Is the American gamer population shrinking?

"Considering all the new smartphones and tablets, not to mention the Xbox 360, the PlayStation 3 and the Wii, and don't forget the Vita and the Nintendo 3DS ... considering just how many machines we have to play games on these days, researchers have made a surprising find: During the last year, the number of people who play games in the United States has shrunk.

In a report released this week by market research company The NPD Group, analysts found that 211.5 million people in the U.S. — about two-thirds of the population — are playing games. It's a big number ... and yet it's 12 million less when compared to 2011.

But is that really the case?", writes NBC News.

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