So Gaming In My 30's Is Not So Odd

Back in April I wrote about my video gaming history, and I asked if it was odd that I was still a gamer as I was about to turn 36.  Well it appears that I am not odd, but very much your average gamer.  CNN.com published an interesting piece about Today's Video Gamer.  The article presents many interesting facts about video games and their popularity in 2011.  The Entertainment Software Association presents a statistic that the average gamer is 37 years old (up from 30 in 2004).  I guess I'm actually still a year younger than the "average" gamer in 2011.

The big jump in age more than likely has to do with the popularity of web based games and games for cell phones purchased through popular "app" stores.  I also think the Nintendo Wii and the other "interactive" controls appeal to older gamers.  Also, now that many children from the original Nintendo Entertainment System generation are in their 30's they will more than likely keep gaming since it is something they have grown up with.  My children are just 4 and 6 and play mobile games on my phone, Nintendo DSI and Nintendo Wii games.  It is amazing how quickly the are able to master the games at a young age.  Like I said in my previous post, I really do not see myself giving up gaming anytime in the near future.  I may not play as much as I used to, but I still find it to be a nice escape once and while.

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