someone's dog barking or their heavy breathing? :ph34r:

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11 hours ago, Frank Hovis said:

These games are the very thieves of life.  To force them upon OAPs is to infantlise them.  Why not force them to watch In the Night Garden if we wish to revert them to infancy?

They should be banned and not promoted. I have never had a games console and I never will.

Oh Frank, this is up there on a similar level with your "Italian food is nothing but pasta" post. xD

Although the popular image in the MSM is that most gamers are addicted fat slobs, I suspect the reality is different. I love to play Call of Duty when I get time, it's a good de-stresser. PC games are probably more addicting.

 

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51 minutes ago, spunko said:

Oh Frank, this is up there on a similar level with your "Italian food is nothing but pasta" post. xD

Although the popular image in the MSM is that most gamers are addicted fat slobs, I suspect the reality is different. I love to play Call of Duty when I get time, it's a good de-stresser. PC games are probably more addicting.

 

My prior objection was specifically to pasta, which is dreadful stuff, rather than Italian food in general.

My personal experience of gamers is that it has wrecked one or more aspects of their lives (education, career, career and marriage) through their devoting huge amounts of time to this virtual world.  Better than Life in Red Dwarf (the book, not the TV episode) summed it up nicely albeit taken to the extreme for effect.

Though as with many addictions if you can keep it within its box and do it in moderation it isn't a problem; I knew someone who smoked two rollies an evening and at no other times. That wasn't going to kill him.

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21 minutes ago, Frank Hovis said:

My prior objection was specifically to pasta, which is dreadful stuff, rather than Italian food in general.

My personal experience of gamers is that it has wrecked one or more aspects of their lives (education, career, career and marriage) through their devoting huge amounts of time to this virtual world.  Better than Life in Red Dwarf (the book, not the TV episode) summed it up nicely albeit taken to the extreme for effect.

Though as with many addictions if you can keep it within its box and do it in moderation it isn't a problem; I knew someone who smoked two rollies an evening and at no other times. That wasn't going to kill him.

I used to game a lot until I was about 18.

Loved video games when I was a kid, and I think the 90's was gaming's Golden Era anyway.

My best mate is still really into them, and he's built me a console loaded with thousands of games so I'd never need to buy a game again.

But I think gaming has changed since I was a child. I think games have gone from something you can do for half an hour here and there to time sinks that require so much time they're like taking on a part time job. I think this started in about 2002-ish with the big multiplayer online games which basically never end - you can just go on playing them forever. I know people who got fat, people who dropped out of uni, because of those games. I even know a bloke whos Dad found 6 2-litre coke bottles filled with piss under his bed because he couldn't give up the game long enough to use the fucking toilet.

I go for weeks without playing now, and even then half an hour does me and I move on to something else. Gaming also always comes last after work, meal preparation and exercise commitments that I have every day.

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EDIT: What I meant to add also is that I agree with what I think @Frank Hovisis saying that for many people gaming is the only thing that gives them a sense of 'achievement', and that effort to achieve might be better placed in real life.

Perhaps the problem is that people don't have any routes in the 'real' world to feel good.

EDIT 2:

Oh and I never, ever did online multiplayer. I enjoyed multiplayer when it was 2-4 mates sat around a telly. Online gaming is not socializing.

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