The video games are the favorites of most of the kids and teens. With the advancement in the internet technology, the definition of gaming is also gradually changing. Let’s take a look at the different trends in the gaming industry.
Transition in the video games industry
According to the recent reports, the digital delivery of games is overpowering the physical delivery. The physical retail sales of the computer games are currently on their lowest level since the year 2006. The online games have taken deeper roots in the market. Also, the Smartphone gaming is increasing in popularity.
Gaming in classroom
According to neuroscientist Paul Howard-Jones of Bristol University, games help the kids learn in a more effective way. Games stimulate the brain to produce dopamine, which in turn enhances the creation of connections between the neurons. These connections are the basis of effective learning and motivate the kids to learn the things more attentively.
The trend of social gaming has been on a rise since the year 2010. At present, the average age of a social gamer is found to be 43. Among the social gamers, 54 % are female and 46 % are male. Most of the social gamers play the games for friendly competition, interaction and to win prizes.
The Neurology of Gaming
The video games have positive and negative effects on the human brain. The positive effects are:
- They improve the hand-eye coordination.
- Improve the reasoning ability.
- Develop collaboration skills.
The negative effects are:
- The violent content in games may aggravate the aggressive responses.
- Long term playing can lead to obesity, poor study performance and attention problems.
- May suppress the emotional responses.
Popular online casino games
The various popular casino games are Blackjack, Poker, Slot machines, Craps and Roulette. The percentage of males and females gambling online are found to be 86 % and 14 %. As per reports, the online gambling revenue has been increasing gradually since the past years.
Video game statistics
About 65 % of the US households play video games. The gamers spent an average of 18 hours per week in playing video games. The top five bestselling video games are Wii Sports, Super Mario Bros., Pokemon, Tetris and Duck Hunt.
Angry Birds: The popular game
As per the reports, the popular game Angry Birds recorded a total download of 1 billion as of May 2012. The countries from where most of the Angry Bird users come from are India, USA, Brazil, Mexico, Turkey and Indonesia.
PC gaming Vs Console gaming
The games must be set up and installed properly before playing in the PC. On the other hand, the console games can immediately be played upon purchase. PC games are not well suited to play on the couch because the mouse and the keyboards are not the preferred game controllers. But, the console games can easily be played with friends, sitting on the couch.