Study: 97% of Teenagers Are Gamers
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Who plays video games? Just about everybody — if they’re ages 12-17.
According to a new survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 97% of youths in that age group (99% of boys, 94% of girls) play computer, console, or portable games.
The most popular genres among teens are racing (“Mario Kart,” “Burnout Paradise”), puzzle (“Bejeweled,” “Solitaire”), and sports (“Madden NFL,” “FIFA”). “Madden” also scored as the third-most popular franchise, following “Guitar Hero” and “Halo” — all games that are a lot more fun to play with your buddies.