Some Interesting Facts About Gamers

There is a popular misconception that the majority of gamers are male. While this may have been true at some point, I was surprised to learn recently that nowadays, female gamers outnumber male gamers, according to Pew Research. As the gaming industry has grown, they have apparently branched out to an extent where the appeal is strong for both genders.

Worldwide, the gaming industry has revenues over 101 billion dollars, dwarfing even the movie industry, which only has global box office revenues of $39 billion. With advancements in technologies such as virtual reality, it's likely the size of the gaming industry will grow even further. And it's notable to point out that today, the top video games have development budgets that are much larger than the most expensive Hollywood films. For instance, the game, Star Wars: The Old Republic was reported to have cost anywhere from $200 - $400 million dollars. Note that this figure is larger than the cost of the most recent Star Wars film.

But the expensive development costs also translate into more expensive games. Consumers today have to expect to pay $50 or more for new releases, even when they purchase such releases over the Internet. Younger gamers therefore could face a challenge when it comes to affording new games.

The best way to get around this, in my opinion, is to join Gamefly. Using this online service, you can rent as many games as you want (but only one or two at a time), and all you pay is a monthly fee, which currently starts around $15 a month. Therefore, for the cost of buying 3 games a year, you can play as many games as you'd like by paying for a Gamefly subscription instead. But before you jump on board, you can obtain a Gamefly free trial from the free trial site, Free Trial Spot.com. This will enable you to use the service for 1 month before being charged. You can of course cancel your subscription before that if you decide you don't want to keep the service. I think it's a good idea for any gamer to try out the service if they want to play more games without paying more money for games than they already do.