November 23, 2005
Topping many Christmas lists this year will be video games, and while you think kids are they only ones interested, think again. The future of video gaming is now, and it may just surprise you who is catching on.
It's not even 'Black Friday', but across the nation just about everyone is standing in line for the new X-BOX 360, which shows just how popular video games are. What is not popular, however, is the cost.
"The big concern though for most parents happens to be the expense involved with which platform to buy, and all the different software necessary to play those games," said David Gregg, or "Best Magazine."
While the gift-giving budget may have been hurt by soaring gas prices, and expected rise in heating bills, there will be some who flock stores to get the latest game console.
"There's always going to be a die-hard gamer out there that wants to pay the latest and greatest that just came out," said Gregg.
The Entertainment Software Association estimates 75% of heads of house holds enjoy keeping up with the newest trends in video gaming.
"There's a big misconception that video games are all about kids. The average age of a video gamer is about 36 years old," said Gregg.
Not 16, or 14, but 36-year-olds, and 40% of those 36-year-olds are women.
"There are a lot of closeted women video game fanatics out there," added Gregg.
The average total of years any video gamer has played is 12.
Regardless of age or gender, for viewers concerned with sales in our area, don't worry. There are still a few retail stores in our area that still have the new X-BOX 360 on their shelves.