The world of gaming is forever evolving, with technology pushing changes both in what we can achieve, and the people who are a part of it.
While we have plenty of stereotypes that form our view of this exciting industry, the true makeup of the gaming community may in fact shock you.
“Gaming is Just for The Young”
We tend to forget that the older generations were the first gamers. These people haven’t just given up gaming because they “grew up” in fact, they still play now. We just have to look at retro gaming to prove that gaming has a history.
Another factor that leads to gamers of all ages playing is how accessible a pastime it is now. Whether it be Candy Crush Saga, a strategy game, or adult-only games like online slots and sex games, mobile devices make them easy to access and are designed so we aren’t stuck at a computer or console. This is leading to a greater diversity of players.
“Gaming is for Boys”
This is one fact that always seems to be popular, but isn’t true. In fact, 52% of gamers are female, and this isn’t just down to the rise in mobile gaming. You just have to look at game streaming sites or explore more to see female players of games like Counter-Strike Go or Call of Duty or even League of Legends.
There are enough girls who play video games that some guys have even got girlfriends while playing games online. If you’re talking to a girl in-game or on a dating app, SWAGGER Magazine has some great tips for keeping the conversation moving smoothly.
“Professional Gamers Start Young”
The rise of E-Sports has brought us professional gamers. These gamers tend to start young and retire young, based on the style of play that is required. The youngest professional so far was Victor De Leon III (‘Lil Poison). Said to have started playing at the age of 4, he became professional at 7. It’ll be interesting to see if the next big star will start even younger.
“Video Games Are Bad for Your Health”
While sitting on a couch or gaming chair for hours on end can’t be healthy, playing games can actually be good for you. Boosting brain power and increasing mental sharpness, strategy games have shown to be a good form of entertainment for the brain.
There are many other shocking facts about gaming, these are just a few we decided to include here. Hopefully, though some won’t be as shocking in the future as our perspective on gaming continues to change.