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The Last Games You'd Play?

Cliff posted more than 7 years ago | from the a-gamer's-last-hurrah dept.

Games 529

Rigor Morty asks: "I am an older man (44), an avid fan of video games, and I am faced with a problem; my hands are becoming arthritic as I get older. I fear I will soon have to completely give up the console games I have loved over the years. To that end, let me ask the Slashdot Nation — if you were going to give it up, what games would you insist on playing before you had to quit? I'm willing to make some effort to do this, and spend some cash; I will buy the new consoles if I need to, or try to find obscure titles."

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Me..? (3, Funny)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | more than 7 years ago | (#16987748)

Final Fantasy XII.

Its' 110+ hours. If I'm not sick of gaming after that, I'll never get sick of games

Re:Me..? (1)

Captain Jack Taylor (976465) | more than 7 years ago | (#16987782)

Some classics: - Icewind Dale. My lady basically told me "play it" I guess I should. - Smash Bros. Brawl. I'm curious what they did with it, and I wouldn't quit completely before I at least tried it. - Crusader: No Remorse and No Regret.

Re:Me..? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16987866)

To be fair, 85 hours of that are cutscenes.

Re:Me..? (2, Interesting)

nametaken (610866) | more than 7 years ago | (#16988094)

I'd play whatever I want, via emulators, with a user input device that doesn't aggravate my arthritis.

Think outside the xbox. (5, Insightful)

zCyl (14362) | more than 7 years ago | (#16987756)

Learn how to play chess. :)

Re:Think outside the xbox. (4, Interesting)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 7 years ago | (#16987812)

Learn how to play chess. :)

Or "Go". Easy to learn, difficult to master.


Re:Think outside the xbox. (1)

Bugpowda (671725) | more than 7 years ago | (#16987844)

Actually, go is pretty difficult to learn. It's difficult to 'get' when regions are alive or dead, or even when the game is over.

Re:Think outside the xbox. (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 7 years ago | (#16988100)

Actually, go is pretty difficult to learn. It's difficult to 'get' when regions are alive or dead, or even when the game is over.

It is over when your opponent is pissed and kicks the board across the room. More drama than chess.

Re:Think outside the xbox. (4, Informative)

Kagura (843695) | more than 7 years ago | (#16988174)

That's part of the road to mastery. Actually learning how to play the game is very easy. Here is an interactive site for learning Go [] that everybody who has come into contact with swears by.

All you need to do to get better in Go is to play more games. A large part of its allure is that playing more games increases your strength, starting from the very first game you play right up until you've played for 60 or 70 years straight. You always get stronger at Go with each passing game, and even this generation's top professionals are much stronger than last generation's.

(To respond to the two examples the parent gave above: As far as learning when regions are alive and dead, you should learn as part of your initial instruction into the rules exactly what makes a group alive or dead. A group with at least two 'eyes' is alive. Although you will know that definition, it takes a reasonable number of games for that to be internalized, as do many of its other niceties.

And as far as knowing when the game is over, that is something else that takes time to fully grasp. Within two months of playing, you will probably be able to say for certain, without any outside help, when the game is over. Of course that statement is a bit simplified, as lower-ranked players will miss certain plays that could gain them some points in the end-game, but the point is that true beginners often feel like they do not know when the game should be ended, whereas somebody who has play for one to two months semi-regularly would have a very good idea when to end it.)

Re:Think outside the xbox. (1)

Kagura (843695) | more than 7 years ago | (#16988222)

Learning Go takes 15 minutes. Mastering it takes far longer than one's lifetime. Visit this interactive site to learn Go [] if you are interested. A great place to play at is Kiseido Go Server [] , known for its great software and friendly userbase. Click "Play Go Now" to open up an external applet through your browser, or navigate through the site to download and install the client on your computer.

Invent a foot-peddle game (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 7 years ago | (#16987764)

see title

Re:Invent a foot-peddle game (1)

Foktip (736679) | more than 7 years ago | (#16987832)

Hey, what about a racing game that uses a racing wheel and pedals?

Re:Invent a foot-peddle game (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 7 years ago | (#16988080)

Hey, what about a racing game that uses a racing wheel and pedals?

Racing wheel? If you have hand arthiritous, then you probably don't want to twist your wrists. Maybe a foot slider where far is left and near is right, or that can be rotated so that one can use the angle most comfortable to them. Basically, each foot would be an axis (or one as speed control), although the direction does not have to match the physical axis. One could use far/near or left/right or an angle if that is where the least pain is.

Each "peddle" would basically be a sliding bar/board which can be rotated and then bolted down and tightened in place for the angle most prefered by the user.

Like DDR? (NT) (1)

Groo Wanderer (180806) | more than 7 years ago | (#16987978)

#($*# /. engine won't let me post something with a blank text field. Twits.

this has got to be (5, Funny)

Nicky G (859089) | more than 7 years ago | (#16987766)

just about the saddest goddamned thing I've ever read on slashdot. The thought of becoming an arthritis-ridden man who can't play video games is just... shocking. *sigh* I am so jumping into an active volcano when I start to get frail...

Re:this has got to be (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16987798)

Nah, it's happening to a lot of people even younger. Myself, my hands are hurting from playing an MMORPG too much.

Re:this has got to be (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16987876)

The thought of becoming an arthritis-ridden man who can't play...

I hope he has a significant other to take care of his needs.

Re:this has got to be (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16988180)

It's true though. This "article" is just begging to get trolled by reaching down into the bottom of loserdom.

zelda (4, Interesting)

joe 155 (937621) | more than 7 years ago | (#16987770)

I always say that occarina of time and majora's mask were really two parts of the same game, play both right through. Best games ever. I personally think that Majora's mask is a little better out of the two... still they are both fantastic.

I've got happy memories which will last me a life time from these games, I feel happy recomending them.

Why even ask? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16987774)


Re:Why even ask? (1)

Chaffar (670874) | more than 7 years ago | (#16987822)

If there was only one game in the world that had to exist, that game would be Civ. I'm pretty sure I've spent 1000+ hours playing through its multiple incarnations. And I'm not the only one. Addictive to the bone, unless you really hate this type of game. In which case we have nothing to say to each other.

PS1 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16988024)

Star Ocean The 2nd Story. I've spent over 100 hours on this game, and I still love to play it as often as I can.

Civ is turned based - arthritis friendly (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16988092)

It's a great game, but since the input doesn't need to be very fast or precise it's probably not something that the guy needs to play straight away.

I can't even come up with my own recommendations, the field of games is too wide and tastes vary too much. The guy should figure out what genres and settings he likes first and then check gamerankings.
For instance, I know people are going to suggest franchises widely regarded as classics: (Wo)Warcraft, FF, Zelda, MGS... but I've tried all these games and whilst they're well made I don't think any of them are fun. That's just my taste in games.

Ms. Pacman (2, Interesting)

Groo Wanderer (180806) | more than 7 years ago | (#16987776)

Duh. You can pick up a good machine for under a grand. It is _THE_ game.


P.S. You can probably play it with arthritic hands too, just modify the screw on joystick head and play it with your palm.

Re:Ms. Pacman (1)

kcbnac (854015) | more than 7 years ago | (#16988048)

Speaking of which, where is our Mortal Kombat 3: Ultimate machine?

What about fingering your wife's vagina? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16987786)

If you're truly going to be losing the use of your fingers, I'd recommend that you finger your wife as your "last game". Massage her clitoris with your thumb, while your index finger gently rubs her G-spot.

You should give her at least one shocker. Two in the pink, one in the stink. I'll let you figure that one out on your own.

But really, video games should be the least of your concerns. Fingering your wife is what really matters in life.

Re:What about fingering your wife's vagina? (3, Funny)

Morphine007 (207082) | more than 7 years ago | (#16988182)

You'd figure there would be at least a couple ladies with mod points out there who would agree with the parent... cept maybe for the shocker part.

What about the Wii? (5, Informative)

no reason to be here (218628) | more than 7 years ago | (#16987788)

i know arthritis can be quite painful. is it such that you would be unable to grasp the Wiimote? if you can, well, you might have several more years of gaming in Nintendo's brave new world.

Re:What about the Wii? (1)

kcbnac (854015) | more than 7 years ago | (#16988082)

If the remote is too small, build a block around it. They've got the steering wheel, the gun - just make a bigger box to hold it in.

Heck, manufacture them and sell them for $20 to other people like you.

Re:What about the Wii? (2, Interesting)

enharmonix (988983) | more than 7 years ago | (#16988122)

Just speculation, but isn't there suppsed to be a new Wii controller in the works, similar to the power glove? That might be even easier on the hands than the mote.

Re:What about the Wii? (1)

timmarhy (659436) | more than 7 years ago | (#16988194)

"i know arthritis can be quite painful" try every joint in your body swelling till it feels like it's going to explode. so no, the wii would be shitful because of the extra movement required

Advanced Gaming (4, Insightful)

teh MrCrow (965340) | more than 7 years ago | (#16987790)

Maybe you could try to find something you can play without stressing your fingers too much? Eye-Toy is the first thing that comes to my mind.

Depends on the type of games you enjoy (2, Insightful)

justthinkit (954982) | more than 7 years ago | (#16987792)

Some like quest games, others like to blow things up. I like hand-eye coordination games like pinball (may I recommend 3D Ultra Pinball Thrillride) and arcade games like Centipede and Arkanoid. If you want more from us, you have to narrow your question.

[And if you don't want arthritis, (1) give up meat and (2) improve your elimination -- I take senna leaves daily.]

Re:Depends on the type of games you enjoy (1)

Ninjaesque One (902204) | more than 7 years ago | (#16987912)

What you're talking about are cures for the gout; also, in addition, you must avoid all foods higher than, say, algae, on the evolutionary scale. 'Tis true; uraic acid is metabolized from DNA.

Re:Depends on the type of games you enjoy (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16988004)

Good luck with that.

                        Prolonged use of senna has been reported to cause:
                            chronic diarrhea causing excessive electrolyte and nutrient loss,
                            worsened constipation after senna withdrawal (laxative dependency),
                            enlargement of the ends of the fingers and toes, and
                            pigmentation of the colon. []

What are you talking to us for? (2, Funny)

MillionthMonkey (240664) | more than 7 years ago | (#16987794)

If my hands were soon going to be unable to grab things, I wouldn't be wasting my time with video games.

In 20 years stem cell technology will have progressed so that you can grow a brand new Wii controller right in the palm of your hand anyway.

The only game that matters... (4, Funny)

Kadin2048 (468275) | more than 7 years ago | (#16987968)

If my hands were soon going to be unable to grab things, I wouldn't be wasting my time with video games.

I was assuming he already had the masturbation angle covered.

What are you talking to us for? Joy-stick nation. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16987976)

"In 20 years stem cell technology will have progressed so that you can grow a brand new Wii controller right in the palm of your hand anyway."

Good thing too because you broke your old controller fiddling with it during your formative years.

Are You Nuts? (1)

alexborges (313924) | more than 7 years ago | (#16987796)

Id cut my hands first!

On the other hand, there is always computer games using a keyboard/mouse or other less tension-generating device.

Do Not Quit, my friend: Take up WoW (youll see what you are missing), and trade your arthritis for diabetes.

Re:Are You Nuts? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16988084)

ah, they're developing a cure for type 1 diabetes now so you're still stuck with arthritis. switch to games that require an agile mind more than agile hands.

Go out gracefully (2, Insightful)

Tx (96709) | more than 7 years ago | (#16987804)

The poster sounds like the kind of guy that would respond to news of terminal cancer by starting a 40-a-day smoking habit. Personally I'm not a fan of the "it's better to burn out than to fade away" philosophy. As long as you can drag your arthritic claws over a mouse or trackball, you can play turn-based strategy games, so you should never have to quit as such, just change what you play. Plus a few years down the line, you'll probably be able to get a neural interface and be back in business ;).

It's funny you should mention it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16987808)

I'm younger (near 30), and considering giving up games and gaming for good as well, to persue a better social life (among other reasons- not really feeling like the target audience anymore, disliking what's happening to the gaming industry, and so forth.)

If I were you, I'd say don't even tempt yourself with a "last hurrah" or anything like that since you're apt to get addicted to something minor or new in the process...

I think it's akin to starting a diet, it's probably not a good idea to gorge on your favorite foods before starting a life without them.

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1)

Volfied (307532) | more than 7 years ago | (#16987810)

Nothing tops a good, old-fashioned platformer, and I think SMW2 was the best. Great graphics, innovative gameplay, challenging, but not ridiculously so. It even plays well on emulators, if you want to save yourself the trouble of finding an SNES to play it on.

A few other suggestions: Bushido Blade (PSX), Super Smash Brothers (N64), Katamari Damacy (PS2), Goldeneye 007 (N64), Ico (PS2), Mega Man X2 (SNES). That's just to name a few off the top of my head.

You need a Brain implant (1)

sygin (659338) | more than 7 years ago | (#16987814)

Make a brain machine interface, plug in and play till you die!

I enjoy the occasional Metal Slug and other arcade games using M.A.M.E.
Joystick support included.

Cheers and best of luck,

PS: One day at a time.

Eight Ball Deluxe! (1)

hedronist (233240) | more than 7 years ago | (#16987820)

Eight Ball Deluxe is the damn pinball machine ever made. Or, if you like more chrome, fancier fields and a sexy android voice, try Xenon.

44 = old? (5, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 7 years ago | (#16987842)

I am an older man (44)

44 is "old"? Oh shit!

Re:44 = old? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16987900)

Worse than you think. 44 is "older". Older > old.

Re:44 = old? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16987902)

It's not just old, it's prehistoric.

Re:44 = old? (4, Funny)

MeanMF (631837) | more than 7 years ago | (#16987960)

Maybe he meant 0x44.

Yikes (1)

hairpinblue (1026846) | more than 7 years ago | (#16987846)

If this is the biggest problem that the coming generation has to worry about and it's so distressing that they have to ask an online community about it (and the submission actually gets accepted)... then we're all in big trouble.

Get your hands on the Ultima pack: Ultima I through V were the best. Exodus: Ultima III has got to be about my favorite game in the world. The Bard's Tale series was also really good. There was also the Phantasie series--not sure if they were available on the IBM PC (I played them on Commodore 64). Those are games which take weeks (maybe months) to play and won't be so hard on the arthritis.

"Older man"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16987850)

Back in my day, we called that "middle-age".

Arthiritic? At 44? (4, Interesting)

Colin Smith (2679) | more than 7 years ago | (#16987872)

Typing wear and tear? Take glucosamine, chondroitin (they often come together) and cod liver oil. They're food supplements. Your body uses them to build and maintain joint tissues.


Re:Arthiritic? At 44? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16988134)

Watch your cholesterol if you take glucosamine supplements. You can find yourself trading arthritis for heart disease.

I couldn't take the stuff, myself... it gave me migraines after a few weeks.

Re:Arthiritic? At 44? (1)

ChrisMaple (607946) | more than 7 years ago | (#16988158)

To the above add MSM. If your work involves things that heavily stress your hands, try to reduce that stress or find a different kind of work. Do some research on the subject of arthritis and alter your diet accordingly. Wear gloves to keep your hands warm. Try pain-relieving rubs, ben-gay when the odor is tolerable, aspercreme otherwise. Look carefully at your habits to see if you're doing anything to make matters worse.

Re:Arthiritic? At 44? (3, Informative)

timmarhy (659436) | more than 7 years ago | (#16988166)

if he has arthitis at 44 it's not wear and tear, it's rehumatoid arthitis and food supplements will do jack shit to help him.his hands are probably swollen and painful beyond what you can imagine, it's a horrible condition.if it was me i'd be searching for other input methods though, instead of putting up with the pain.

Just keep the memories.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16987890)

I would just stop. I'd declare a specific console to be the last console you'll ever buy and just keep the fond memories of the games you've played over the years. Don't try to relive you're youth; you'll find 16-bit colour and 8-bit audio just wasn't as good as it seemed.

The first game you played? (3, Insightful)

Kunta Kinte (323399) | more than 7 years ago | (#16987896)

Playing the first game you played last at least seems poetic. Nostalgia may help for a pleasant send-off.

For me, though it I'd want to play the original Super Mario Bros for the NES. First game and first console I owned.

Re:The first game you played? (2, Funny)

JeanBaptiste (537955) | more than 7 years ago | (#16988026)

disagree... I have no further desire to play Pong.

44 is "older"? (1)

BarnabyWilde (948425) | more than 7 years ago | (#16987904)

Since when?

44 is barely "mature", come on!!!!

Forget consoles... (4, Funny)

Lord Kano (13027) | more than 7 years ago | (#16987906)

Splurge and pay for memberships to all of the adult sites that you have ever wanted to.

Do a LOT of masturbating now, before the arthritis takes away the ability.


no need to despair (1)

idlake (850372) | more than 7 years ago | (#16987908)

Arthritis shouldn't keep you from playing; even quadriplegics can play games. Maybe a simple isometric joystick would do the trick for you. Experiment a little, or see a specialist.

Game (5, Funny)

AnotherAnonymousUser (972204) | more than 7 years ago | (#16987914)

I'd go with Duke Nukem Forever. By then they'll have cured your arthritis.

More info (5, Insightful)

stonecypher (118140) | more than 7 years ago | (#16987918)

Well, it'd help to know what kind of arthritis it is. For example, if the arthritis is only in your hands, then you should be largely uncompromised on the Wii, which is largely about the shoulder and elbow. If that's not good enough, it depends a lot on the kinds of games you like. For example, if you prefer fighting games, you're pretty much out of luck. However, if you play strategy games, maybe shift away from realtime (like starcraft) and towards turn-based (like civilization.) That way you can move at a pace that's more in keeping with your hands, and you can consider alternate input devices - keyboards, tiltpads, even voice recognition software if it's bad.

Generally, if neither hand controllers like traditional joysticks nor shoulder-and-elbow controllers like the Wii suit you, then persistant speed-driven games and twitch games are pretty much out. No more tetris, no more street fighter, no more heli attack. On the other hand, timing based games like You Don't Know Jack and Jeopardy are largely unaffected, if you can type. Most turn based games - not just civilization, but traditional games like chess and poker, untimed puzzle games like bejewelled and bookworm, puzzles like sudoku and crosswords, et cetera.

It's more productive to ask which games are removed, and then to just look at a game catalog or a game site, than it is to ask which games are left. All of the console manufacturers have lists of games on their websites. The internet game sale sites have lists, too, unsurprisingly. Look for games which work with input devices you can still use - mice, keyboards, the microphone, et cetera. If you can use the joystick in some situations but not others, figure out what those situations are. Sure you can't play Tekken anymore, but is that because these two specific fingers are hurting, or all of them? What about your wrists? Can you play Wii Sports? There's only one button press anywhere in Wii Sports, namely letting go of the bowling ball.

The disease you have is terrible, but it's also very different for different people. There are a lot of games that are probably still open to you, but until we know what you can and cannot do, as well as what you do and do not enjoy, we can't give you good advice.

I feel for you, man. It's awful. I'm starting to feel it; I'll be where you are in five, maybe ten years if I'm lucky. There are a lot of games left for you, but you get any five people in the room and you're lucky to find two games in common. We need more data.

Acupuncture (2, Interesting)

rasper99 (247555) | more than 7 years ago | (#16987920)

My brother is 51 and has been getting accupuncture for his arthritis. He swears by it. If you have tried everything else it couldn't hurt.

Re:Acupuncture (2, Funny)

d4nowar (941785) | more than 7 years ago | (#16988148)

"If you have tried everything else it couldn't hurt."

Aside from the needles being shoved into you.

Tales of Phantasia on PS1 (1)

kosmosik (654958) | more than 7 years ago | (#16987922)

But really. You should play the games you like.

Heh. (5, Insightful)

Phydeaux314 (866996) | more than 7 years ago | (#16987926)

Try Dance Dance Revolution. You don't play with your hands, AND you'll get a workout!

I know it's predictable... (3, Informative)

E-Sabbath (42104) | more than 7 years ago | (#16987932)

But, well, the Wii seems like it might be decent for the arthritic gamer. ExciteTruck just needs pushing one button, and a lot of leaning back and forth.

Two (3, Informative)

grub (11606) | more than 7 years ago | (#16987942)

1) Thief: Deadly Shadows (actually any of the Thief series but you specified console)
2) Oblivion.

get a wii (1)

briancnorton (586947) | more than 7 years ago | (#16987984)

There is much more arm and body motion than fingers. Also, check out the prescription drugs, they made a WORLD of difference for my mom.

Secret of Mana (2, Informative)

LionKimbro (200000) | more than 7 years ago | (#16987990)

I'd play Secret of Mana, [] straight through.

I swear, it is the most beautiful game in the world.

Re:Secret of Mana (1)

MrZaius (321037) | more than 7 years ago | (#16988130)

More importantly, Secret of Mana should be played with the full set of three players. An Excessively Multiplayer RPG cannot reproduce the depth of plot of an old school CRPG. SoM is rare, in that it allows a happy medium between the conventional RPG and the MMORPG, and in a much closer, more intimate setting, as all players have to be gathered around a single monitor. If this really might be the last game you play, make it social and memorable.

If it's possible to emulate, or to run on the Wii, that might be the easiest way to run the game. Might be difficult to both obtain a working SNES and obtain the necessary 4-player adapter to add the third and final player to SoM.

Also, aren't there ways to play games with voice activation or foot pedals? When I was a kid, I played roughly half of FFI and FFIV using my toes and an NES or SNES controller, to allow me to eat or stretch my aching hands. It might be possible to get larger input devices designed for the feet, like racing pedals, that can be used to control a variety of games. Anyone remember the double-axis BMW accelerator? Two USB input devices that work like that would allow you to map both an X/Y axis and 4 buttons.

I'm not getting younger (1)

El Lobo (994537) | more than 7 years ago | (#16988006)

Let's face it, I'm getting old. Clicking at the speed of light is not my best side anymore. My elbow hurts, my fingers are slow and it's kind of ...boring. So I don't enjoy real time combating but I do enjoy turn based strategy games. The last game I really enjoyed was Heroes of Might and magic V. Great sequel to my favorite series ever.

Hrmm....tough choice. (0, Troll)

Aetas (969463) | more than 7 years ago | (#16988010)

I bet if you quit jerking off you could sqeeze a good 10 years out of your wrists. That's a tough choice though because you are essentially playing with yourself in either case.

bomberman (0, Offtopic)

Turn-X Alphonse (789240) | more than 7 years ago | (#16988018)

Bomberman, if you're going out do it Iraqi style.

Mouse replacements (3, Interesting)

PIPBoy3000 (619296) | more than 7 years ago | (#16988032)

There's starting to be a number of replacements for traditional controls. There's eye tracking products [] , software solutions [] , and a variety of hardware replacements like a Wacom tablet.

Consider a flight sim (3, Interesting)

pbjones (315127) | more than 7 years ago | (#16988036)

I'm an X-plane user, I can build, fly, go on-line. It uses my brain and teaches me something new. I have to look at many real-world (tm) things like geography weather etc. I can play hard flying through canyons or relax with a long flight across the pacific. Re-enact historic flights on-line with other flyers, dog fight, whatever. Move into building your own scenery, model aircraft etc.

Make sure it's not something else (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16988040)

44 seems pretty young to be troubled with arthritis. I'm 41, and have some physical ailments, but I was never resigned to accept them and let that be the last word.

I'm not a doctor and not offering medical advice, but I suggest that if you are having other symptoms besides the arthritis, your body may be reacting to something. In my case, I found that I was suffering from gluten intolerance or celiac disease. Gluten is found in wheat, barley, and rye. Countless foods in the supermarket have wheat flour (including meat products!) and is found in places you wouldn't expect. This disease is severely underdiagnosed in people (meaning that 3,000,000 people have it, but 95% are undiagnosed or diagnosed with something else caused by gluten intolerance), and estimates are that 1% of the population has it. In my case, this disease was masquerading as other things. The only way that I'm making progress is by being my own advocate, as all the doctors have failed me in the past.

Celiac disease and arthritis []

This is just meant as a heads up.

I can think of one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16988058)

One absolutely can't miss game for you to play, which I think you'll find immensely rewarding and, additionally, contains a story and choices that can whet the mature mind.

That game is Planescape: Torment. I've yet to find a richer storyline anywhere, ever. It just doesn't get any better. If there's one experience you can't miss, from a gaming perspective, that's the one.

Re:I can think of one (1)

xaoslaad (590527) | more than 7 years ago | (#16988114)

Planescape Torment was an awesome game. It caught every aspect of the campaign setting very nicely. It's ancient though. He'd probably have to find it on e-Bay or something. Shoot, I still have my original discs, but over time they've become so scratched I had to copy them to keep playing. One of them flat out doesn't work anymore. That is one game I definitely wished for a new version or expansion for. Sadly it never came. That and a Syndicate Wars remake would rule the day.

My favorites... (1)

FlyByPC (841016) | more than 7 years ago | (#16988064)

(Google for any that aren't familiar. None of these would qualify as "twitch" games, though some do take some coordination. At 44, I would think you'd be good to go for at least another 20-30 years with any of these...)

None of them involve the whole if-it-moves-shoot-it thing. Maybe that's your cup of tea, but if not...

Flight Simulator.
Ballance (rare, but fun).
MS Train Simulator.
Civilization (or FreeCiv).
Zork (sometimes the imagination is better than any graphics).

wii!? (1)

Turn-X Alphonse (789240) | more than 7 years ago | (#16988066)

Maybe you should tape a wiimote to your hand and still play the tennis games for example.. I see no reason to give up gaming, theres always something else you could try.

Resident Evil 4 and Goldeneye (1)

Tibor the Hun (143056) | more than 7 years ago | (#16988074)

RE4 for gamecube and Goldeneye for N64

Tempest (3, Funny)

iamdrscience (541136) | more than 7 years ago | (#16988090)

Tempest is one of the best games ever. Invest in a working arcade version and enjoy.

When you become to arthritic to play it though, you have to give it to me.

play nethack (1)

Sexual Asspussy (453406) | more than 7 years ago | (#16988096)

and ignore the rest of these cockbiters. console games are mostly for socially inept greaseballs.

get it here []

Last games (1)

DesireCampbell (923687) | more than 7 years ago | (#16988102)

Q: "if you were going to give it up, what games would you insist on playing before you had to quit?"

A: All.

Try weed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16988104)

Try weed. It's helped out several people I know with their severe arthritis, and given them some relief.

Once you're stoned, I gotta say "Mercenaries" on the PS2 is pretty damn satisfying. Actually, it's my favorite when I'm sober, too.

Tux Racer (2, Funny)

Svippy (876087) | more than 7 years ago | (#16988106)

It is beyond my imagination that anything since Tux Racer should have been made, because they should just have ceased making games. I can't stop loving this game. Whenever I get that PS3, my first action will be installing Linux to play Tux Racer.

Doom/Doom2 and Quake 1 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16988116)

maybe Heretic and Hexen also. Otherwise I'm bored of video games already. I'd just as well play some real RPGs than the console kind too. Ditto with board/wargames...

The proper thing to do... (1)

Coyote65 (831666) | more than 7 years ago | (#16988124)

My people know the proper way when the time comes in a man's life when he can no longer manipulate his controller. It is time for you to wander off into the woods, my friend. Your value to the tribe is spent. Peace be with you.

Got to be... (1)

ilikejam (762039) | more than 7 years ago | (#16988128)

Xenon on the Atari ST.
Best game ever.

say hello to my friend celebrex buddy ! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16988136)

say hello to my friend celebrex buddy !

Top 100 Lists (1)

Herak (557381) | more than 7 years ago | (#16988140)

The Top 100 lists that are occasionally published tend to be pretty good, in my opinion. You might try some of those for ideas, and pick what seems interesting.

Here is the IGN list from 2006: [] . In my opinion, the one from 2005 was better as it had more older games: [] .

It seems like many of the above posters are suggesting games that they've played for hundreds of hours, but I'm guessing that you're more interested in playing many shorter games. So with that in mind, some of my specific suggestions are:

  • Devil May Cry (1 or 3)
  • Prince of Persia (original)
  • Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
  • Twisted Metal (1, 2, or Black... find a friend to play with)
  • Mount & Blade
  • Sonic (1, 2, 3, Knuckles)
  • Mario (almost any)
  • Zelda (almost any)
  • Grand Theft Auto (any)
But that's just off the top of my head... I would strongly suggest checking the Top 100 lists for more ideas.

Games I would want to play (2, Insightful)

Razed By TV (730353) | more than 7 years ago | (#16988144)

In no particular order (except for maybe the first one):
Katamari Damacy (PS2)
Lego Star Wars (Various)
Shadow of the Colossus (PS2)
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (PS1)
Final Fantasy 7 (Various)

If you're partial to older consoles (and in particular, RPGs):
Secret of Mana (SNES)
Chrono Trigger (SNES)
Final Fantasy 6 (SNES)
Contra (NES) [Not an RPG]

You seemed to specify console gaming. If you somehow haven't yet had the opportunity to play first person shooters on a computer, that is also something I would suggest you do. I'd personally suggest Half-Life. Starcraft and Diablo are also notable computer games (not first person shooters, though). "Must play computer games" is really a whole nother can of worms, though.

Nonsense; use some imagination... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16988156)

You know what they say; its not whether you win or loose but how you play the game. I don't buy this story to be very honost.. Sure, you can have issues with your hands, I don't dispute that, but there are just way too many games out there which require quite a different way of controlling them.

I for one play with keyboard and mouse. If you get issues I guess games like UT and such maybe getting harder, but why not simply lower the difficulty level? Or perhaps shift to a different kind of game.. Not too much hard pressing action going on where keyboard and mouse are concerned when looking at, say, Command & Conqueror.

In the end there's always tuxracer [] to enjoy and when that one is giving you issues I'd suggest moving to the all time classic nethack [] ! In fact, I think I'll have another go at that right now.

myst series (1)

mephistophyles (974697) | more than 7 years ago | (#16988160)

I've always been a huge Myst fan, but it takes some doing to get through it all. Just get your hands on the whole set (you can skip URU,) and play it. It's essentially a mouse oriented game, where you point and click 99% of the time. The games are timeless, last forever, satisfying and also, it doesn't ruin your joints. That's what I'd play if I had one last game to play, Myst.

What's wrong with this picture? (0, Troll)

Reikk (534266) | more than 7 years ago | (#16988186)

I am starting to get major arthritis. My hands are losing their function and will never be the same. So, the most important questions I can ask myself is, which video game can I play to worsen my arthritis. Never mind the other important uses of my hand. Get a fucking life. You are the most pathetic person ever.

Fallout 1 and 2 (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16988202)

Two of the best RPGs ever made, and possibly the best non-fantasy RPGs ever.

never give up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16988208)

What game would I never insist on giving up until I had to?
That's EZ... the game of life.
It's not the answer you expected but for me (in the over 40 crowd), it's the one I've got.
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