Evolution of the Fanatic

June 5th, 2012

The term fanatic (aka fan) is most commonly used for those that are into sports and their respective teams. Be it baseball, football, soccer (the other football) or hockey, the image of a fan is usually that of an individual wearing a jersey cheering for their team at a ballpark or stadium. Source However, there's a different kind of fanatic that's taking shape. These individuals, once relegated to their parent's basement, supplied only by the nourishment of Hot Pockets, pizza and pizza flavored Hot Pockets; would spend hours upon hours in front of a glowing screen battling one another for virtual supremacy. Source But no more. The age of ‘nerds' has come as predicted, not by Nostradamus, but by the 80's cult classic Revenge of the Nerds – a film well ahead of its time. Video games have evolved from a black screen with white moving blocks to a multi-billion dollar industry, just look what's going on at E3, on par with top-tier movie studios in production scope and budget. As the cliché goes, this isn't your father's joystick. Source According to a survey of 2,500 individuals conducted by USA Today, 54% of Americans play video games every week. That's up from 50% a year ago. No longer coupled with a social stigma, it's widely accepted that not only is gaming a past time but a viable career. Who saw that coming? Much like the evolution of the fanatic, traditional gaming consoles are not just for videos games anymore. We've seen them evolve into the center of the entertainment world for families. Wireless audio / video technology has given families the ability to do non-traditional activities on their TV, such as surf the Internet on TV. A fact that's reinforced from the same survey: non-gaming activities now account for about 1/3 of all time spent online on a connected console among those gamers. Here are some more stats (and hope for some gamers): 42% of all game players are women. Society is changing and like it or not gaming is becoming an integral part of our daily lives. The only thing left to do, is be a fan! Do you consider yourself a fanatic? Let us know in the comments below, on Twitter or Facebook.

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Gene Chi

Gene Chi

Gene Chi is a marketing and communications ninja who has worked in various industries including computer and consumer electronics for the past six years. He has a passion for all things that require a power source and is responsible for social media, event and public relations management at IOGEAR.