Yeah but there’s a big difference. You’re not (typically) going to just become black or female. You will eventually become old.
And the reality seems to be that older people either aren’t interested in making games involving older characters, or simply retire from making games (perhaps because of the excessive workloads and so on, which they helped normalize and sustain!).
Yeah I just doubt most of the games will be about older people, rather they’re likely to be suitable for older people (i.e. not jargon-filled, hyper-twitchy explosion-fests).
What does geriatric mean in this context? A “geriatric mother” is one who is over 30. If we don’t define “old” as “at least 65 or 70” then it’s not really true that games or media don’t feature them.
Is it even actually a thing or just a perception because we don’t see familiar actors as “old”? I’m not sure there was ever a time when most shows weren’t about people aged 20-40. I mean, there are no shows on UK/US TV about “sexy computer hackers” and most of the shows featuring some ridiculous oversexed lead actually have an actor who is 30+ or 40+ in it. Tons of shows have protagonists who are 40-60. I mean, Bruce Campbell is 62 you know, and the lead in a very bloody action series.
And this is what I was referring to - people in their 60s and older, in my experience, watch TV/movies about people in their 40s-60s. I haven’t heard any complaints from my parents, for example, that there isn’t any TV they want to watch anymore, and believe me, I’d have heard if there wasn’t.
I do think there’s been a slight decline in shows about characters who are actually in their older 50s and 60s (like the characters formally are that age, not just being played by an actor that age), but I think it’s less steep than you’re suggesting, at least in US/UK TV. It’s mostly because, as you say, there aren’t these shows about amateur/private detectives in their 60s and older anymore, because that’s no longer a plausible genre.