The Daily Grind: What’s the age range of the people in the MMORPGs you play?

    
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This morning’s Daily Grind arrives from Massively OP reader camelotcrusade, who asks you to take a long look at the ages of the people around you in the MMORPG community:

MMOs provide a place for age-diverse groups to play together who would not normally interact as peers (or interact at all). When has this changed the way you play — or do you play the same way (and expect the same things) regardless of whether you run into someone who is 13, 30, or 74? And based on your experiences, do you think it’s better or worse to have significant age diversity in your MMO?

I think the youngest person my guild ever recruited who wasn’t a member’s kid was 15 at the time. The oldest person is surely in his 60s or 70s now. I remember when the 30-year-olds in my circle of friends were the old farts, and now the guild “babies” are well out of college. It’s pretty crazy! I’ve always enjoyed having a wide age range myself, and I’d like to think our older folks were a good influence on the younger ones — and vice versa!

But even though I know the stats on MMOs shows that ages skew well into their 30s, I always get the impression that a lot of people churning through are much younger.

How about you? Do you see much age diversity in your favorite MMOs? Do you change how you play and interact based on the supposed age of the players around you?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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PurpleCopper Aw!

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SwobyJ Wratts I think some of it is that I grew up with the first generation of video gamers, Atari 2600 and on.  I kind of compare it to marijuana; probably 80% of the people I knew did it when they were young, 50% admit to it, and only 10% still do.  Some people age out, and there’s some effort to guilt those of us in the first generation who didn’t, and like anything it’s a personal choice if you let that peer pressure affect you

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Damonvile I’m in mid-20s and can still relate to any in their teens but I can feel it slowly slipping away…. and I’m okay with that.

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direpath The next divergence will be virtual reality (and I’m not just talking about somewhat bulky headsets) vs ‘screens’. Grandpa will refuse to enter experiences where he can’t just look around and see the room he’s in.

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greendragoon Yeah. People thought I was 20s-30s when I was 14 in WoW.

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Wratts That sucks. I’m in my 20s and my boyfriend is a gamer (leaning more to Nintendo variety than now PC for me), and I’d say most of our , at least common, friends all over game to some degree. We play D&D with a now-married couple that game regularly (recent addictions being Fallout 4 and MGS5), and another married couple that is very professional but used to raid in WoW regularly and still games. Its not the shame it apparently used to be. But I notice for 30-somethings that they get more iffy about telling others, and 40-somethings often avoid it, and 50-somethings you’d never know unless they confessed to you. Personally I can socialize with anyone whose focus of gaming is in the 80s-present focus (I won’t enjoy chatting about Pong and Pac Man with you).

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TheDonDude Horde is full of kids that just want to think they’re cool while they gank people! Alliance is full of kids that want to play the hero while they suck at playing!

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Nordavind I think you should edge that a little downward though. It usually seems to be the case that its older and more ‘thoughtful’ (to put it in a way) that participate in non-mainstream gaming forums. That 30s-40s, to me, is possibly more like 20s-30s in ‘reality’.

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TheAuger 20s is probably the highest age range. 10s are more into other genres now (of ‘MOBA’ type variety) and 30s-50s may have gotten into MMORPGs but it may have been ‘pre-WoW-boom’. I predict it’ll be 20s+30s in the 2020s, as more ‘MMO-ness’ gets ‘leaked’ into gamer consciousness instead of as a ‘whole genre’.

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ProfessionalNoob Eh. 20s is adult. 40s is adult. Neither are growing up rapidly nor decaying gradually.