For the eighth year in a row, the Senior Trophy returns this Saturday at the Gamers Assembly, this high-profile video games and esports event that has been organized in Poitiers for 23 years. A chance to bring the generations together and for the old to prove they can beat the young.
They trained for weeks to get ready. They are for the final of the New Aquitaine Senior Trophy, which has been organized for eight years at the Gamers Assembly in Poitiers. At the Parc des Expositions, these white-haired gamers and gamers – the oldest, Jeanine, is 96 – will decide between themselves to win the tournament. For that they were specially trained against the youth. Bringing generations together and creating joy through video games is one of the virtues of the association’s work. Silver is unattractive. Explanations from one of its founders, Vincent Blanchard, and Francinfo Sports consultant Laure Valli.
“They usually play against the young guys who come with them and they really beat them.”Vincent Blanchard, co-founder of Silver Geek
franceinfo: The Gamers Assembly in Poitiers until Monday April 10 is an opportunity to highlight the work of Silver Geek and this tournament, this Senior Trophy!
Laura Valley: Silver Geek is a collective and association of enthusiasts who want to improve the lives of the elderly through video games since 2012. This gamers assembly in Poitiers is their stronghold. Silver Geek has been organizing this Senior Cup there for eight years. The final match will be held today under bowling simulation mode. The competition is intense, as Vincent Blanchard, co-founder of Silver Geek, explains:
“The seniors are coached by the youngsters, for months, in the workshop, training before the tournament. They are constantly playing against the youngsters who come with them and they are literally barraging on them. There is real efficiency. This is it. It works during the main events and we have players who chain strike. , they’re not there to entertain the gallery. They’re actually coming to win… with 96-year-old Jeanine, the tournament’s oldest player this season!”
“We chose to use movement-based games because we have trouble combating a sedentary lifestyle.”
Vincent Blanchard, co-founder of Silver Geek
Is this contest a silver geek showcase thanks to video games in nursing homes?
Laura Valley: Yes! The association says it receives many requests from various nursing homes across the country. Two to three per week. It’s true that the Silver Geek program is attractive in many ways: it brings joy, brings residents closer to staff, and bridges the generational and digital divide. As Vincent Blanchard reminds us, a Wii bowling game requires you to simulate certain gestures, so it also makes you exercise:
“We chose to use games based on movement, because there is a problem in combating a sedentary lifestyle that accelerates addiction in old age. In the same way, we know that this program has benefits for self-esteem. , the development of seniors, the development of intergenerational relationships and, overall, the youth over the elderly. and the Evolution of Representations of the Old on the Young”..
For now, the association only competes in the Wee Bowling game, but already has workshops with other games. Just a dance For example, our elders sway their hips like they are in a nightclub or a kinget!
The Seniors Trophy at the Gamers Assembly will continue this Saturday, April 8, 2023 at 3 p.m. Gamers Assembly Twitch Channel Or as a silver geek.