It's Official: We're a Nation of Gamers!
Have you ever felt that your gaming hobby somehow ostracized you or set you apart from the majority? You couldn't be more wrong...or in better company. According to a new ELSPA survey, 32% of the British population are gamers. What's more, a staggering 74% of 16-19 year olds and 60% of 20-24 year olds identified themselves as gamers.
To put this in perspective, this means that there are over 19 and a half million gamers in Britain... which is almost three times the population of London.This number will only increase through the next decade considering the enormous youth fraction; frankly, in 10-20 years, games could well be as ubiquitous as television (thus rendering the term 'gamer' completely defunct!).
This enormous percentage, especially in the 16-24 age group, is partly due to the rise of the mobile and casual market; as well as improved publicity, advertising quality of games these days. Mike Rawlinson, Director of ELSPA, also cites the popularity of motion controls as a contributing factor.
"In the last few years the development of motion sensor technology saw gaming become more accessible to new audiences who didn’t previously connect with the industry.With the growth of gaming platforms such as social networking sites and the iPhone, we are witnessing once again the growth of gaming into new areas of society, truly showing that the UK is a nation of gamers."
Damn right. I'm proud to live in a gaming nation- and so should you. [Gamesindustry]
Playstation+ Launches Today. Recap Time!
Sony's premium PSN service launches today as part of Firmware Update 3.40. In case you're still confused by what Playstation+ brings to the table, here's a little recap.
£39.99 will net you one year of membership (as well as 3 extra months if you sign up for the full year immediately). New games and content will become active every month- though it'll deactivate if your subscription lapses. The first month will grant you access to Wipeout HD, several Minis (including Fieldrunners and Age of Zombies), PSOne Classic Rally Cross, Qore epsidoes, and a Full Game Trial of inFamous (giving time-limited access to the full version of inFamous).
Update 3.40 also includes PSN Rating support (allowing you to rate games out of 5 stars), a sharable photo gallery and a video editor.
Out of interest, are you guys thinking of subscribing to Playstation+? Got any advice for would-be subscribers? Drop us a line in the comments!
Microsoft: Project Milo is Not A Game
Oh, Milo. Peter Molyneux's controversial child simulator has been feeding Kinect skeptics and Sony fanboys for some time now- but apparently Milo and Kate won't be a game in their own right. According to Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg, Milo is simply a tech demo that won't go to market in its own right.
"Last year we unveiled the Project Natal technology, we showed a bunch of technology demos as part of that. And obviously [Milo] is a technology demo that continues to exist, but right now it's not a game that we're planning to bring to market."
Fair enough. It's probably for the best, really- and it's certainly what we've previously suspected. I can't even begin to imagine how interacting with Milo could be anything resembling fun. Impressive and creepy, maybe... but not fun. [Kotaku AU]
However, Molyneux's set to show off Milo and Kate at the TED Global Seminar on July 13th- and possibly the mysterious title that their software will factor into. Naturally, we'll keep you posted.