The profile of the typical gamer has usually been associated with geeky teenage boys. But that is not so anymore.
Actually, the average gamer is 35 years old and has been playing for 12 years. And, the average age of the most regular game buyer is 40.
In 2007, 26 percent of Americans over the age of 50 played video games. Furthermore, according to the Entertainment Software Association, in 2008, 96 percent of computer game buyers and 86 percent of console game buyers were over the age of 18.
And let’s not forget about the ladies: women constitute 40% of the gamer population, and women above 18 years old represent one of the fastest growing demographics. Another growing segment is that of seniors, since videogames are becoming incorporated to nursing centers activities. Gamasutra posted a very interesting article on how to create games for this age group.
Another interesting fact, is that men and women spend a similar amount of time playing. The fair sex spends on average 7.4 hours per week, while men dedicate 7.6 hours per week to games.
For more stats and facts check out The ESA website.