Sunday, September 12, 2010

Time to Come Clean

I play video games and I enjoy it.  The truth is, many of you do too.  Unfortunately, video games have a fairly negative perception by some people and the media in general.  The overall feeling is often that they are childish, a wast of time and tend to be violent.  Yes they can be violent, however so can movies and books; it is up to parents to set limits as they would with anything else.  As for the waste of time, studies have shown that video games can improve hand eye coordination and problem solving skills.  If you don't believe me feel free to use Google, I spent enough time doing bibliographies in college that I refuse to always do so on my blog.

However, there is one link that I would like to direct you to and that is here:  This site has compiled, and referenced, many industry statistics to create a profile of who plays video games.  The following are some of my favorite statistics:
  • 65% of american households play video games
  • The average age of a gamer is 35 years old
  • 40% of all gamers are female
  • Women 18 years and older make up 33% of gamers while boys 17 years old and younger only make up 18% of gamers
  • 63% of parents believe games are a positive part of their children's lives
There are many more statistics, so feel free to visit the link if you would like to read more.  The lesson here is that gamers are all around you .  They are not always hiding in their parents basements with cheese puff encrusted fingers.  So if you hear someone talking about games, do not look down on them, they are actualy in the majority.  If you have never played a game, try it, you just might like it.  One last thing, if you are trying to get your spouse to play with you, Little Big Planet for the PlayStation 3 is instant fun for anyone to play together.  Just be careful, you may get hooked.

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