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Confirming what anyone who's ridden a bus lately could probably guess, the NPD recently released a study that shows that the free and mobile segment of the gaming population is the largest segment of gaming...and it's growing.
According to NPD's Gamer Segmentation 2013 report, the segment of gamers who admit to playing free or mobile games has grown 2 percent this last year, helping the category grow to 29 percent of the gaming population. Console gaming may also be on the rise, as gamers who play on multiple systems, like consoles and PC, has risen to consume 16 percent of the gaming population. The study also revealed that avid gamers tend to play games on an average of five difference devices, but the Xbox 360 seems to be the most popular console among this segment.
Want to know which mobile games you should be playing? Check out our Essential iOS/Android List from last year or our more recent spotlight of ten worthwhile mobile sports titles. Jump to the next page for a look at NPD's press release.
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I think now is the time to surrender: take your consoles, drive them to the collection point an burn them all. The war is over, mobiles won.
All hail the new king!
Not surprising considering...you know, free games are free, so by default they have a much larger playerbase.
I'm confused. Does the 3DS count as a mobile platform in this NPD report? If so, I definitely fall under that category.
Calling mobile games, games themselves is pushing it. Anyone here really play any of those GTAs released on phones for more than a couple minutes at a time before it destroys your battery?
Yet Call of Duty makes more money, I'm sure big mobile games are doing fairly well, but they're free to play, most would rather not pay, most can't, many still don't even have the means to play it since they can't afford a smartphone, which is why they're mobile games on PC and even arcades, yes they're growing, but they won't be dominating anytime soon, at least by my guess, if they do, they better be really good and deserving to usurp console/PC games
How is this surprising?
Well I can think of many reasons why it is but honestly it doesn't make any real difference to me =P
In other news the sky is blue and the sun is hot. Honestly how much money did they waste on this study? Any moron can figure out more people will pay free games on their phone than $60 games on a several hundred dollar console.
This doesn't surprise me. Now I wonder how many of those people would accept the title of gamer... That would be a study I would be willing to read into.
Yeah but people who only play on phones and tablets aren't real gamers so it doesn't count.
No...wait a second...nope, that 5 year old kid and his grandma playing Angry Birds aren't real gamers. Yeah, I was right.
In other news, the sun is a star, the earth is round, and people like food! Stay tuned for more!
I feel like the term Gamer is dead. Its like Tv watcher or Movie goer. Most people do it. Some more than others. Phone and tablet gaming is just a fad. If execs and big publishers pay too much attention to these numbers and stop developing quality, memorable experiences it will be a real bummer. Although I suppose this is already starting to be the case.
Tell me when they outnumber PC gamers, moron.
Casual vs hardcore shouldn't be.
And there is the beginning of a downward trend of games going back to their shallow mini game roots just with hiiden microtransactions and fees. Welp I plan on holding on to my PS3 (maybe give PS4 a shot) till I am done for gaming for good. It was good run but I guess I need a change from my hobbies...
Quantity does not equate to Quality. You can have a 500 dollar smartest phone on the planet and your still not playing Skyrim.
Come now let's not call them "Gamers" *CHUCKLE*