Research Study: How Our Tastes in Video Games Change As We Age

By   /   Feb 11, 2016
Tastes in Video Games

When I was a kid I use to love Nintendo games like Mario, Pokemon, Duck Hunk but as I aged and went into my teens and early twenties, I started spending more time playing shooters, strategy games, MOBAs. My tastes in video games changed as I aged and I believe same is the case for most of us.

Gaming analytics consultancy Quantic Foundry has shared a study of 140,000 gamers, it gives us an idea how our tastes in video games change as we age. The study works by dividing our “Gamer Motivation Profiles” into twelve categories including Social, Excitement, Competition, Destruction, Strategy and Story. The most interesting thing revealed by this study is that as we age, our aggression and need for competition decreases significantly.

And that is true for both sexes. In fact, both sexes reach parity by the age of 45. It explains why most teenagerss are found screaming and yelling online.

The gender difference in Competition is large at first among younger gamers, but then disappears with age. As gamers get older, the appeal of Competition declines, but this happens more rapidly for men than for women. Thus, by the time we’re past 45, the difference between men and women largely disappears.


Moving on, if you ever heard that strategy games are for the elderly, that is pure BS. The motivation that changed the least with age is strategy. Thus, making it the most stable.

gamers Strategy

It is to be noted that men are more driven by stretagy than women no matter the age. The study concluded by saying that no gaming motivation increases with age.

Source: Quantic Foundry

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