With all the controversy surrounding video games these days such as the recent statement from a certain politician that games “destigmatize” violence, it’s great to see video games shown in a more positive light with this recent BBC News video. In the video, it shows 86-year-old Hilda Knott playing video games, but not just any other Facebook game or iPhone game like most other seniors are seen playing, even then, rarely. She’s playing a Playstation 3 on her 65” HDTV screen.
She tells BBC News that she has been playing video games for 40 years and is a firm believer that games keep her “mentally active” with the puzzles in a lot of video games these days and finding out how to solve them. The video shows her playing Grand Theft Auto IV with some hilariously reckless driving and even Disgaea 4, which happens to be an incredibly deep and complicated Japanese tactical-RPG. Judging from what was on her table, she apparently is a Playstation Plus member as well, which is surprising.
I love the fact that Hilda Knott is referred to as a “gamer” when her name shows up on screen. When asked what she enjoys about games now, she replied that she enjoys “finding something new in the game” and “having the achievement of finishing it”. She is, no doubt, a gamer in my mind and just seeing her handle these games, yet alone understanding them, shows us that even the least likely person to play video games can find something they enjoy within this medium.
What do you think of Hilda Knott?