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You’re buying video games for yourself, not your kids

Well, my preconceptions were wrong. Gamers are not snot-nosed teens, they are their parents. I am spot in the middle of the true gamer demographic at 41, according to CNet, A child’s hobby? Average gamer is 37 years old.

According to the organization, which represents the game industry, the average gamer today is 37 years old. Moreover, the average game buyer is 41 years old. Because of that, a greater number of parents are playing games with their children. The ESA said that 45 percent of parents play games with their kids “at least weekly.”

Business first: the people who are playing games, be it social, shooter, mobile, or whatnot, are not the children of the people who work for a living but probably their dads and moms. It seems feasible that it might well be easier to use game channels to reach the eyeballs of the moms and dads who are actively avoiding your commercials on TV when they get around to their shows on DVR and who are just not seeing the circulars you’re running in the papers they may still buy but no longer read.

Just because you may not be paying attention to where peoples’ attention really is focused doesn’t mean it just magically doesn’t matter. In much the same way that many of us don’t consider AOL, Bing, or Yahoo! relevant any more in terms of search or whatnot, the truth is, all three of these big guys still have a lot of global reach and punch, just because you may have well have put away childish things doesn’t mean our personal perception of the mediasphere are good enough data points upon which to extrapolate.

I personally don’t get it, but I do see people everywhere on their phones, across all ages, races, and demographics, waiting patiently on lines, for the elevator, on the bus, playing Bejeweled, so I know it’s dominating the marketplace. Pay attention.

I also know that a lot of my late-30s, early-40s peers have lost husbands to World of Warcraft (12 million subscribers), though I don’t know any WoW addicts personally.

I am considering buying a Microsoft Xbox 360 (53.6 million worldwide) because I always feel like I am out of the loop. To see what the social network world is like for the console on Xbox Live. Try out the PS3 and the Wii too, since all of them have a pay-to-play, proprietary, online community. Short of that, I need to actively pick the brains of the gamers at Gerris digital.

OK, I do have one confession. One of the reasons why I am avoiding the iPhone 4 or an Android phone and stick with my Bold is because they don’t have a version of Angry Birds (140 million players) for the Blackberry and for that I am grateful.

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Chris Abraham, digital strategist and technologist, is a leading expert in digital: search engine optimization (SEO), online relationship management (ORM), Internet privacy, Wikipedia curationsocial media strategy, and online public relations with a focus on blogger outreachinfluencer engagement, and Internet crisis response, with the digital PR and social media marketing agency Gerris digital. [Feel free to self-schedule a 15-minute call, a 30-minute call, or a 60-minute call with me] A pioneer in online social networks and publishing, with a natural facility for anticipating the next big thing, Chris is an Internet analyst, web strategy consultant and adviser to the industries' leading firms. Chris Abraham specializes in web technologies, including content marketing, online collaboration, blogging, and consumer generated media.  Chris Abraham was named a Top 50 Social Media Power Influencer by Forbes, #1 PR2.0 Influencer by Traackr, and top-10 social media influencers by Marketwire; and, for what it’s worth, Chris has a Klout of 79 the last time he looked. Chris Abraham started doing web development back in 1994, SEO in 1998, blogging in 1999, influencer engagement in 2003, social media strategy in 2005, blogger outreach in 2006, and Wikipedia curation in 2007. Feel free to self-schedule a 15-minute call, a 30-minute call, or a 60-minute call. If you want to know the services that Chris offers check out Services If you want to work with Chris use the Contact Form You're welcome to follow me via Social Media You can learn more about Chris over in About Chris writes a lot so check out the Blog Chris offers webinars so check Events

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