Whether you’re a video game player curious about other gamers or a non-gamer wondering why people play, this survey is for you. “2021 Essential Facts About the Video Game Industry,” from the Entertainment Software Association, answers all your questions and does so with lots of colorful graphics instead of dense text. I’m just sad I didn’t get to participate in this survey.
It seems 7% of video game players are 65 and older — more than I’d have guessed — and at 78, I’m one of them. Not a terribly exclusive group. However, most of them/us play casual games like Solitaire (81%) or arcade games like PacMan (17%). It seems I’m still something of an anomaly since I prefer roleplaying, shooter, and action games. (Currently, while waiting for new content for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, I’ve gone back to Red Dead Online.)
Why people play, where and how they play, etc. It’s all in there. I’ve mentioned before that I started gaming as a way to stay in touch with my son when he went off to college. I was hooked immediately, and have been playing one game or another ever since. I’ve played on PlayStations, desktop and laptop computers, and Xbox consoles (currently on my third one, an Xbox Series X). Lots of people play on their phones, but I find the screen too small to be any fun, except for WordHero, where you need a small touch screen to be fast.
My guess is that if you aren’t a gamer, you’ll be surprised by how many people play, who they are, and why they play. I didn’t see a figure for how many people started playing video games last year because they were trapped at home by Covid, but that would have been interesting.
Or maybe, as the survey shows, most people are already well aware of and likely to be playing video games.
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