Video Games Are A Big Deal… But Maybe Not In The Way You'd Expect
from the not-what-you-think,-necessarily dept
With it being E3 time (and there being no booth babes to ogle), it appears that lots of reporters are taking a look at the video gaming market. While some would have you believe that gamers are a small niche population of socially maladjusted youths, the truth (not surprisingly) is quite different. The latest study finds that 40% of adults are computer gamers… though, the largest segment fall under the “casual” gaming category, which, in the past has been called the bored housewives market. However, this highlights something that’s important: video games aren’t easily classified, and are often taking on new and different roles in people’s lives. The NY Times is noting how video games like the Sims may be more appealing to kids than playing with a doll house (or watching TV). Meanwhile, others in the video game space are lamenting how little the actual world of gaming has changed over the last few years and are finally looking at ways to redefine what video gaming covers. So, while it’s easy to try to pigeonhole video gamers as a certain class of people, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that video gaming covers a wide variety of computer activities which is only likely to grow as gaming is used in new and different ways.