We tend to have this image of what old people are and what they want, that often involves this like tea, gingham patterns, dog that don’t require too much exercise, pretty standard stuff. Is this the right image though? It may be for some, but that fact is that we’re constantly seeing a new generation of elderly people, who grew up with different needs and ambitions. Combine this with the ever increasing speed at which technology advances and you end up with elderly people who actually want tech to be part of their lives and not just for the under 50s.
We’ve not been completely blind in our attempts to get the older ones in the family onto video games, but they’re often the most middle of the road and beige games available to the public (any games less eventful than this could be considered terrorist propaganda to render our entire population immobile) Not that there’s anything wrong with PS3’s answer to chess, but it’s hardly taking full advantage of the processing power, and it’s definitely not giving the player much chance to realise how good video games can be.