Report: Majority of Americans are gamers

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A recent survey conducted by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) determined that approximately 67 percent of US households play computer and video games.

The study also found that 62 percent of American gamers play with others in person at least one hour a week, while 48 percent of parents report they play with their children once a week at the minimum. 

Report: Majority of Americans are gamers

"Computer and video games are now available to consumers on every screen from smart phones to computers to flat screen televisions. This enables millions of Americans enjoy the immersive storytelling, incredible graphics, and compelling plot lines," ESA CEO Michael D. Gallagher told TG Daily in an e-mailed statement.

"These works of art are a fun and engaging way to bring people together, especially families who are playing video games together now more than ever."

Other findings of the survey include:

  • The average game player is 34 years old and the average game buyer is 40 years old.
  • Forty percent of game players are female.
  • Forty-eight percent of all games sold are rated ‘E' for everyone by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB).
  • Sixty-four percent of parents believe games are a positive part of their children's lives.
  • Two thirds of parents (76 percent) believe that the parental controls available in all new video game consoles are useful.
  • Forty-two percent of Americans play games on wireless devices such as cell phones or PDAs.