Reality Check - Surprising Facts About Video Games You Probably Didn't Know.

How many people play video games? What is the average gamer like? And exactly how big is this industry? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this weeks Reality Check.

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161 comments
Wensea10
Wensea10

Many people play video games, it just comes down to which ones are worthwhile.

itruecolors
itruecolors

These stats are so far off. I guarantee you that of the 48% of women that are "gamers", less than 5% would consider themselves gamers. And, come on, games on a phone don't count. 

Archaicstigma
Archaicstigma

The stat for women gamers includes people who have only ever played candy crush on their cellphone. The statistic for women who actually play games on a platform other than mobile is around half that. I'm not saying mobile games don't count as games, but the mom on the bus next to me who's playing candy crush doesn't consider herself a gamer, and doesn't spend money on games most likely. Because by that definition my dad who plays solitaire on his iPad's a gamer since he paid money for that app (probably). I just wish the statistic was given context, but it never is. But it makes it difficult for the Anita's of the world to call Gaming a boys club... Imagine if little kids were all like we're tired of being harassed for having high voices and being annoying. If you just don't use a mic no one is aware of your age or gender, if it's really such a big deal to you. I just always mute everyone in public games because people talk to their friend next to them while the mics on, or it's just static.

joelrwhite
joelrwhite

Wow, you could use some work on your free throws!

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

1.6 billion people on the net and the rest of the 7.5 billion are in a war or a riot or a 3rd world country right now. So we are pretty lucky to be a part of the 1.6 billion. I have been to the movies for years. 

cratecruncher
cratecruncher

First.  My favorite number is e.  If you know what it is you likely know why.


Second.  If this industry is so big why do all the games with huge AAA budgets release in such an unpolished state?

shreddyz
shreddyz

Someone clicking about on a phone game is NOT a gamer. Please!

RichardHighwind
RichardHighwind

@cameronrobinson I find that last comparison rather unfair. If we are going to compare game sales in the US with sales in the movie industry we should not limit ourselves to ticket sales. This comparison should include dvd sales and other means of owning a copy of a movie. Furthermore, given that buying a ticket doesn't mean the buyer gets to own a copy of the film I would consider taking box office sales out of the equation. But that doesn't really seem fair either, since it wouldn't acknowledge the difference between both industries business models. How does it look when you compare overall sales side to side?

Pewbert
Pewbert

Strange how he pointed out that women over 17 make up 36% of gamers compared to males under 18 making up 17%.

Why did that need a comparison?!

tom_cat_01
tom_cat_01

YESS! I'm younger than the average gamer!

There's still life left in me...

moonstrider101
moonstrider101

There's 2.9 billion internet users, not 1.6 billion :P

FuzzyPancakes
FuzzyPancakes

the number for internet users has to be inaccurate, I'm sure more than 90 percent of gamers use the internet, not just to play games, but to update their games download DLC's, and download their games, and for PC gamers most the games say they require access to internet in order to play them (normally only to install, mostly to prevent pirating) so if the numbers are true that means that there are very few people besides gamers that use the internet... some one tell me if what i'm saying makes sense at all xD

Slagar
Slagar

... And the percentage of gamers that are overweight, depressed, and suffering from mental health problems is close to 99% ;-)


Nice show Cam and Gamespot staff!

TheKokopelli
TheKokopelli

I'm not at all surprised with the stats.

Johny_47
Johny_47

I guessed close to the numbers except for the gender bit, I thought it was more like 58 / 42 percent male, mad how it's so close now.

-JMD-
-JMD-

Well, good to know that we will never be to old to play !!

lorider25
lorider25

How many females play games besides social ones?


like .1%? 


chad28_69
chad28_69

I would like to see these numbers without the casual, social or mobile games. I know more girls that watch anime than girls who play video-games not including those 3 categories.

OHGFawx
OHGFawx

I'd be more interested in stats that didn't include mobile gaming. I just can't see things like Candy Crush as anything but time wasters people play while they poop or wait for the bus.

J-007
J-007

I believed female gamers would rise and games overtake movies in the market. Times change and these are exciting times. Thanks Cameron for making it clear. Great show man

Metallicwolf29
Metallicwolf29

I'm very surprised with the stat for female gamers. The majority of those numbers must be mobile gaming

Veenox
Veenox

Good episode as usual! One of the best show (if not the best) on GameSpot.

Darri
Darri

Haha those ball shots at 3:00 were truly epic, really made my day :D

AchingBAD
AchingBAD

totally learned lots. thanks cam. great vid as usual. I didn't get any of those right. represents amazing opportunities cam. 

andrecaseiro
andrecaseiro

- 1.2b people play video games, its posible, the total world population is arround 7b, witch means 1/7 people play games.

- about the gender, 48% are women, are you sure? facebook and iphone games? I only know two girls that own a game system.

- industry worth, I was unaware of thisl values, but no wonder the game industry will grow from $76b to $86b in 2016, and this is why;

- the sales point... $21b US game sales vs. $11b US box ofice sales...

average price of a movie ticket: $8

average price of a bluray movie: $25

average price of a last gen game: $60

average price of a new gen game: $75

average price of DLCs: $15

games are becoming popular, witch is good, but also very expensive... why?

game_gt3
game_gt3

@cratecruncher i know what it is and how much e is but i have no idea why you like it. 


because quantity over quallity is in place here. the industry is too big and everybody releases crap just to take a bite from the big cake. the industry needs to mature and that hasnt happened yet.

RevLux
RevLux

@Pewbert  I believe he was just pointing out the disparity between popular conception and reality. The popular misconception is that gamers are mostly young males. His comparison showed that not only are young males not the majority but even adult women, the type of person that is seen as least likely to play games, make up a much larger percentage.

FuzzyPancakes
FuzzyPancakes

@TheKokopelli I actually thought the number was higher for both gamers and internet usesers, i was thinking more like atleast 3 billion for internet uses and like about 2 billion for gamers, considering the population of the earth is a little over 7 billion, also surprised at how many older gamers there was as well, i figured 18 and lower would have the most amount of gamers

phoenixto
phoenixto

@-JMD- yup only prob is reflexes are the first thing to go

RevLux
RevLux

@lorider25  You seriously don't know any women that enjoy gaming? Ask your female friends and I bet you'll find several that play video games -at least casually.

GeorgeOglee
GeorgeOglee

@lorider25 i'm friends with plenty of female gamers. one of my close friends plays league with me all the timeeee. 

dmdavenport
dmdavenport

@lorider25 Don't know, but there are lots playing DS2. I duel against them all the time and they are good players.

Slagar
Slagar

@OHGFawx "...  I just can't see things like Candy Crush as anything but time wasters..." - this differs from regular gaming ? D;!

( j/k ) :-)

TheKokopelli
TheKokopelli

@andrecaseiro Not sure where you're getting the $75.00 number for next gen as it has not changed from last gen.


As for price, probably because they're expensive to produce and have a greater long term value over say, movies.  Which in that respect, you'll be spending around $9.00 for popcorn & a drink.  Let's also be honest - I've seen very few movies worthy of spending $20.00 to see them in the theater.  Perhaps something like Gravity, but most of them are a Redbox.


squall_83
squall_83

@andrecaseiro Where the hell do you get $75 for new gen games? They're all $59.99 at every store I've been too and online. It's the same as last gen. 

EDIT: Also, if you figure the cost of every game out for any console along with indies or virtual console titles, they are much less than $60 "average".


Metallicwolf29
Metallicwolf29

Yes 48% of gamers are female. I honestly can't believe that stat. A better stat would have been 48% of females lied that they are a gamer lol.

phoenixto
phoenixto

@FuzzyPancakes in relation to older gamers, over 36 are the people when they were kids first nintendo console and before were expensive and parents at that time it was new to them and would not buy them one, as those kids became independent they have there own money and have the money to play games now. and of course it can be fun to play

OHGFawx
OHGFawx

@Slagar I'll concede that point if I ever pull the trigger on a wall mounted TV in my bathroom haha

phoenixto
phoenixto

@TheKokopelli @andrecaseiro i gues u are in the states, not all but alot of games have gone to 69.99 +13% tax wich is $79 in Canada. heck even the Ps4 went up in price. even an 59.99 game u pay 67.78 after tax.

good thing is u dont have to buy a game at release, the experience isnt lesser if you wait for a price drop.

if u are in the us dont u pay taxes on top of price in stores? or is it included like in europe?

TheKokopelli
TheKokopelli

@Metallicwolf29 I think it's in general, which is including a lot of the tablet/Facebook games.  If the number of game requests I receive from the females on my FB wall is any indication, I would say the 48% is accurate.