Attack of the Grandgamers

Picture the scene. You’re one nil up against Brazil in the World Cup final, as Fifa 10 purrs peacefully inside your new Xbox. You’re through on goal; victory is all but secured. Suddenly, a wrinkly hand snatches the controller from your grasp. "Give us a go!" your Grandma shouts, as Rooney stops, a lifeless statue in the penalty area.

Indeed, surprising as it may seem, a recent survey has revealed that 18 per cent of people aged 60 and over indulge regularly in the art of videogames. Although things like Brain Training proved most popular (not a surprise for the more forgetful geriatric), mindless shoot ‘em ups such as Call Of Duty were played by 10 per cent of the 514 OAPs who took the survey. Reliving the days of WWII perhaps?

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In terms of what the grannies and grandpas preferred to play their games on, cheaper, more accessible consoles such as the Nintendo DS and the Wii proved most popular, with the Xbox a favourite for 16 per cent of our grey-haired friends.

Mark Pearson, speaking on behalf of MyVoucherCodes.co.uk who conducted the survey, said, “Although playing videogames is typically seen as a pastime of the youth, Nintendo seem to have done a lot of marketing to raise awareness amongst older generations.”

Branding the gaming grandparents as "Grandgamers", Mark added, "Developers are starting to see these Grandgamers as a potential market, so they should become better catered for". Don’t know about you, but we think they should stick to bingo and bridge. Tom Ford