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Given the fact that most of us here played on live, I wondered, "How old is the Homecoming playerbase?"

 

I'm 55. I was 42 when I joined my first MMO (WoW), and 45 when I first logged in to CoX.

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Just now, GraspingVileTerror said:

Not 50, yet.  But getting uncomfortably close.

You should be getting that letter from the AARP soon :D

 

(I got mine within a month of turning 50)

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Older than anyone so far. Knocking on 50 when I was a launch player. 'Nuf sed.

 

I recall establishing that the early Live player base was heavy on 35's or so and tended older than that. Not a kiddies game, then or now.

 

 

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2 minutes ago, GraspingVileTerror said:

What's "AARP?"  Something in the u.s.?

American Association of Retired Persons.

 

Is Google also not a thing in your country?  😃

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49 minutes ago, GraspingVileTerror said:

What's "AARP?"  Something in the u.s.?

 

The acronym has been decoded, but not the cultural matrix. AARP is an activism/benefits group for the gray-haired crowd in the US. Among other things, they are infamous for sending lots of "join us" mail when you hit 50. Sort of a rite of passage no one wants to achieve.

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57 minutes ago, Shenanigunner said:

Older than anyone so far. Knocking on 50 when I was a launch player. 'Nuf sed.

 

I recall establishing that the early Live player base was heavy on 35's or so and tended older than that. Not a kiddies game, then or now.

 

 

Yeah, in WoW, it didn't take me long to figure out that I was too old for PvP. I mean, I was an "original gamer", going back to when PONG was the state of the art, but I never got into "twitch" games, or any of the fighting games. My first foray into PvP, I found myself getting slaughtered by somebody running circles around me, - II soon figured out that I was not up to competing against 14-year-olds who had much faster reflexes than me.

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I am just old enough to remember the premiers of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Sesame StreetScooby Doo, Where Are You?,  and The Electric Company where Morgan Freeman was this hip dude trying to teach me stuffOld enough to remember when Captain Kangaroo wore a black coat.  Oh, and I toddled over to the console TV where the big people were watching some guy named Armstrong mess up the surface of the moon.

6 minutes ago, RikOz said:

Yeah, in WoW, it didn't take me long to figure out that I was too old for PvP. I mean, I was an "original gamer", going back to when PONG was the state of the art, but I never got into "twitch" games, or any of the fighting games. My first foray into PvP, I found myself getting slaughtered by somebody running circles around me, - II soon figured out that I was not up to competing against 14-year-olds who had much faster reflexes than me.

Similar to you, I cut my gaming teeth on the first Pong coin-op in cocktail table format (April 1974).  As to the PvP, it was WoW.  It was more about twinking out the armor of your character than actual skill.  Once I realized that, I twinked out a shaman and became a skillful rogue killer to all those 14-year-olds who'd put stock in the wrong thing.  Well, except the one who was so twinked out, he actually stopped running and let me hammer on him for a good minute without being able to kill him.  That pretty much did it for me.  I wanted skill against skill, not extremely rare and hard to get elite armor choices verses elite armor choices. 

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I'm in my mid 20s. I played with my parents when City of Heroes launched. That feels like a long time ago. Now I school my dad (still plays) on stuff about the game.

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50 minutes ago, Doomguide2005 said:

     Somewhere buried in these forums is a thread about the same subject.  Vaguely recall we had at least one player topping 80.  I know there's more than a few make my 61 years look like a youngin' 🙂.

 

 

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16 minutes ago, Yomo Kimyata said:

It's in the thread!

It's 10 pages!  

 

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Two birthdays from 60. 60! What the hell? Who is this guy in the mirror? Is that...my dad? Or my grandfather?

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51 here.

Glad to see Im not the oldest player.

Ive had people tell me its odd that someone my age plays video games.

I dont bother replying, I just dont speak to them anymore because I dont need stress and toxicity in my life.

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