Video gaming is clearly a popular form of entertainment, with video gamers collectively spending 3 billion hours per week in front of their screens. Due to their widespread use, scientists have researched how video games affect the brain and behavior. Are these effects positive or negative? We examine the evidence. At a glance, more than million people in the United States play video games regularly, or for at least 3 hours per week. The average American gamer is a year-old adult, with 72 percent of gamers aged 18 or older.
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While the number of video gamers among adults is substantial, it is still well under the number of teens who play. Independent of all other factors, younger adults are considerably more likely than older adults to play games, and the likelihood that an adult is a video gamer decreases significantly with age. There is no significant difference in game playing across income groups or between suburbanites and adults from other locales. Current students who are 18 or older are also avid players. Internet users are also significantly more likely to play games than those who are not online. Younger generations tend to dominate the gaming world; however, older respondents who do play games are more avid players. Older gamers, particularly seniors, tend to play games more frequently.
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The following is a list of video games that have been given the "Adults Only" AO rating by the Entertainment Software Rating Board ESRB , a United States -based organization which rates the content of video games to determine its appropriateness for specific age groups. Although it is not legally binding under U. Games with the AO rating are considered by the board to be suitable for players age 18 and over; AO-rated games can contain higher levels of violent, profane, sexual, or pornographic content than the next-lowest rating on the scale Mature [M], generally considered suitable for players 17 and over can accommodate. AO is the highest of the ESRB's content ratings, and restricts the commercial availability of games which carry it; all three major video game console manufacturers Nintendo , Microsoft , and Sony refuse to allow AO-rated games to be published for their platforms, most retailers refuse to stock AO-rated games, and the popular video game live streaming service Twitch explicitly bans all games carrying the rating. Rockstar Games ' Manhunt 2 was the second game given an AO rating for extremely violent content and the first to be released, but was re-edited to meet the M rating so it could be released on consoles an uncut, AO-rated version for Windows was released in
The overwhelming number of video games on the market leaves many gamers wondering which games are worth the investment of time and money. This list of ten console games will help alleviate some of that confusion and will provide titles to delight even the most discriminating players. The third installment in the Super Smash Bros.