Relationship Experts Don't Think Men In Their 30s Should Play Video Games

Dudes who play video games in their 30s and beyond? What's up with that?! That's the question posed to the leathery co-hosts of the fourth hour of Today, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, who explain that, well, that's just weird!

Gifford, Kotb and advertising exec/dude advice giver Donny Deutsch - author of The Big Idea: How to Make Your Entrepreneurial Dreams Come True, From the Aha Moment to Your First Million - dispensed the following advice to someone concerned whether it's "OK for men to play video games in their 30s and over".

"No, that's weird," Gifford says, adding "Xbox."

"No. The answer's no," contributes Deutsch, "When you're in your 30s, there should be something more on your mind, your attention, than video games."

Gifford and Deutsch apparently agree that it's perfectly fine to play them with your kids, with Kotb clarifying that "those weird ones in the basement", that's a no-no. The Entertainment Software Association reports that the average game player is 37 years old, the average age of the most frequent game purchaser is 41 years old, and that 29 per cent of Americans over the age of 50 play video games.

So, there you go, adults past your 20s. You're a cellar-dwelling weirdo. Now you know.

Normal for men to play video games … in their 40s? [NBC via GameSetWatch]


    Those are some leathery ladies.

      I want to make a jacket out of them. Should I seek help? If so, should it be psychological help, or jacket-making help?

        There's a man by the name of Buffalo Bill who can probably help you out.

          Those two definitely need to rub the lotion on their skin.

            I'm fine with just giving them the hose again.

        I don't know about you, but I prefer my jackets with a little less silicon and cellulose.

    30 year old men should stick to watching morning TV, thats a way better use of their time.

    Yeah I'm pretty sure if a 37 year old gamer had billions of dollars, those women would want to date and instantly marry them no matter how long or where they game.

    Take a look at all the presenters... just because Thomas Edison was your neighbour, it doesn't mean we have your way of (ancient) thinking. Things are-a-changing. (or changed, rather)

    I'm 30, play games as a hobby/distraction. I have a job, a family and friends. I don't have a basement.
    If you're talented enough you can balance life between work and play. Not everyone wants to be an entrepreneur.
    The presenters probably wish they were in their 30s...

    So basically if I want nothing to do with those women or women like those women I should continue to play video games for the next 10 years at least. Works for me.

    Relationship experts?

    Are they the same people who write those nonsense articles in women's magazines about how to spice up your love life by doing things that would probably amount to torture?

    Yeah...methinks I'll pass on their "expert advice".

    Good luck with those stereotypes though, hope they help you secure another book deal.

    Because Gifford is a prime example of somebody that's normal and knows what they're talking about :P

    ...and that's different to them sitting on their asses watching Desperate Housewives how?

    Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional. I can have a mortgage, spend time with my family and attend to my career... clearly I'm mature enough to have a hobby?

    Once again, people who don't play games commenting on games.

    Hehe so true. I think these ladies need not do the things they enjoy after 20 as well, just so they can appreciate the selfishness of what they're saying.

    Thanks for the tip, Donny Douche.

    Funny how both Gifford, and Deutsch have experienced marriage failure. Experts? I would classify a Relationship Expert as someone who can masterfully sustain a relationship. Not someone who writes inane, and subjective advise in a woman's magazine column. Why would i listen to these two out-of-touch squares? GAME ON!

    How about girls in their 30's should take an interest in what their partners like to do?

    My boyfriend introduced me to UT2004 back in the day and because he loved it so much I gave it a shot too. I loved it as well and 8 years later playing games together is something we have a blast with on a regular basis.

    If you can't share your interests with your other half, you're with the wrong person, plain and simple.

    If you don't like games, don't date gamers.

      Will you marry me!?

      You're not alone. I've been introducing the GF to new games, and while hit and miss, she is genuinely interested in knowing more about it, as am I in her interests like RomComs. :)

    meh.. who cares what some outdated idiots think?

    The fail here is so profound is hars to grasp. Being unable to see that games are legitimate entertainment, just like movies, tv, books just speaks of personal bias. I wonder what these people do for entertainment. It would be quite appropriate to judge and stereotype them based on whatever that is. And then calling them weird

    Right an expert says this, who's only qualification is the ability to give their opinion on a morning talk show. I feel dirty just for responding.

    I think we should all just point and laugh at the sterotypical morning TV expert, I feel no need to justify my hobby to them or anyone for that matter.

    I apologise for the outburst, but it seemed the only possible response to the video. sorry.. sorry..

    epic troll article

    With a name like Hoda Kotb I thought he was a Cantina dweller from Star Wars, and he looks like one too!

    I'm 32 and I play video games. I don't drink, I don't smoke, I have a job, I don't watch sports religously, I don't have regular boys nights, I don't gamble, I don't womanise, I don't love my car... hell if I didn't play games my wife would have nothing to complain about at all. I need to provide some outlet for her.

      Damn straight, lol.

    Sorry I've got to pick myself up from the floor... hahaha

    "“No, that’s weird,” Gifford says, adding “Xbox.”"

    Dunno why, but that made me crack up pretty hard.

    Some people think they're perfect, and that everyone should be exactly like them. What they're not clever enough to realise is that there are lots of different people with varying ideas of what life should be about and just because their views conflict doesn't make either of them wrong. It's a personal choice and if everybody was identical this would be one heck of a boring world.

    Where's WoodysGamerTag when you need him lol?

    What a bunch of dumbasses. It'd be like saying 20 years ago that people above the age of 30 shouldn't watch TV.

      But if we don't watch TV, how will we get our (outdated and biased) relationship advice from the "experts?"

      *falls to knees, raising fists to sky* Howwwwww?

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