I don't blame them for not wanting to hire someone pushing 50. They just don't know if they're going to get the cool 50-year-old or the grumpy old troll who won't listen to anyone.
Of course they can never come out and say that for obvious reasons.
I play video games. I have all of the last two generations of consoles, a smattering of older consoles I've managed to hold onto over the years (lost most of them for one reason or another) and a half-decent gaming PC where I prefer to play games if possible. On top of that I've done game development on the side, and have run multiple gaming communities for approximately a decade now.
If I went to go interview with a company and they talked about how they were all "gamers", I'd be running for the hills.
You know what I want to do at work? Work.
You know what I want to talk about at work? Not video games.
You know what I want for non-monetary compensation? Not a weekly autochess tournament or PUBG squad night.
You know what kind of people I want to be surrounded with? Not a bunch of clones who all have the same beliefs and values and (lack of) experiences.
You should be a good fit for the company, and the company should be a good fit for you. It goes both ways.