Aged 70 to 95, Monique and Marcel have just won their ticket to Paris Games Week, the leading video game show in France. These Bretons won the final of the North-West Seniors Trophy against six other competitors. An online bowling competition that literally ignited the public at Stunfest, the video game festival that organized the event.
Standing, cane in one hand, game console controller in the other, Marcel, 95, continues the strikes on the stage of the Salle de la Cité in Rennes. In front of him, a video game screen on which a bowling ball rolls.
« Attention Marcel concentrates… Striiiiike!“, screams the commentator leaping in the middle of the jets of smoke triggered with each successful strike. Resident of the Domitys housing center in Laillé south of Rennes, Marcel, 95, sees his name chanted by the hundred raging spectators.
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In the Salle de la Cité, the public is energized at each strike by Marcel, 95, resident of the Domitys housing center in Laillé,
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Her teammate, Monique, 70, remains seated, a neck brace, the result of a bad movement in training a few days ago. With it, the joystick is capricious. « It’s not the same as at home« . His look is incisive. Just like that of Alain, the Norman competitor, who barely smiles at each ovation from the public.
In all, eight competitors from Brittany, Normandy, Vendée and even Cher came to compete for this final of the North-West Senior Trophy, organized by the Silver Geek association, an association that fights against the digital divide. and isolation of the elderly. « It helps to develop intergenerational links since they are coached by young people, assures Vincent Blanchard, secretary general of the association. It also helps to raise their digital awareness while getting them back into business.«
The competition is organized as part of Stunfest, a video game festival that takes place in Rennes all weekend. The well-informed players are numerous in the public.
« There, it is the Vendée which plays and Germaine has her particular little styler », Jérémy analyzes, a half-amused, half-admiring spectator in the face of the throws of the nonagenarian, worthy of a volleyball pass. « I have already played Wii Bowling, I do not come close to them! it connects strikes, spares, there’s a good game ! »
The Bretons Marcel and Monique easily won the last event against their competitors from Menetou-Salon in the Cher, 330 against 230. A victory which opens the doors to the final organized next November during Paris Games Week, reference show in the world of video games.