The age structure of the VN community

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The age structure of the VN community

#1 Post by Hime » Sun May 13, 2007 8:48 am

One day I was on a walk, chatting with a friend of mine, and I ended up talking about the English VN community and this forum. (In a praising tone, of course. :D) Then she asked me how old the people here are in general. And well, I realized that I have totally no idea. It made me quite curious, so... How old are you guys? Not that it would matter much or anything, I'm just way too curious. I'd especially like to know how old people are creating VNs, so please mention it if you're an author. :)

Myself, I will not mention my age yet. Maybe in the future. I just don't feel like putting it in the first post of this topic... ^^;

So, discuss:
- Your ages
- The age structure of the (English) VN community
- Young people that are too curious

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#3 Post by PyTom » Sun May 13, 2007 9:10 am

I'm a dirty old man of 28. It's weird to be at an anime con, and see people half your age.

I suspect that the community of people who have successfully made VNs will be older then the general community here, and older then the anime community at large. I think age brings with it the ability to see larger projects through to completion... I know I couldn't have made Ren'Py 5 years ago.
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#4 Post by mikey » Sun May 13, 2007 9:27 am

Hime wrote:- Your ages
I'm an author, and I'm 30 (born in 1977).
Hime wrote:- The age structure of the (English) VN community
Actually I think that many people here are in their late twenties, so the average of the 40 or so active members will also be something like this. Around 25, probably, if it's summed up. But maybe higher. Who knows. :P

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#5 Post by Hime » Sun May 13, 2007 9:32 am

PyTom wrote:I'm a dirty old man of 28. It's weird to be at an anime con, and see people half your age.

I suspect that the community of people who have successfully made VNs will be older then the general community here, and older then the anime community at large. I think age brings with it the ability to see larger projects through to completion... I know I couldn't have made Ren'Py 5 years ago.
This is quite true. One of the things that also probably makes the VN community average older than the anime community one is that a big part of the younger audience has made many wrong predictions about VNs... Such as thinking that all of those would be hentai. (Oh, that prediction is just way too usual!) I thought a bit like that myself a couple of years ago, actually. But older people might not be making predictions that easily, and besides, even if they thought something like "it's all hentai", that might not always be a reason to stay way from VNs - sometimes, it might even be the opposite, who knows... Haha.

Another thing that I have noticed is that when I've been talking about VNs to people, mostly girls, they've many times said to me things like this: "Oh, I wish I could do something like that! Too bad that it's impossible..." They somehow think that if you can't program or you just aren't that familiar with computers, making a VN would be impossible. This is a thing that occurs especially among girls. Another thing that I thought when I was younger again - until I found Ren'Py. Young people give up with things like making a VN unexpectedly easily. And if they get to the stage of starting a project, they also too often give up when they face the first problem. This is why there are, for example, probably a lot more people making VNs at the age of 28 than at 14.
Myself, I'm one of those "people half your age" for PyTom. And I passionately hate being this young...

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#6 Post by Ignosco » Sun May 13, 2007 9:41 am

21... and hopefully I'll be an author soon. :wink:

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#7 Post by Jake » Sun May 13, 2007 9:44 am

Yay! People are making me feel young! I'm 26, born in 1980.
PyTom wrote:I think age brings with it the ability to see larger projects through to completion...
And yeah... I've started several game projects over the year, ranging from ones which got finished but were extremely simple (a three-level ASCII-art Jetpac clone when I was eleven or so) to ones which got so far as a basic engine and no further (platformer when I was 17 or so)... and I think MorningStar was probably the first I could actually call 'finished' to any real degree.

(I suspect it's also reasonable to assume that the average age of the community here is fairly high compared to most anime/gaming-centric forums, just on the grounds that we have such a high signal to noise ratio and very little bickering. ;-)
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#8 Post by Enerccio » Sun May 13, 2007 9:48 am

18 :D
And played eroge even before this age :twisted: :P :lol:
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#9 Post by EwanG » Sun May 13, 2007 10:32 am

Well, let's see... I'm 45 actually.

Don't know why, but I hadn't THOUGHT I was the old man of the board. Guess I was wrong...

Could someone hand me my cane so I can hobble out of the room please?

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#10 Post by monele » Sun May 13, 2007 11:02 am

Actually it's nice to see such a large span of ages in a community. Gives some sort of universality to the medium ^_^.
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#11 Post by GorillaKick » Sun May 13, 2007 11:14 am

I'm 20 myself. Currently, I'm still working on my first major VN and a couple of side projects. Maybe when I'm PyTom's age I'll have my first game out!
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#12 Post by PyTom » Sun May 13, 2007 11:18 am

GorillaKick wrote:Maybe when I'm PyTom's age I'll have my first game out!
You know, I'm not sure i like it when you phrase it like that. :-)
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#13 Post by GorillaKick » Sun May 13, 2007 11:23 am

PyTom wrote:
GorillaKick wrote:Maybe when I'm PyTom's age I'll have my first game out!
You know, I'm not sure i like it when you phrase it like that. :-)
What? I can't compare myself to our resident guru? :]
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#14 Post by mokenju1 » Sun May 13, 2007 11:24 am

Hime wrote:
Myself, I'm one of those "people half your age" for PyTom. And I passionately hate being this young...
I'm 25. And I have the feeling that someday you will remember your own words and you will laugh a lot. Being young is great. It's not easy, but is great. Believe me :wink: .

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#15 Post by DrakeNavarone » Sun May 13, 2007 11:43 am

Looks like I'm on the lower end of the spectrum, but I had already thought as much. I'm 19.
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