It’s something I never really understood: People used to get into punching fights over Coke vs Pepsi. PC vs Macintosh. iPhone vs Android. Console vs PC. Politics… it infiltrates everything it seems.
Independent development is also easy. I can sit down with an idea and Unreal engine and put together a game that ends up becoming popular, all from my chair. It’s a marvelous time.
At one time, “gaming was for kids”. I gave up games when I was 16 yrs old because I believed the critics.
That was… 1988. Yet, I was sneaky: I beta tested games instead. That was my justification. “See, I’m not PLAYING games, I’m -testing- them”.
Flash forward through the 90s, I was surprised when my same age peers kept playing video games and Dungeons & Dragons.. I thought, “But, I was told gaming was for kids”.
Flash forward to the 2000s. My childhood friends were still playing video games and dungeons and dragons and the like.
It wasn’t until then that I accepted it: Gaming is for everybody at all ages and the naysayers when i was a teenager were completely wrong.
Learned something though: While I haven’t read Tribes, glancing through a few reviews of it, it apparently has a very realistic military. Curious, I wondered what other books had realistic military and lo and behold, there was Ender’s Game on the list. Must be something primal about realistic military sci-fi. Strange because I’m not military and have no interest in military things and yet, there’s one of my favorite sci-fi books as well as Stargate SG-1, which was another favorite of mine.
I guess there’s something appealing about realistic military structure, in fiction, even when it goes horribly wrong because it at least makes sense.
Makes sense. Interesting trivia: [from 2014, so adjust the numbers accordingly]
The average age of someone who plays games is 31 years old. In fact, more gamers are over the age of 36 than between the ages of 18 to 35 or under the age of 18.
Congratulations on your success. I’m slow sometimes : I’m online friends with George Ellis,, the physicist and one day shared an article where he was in it. I was talking back and forth with someone in the comment section before suddenly realizing, “Oh wait – I’m talking about *you* aren’t I?” haha