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85-Year-Old Uses Video Games To Stay ‘Mentally Active’

Carl Phillips
BBC, Blitz Game Studios, Hilda Knott, Positive News

85-Year-Old Uses Video Games To Stay ‘Mentally Active’

Gaming In Positive Mainstream News Shocker

We very rarely run articles that fit into the “And Finally” feel-good area, but this more than meets the requirement. BBC News has posted a report online about Hilda Knott, an 85-year-old that has been playing video games for over 40 years, which looks at the positive aspects of gaming. In Mrs Knott’s own words, she states that games have helped to keep her mentally active, seeing them as puzzles where players are “working out how to do something [and] when to do it.”

The report also heads to Blitz Games Studios to speak with co-founder and co-creator of the Dizzy series Andrew Oliver. He explains that the company has expanded their original demographic from just youngsters to a much wider audience, stating that “there is no reason why middle aged women or old people might not want to play these new video games.

We encourage you to check out the video, in which Mrs Knott demonstrates her gaming skills in Grand Theft Auto IV and Disgaea 4 on her 65” flatscreen TV (yes, we’re jealous too), by heading over to the BBC News website here.

Many thanks to Chris & Jason for bringing this to our attention!

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Realhoneyman  Jan. 21, 2013 at 16:52

Having watched the brief news snippet, it's nice to see someone of their older years thoroughly engaged in gaming (especially enjoying a title like Disgaea).

People seem to so easily forget that games are played for gaining personal pleasure/enjoyment. All the other perks are just a nice addition to that.

Keep on gaming Ms. Knott.


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