From the busy executive playing Candy Crush in between meetings to your ingenious niece pwning n00bs on Overwatch, all kinds of people play video games; they are no longer a niche hobby. According to a recent study, 65% of American households have at least one gamer. In addition, nearly 20% of all Americans have a disability that may interfere with their ability to play video games.
Despite the myth that video games are primarily for children and teens, the average age of the gamer is actually 35. In fact, 72% of gamers are over 18. As the gaming population gets older, the need for accessibility due to age-related disabilities, such as reduced mobility and vision, will increase.
Casual and social video gaming is steadily increasing. Games not only offer a virtual reality that allows them to experience the world in new ways, but gaming enables them to join social communities and connect with new people. For someone who may be unable to participate in social activities outside their home, video games are way to combat the feeling of isolation. To be clear, gamers don’t always want to play by themselves. About 67% of parents play video games with their children at least once a week. If either the parent or the child has a disability, they are certainly going to look for games they can play together.
The truth is that video game accessibility can be relatively inexpensive, as well as simple to implement. Accessibility features generally complement the game, providing benefits to a diverse group of gamers.
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