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3 Video Game Plays For This Holiday Season

Some childlike things are thrown aside as we get older, like naps, pacifiers, and or having friends over for sleepovers, but other things have only improved as time has progressed. The metamorphosis of video games has created lifelong advocates along with influencing new gamers who are not even able to walk yet. The impact of video games has permeated across all nations and has influenced people from every walk of life.

In fact, according to the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), 67% of U.S. households play video games, with the average age of the US gamer being 34 years old. It is estimated that there are over 120 million people in the U.S. that are gamers with 52% being males and 48% female. While it might seem counterintuitive, the age group that has the most amount of gamers is the over 35 years of age group.

Also, according to, U.S. computer and video game sales have grown from $5.5 billion in the year 2000, to $15.4 billion in 2014. Further, in 2012 video games produced U.S. revenues of $78.87 billion, and that number is expected to jump to $111 billion by the end of 2015. Lastly, these revenues are expected to only increase as the amount of time spent playing games has continued to rise over the past several years. In 2008, the average gamer spent 17.8 minutes a day playing games; then in 2013, it rose to 23.2 minutes a day, and is now expected to grow to 28.3 minutes a day by 2018.

Now with the holiday season, and more importantly, Black Friday around the corner, one may look to the gaming industry to see who is poised to benefit from the insatiable appetite of the gaming community.

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