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Flash and Shockwave games for people over forty? I’m kidding, right?

No, I’m not kidding.

Today’s kids and young adults grew up not only with computers, but with game consoles. The motor and perceptual programs required to be successful even with casual online games are hard-wired into their brains.

We older folks may have the multiplication table and good English spelling hard-wired into our brains, but one thing we don’t have is computer-related, and especially game-related, motor/perceptual programs.

Well, we can probably do alright without these skills. Right?

I don’t think so. If you use a cell phone, then you’re necessarily exposed to an ergonomic design by and for the younger crowd. It’s only a question of time before only the younger set will be able to use all the functionality provided by mobile telecom devices — unless we get with it and get our fingers, eyes and minds into the same headspace as the twenty-somethings who design them.

What’s already true for cell phones today will eventually be true for computer usage in general — first with websites (have you noticed all the seemingly gratuitous blinking on otherwise fairly mundane sites?), then with stand-alone software.

So, I think our choices are simple: We can all be village blacksmiths 25 years after automobiles came to own the road, or we can bite the bullet, put away our hammer and tongs, and learn how to drive. I mean REALLY drive.

I hope that the games and game portals linked on this little blog will go some way towards finding the best online casual games for getting us into the new headspace. Remember: It’s not really about winning for us, it’s about climbing a motor-perceptual learning curve.

Go for it. Let us know how it turns out.

To learn more about what we think the future holds in store for us, visit our sister blog at wave4.wordpress.com.

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