Can You Be An Adult and Still Play Video Games?

This is a question I have struggled with for a while and every bit of me wants the answer to be yes because someday I want to be an adult but I don’t want to stop playing video games.  To be honest, I don’t see what the problem with video games is.  They’re stimulating, fun, challenging, and an escape into a world I’d never normally experience.  Pretty sure that makes video games the same as world traveling, and “real” adults do that all the time!

So what’s your deal!  You “real” adults get to go home and read, crochet, paint, and explore the finer side of french cuisine and we all have to bow down to your maturity and sophistication.  But I talk about going home, plopping down in my papasan, throwing on my turtle beaches, and killing 12 year olds with my friends and I’m some sort of deviant with the mental maturity of the 12 year olds I dominate in Call of Duty.

Now I’m not saying video games are my life because they really aren’t.  I read (sometimes), I take salsa lessons, I snowboard (AKA crawl around in the snow in between 5 second rides), and I partake in debates on physics and even politics (although I usually fade out after 15 seconds when I run out of relevant talking points.) That being said, video games are still a part of my life for two main reasons:

  • I’m competitive as hell and good at video games so its the perfect arena for me to stomp on you.
  • More importantly, they keep me connected to some of my friends that I left behind on the east coast.

My question to all you jerks who laugh at me or give me a look when you find out I still play video games is what is the real problem here?  Is it because it is something that kids do?  If so, thats a terrible argument.  Kids read. Kids paint.  Kids even cook! Oh! But you’re different.  You’re much better at reading/painting/cooking or you’re reading/painting/cooking real things and they’re just doing it like amateurs!?  Well same here! I play like a pro and those kids can’t hold a candle to me! (Speaking of being an adult, I should probably figure out what that saying means some day.)

Allow me to present this information in SAT format.

Me on Call of Duty : Your creme brulee :: A 12 year old on Call of Duty : A 12 year old’s Easy Bake Oven cupcakeOr is it just because it’s fantasy, fake, stupid, and immature?  Oh…okay got it.  I’ll remember that for the next time you talk about Twilight, Harry Potter, and Star Wars.

As you may have noticed, I’m pretty passionate when it comes to my right to play video games in my mid 20s, but getting back to my original question.  Can I be an adult and play video games?  I’ll be honest.  I want to have a savings account some day, learn to cook more than chicken and pork chops (yup that’s right! I’m cooking pork chops now too!), and maybe even read a newspaper some day.  Is there a correlation between my desire/ability to to these things and the fact that I still play video games?

I sure as hell hope not because I’m just not gonna stop.  I look forward to the day I get to mop the floor with my kids in whatever gam is popular in the future, and I can’t do that without keeping my skills fresh as I is.  So to all you naysayers, looking down on me and my friends from your high horse, with your heads lost in the clouds of adulthood, take your looks of judgement and superiority and redirect them where they belong… at some hipsters.

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8 responses

  1. Chris

    Good luck with the whole reading newspapers thing…they’ll probably be extinct by the time you actually learn to read them.

    February 22, 2012 at 8:40 am

  2. I’m 42 and i still read comics!
    And I’ve had sex – with women, it should be noted – and I don’t live in my parents’ basement.
    So enjoy your video games, Adam!

    March 27, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    • Will do and thanks for all that information!

      March 27, 2012 at 2:43 pm

      • No problem!

        March 27, 2012 at 2:45 pm

  3. “Can You Be An Adult and Still Play Video Games?”

    Of course you can!

    “Take time to play – that is the secret of eternal youth.”

    (http://marcelschweder.wordpress.com/2010/03/13/nimm-dir-zeit/#comment-280

    or

    http://blog-for-ireland.blogspot.de/2009/09/take-time.html)

    March 28, 2012 at 11:25 am

    • Thank you! I needed a little reassurance.

      March 28, 2012 at 1:30 pm

  4. Yes, Adam as others have confirmed, you may still play video games as an adult. But sadly, when you are really, really, REALLY an adult, you wont, and to a degree you wont want to. And it doesnt have to do with the fact that they are games, it has to do with the fact that they are a waste of time. And I am not “dissing” video games, I love them. Like I love television, and I would LOVE to play video games all day WHILE watching television, but I dont because I am what adults call “over the hill” and that expression comes from being beyond the expected half way point in your life. Closer to death than you are to birth. When (as an adult) you decide to spend less time playing video games it will be because (1) either you dont have the time because you have a job, a wife, some kids and a mortgage or (B) you find something more valuable you want to do with the limited time you are given.

    **sigh** I love video games.

    Wait, I just realized I could have made this a lot shorter. Adam! The doctor has just told you you have one year to live. 8760 hours. What do you want to do before you die? What percentage of those hours will you spend playing video games?

    (Well that sucked. I just bummed myself out. Sorry about the serious downer comment, but that pretty much explains it.)

    April 2, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    • Yay! I’m glad I can keep playing. I guess I’ll just stop when it doesn’t interest me any more. One of the best things about it is that it keeps me in touch with my best friends. I moved to Denver where I know no one last October.

      April 3, 2012 at 12:07 am

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