Any old man who plays sports understands the agony.
You know mentally what has to happen next. The extent you have to do, the area you need to cover. Like in a waking nightmare, you watch it happen as you expected. But those legs. Those confident legs that effortlessly pushed you into that space helped you chase down that attacker, and let you down. You are moving at half speed as the work is going fast forward.
I got Old.
Now, for me at least, the same damn thing happens in video games.
Last Monday, on the 20th anniversary of the release of the first game, It is an electronic game And Apex Legends – games controlled by teens and their flexible minds – Big Papa Bear Halo is Back.It launched a free multiplayer game, and there was a lot of exhilaration. After years in the wilderness, he played second fiddle to games like
I’ve always waited for this moment. As a 40-year-old who plays video games regularly, I’ve been drifting away from first-person shooters – the kind that increasingly felt like a devious pinball machine piled high with loot boxes and top-level counters. Online games like Fortnite looked more like hyperactive Skinner chests, designed to keep players spending at all costs, rather than a test of teamwork and skill.
But Halo was my purpose. I played piles Halo, particularly in the era of Halo 2 to Halo 3. Was this the online shooter I was kind of good at? I spent hundreds (maybe thousands) of hours and played at a decent level. I understood strategies and the balance of weapons tacitly. Unlike Apex Legends, PUBG, or Overwatch, I knew how Halo worked on a basic level.
So I jumped into Halo Infinite on day one, expecting to be…maybe not as dominant, but at least competitive. On the first day, everyone learns a new game, gets used to new mechanics, weapons and recipes. People with a basic Halo foundation should have an advantage.
Every match – every Not connected Game – was demolished. Either Halo has changed drastically or I have become much worse. It is almost certainly the last.
I can feel it right away. Like a soccer player who lost his legs And First touch, I couldn’t even aim properly. I wasn’t quite sure where I should be in space, and I’m sure Hell couldn’t respond to threats fast enough. One of Halo’s strengths as a video game is that it allows players to cheat each other. Unlike Call of Duty, for example, you won’t be automatically dead if someone spots you first – you have a chance to outsmart and outsmart opponents if you’re smart and have a good aim.
Unfortunately I’m not smart, and I no longer have a good target.
I’m getting old.
Which made me think. Being a 40-year-old, in my sporting life no one expects me to compete with Kylian Mbappe-Esek who is 20 years old rocking the wing up and down at full speed. Understandably, I no longer belong to people in the absolute prime of their physical life.
No, I play in the “Masters” competitions over 35 years old, surrounded by people whose best years are clearly behind. Is there a good reason we can’t do the same with video games? Is there any good reason why online games like Halo can’t provide playlists exclusively for ancient ships like the ones I’m currently playing?
think about it. It’s nine in the evening, it’s been a long day. You’ve put in a 10-hour shift, and your mind is confused. To bathe unpleasant little children, clean them of feces and vomit, and finally sleeping. You have 60 precious minutes of free time before you have to drag your broken body into bed and do it all over again.
Do you really want to spend those minutes being humiliated by teens who got caught in Mountain Dew? No, you want to play at a comfortable pace for a middle-aged person and have fun.
Sure, you can create customs. But anyone over 35 knows how hard it can be to gather a group of like-minded friends for a quick match. We all clean up vomit and defecate on different schedules.
And certainly, the logistics to enforce the age barrier may be difficult. I actually don’t know how to achieve this effectively, but I know I want it to happen. And if the game developer somehow I did For making this happen, I will be forever grateful.
Because I am old. I’m bad at video games. My prime disappears in the rearview mirror, but I still want to enjoy the things I once enjoyed doing. help me!
Give me my Halo playlist that’s over 35 years old, damn it!