An off-topic discussion in another thread (starting here) made me think about the age of the typical TWP player. Most users in this forum are grown ups (Ok, Ok, only sometimes), but still very young? And much younger than the devs (sorry Ron and David )? Or am I wrong?
It seems that most of us are mid 20 to beginning 40. Which leads me to the question: Is that the age of a typical TWP player?
Maniac Mansion was released in 1987. If one was 20 years old at that time, he would be now 51. So I would assume that here should be more people of that age (and older) around? Or in other words: Does TWP attract (only) young adults?
/etc: To determine how old we are actually in this forum, I created a(n anonymous) poll. So please tell us how old are you at the moment:
I think TWP can be enjoyed by people of ages between 7 and 77, like any good old board game.
Also there was a lot more and younger people involved in TWP dev than just “the 4 old men”. People who grew up playing their games or fell in love with the genre after discovering them some years later.
Compared to other games, I am sure TWP has a much more mature audience.
Yes, but it’s remarkable that most forum members seem to be 30 - 40.
A relative of mine is 70. He likes playing adventure games (since the 80s) but he wouldn’t/won’t play TWP. But there were many friends at my age who said: Great, let’s play it! And most younger people (=children) had parents who showed them TWP. I doubt that they would have played TWP even if they had discovered it in a shop or in a Let’s play video…
I think we have also a lot of Monkey Island fans here (ok, that matches for a big part with the TWP audience, but still Ron once mentioned he wasn’t sure he was reaching that demographic well enough).
Seeing that the Nintendo Switch is a device that younger people are more likely to have/invest in and that the TWP sales for the Switch beat that of Steam… I think a more interesting poll question would be “On which platform do/did you play TWP?”