Games have been with us for almost half a century now, but games have been evolving at an exponential rate from the 1990s and the 2000s. The Mitashi, Atari, SNES era have gone now, but on many of the Social Networking sites you can find active groups, pages and communities of Retro games, consisting of thousands of gamers, and surprisingly enough, you’ll find many people of younger generations as well. They pride themselves in being fans of games like Classic Mario, Contra etc. On the other hand there are people who only like modern games like Batman, Assassin’s Creed and there are no less fans of these games. But one thing you’ll find common in both of the groups is that a majority of the consumers are between the ages 16-35. Why is that?
Those who are about 16-35 years of age were all born in the 1980s & 1990s and have seen the process through which the games have evolved. And the best thing about this is that, there are gamers who have chosen to go retro, there are people who have sided with modern gaming and then there are those who play any game as long as they are having fun. The above graph does not indicate the percentage of gamers as the ones we have classified them into. But we can see that the games market is pretty huge and popular among the younger and the older section and even more popular towards the lower-middle aged group.
Now you must be striving to get the answer to the question ‘Why are these gamers between the ages 16-35 the luckiest?’. Well here is what we think:
Those who were born before the the 1980s didn’t have access to the internet while growing up which is a source of almost everything today, and hence they did not get the kind of exposure. Video Games hadn’t become popular until the early 1990s and the idea of sitting in a place for playing games was a new concept to them, and because of the human nature to resist change not many people could fathom the idea of such type of games. We are not saying that middle aged people don’t play games, there are many. But this age group is a compilcated position to be in for gaming unless you have a career in it. One of the reasons why this age group doesn’t play games maybe due to the lack of time. They are very busy with work and therefore cannot spare time for games. The time constraint maybe one of the reasons why the people above 50 have more market share. You can give much more time to gaming once you are retired.:)
Now coming to the point of interest, the people born in the the 1980s had the chance to choose between whether to play video games or not. It was the dawn of Internet age by the end of the 80s and people were aware of what was happening around them more than ever. Those born in the 1990s similarly saw the internet age and with it the evolution of the gaming industry. They saw the introduction of the Play Station and the Xbox, which laid the foundations for many of the popular games today. Being born in the years between 1980-2000 means that you’ve been given the chance to choose between games. One thing you’ll find common with both the decades is the fact that both of them like Roadrash (Hehe).
Kids born after 2000 rarely prefer going back to classic retro games, for which we can’t balme them. Shiny objects attract kids. And big companies tend to release games with ‘shiny’ visuals these days without much content value.
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So if you are born in between 1980-2000, you are one of the lucky gamers. This above article is just how we see things. There are always deviations and maybe some of you may not agree, but this is the case in most parts of the world. Let us know what you think in the comments below. Deuces.