Videogame Sites Cater to “Geezer Gamers”

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Communities of “mature gamers” have sprouted up all over the world, reports The Wall Street Journal. Among these sites:, whose founders include 43-year-old Thomas Abel.

For Abel, an airplane mechanic and a father of two, videogames provide a way to let off steam after a stressful day at work.–which allows players to meet on forums with names like “Get off my lawn”–offers a safe haven for Abel to find “suitably mature joystick companions,” writes the Journal’s Miguel Bustillo.

Another site is, whose minimum age is 25. In the WSJ piece, 20ld2play says it “carefully screens applicants for ‘squeaky voices’ and other telltale signs of adolescence.”

For the generations raised on Pong and Pac-Man, the sites provide opportunities to play against other mature gamers in virtual senior leagues. Some players, like 77-year-old Ralph Atkinson from Melbourne, Australia, are part of The Older Gamers, which has  some 57,000 members worldwide (Atkinson shreds his competitors in Battlefield 3).

In the U.S., the…

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