Despite the fact that more than 67 percent of Americans play video games, becoming a gamer can appear to be a challenging task. The variety of platforms, peripherals, and titles available can appear to be an insurmountable barrier to determining where to begin.
However, despite how steep the learning curve appears (and how many buttons are on the latest controllers), gaming is now easier to get into than ever before. Developers are eager to broaden their audience, and many intentionally build games to be more approachable to new players. Furthermore, the variety of titles ensures that there is a fun game for everyone. Small developers (indie) have come up to fill vacancies left by multimillion-dollar "AAA" studios focused on retaining a large following of experienced gamers.
"There are so many more potential methods to get started and find the game that is precisely what you want today, compared to before where you were hunting for different types of graphics-heavy action games," said researcher Nick Yee, founder of consultancy firm Quantic Foundry.