Hard data on adult video game players

The fantastic Pew Internet Life research series has a new installment up, this one a set of preliminary data on adult players of video games. Lots of crunch stats here:

Younger generations tend to dominate the gaming world; however, older respondents who do play games are more avid players. Older gamers, particularly seniors, tend to play games more frequently. Over one-third (36%) of gamers 65 and older say they play games everyday or almost everyday, compared with 19% of adults aged 50-64, 20% of adults aged 30-49, and 20% of adults aged 18-29. Senior gamers may play more frequently because they have more time to play than younger gamers, as 77% of senior gamers reported being retired.
Adults and Video Games


  1. A new study shows that people who like videogames and have nothing better to do, play more of them than people who have less free time. In other news, the sun has been discovered to be a major source of light.

  2. One of the hazards of using this data to support claims about popular video games is that the data collection doesn’t distinguish very well between, say, a bit of Wii Sports at a family gathering, or a few minutes of Solitaire while bored at work, or Tetris/Snake/etc. on the phone while waiting for a bus, and playing GTA IV or BioShock. The data on platforms gives us a little information, but not enough.

    In other words, while the data shows the people who play games, it doesn’t show how many of those might consider themselves ‘gamers’.

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