Playing computer games. Playing them when you’re an adult. Playing them when others think you should be doing “something constructive”, “something more worthwhile” with your time.

The Escapist this week has several articles on aspects of computer play by adults. Two of them – “Games Are For Kids” and “A Day In The Life Of A Social Loner” – are on the theme that adults who play games have a hard time in the “real world” with non-gamer associates.

Apparently, despite the “rise of the casual gamer”, the fact that more people than ever before are playing computer and/or console games, the idea still persists that “games are for kids”. So adults who play them are being childish.

Both articles are defensive in tone. I wonder if the authors, somewhere in a dark corner of their minds, have the sneaking suspicion that it is somehow shameful for them to be playing games.

Naturally, I have no problem with adults playing games. I don’t have any problems with “others”, because pretty much everyone I know these days is a gamer.

But I can see that not everyone lives in that happy state. I also wonder if the experiences in the articles match what you experience in your own lives when you deal with non-gamers.

Do you get a lot of “why are you wasting your time?”, or do most of them just shrug? Do you feel confident about your gaming, or is there that little bit of uncertainty about it?

Games Are For Kids on The Escapist

A Day In The Life Of A Social Loner on The Escapist