- Puzzle and logic games are most popular
- Nontech gamers are most likely to enjoy crosswords, sudoku, solitaire, board games, and card and tile games
They’ve been dubbed the grey gamers – over 50s who play online or video games on a monthly basis.
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A recent study from AARP found a 14% increase in their number, and over the past three years, the 50-plus gamer population has grown from 40.2 million in 2016 to 50.6 million gamers in 2019.
According to AARP, Most popular among 50-plus gamers: puzzle and logic games (50%), card and tile games (48%), and trivia, word, and traditional board video games (24%).
Only 7 percent are drawn to action or shooter games and 6 percent to racing or sports games.
Nontech gamers are most likely to enjoy crosswords, sudoku, solitaire, board games, and card and tile games.
“Gaming has gone mainstream, with older adults spending more time each month playing video games on a variety of devices, including mobile devices,” said Alison Bryant, Senior Vice President of Research at AARP.
“With increased access and use, older adults tell us they are using gaming to connect socially, stay mentally sharp, reduce stress and have fun.”
Compared to 2016, fewer older gamers look to children or grandchildren to learn about new games. Instead, they are learning about games online and offline from a variety of channels including their social networks, ads, websites and within apps.
Another compelling finding is that over one-third of older adults constantly try new games. Use of computers and laptops for gaming has decreased significantly and use of phones and other mobile devices has increased.
Overall, the majority of respondents indicated that they get enjoyment from playing video games and believe gaming has a positive impact on their personal well-being.