Beyond Fun: 5 Surprising Facts About Video Games
Video games have been around since the early 1970s, bringing a ton of fun into the lives of everyone with a computer ever since. Over the years, they have been hated and loved, praised and bashed, and blamed for a lot of negative developments of human society, from the rise of violent behavior in kids to transmitting satanic messages to them and driving them toward cults and such. Most of this criticism is false, though – even if video games do have their effect on our lives, they are far from being as harmful as some sources claim. According to some recent studies, they can even help fight dementia, and have other positive effects on their players’ brains. And this is just one of the surprising things you probably didn’t know about video games.
Games in space!
Video games are known to take their players to different worlds – sometimes, they are fantasy realms with dragons and wizards, other times, different planets and galaxies. But few people know that a video game has actually <strong>been</strong> in space: it was Blizzard’s “StarCraft”, taken on board the International Space Station by astronaut Daniel T. Barry in 1999. The CD that traveled 3.5 million miles and circled our planet more than 100 times is now on display in Blizzard’s Irvine headquarters.
Not just for kids
People claim that kids are the ones constantly banging on their console controllers and keyboards – but they are not the biggest demographic playing video games. According to the Entertainment Software Association, the average gamer is 35 years old, and more than 70% of all gamers are aged 18 or above.
China is the biggest gaming market
We have already known that Asian gamers were especially enthusiastic about their favorite games – but what we didn’t know is that Asian countries also generate the most revenue in the global gaming business. China is the biggest market in the world when it comes to video games, with more than 560 million gamers spending close to $30 billion in 2017 alone. And almost half of them are female.
The most popular video game today
With more than 81 million monthly players by the end of 2017, the title goes to League of Legends. And this after its player base decreased slightly in the last couple of years. In the top list, it is followed by Blizzard’s Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Epic Games’ Fortnite, PUGB, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
Nightly gaming bans
As I mentioned above, Asian countries are among the biggest video gaming markets – and this has become a problem for their youth. So much so, that some of them have even banned players under the age of 17 from playing from midnight to morning. Such laws were introduced in South Korea, China, and Vietnam.