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The games keep getting better, more intense, and higher def.

These are some of the latest and greatest titles getting their first public demo at the video games industry's annual E3 conference in LA

Aside from games getting ever more movie-like we want to know what are the other big trends in gaming?

58% of Americans play videogames and more than half of US households own a dedicated games console

But, get this...

Kids aren't even the majority of players

The average age of gameplayers is 30

About a third of players are under 18, another third are 18 to 35 years old, and just over a third are 36 years or older

There's another trend that may surprise you

More and more women are getting in on the action

Since 2006, the percentage of female gamers has risen from 38% to 45%, most of them over the age of 18

What percent of these adults are playing games at work?

We wish we knew

What we do know is that Americans are spending more time playing video games

Back in 2002, we spent an average of 72 hours per year playing games

Fast forward to 2012, and that number jumped to 142 hours

Way to go!

In return, half of gamers say they're watching less TV

47% say they're spending less time at the movies

Gaming is a huge global industry

Worldwide revenues are forecast to hit $86.8 billion by 2014

But in the US, since 2010 computer and videogame sales have been declining

How is that possible?

Now desktop and console gaming competes with mobile gaming

Look at how revenue from mobile in the US has grown

It was $572 million in 2011

This year it's projected to be $1.8 billion

But the big money is still in high-end games consoles

What was the top-selling console game last year?

'Call of duty' continues to dominate the market with 'Black Ops 2', selling around 11 million units for Xbox 360 and 9 million for the PS3

At a cost of around 60 bucks each

With money like that to be made, we'll be seeing lots of glitzy unveils at E3, where lurring new gameplayers is the name of the game

That's the short answer

Introduction

We love this video! Not only does it give a rapid overview of the video games market, it also gives us some excellent examples of how native English speakers (particulary Americans) present numbers, graphs and statistics. 

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