Lina and her son Alex, Preston | November 20, 2014
“There’s a large following of adults who play video games Mom.”
Those were the words that my son Alex said after he had mentioned that he was going to an event for Tomodachi Life, a game for the Nintendo 3DS.
This wasn’t the first time he had explained to me about adults who game. He had recently hosted a Pokémon themed dinner at my house. I know, it sounds a bit weird. Normally, we have young children who come up to the desk and ask about Pokémon books. However, with my son, who’s in his twenties, that wasn’t the case.
Alex is part of a group called the Pokémon Gym Leader Squad. They go around to different Anime and Gaming conventions dressed up as different characters from the games and have con attendees battle them for badges. When his group was at the dinner, a majority of them were between the ages of 20-35, and nearly all of them were working.
It isn’t limited to just Pokémon or Tomodachi Life though. Alex explained that there are other games, such as League of Legends and World of Warcraft that have tournaments, where in some cases, there are monetary prizes.
There is a fandom for each video game. He rattled off some of the current mainstream ones like Minecraft, Super Mario World, Marvel Heroes and Final Fantasy. They all have groups on and offline where the players can exchange ideas, discuss the games and just hang out, sometimes even playing the game.
Alex is right. There is a huge community of adults who play video games. You just need look for them.
Time to log on!
Above photo is of Lina and Family. Courtesy of Alex’s Tomodachi Life.