Connect with us

News

Average Gamer is 30, women growing in number says ESA

Published

 on

Growing up as a child, I always felt that video game advertisements for the most part, were directed at kids in an attempt to get our parents to buy us every new game we set our eyes on. As I grew older however, I realised that the marketing structure of games had changed, so much so that children only make on one small fraction of the pie.

Well the ESA — Entertainment Software Association — has released a handy list of “essential facts” about the US games industry, including some startling demographic revelations.

The most interesting piece of information was that the average gamer is 30, but there’s a pretty even split across age groups, with 32% under 18, 31% between 18 and 35, and 37% over 36. The average age of the most frequent gamer who buys games is 35; 52% of these are male and 48% female, a pretty even split and much higher then I had thought.

Furthermore, the ESA notes that 47% of gamers are female and 53% male, and said that women aged 18 and over represent 30% of game consumers – quite a lot higher than gaming’s traditional demographic, the under-18 male, at 18%.

49% of US households own a console; those that do own an average of two.

In terms of the top 20 best-selling games of 2011, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was number one, followed by Just Dance 3, Madden NFL 13, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Battlefield 3.

PC-only tells a different story; Star Wars: The Old Republic is top, then The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, followed by The Sims 3 and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.

There are plenty more interesting statistics in the friendly-looking PDF, which you can download here, including details of what activities were giving up on in order to game; how online games are growing; how parents view video games; and how the industry has performed since 2001.

The ESA’s data was pulled from surveys and the NPD’s sales tracking.

News

Telltale Games Catalog to be Removed From GOG Next Week

Published

 on

Telltale

Fans of the late developer Telltale Games should hurry to pick up its games quick, as PC players may not be able to buy the titles for much longer.

Digital retailer GOG has announced that Telltale’s game will be listed from the store’s website come May 27.

The Wolf Among Us, Tales from the Borderlands, and Batman: The Enemy Within are just a few of the titles that will fall victim to the delisting. Tales from the Borderlands specifically was already removed from Steam sometime this week.

Fans of Telltale’s Borderlands spin-off have a sliver of hope however, as 2K says that it is working to bring the title back to digital platforms as soon as it can. A 2K spokesperson confirmed the news to Eurogamer.

“We are working to get Tales from the Borderlands back up on digital storefronts as soon as possible. All prior digital purchases of the game will of course still be honoured and supported.”

There is no word on if the same will happen over at Steam or other digital retailers, but fans should assume the worst. The internet-wide delisting is a result of Telltale’s demise late last year.

Though much of the Telltale catalog will be affected, its most influential title, The Walking Dead, will still be made available through the Epic Games Store.

Those who already own any of the games delisting next week should note that they will still be able to play the games as they please.

For more on story-driven games, keep up with OnlySP on FacebookTwitter, and YouTube. Also, be sure to join the discussion in the community Discord server.

Continue Reading