Stereotypes come and go – and two of the biggest have changed beyond recognition in the last few years. In times now (thankfully) gone by, moms were seen as those people whose lives revolved around the kids, with all the household chores as a backdrop to the constant attention they provided for the little ones. Gamers were another huge stereotype until fairly recently; generally they were seen as pale-looking teenage boys who rarely left their pizza- box-strewn bedrooms.
How times change! Since the first smartphones hit the market, and increasingly since the spread of the iPad and other touchscreen tablets, online gaming has gone mainstream – and that includes moms! These days you’re just as likely to see parents playing games with their kids, and even grandparents are getting in on the fun. It makes sense when you think about it; a lot of the “new” gamers are actually grown-up players from years ago. It’s the variety of types of game that keeps things exciting, from simple puzzles like Flow Free and Triple Town, to exciting casino-based games at sites like Riverbellecasino.com, there really is something for everyone.
Some games are perfect for moms to play with their kids. A report by the Entertainment Software Association last year found that, amazingly, three-quarters of moms play video games these days, with most of those doing so at least once a week. On top of that, according to researchers at Arizona State University, playing video games with your kids is a good thing. They found that getting involved with the games your kids love is a great way to keep the family communicating; and now that moms are playing anyway, what a great time to test the theory!
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The games developers have reacted well to the new influx of players, and the variety of downloadable and website-based entertainment is now huge. The big-budget action and adventure games, often designed primarily for console users, still sell well – they regularly out-perform Hollywood blockbusters. Grand Theft Auto V is definitely not for everyone, but you only have to look at its sales figures to see how amazingly popular such games are.
Some games, like Minecraft for example, are even used in schools now as learning aids. The creative possibilities of Minecraft are endless, and it’s also seen as useful in building cooperation skills. For both the video game companies and the players, reacting to the arrival of girls, women and people of all ages in the market has been a good move.
(Images courtesy of blogenonsolo.com, mina creations @ flickr.com the article above was contributed by Noah Jenkins.)