A common misconception about video games is that they are for a young, predominantly male audience only. That is far from the truth, as the following chart illustrates. According to the Entertainment Software Association
(ESA), playing video games is neither a pastime for the youth nor is it male-dominated. Quite the opposite in fact: 23 percent of all gamers in the Unted States are aged 50 or older and the average gamer is 34 years old.