Gaming Generation: Once a gamer, always a gamer

Posted on December 17, 2006 

Gaming Generation: Once a gamer, always a gamer

Gamers that stared down the challenges of reaching “just one more level” or beating an old high score are now facing a more significant challenge: blending marriages, mortgages, and parenting together with their gamer lifestyle. How are some members of the “videogame generation” coping? What do the children of gamer parents think? And where do sociologists see the “videogame generation” taking family relationships and gaming itself in the future?

With gaming stepping out of the shadows of geekdom and into the spotlight of the mainstream, gamer parents aren’t alone — in fact, they have some pretty noteworthy company.

Mike Krahulik, better known to his legions of fans as Gabe, one-half of the team behind the gaming webcomic Penny Arcade, says that time is biggest challenge in blending gaming and parenthood. “You just don’t have as much time for gaming,” he says, “when you’re getting up every 30 minutes to change diapers and get thrown up on.”

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