Consequently, the future of our world is left in the hands of a facile and narcissistic generation. Whereas the 20th Century saw the harnessing of atomic power, Man walk on the moon, and the invention of the Internet, the legacy of the 21st Century will be a series of incremental improvements to the selfie stick.
But what of our gaming icons? Wisely, there are few specific mentions of age when it comes to games characters - why risk putting off a whole section of the audience by presenting them with middle-aged avatars? However, we've cut through this deception - with the aid of Microsoft's How-Old.net website, which analyses photographs, and offers up how old it thinks the subject is.
We ran a number of popular games characters through the software. Here are the results.