When we thought up the idea for Mega Dads the initial concept behind it was based on speaking to gamers of a certain age. Gamers who are older and have important responsibilities beyond reaching the level cap in Call of Duty. But the idea of being an adult who is also a hardcore gamer is one that is often looked down upon. Obviously if you’re a person in your 30’s or 40’s who still gets excited over the new Mario Kart you must be some sort of misfit who can’t participate in normal society, right? I admit that on occasion I even wonder myself, is it odd for me to still love these characters and games that I started playing nearly 30 years ago? Will I still be stomping koopas when I’m 50 or 60? I don’t know but I sure hope so.
As I’ve gotten older I think I’ve matured a (little) bit and part of that is coming to the realization that I really don’t care about what other people think about me. Obviously I want to be liked by my friends and family, but people who would look down on me for my choice of entertainment I just don’t have time for. Our time on this chunk of rock hurtling through space is fairly short, so why would you waste one second of it trying to conform to what other people think you should be like? Your tastes will naturally change as you get older, I enjoy things now that I didn’t care for 15 years ago. Reading a great book, traveling to new places, going to new restaurants. But I also like to sit down at the end of the night and crush some puny noobs under the foot of my 20 foot Titan.
The videogame industry has also matured as it has aged. The writing, acting and music in todays games is on par with anything Hollywood puts out. I would hold up The Last of Us or Journey against almost any great novel or film. And the variety of videogames out there is amazingly diverse, especially if you look at what indie games are doing on PC. I would argue that there is a game out there for everybody, no matter what you’re into. So I’m very confident that as I get older the industry will continue to make games that appeal to all age groups.
Lastly, I think society lately has gotten so wrapped up in building these perfect little lives that look just like the ones in the Ikea catalog that they’ve forgotten how to stop and just have some fun. Americans are working more and more and taking less and less vacations. What is the point of it all if you don’t get to enjoy what you’ve worked so hard for? Nobody ever says on their death bed that they wish they had just worked a little bit more. Don’t be afraid of wasting a little time! And you most certainly should never be ashamed of whatever that thing is that you love to do. Mowing the lawn can wait an hour. That basket of laundry isn’t going anywhere. Get on the floor and play with your kids or play a few rounds of Mario Kart or get dressed up in your Dr.Who cosplay. Whatever it is that you love to do, go and do it. There’ll be plenty of time to be an adult later.