Senior Gaming – Connecting Families Through MMOs
When you think of your grandmother, what’s the first image that comes to your mind? Knitting? Home baked cookies? What about her logging on to the computer with a headset, gearing up for an intense match of PvP! Since online gaming has many benefits for the senior community, playing alongside your grandparents might be a lot more realistic than you think.
Bob Stephen of AARP recently did a blog series about the benefits of gaming for the senior community. This is something we have always felt very strongly about here at KingsIsle – gaming can and should be something everyone can enjoy regardless of age! We’ve always believed that developing deep content woven with layered humor that played on many levels was a key way to attract a broad audience. We also maintain that creating challenging game play that scales with game progress really brings along many casual (and non) gamers. By pulling all this together our goal was to create virtual worlds for gamers of all ages to connect with their loved ones no matter how far away they live in the real world. Well, that and have a great time and a lot of fun while playing!
In his blogging series, Bob Stephen touches on this cross generational gaming in relation to the senior community:
The virtual world aspect of Wizard101 and similar games provide participants with an opportunity to interact and get to know others — all from the comfort of home. There are certainly similarities to social media where friends can be made based on shared interest — but the game environment adds a twist in that you can do things together while making friends or staying connected.
Besides being able to connect with family from across the country, online games like Wizard101 and Pirate101 offer seniors a chance to be just as “hip” and knowledgeable as younger gamers. Think about it – when you’re in a tough duel with a boss and a nice player helps you beat the bad guy, you don’t care how old they may be or where they’re from… you’re just glad they helped you win! Everyone is on a level playing field in the virtual world.
In Stephen’s article, Games for the 50+: A New Outlet for Mentoring, a senior KingsIsle player comments on being a gaming mentor:
In a world where many young people are abandoned to their own abilities I found a new world of young people willing to work with and learn from us old guys.
So next time you talk to your Grandparents, see if they’d be interested in doing a little online gaming. You never know… Grandpa might just be the epic Life Wizard that you need to round out your PvP team! Do any of you game online with your grandparents? Or grandparents, do you game with your family? If so, tell us about it in the comment area below!
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