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Is it odd for a 40 year old guy to play DS games in public?

by christianboy65 / September 7, 2006 11:00 PM PDT

A friend of mine was talking about how she hates airports on her blog and I mentioned that the ticket is to overwhelm yourself with things to do like work, iPod movies, magazines, etc. I mentioned that I take my Nintendo DS and play that in the airport (and on the plane) and she seemed mortified that I would do that in public. I guess I really don't care what people think ultimately because I'm still going to do it. Out of curiousity, though, since I am apparently socially clueless, I ask you, fellow geeks, is this odd?

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Everyone shoud play games
by Ravensblood / September 7, 2006 11:36 PM PDT

Not only does it keep the young in you, I think it's great stimulation for the brain and reflexes. Most people who are anti-game are simply afraid that they are no good, or that they don't know how to play.

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haha yea, asking the wrong crowd! :P
by robstak / September 7, 2006 11:55 PM PDT

I would and plan on continuing to well past 40.

If I saw a 40something playing some DS or PSP, I'd say to myself "that's awesome".

I would imagine that other ppl might frown upon this practice. Somehow playing Zuma or Bejeweled at work is socially acceptable, but playing actually good games is not? go fig.

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Don't worry, you're not in middle school :D
by shantanubala / September 8, 2006 12:03 AM PDT

I could say the same, but my DS could get confiscated.... An advantage of being in work Silly


Anyways, you kinda are asking the wrong group, and if you want to know what's "in," or "not cool," you should ask a snobby "cool kid" and they'll flat out tell you what you need to know. Geeks aren't exactly the top of the food chain in schools, but who cares? Atleast I got my Athlon Box *hug*

-Shantanu

P.S. - I would think it's awesome for an adult to admit that they play video games. My language teacher, for example, she plays Diablo.

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Which games?
by tony10r10 / September 7, 2006 11:55 PM PDT

Are you a 40 year old man wearing a pink child's backpack, standing in the middle of the councourse at the airport, so completely wrapped up in your session of Nintendogs that you don't notice all of the other travellers walking waaaay around you?

That might be a problem.

But otherwise, game on. And wear headphones, sometimes it can be pretty annoying to sit next to someone plinking away on some handheld game.

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Yeah, it's Hello Kitty! (kidding).
by christianboy65 / September 8, 2006 12:04 AM PDT
In reply to: Which games?

It's usually Bomberman or Mario Kart. I have Advance Wars, but I haven't played it yet.

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Mario Kart is AWSOME!!!
by doughboy_10466 / September 8, 2006 2:43 PM PDT

Don't worry about what people think as long as you are having fun playing your DS.

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To generalize.....
by cardsbb9 / September 8, 2006 2:41 AM PDT

Males (past a young age) relate better to 'things' than females and females relate better to people than males.

I just imagine your female friend wonderng why you would be "snubbing" all those people around you by focusing your attention on a little piece of hardware junk, when you could be chatting it up big-time.

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Yes, but without blowing on the thing
by ecribbin / September 8, 2006 2:59 AM PDT

I'm 31 and I do it all the time, however, for some reason I am ashamed to blow or speak into the thing in public.

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Blow?
by tony10r10 / September 8, 2006 3:31 AM PDT

I am not a DS user; the last Nintendo product I owned was an original GameBoy (monochrome). I have heard about the DS's voice recognition. But blowing on it? Explain, please.

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DS recognizes Blowing
by ecribbin / September 8, 2006 3:58 AM PDT
In reply to: Blow?

Have you tried playing The Rub Rabbits or Warioware Touched? You actually blow on the DS to play some of the minigames.

Other examples? In Magnetica, you have to blow in the microphone to remove clouds, some other games work in a similar game.

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Depends who you ask

My friends and I were on the bus a few days ago and a middle age looking guy was playing GTA on his PSP and I said that was awesome and my 16/17 hipster friends said it was lame

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