VideoGameCritic wrote:I do believe however there is a HUGE percentage of people who don't embrace all this new digital technology. You just don't hear from them because they aren't running their mouths on the internet all day.
I happen to think the number of people who play video games offline is a lot bigger than most people think.
Hard to argue with either one of these, really.
I've said this before on other posts, but this is the only website on the *entire Internet* where I have an account like this, and am a member of the community. I have no social media, and I don't own a smartphone. I like you guys on here (quite a bit, really ^_^) and when I'm not flapping my digital gums with the crowd on this site, I'm chatting about similar topics with co-workers, friends, and family.
But no, I never take it anywhere online besides this site. Like in my previous post, I'm still a paper checks / cassette tape kind of guy. I like my games on cartridges and my cameras to use actual film. It's not living in the past so much as "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." I don't want people knowing my status 24/7, nor do I want any more bots collecting data about me - not as much as I can help it, at least. I've never been comfortable with a lot of the recent (and sudden) digital lifestyle changes. I can accept the Internet as I've been connected to an ISP for about 25 years now, but I just use it with my computer and, rarely, with a game console. I go to school online, too, but again, that's computer use.
When I play games, 95% of the time it's offline. I might play Fortnite or Apex Legends with my wife or friends maybe once or twice a month, at the most. The rest of the time, it's offline single player, usually not on one of the current-gen systems. Again, that's part of the reason why I joined this site, as it's hard to find a collection of game reviews that dates back this far, and nearly impossible to find one that's been composed by largely the same person for the last 20-plus years. I like that I can reminisce about gaming in the 70s, 80s, and 90s and not feel like a total outcast, whereas I wouldn't be able to keep up on a larger site like GameFAQs and the like.
Yes, there are plenty of other people like that out there, and you can find plenty of them on this site. I can accept the current industry trends and changing in gaming and watching habits, but as long as I have the option to do things my way, largely analogue and offline, I'm doing it. I appreciate modern gamers, streamers, YouTubers, and whatnot for what they are, and definitely don't mind letting the "kids" have their fun. As long as I can continue to waste away the weekends playing Road Rash on my Genesis, as far as I'm concerned everybody else can do whatever the hell they want!