Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!
Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Monday seems to call for something upbeat aside from the usual Blue Monday totty, yes?

So, if you like gaming (and I confess to being a fan of the now-defunct City of Heroes as well as Skyrim and The Elder Scrolls Online)  then here’s some good news; it seems women now significantly outnumber teenage boys in the gaming world.  Gamer geeks everywhere, rejoice!  Excerpt:

Adult female gamers have unseated boys under the age of 18 as the largest video game-playing demographic in the U.S., according to a recently published study from the Entertainment Software Association, a trade group focused the U.S. gaming industry.

While men still account for the majority of the U.S. gaming population, the number of women playing games on both consoles and mobile devices is up to 48 percent, from 40 percent in 2010.

The new face of gaming?
The new face of gaming?

What’s interesting is not the wholesale adoption of mobile technology, which this article implies is in part behind this move; it is the explosion in computer technology driven in large part by gaming.

Forget console and mobile gaming for a moment and think about the impact on PC development.  High-end games are probably one of the most demanding things you can ask a PC to do, and as games increase in complexity and the concomitant demands they place on processors and video cards, so do the manufacturers of PC tech race to keep ahead of the demand.

It used to be the Space Race that drove new technology – now, in this sphere at least, it’s gaming.  I wonder what that says about us?