Americans who play video games
are more likely than non-gamers
to influence their friends’ attitudes about pop culture
and new technology purchases and are more social than commonly thought, according to a study from IGN Entertainment
and Ipsos Media CT. Findings from the “Are You Game?” research study break long-standing stereotypes of gamers as solitary introverts and shows gamers are more outgoing, more active and more valuable as consumers than those who do not play video games, IGN said. Videogamers – who are in 71% of US households – are now more likely than non-gamers to play sports, attend a concert or go out on a date.
There is an old curse that goes like this: “May you live in interesting times” It doesn’t get any more interesting than two recent strange news stories about digital worlds sparking irrational behavior in the real world. These two items illustrate the weird problems we could be encountering on a regular basis as bleed-through increases across the border of the real and virtual worlds