A new study by the Pew Research Center has been exploring the demographics of gamers in the US. While it confirms some common assumptions, it sheds new light in other areas.
“Young men make up a disproportionately large share of people who play video games in the United States,” explained Pew. “But about four-in-ten women and roughly a quarter of Americans ages 65 and older also say they play video games at least sometimes.”
The survey notes that overall, 29% of 18-29 year-olds in the US play games often, while another 31% play them sometimes. That doesn’t drop much for 30-49 year-olds: 28% of them play games often, while 25% play them sometimes.
It’s important to note that Pew’s survey covered all forms of digital gaming: smartphones as well as consoles and computers.
That plays in to the findings on what games are most popular with Americans. Puzzle games are played by 62% of gamers, while the same percentage play strategy games. Shooter games, by contrast, are played by 42% of gamers in the US.