With increase in technology and advancement of the world, the era of video games has
slowly evolved over the course of about 70 years. The invention of video game dates back to as long as 1948. Recent development and increase in the popularity of internet, since the past few decades, has provided a new direction to video gaming. Online gaming and multiplayer options are now available for internet users. The choice of playing with your friends or acquaintances, or people with whom you enjoy playing, makes it a lot more exciting and interesting. Popular video games played over the internet include online casinos, Counter Strike, Call of Duty, DOTA, Minecraft, God of War, Clash of Clans, etc.
Many of us might be aware of the craze and excitement of video games amongst the youth. But the interesting fact about them is that they are also responsible for generating large volumes of revenue for a country. According to the Global Games Market Report 2014, Australia is placed at 13th position all over the world, in terms of revenue collection, with China being the 1st. The same report highlights the overall population playing with about 21 million internet users. The total revenue collected in 2014, according to the same statistics, suggests a collection of approximately 1.2 billion US dollars in Australia and 24 billion US dollars in China. This is rather a huge number and surprising number. Types of games that involve money are also popular and online pokies in Australia are a huge hit.
Detailed analysis of the video games is published as the Digital Australia Report 2016 (Brand, J. E. & Todhunter, S. (2015), Digital Australia 2016, Eveleigh, NSW: IGEA). According to this report, as high as 98% of the Australian households have video game. 68% of the Australians play video games out of which 47% are females. About 88 minutes is the average time played by each individual on daily basis which again is surprisingly a fairly large number. Different types of devices and gadgets can be considered under this category, which includes PC, mobile, tablets, console and hand held. About 31% of the population playing video games, play online game with partners. This report provides an amazing set of data. 1274 households were extensively monitored with 3398 individuals to produce a detailed report.
The list of overall popular games in Australia is ranked as:
1. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Activision
2. Watch Dogs Ubisoft
3. FIFA 15 Electronic Arts
4. Grand Theft Auto V Rockstar Games
5. Minecraft Sony
6. Destiny Activision
7. Far Cry 4 Ubisoft
8. Call of Duty: Ghosts Activision
9. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Ubisoft
10. Battlefield 4 Electronic Arts
This list is very similar in other countries also with a few shifts here and there.
Another survey suggests that 89% of the people in Australia playing video games think that it
helps them to improve their thinking skills and coordination. On the other hand, it can be beneficial for a group of people; it can be a menace for some other group. It can hinder with your day to day social activities which can result into a complete social cutoff. People can highly indulge in video gaming which might also alter their thinking process and change their normal
perspective towards the world.