The Interactive Games and Entertainment Association has just posted a great infographic on the state of video games in New Zealand and Australia and I thought I'd share with you. It makes for interesting reading.
Here are some of the statistics in the graphic, which was collated from the results of the Digital Australia & New Zealand 2012 survey held last year and posted on the association's website this month, that caught my eye:
- 93 per cent of households across New Zealand and Australia can be classified as gaming households.
- The average player is aged 32 and has been playing for 12 years.
- 73 per cent of gamers are aged over 18.
- 47 per cent of gamers are female.
- 67 per cent play a game for an hour or less in one sitting.
- 23 per cent of gamers download from an online store; 41 per cent like buying new boxed copies of games.
- 69 per cent of gamers enjoy playing with others.
- In 2011, the most popular genres were first-person shooters and action games, both with 19 per cent.
Bond University has been doing the Digital Australia survey for the past five years and decided to expand it to include New Zealand in the last two. That was a good idea. Apparently 800 New Zealand households took part in the survey and one of the highlights to come out of the Digital NZ survey from last year was that in 2010, 88.5 per cent of New Zealand households had a device for playing computer games. I'm sure that percentage has increased since then.
As you'd expect, I've got a few devices at my place for playing video games, stretching back to a Gamecube and a ZX Spectrum computer, but what about you? Are you a one console/one computer household, or do you have several platforms for playing video games at your place? Let's get a non-scientific survey going.
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