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AARP Offers Video Game Training for Senior Citizens


We thought that the AARP catered to the elderly, not gorillas. But judging from this video on how to play video games, we were wrong.

This is what you can learn from the AARP 'How to Play Video Games' Video:

  • There are different "boxes"
  • Then you have a controller
  • "The controller actually controls..."
  • Pushing the buttons on a controller while someone else holds it and you feign interest is "a lot of fun"

Seniors watching this video have gotten a lesson, but in how to be patronizing, not how to play video games. Perhaps they should have clarified what the "boxes" really are. Or shown you how to put a game in the "boxes." Perhaps explained how to hook up the "boxes." Or even just walk through a bit of game play as opposed to the three seconds of 'This is Sponge Bob. Pushing the controller makes him move. Isn't this fun Mary?'

Your grandkids could do a better job of explaining.

Our favorite part is the supposed transcript of the video. It's so far off we can only assume that the AARP employs some of its hard-of-hearing seniors to do the transcription.

What do you think? Is this video game lesson too simplistic or are we being too harsh?

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Tags: aarp, how to, HowTo, seniors, video games, VideoGames

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