A new survey shows console sales are down! Suggesting that the US gaming audience is shrinking, with a mere 211.5 million people playing video games in 2012, as opposed to 223 million in 2012.WHAT? How is that possible??? Video games are destroying our society! Well it turns out that instead of hogging the console, everyone is twiddling on their electrical dingus now:
That is, the number of mobile gamers (those who usually play on phones and tablets) and digital gamers (those who like to download their games) have increased in the last year, with mobile gamers growing by 9 percentage points to 22 percent of the total game-playing population, and digital gamers up 4 percentage points to 16 percent of the total.
That means that mobile gamers now outnumber the so-called core gamers (avid gamers who play especially on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3) — which is something of a landmark moment considering it’s the core gamers who have traditionally been the most devoted and numerous game enthusiasts out there.
More demographic info and analysis in that link and this one.
Interesting to note that as the mobile device becomes our primary interface with our entertainment, for the first time, comics are ALREADY a very important part of that platform. For this reason alone, I think the future of comics is sound. You can quote me on that.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.