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84-year-old man loves gaming, makes orgasm noises


HNNNNNNNNNNNG!!!
Jan 30
// Tony Ponce
Last week, Dale North shared a heartwarming tale of an 86-year-old British woman who keeps her mind sharp by playing the latest and greatest videogames. Mind-bending stuff like Disgaea 4, a game that would make me dizzy just...
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Old people rule!

86-year-old woman loves gaming, plays Disgaea


Gamer for 40 years, has SRGP chops
Jan 22
// Dale North
I love 86-year-old gamer Hilda Knott because she is one of us. This BBC clip on her shows that she plays real games -- not Facebook social and mobile crap -- and has real gamer cred. Not Solitaire, but Grand Theft Auto. She p...
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Promoted blog: Growing old disgracefully


Jul 31
// Stephen Turner
[Dtoid Community Blogger Stevil takes comfort in the fact that some of his favorite videogame characters are growing old with him. Because he's old. And smelly. Want to see your own words appear on the front page? Go write so...
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100-year-old lady rocks the Nintendo DS


Feb 02
// Tony Ponce
You go, granny! Kit Connell is 100 years old -- at that age, it's fairly likely that your mind will start to fade. Kit isn't having any of that, so she stays sharp by playing on a Nintendo DS that her daughter bought for her...

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Game SERIES Debate to the Death! Ultima series


Aug 24
// Tom Fronczak
In the last debate, we had one of the closest voting races I've ever seen. Persona 4 would take the lead by two or three votes, and then Persona 3 would strike back with a few votes of its own to tie it up. This continued abo...
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Wii gaming for health also works for old fatties


Jun 04
// Dale North
A new study by University of Delaware Associate Professor Elizabeth Orsega-Smith looked into overweight seniors that were playing Wii Sports. Could they lose weight like their younger, whippersnapper counterparts were? Yep. F...
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Nintendo to force old people to play Super Mario Bros Wii


Dec 08
// Dale North
Grandma: "Sir, can I trouble you for a glass of warm milk? It helps me go to sleep." Nintendo PR: "You can trouble me for a warm glass of shut-the-hell-up!" Grandma: "My fingers hurt." Nintendo PR: "Oh, well, now your back's ...

Peripherally Speaking: Nyko's Perfect Shot

Jul 14 // Jonathan Holmes
Perfect ShotCompany: NykoMSRP: $14.99Ugh.OK, so here's what I can tell you about the Nyko Perfect Shot. It is a white toy gun with a rectangular cavity that you can insert a Wii remote into. You can also connect a Nunchuk to the Wii Remote through the gun's handle. The downside to all this is that the only button you have access to on the Wiimote while it's in the toy gun is the B button, which is pressed by pulling the trigger. All this comes together to make playing shooting games on the Wii feel a little less like aiming a remote control and "turn-off-to-death" a bunch of zombies/aliens/terrorists/whatever-targets-are-in-the-game-in-question, and a little more like aiming a real gun at your TV and killing the zombies/aliens/terrorists/whatever-targets-are-in-the-game-in-question. REVIEW END.What, you want more? Huh. Alright then, I'll tell you about the rest of my experience with the Perfect Shot thus far, but don't say later that you didn't ask for it.To really make this review thorough, I invited some friends and family over to try out the Perfect Shot. They ranged in age from 6 to 69. We played about ten games, some of which were intended for play with the Perfect Shot (House of the Dead: Overkill, Ghost Squad, Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles, House of the Dead 2 & 3, Link's Crossbow Training) and some that weren't (The Munchables, MadWorld, Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop, The Conduit, Animal Crossing: City Folk). The kids and old ladies present at this most strange house party universally preferred playing games with the Perfect Shot. It didn't matter if it was Ghost Squad or Animal Crossing; the consensus among the very young and the pretty old was that "every game is more fun when playing with a gun." That said, the old ladies generally  had the most fun when not playing any videogames at all, regardless of the shape of their controller, and the kids could usually only last about thirty seconds before unplugging the Nunchuk, abandoning the game, and using the Perfect Shot as toy pistol. It's in this regard that the Perfect Shot really stands out, as these days, toy guns that look like actual guns are pretty scarce. As you can see for yourself, the Perfect Shot looks way more like a real gun than the Wii Zapper, that NERF thing, or your average G.I. Joe or Transformers licensed piece of crap plastic. The Perfect Shot also has a really nice sense of weight to it. When using it for gaming, or just pretend-shooting people, it really feels like the thing could do some damage.The Perfect Shot takes a little bit of a stumble when playing games that involve use of the Wii Remote's face buttons. Most, if not all, of the games that the Perfect Shot was meant to be used with don't require any use of the Wiimote's face buttons, so it's not totally fair to fault it in this area. The reason I bring it up is that the Wii Zapper, the Perfect Shot's primary competition, actually does give you fair access to the Wii Remote's face buttons, which can be a nice thing. Since the Wii Zapper cradles the Nunchuk for you, you can let go of the Nunchuk if you need to to use your Nunchuk hand to press the Wii Remote's face buttons without dropping the analog stick. The Wii Zapper also places the trigger close enough to the A button that you can hit it with your trigger-hand-thumb if you need to. With the Perfect Shot, the trigger and the A button are miles apart, making a trigger-hand-thumb reach-around an impossibility. As for using your other hand for face button work, taking hands off the Nunchuk means dropping it completely. That can really ruin your fun time if you need to quickly pause your game while avoiding a smack upside the head from a little kid armed using an oversized Totoro foot warmer as a giant, furry boxing glove.The Perfect Shot also makes playing games like Trauma Center: New Blood nearly impossible. That's a shame, because as a lot of you know, the Wii Zapper really does make it easier to keep a steady hand during stressful videogame surgeries. When it comes to unconventional uses like that, the Perfect Shot isn't in the same league as the Wii Zapper. This is a plastic gun for plastic gun games only (and maybe The Munchables.)  To sum up, the Perfect Shot is a great toy gun, a good all-game peripheral for people who don't like videogames, and a fine fake gun controller for the games it's actually designed to be used with. It can't be played with quite as many games as the Wii Zapper can, but what you lose in versatility you make up for in doesn't-look-like-a-long-and-curvy-white-turd-ability. Thanks, Nyko!
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Three things you should know about me before reading this: I hate doing stuff I don't feel like doing (some call it laziness, I call it "strong willed"), I'm a sucker for free stuff, and I hate gaming peripherals. T...

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Stereotype killer: 114 million adult gamers in the US


May 19
// Dale North
I love this new study from MarketResearch as it basically says that just about half the people in the U.S. are gamers. Gamer haters can't exactly go looking down on gamers, as they would be looking down on more than  hal...
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Hey old people, play games and get cheaper car insurance


Oct 04
// Brad Nicholson
Allstate is trying to draw up a new demographic to punish people that aren’t in the demographic with higher car insurance rates. According to 1UP (via CNN) Allstate is considering offering clients that are between the a...
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Sexagenarian Madden fan proves being old and a gamer aren't mutually exclusive


Jun 10
// Samit Sarkar
I’ve been telling people forever that I’ll be playing videogames until the day I die. Of course, we all make promises to ourselves -- things we’re absolutely sure of at the time -- only to break them years l...
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Out-of-touch old windbag won't buy videogames, bankrupts entire industry


Apr 02
// Jim Sterling
Last night we received a tip from Neil Christie sharing with us what he called "more bullsh*t in the UK press." Indeed, it was a column by an elderly man called Giles Whittell, whose out-of-touch and frightened scra...
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Videogames made me say the 'C' word!


Apr 01
// Chad Concelmo
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: This just in! I have been corrupted by videogames and am not a douchebag!I was just outside the FOXTOID offices buying a coffee from a vendor on the street when an old woman accident...
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Destructoid Rewind: Top stories from last year, February 18-24, 2007


Feb 18
// Niero Desu
This week's top story of last year probably crushed the dream career aspirations of many young men: The atypical tale of a video game game tester on crunch-time. While I think most of us would love to put in a 100+ hour week...
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Destructoid Rewind:
Our biggest stories from Feb 4-10, 2007


Feb 04
// Niero Desu
On this week's < Destructoid Rewind < the Reverend's opus the Mario Brothers on the big screen dominates the charts with over a sixty thousand readers (yes, yes, that's over 9,000). Was it a masterpiece or is he watchi...
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RetroforceGO! Episode 30: New Year's Retrolutions


Dec 31
// Dyson
Welcome to the last Monday of 2007, folks. Did you have a good year? Did you get everything that you wanted? Did you accomplish all the things that you planned for yourself over the last year? Yeah, me neither. But at least y...
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Game Debate to the Death!
SkiFree VS Rodent's Revenge


Oct 09
// Tom Fronczak
Last week's debate was a brawl between the twenty-five masters of Super Smash Bros. Melee. Some cast characters didn't do nearly as well as others, but the race for the only trophy that matters was close. Who did we decide wa...
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Survey says that casual games are bringing families together


Aug 28
// Dale North
Can a Wii fix your broken family? Are casual games good for everyone? In a recent survey polling 7,500 casual gaming adults, about a third had children or grandchildren who played casual games in their home, and 80 percent of...
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Senior gamer draws gun to protect his games


Aug 09
// Dale North
An 85-year-old New Mexico man took the law into his own hands, protecting his gaming rig by pulling a handgun on a robber who he found hiding underneath his bed.After leaving his house for the day, Alton Tillman doubled back,...
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Shenmue Online canceled: Who will move all of these online crates now?


Aug 04
// Nick Chester
Word from all over the place is that the planned PC MMORPG version of Sega's crate moving, direction asking simulator, Shenmue, has been canceled. The game was to be set around the events of Shenmue II, featuring many charact...
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EA pulls 49 online titles off of life support, watches them slowly die


Aug 03
// Dale North
It's now time to make a visit and pay your final respects to the elders. Make your piece and say your goodbyes, as Electronic Arts will be pulling the plug on dozens of their online titles come September 1st. Varied EA title...
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The founder of GameFAQs to step down after twelve glorious years of faqqing


Jul 23
// William Haley
I thought that my emotions were no longer a working part of me and that my tear ducts and vage had dried up long ago, but apparently there is some humanity left in me after all. Jeff Veasey, or "CJayC" as he is more...

E3 2007 Aftershocks: Hands-sticky with the Wii Party Station

Jul 22 // Niero Desu
Here's what the abridged version of what product manager had to say about it...  "We realize this is a risky product to go to market with, so we built the concept to see what people thought about it.  It has a scoreboard to track who's winning across different games played, it has four removable coozis to keep drinks cool, a cooling fan, nunchuk and Wiimote storage, and a removable chip and salsa tray.  New kinds of gamers are buying Wiis and at an MSRP of $20-$25 this might be attractive." There's really no reference point, so the entire thing is a puzzling proposition.  It was huge, well built, and the price was right.  But if I wasn't at E3... would I really want it? I stood there and dissected it for a bit. I doubt I'd use the fan.  The glowing light on the tray was genius.  Not sure about the scoreboard but I know my dad would like and easily understand that concept. Overall I thought the idea was wacky and intriguing, but I had reservations. I wanted it to do more somehow. First, this couldn't feed a Wii party at my place. I thought that I could probably single handedly go to town on the serving of chips and salsa on my own in a matter of seconds, so the food tray was definitely not big enough to support four hungry bastards of my nerdy stature.  Maybe it should fit the standard salsa container as is somehow. Maybe a needle directly into my veins. I also wondered if it could help me not get up as often when I'm on the sofa.  Could it accommodate a six pack of Coronas? Did I really think about it being filled with kitty litter so we could use it as a living room urinal? (What's wrong with me?!!) Could it do something if it had wireless functionality, like randomly take photos of the gathering and upload them to Destructoid's community blogs automatically? Hell yeah, I'll take 22 million of them! On one hand, I could defintely see them piled up neatly at Walmart getting hauled away by moms by the truckload, but we saw some repulsive comments earlier from the hardcore that makes me wonder if the market wants gaming and snacking in the same accessory. Nevertheless, I promised Nyko that we'd let the community chip in some ideas and we will be forwarding on the best suggestions to their team.  What would you do to make this ideal for the way you and your friends party with the Wii ... and if they build it, would you buy it?
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While running around Santa Monica a resident Dtoid editor scooped me on a strange coffee table gaming accessory that popped up at the event: The Wii Party Station. The uncoventional product has been met with a fair share of ...

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Bargain Bin Laden #19: Otogi


Jul 22
// Aaron Linde
Things look pretty bleak for the next month or so, don't they? Ah, summertime -- when the gaming industry actually offers a pretty compelling excuse to get off your ass and get outside. There's not much between here a...
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RetroforceGO! recording tonight; I miss arcades


Jul 18
// Dyson
That's right kids (and old people), I miss me my arcades. I miss being able to play the hottest new games in the dark, cigarette scented arenas that used to be my full-time hangout. Where did all these wonderful places go...
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Wii Party Station? Are they serious?


Jul 12
// Dale North
It is no secret that Nintendo's Wii is great for parties, and if you haven't had the pleasure of playing a drunken Wii Bowling session, then you're really missing out. Now, Nyko is trying to cash in on the Wii pl...
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Give your DS some 'Style'


Jul 04
// Dale North
No, I'm not talking about your gaudy, bejewelled Metallic Rose monstrosity, but rather the software you'd put in it. It's fairly safe to say that gamers aren't the most well rounded people as far as culture go...
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On today's episode of 'Nerds Make the Darndest Things' ...


Jun 11
// William Haley
Sometimes I like to imagine what mixing two totally awesome things together would be like, Jade Cocoon-style. Perhaps Adriana Lima with a language I can understand, or a pterodactyl with a Moonkin from World of Warcraft.. I a...
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Condemned 2: Bloodshot artwork is hobo-rific


Jun 06
// Nick Chester
I rolled out of my nice, warm bed this morning to find a small collection of Condemned 2: Bloodshot artwork in my mail box. This artwork features, predominantly, images of people who appear to not have nice, warm beds. This s...
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EA: You haven't seen the last of The Godfather engine


May 17
// SRVSLPS
It looks like the game engine that powered The Godfather still has a bit more life left in it. According to one industry analyst, EA has planned on using the engine in at least five upcoming projects, including a follow up to...

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