Two Generations Of Video Gamers

Are you an adult gamer? I find that as I get older I think about the fact that I’m a married man who still loves to spend some of his personal time playing video games. I’ve had people tell me that “video games are for kids, stop playing those things”. That is true, they are for kids, but I beg to differ that they are only for kids.

I found that the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board, the company that puts those “T for teens” or “M for mature” ratings on games) surveyed PC/video gamers around the USA and came up with some interesting results from 2010 (so these numbers are probably higher now).

*See more statistics in link above*

  • The average gamer is 34 years old.
  • 40% of gamers are female.
  • 49% are between the ages of 18-49 (that’s a big gap though… I would have preferred a more accurate number).
  • 67% of USA households play video games.
  • The gaming industry makes $10.5 billion yearly.
  • Most of that money was made from “E for Everyone” rated games/items.

I found those statistics to be very fascinating, especially the fact that most gamers were in their 30s!  I’m not there yet, but I will be soon. 🙁 I believe that the fact is that most gamers grew up with video games, so the same gamers like myself who started in the 80s and 90s are still playing today, and growing strong. Whenever you visit a game convention, or even an anime one, you will see that most of the attendees are older (at least at the ones I’ve been to here in Miami, FL). Not too many little ones running around with a Pikachu outfit on, that’s for sure.

Two Generations

Baby Gamers

Baby Gamers

What does this all mean? Basically, when adults say that games are for children, that’s true. They are, because we were those same children that used to play them. Now we are grown up but we still love our games. It’s the same for people who still love to watch old TV shows and movies even black and white ones. I know people who love watching TCM (Turner Classic Movies, and they are great by the way) and say that those were the best movies ever made. Of course, because they were made while they were growing up, so that nostalgic feel is very strong for them as it is for gamers.

I love the fact that the coming gamer generation can relate to my generation who are in adulthood. We adult gamers can share any “gaming wisdom” or even get into a silly discussions like: “Which Tomb Raider series was better?” or “What was the best console ever? Atari or the Wii?”. You can see that the younger generation might not know what Atari is, while adult gamers would have a basic knowledge on the old consoles and the new ones. I find it cool and interesting that we can share our knowledge from our years of gaming to new gamers to help the community grow and learn from one another.

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What category do you fall under? Are you a younger gamer, or an adult gamer? Also, what do you think about the differences between the two generations, and what can we learn from each other to grow as a community? God bless!

 

Michael M.

Michael is a child of God, husband, teacher, business owner, anime lover and a life long gamer. When not conquering distant world's via console, he can be found reading, watching anime or Netflix, writing, or just enjoying life as a geek in the city of Miami. He aspires to travel to Japan and possibly...never leave.

5 Comments

  1. Moses on October 27, 2014 at 5:14 am

    I love nintendo games for the fact that they are family friendly, for all ages and just very fun. But as an adult gamer I like the fact that gaming is going beyond just being a fun diversion and they are becoming more like novels brought to life or like interactive movies with games such as Uncharted, Mass Effect, and Heavy Rain. These games are going beyond being looked at as digital toys for kids and now being looked at as a mature medium that can be appreciated and respected by non gamers, movie goers, and novelists. I believe this is the new generation of gaming that is putting it in equal footing even with Hollywood blockbusters!

    • Michael M. on October 27, 2014 at 10:22 am

      Yup! Definitely, this is a billion dollar business that more and more people need to realize that isn’t going away. All three of those games you mentioned have strong stories and draw in the player, which is why we game, to be a part of the story and engage it.

  2. Casey Covel on September 24, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Nintendo is on a whole different level 🙂 Just watch some of their gaming conferences. There’s a big difference in how they present VS how other competitors present. Nintendo is run by a group of grown-up kids, and I think that fact is always kept closest to heart (and is also why their games are so popular). I began gaming in the 90s on the Super Nintendo, so I’m in that 49% between the ages of 18-49, and also that 40% of female gamers. It’s good to see gaming girls becoming more involved in this entertainment medium.

    • Michael M. on September 24, 2014 at 11:07 pm

      Yup, to be honest, I was surprised of the female gamer statistics (though I’m excited to see more females in gaming, that’s great!). Surprised because the stats are there, I just don’t see them often mentioned in gaming, nor see too many of them. So I guess it’s more of a thing that’s not talked about, or maybe they aren’t as “heavy” into gaming as guys, since I know that some will even skip work and leave responsibilities just to game. A girl is less likely to do that, but that’s just my opinion on the psychology of it!

  3. Wesley Wood on September 24, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    This is why Nintendo games are loved by everyone. Clean content yet loads of fun. Make fun of them all you want but they know how to produce classics.

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