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Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys 276

Posted by timothy
from the ok-but-in-a-fight-who-would-win dept.
MojoKid writes: The Entertainment Software Association has just released its 2014 report on the state of the video game industry (PDF), and as the title of this post suggests, there have been some significant shifts since the last report. Let's tackle the most interesting one first: Females have become the dominant gamer, claiming 52% of the pie. That's impressive, but perhaps more so is the fact that women over the age of 18 represent 36% of the game-playing population, whereas boys aged 18 and under claim a mere 17%. Statistics like these challenge the definition of "gamer." Some might say that it's a stretch to call someone who only plays mobile games a "gamer" (Candy Crush anyone?). Mental hurdle aside, the reality is that anyone who plays games, regardless of the platform, is a gamer.
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Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

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  • They're not gamers. (Score:5, Informative)

    by loufoque (1400831) on Sunday August 24, 2014 @07:09AM (#47741115)

    What is said at the end of the summary,

    Mental hurdle aside, the reality is that anyone who plays games, regardless of the platform, is a gamer.

    is obviously not true.

    "Gamer" is associated with people who spend most of their time playing games inside their mancave.
    People who play a bit of casual gaming on the go from time to time are not gamers.

  • Horrible summary (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 24, 2014 @07:12AM (#47741123)

    The article summary is incoherent and wrong. The article clearly states that Male games make up 52% of the pie, not Females. Secondly, the given the total population of women over the age of 18 is vastly greater than the population of boys aged 18 and under, I have no idea what the point of comparing those two particular statistics is.

    This summary is THE example of starting from a conclusion. It is clear that the submitter cares more about the narrative of "female gamers are dominating" then the actual facts of the situation.

  • Re:Amazing (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 24, 2014 @10:02AM (#47741633)

    Quoting just for YOU : Females have become the dominant gamer, claiming 52% of the pie.

    Read and comprehend.

    That's from the description, which I think is wrong.
    If you read the article it said -

    Further, females are quickly inching towards becoming the dominant gamer, claiming 48% of the pie.

Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it. -- Perlis's Programming Proverb #58, SIGPLAN Notices, Sept. 1982

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