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A Quarter of Video-Game Players Are Over 50

ABC News
By Ned Potter
Jan. 14, 2008

The stereotype of the modern gamer has been of the glassy-eyed teenager, remote in hand, sitting in front of the screen for hours on end.

The stereotype was never completely accurate, and now, according to the Entertainment Software Association, it's completely changed. The fastest-growing audience for video games is casual players -- many of them over age 50.

Back in 1999, the industry said fewer than 10 percent of America's video-game players were over 50. But since then, the percentage has more than doubled. Today more than one in four players are that age -- a quarter of a $30 billion market.

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urban bohemian3090d ago

Yeah right one in four gamers is over 50.

Maybe they have played video games once but that doesn't make them gamers.

Adamalicious3090d ago

I agree. What's the threshold? It ought to be like once a week or something, but I'm sure it's much lower.

kspraydad3090d ago

sites like POGO or Yahoo Games.

Online solitare (??) and checkers ftw.

Amnesiac3090d ago

I thought I was sick at COD4 until I ran into my Grandma online last night and got totally owned

YoMeViet3090d ago

Well I could imagine the Wii in many nursing homes so that could be true to an extent. Maybe 15% perhaps

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