Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Video Games Aren’t Just For Youngsters Anymore

ABITA SPRINGS, La. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Video games may target teenagers, but one old fart in Abita Springs, Louisiana, is getting in on the action.

His name is Ken Morse and, at age 59, he’s the oldest player competing in the Game & Game World Championships virtual online golf tournament in South Korea on September 23.

Says Morse: “I’m almost the same age as the other three American competitors combined.”

Morse got into gaming back in January as a way to bond with his son and now devotes three to four hours a day to the sport.

At first he thought his new hobby would drive his wife batty, but now he’s even converted her to the sport – so much so that the two play online more than their son.

As he puts it, “It’s like you’re playing real golf – it has wind, sand pits and everything.”

In fact, the game is so realistic Morse thinks the gaming industry is targeting the wrong demographic and should turn their attention to senior citizens.

As he puts it, “There’s a whole market they haven’t tapped into – think of all the senior citizens who can’t leave their house who would love to think they’re on a real course.”

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