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These Noice Graphs Prove Gaming Is Good For Australia, So Pick Up A Controller And Quit Bitching, Brenda

Well what do ya know? Gaming isn't so bad after all.

After all the outrage over the supposed damage caused by playing games, a new report has completely quashed that, and proven gaming is actually good for Australia. Figures just got released on Aussie gamers, and oh boy are they sweet fire.

But first! Some nerd talk. For the past 15 years, the IGEA (Interactive Games Entertainment Association) has worked with Bond University to collect data on Aussie gamers. The IGEA are an industry group who fight for the local games industry, and this data is their beat – and this year it’s super interesting.

Now what’s so interesting about these numbers, I hear you ask? Well, let me tell you, that now you can truly tell your friends/parentals that gaming is for everyone.

This year’s Digital Australia report, shows that two out of three Aussies surveyed play games. That’s huge. And the age breakdown of those gamers is even more intriguing.

Huh, would you look at that. The most popular age groups for gaming are younger audiences, but once people become retired, and have more time for it (within the 65–74 age group), they have some luxury time for video games.

I don’t blame them, if I was retired I’d totally be playing more games. I have a feeling my hips are gonna give out from all the sitting I do.

But also, for Aussies in-between those young and old age brackets, gaming is also very popular. Professor Jeff Brand, who presented the IGEA figures, said that this was likely due to parents not just playing games like “Words With Friends”, but also playing games like Minecraft with their kids.

Thankfully, figures on why certain age groups play games was also presented.

“If it’s not fun, why bother?” is one of former Nintendo of America’s President Reggie Fils-Aimé’s best-known quotes about video games, which is totally represented in these numbers. But why do you play games? Is the reason even on this list?

What interests me is that in this breakdown being social isn’t even mentioned, despite 66% of gamers saying that playing games helps with their social wellbeing.

I guess we’ve all got priorities. Mine: pushing that goddamn payload.

Now, here’s another set of statistics that will shut down every toxic troll you come across online:

It turns out gamers want more diversity, across a lot of counts. What a proud gamer moment.

This is where games like Fallout and Overwatch really shine – the power to choose who you want to be in games is immense, and with these stats, the importance of being able to project identities into video games has been realised in the numbers.

Hopefully this desire will lead to less boring protagonists in games. Frankly, I’m sick of the boring straight cis males.

This of course leads us to representation of sex in the numbers of gamers playing games:

So, again, males still outnumber females in the numbers. In fact, female gamers have slightly decreased since last year. (Respondents were given the option to respond with a gender diverse answer, but all responded within the binary.)

But now – one of the most interesting figures of them all – how parents’ concern of video games stacks up against their concerns over things like social media and movies:

“The moral panic is over,” Professor Brand declared at the launch of the IGEA figures in Sydney, saying that with all the controversy social media has stirred up recently, the numbers have sharply changed on what concerns parents the most between games, social media and movies – proudly saying that games were actually the least concerning to parents of the three.

So, games aren’t that geeky anymore, it’s now fun to hate on social media! And you shouldn’t feel guilty about the hours you’ve sunk into Overwatch.

Internet Daddy Keanu Reeves Will Make All Video Games Better, Fact

The most powerful man of E3 deserves to be in every franchise.

Los Angeles games fest E3 has wrapped for another year, but this time around there was one very clear winner: Keanu Reeves.

Please, take this moment to enjoy Keanu telling YOU that you’re breathtaking.

Everybody’s favourite good boy showed up briefly at Xbox’s conference to talk about Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt RED’s newest game, coming next year.

But Keanu Reeves at E3?

Keanu talking about video games like a huge nerd?

There’s one thing that must be done. Keanu is now an honorary video game character. And he must be put in every game.

Of course, I acknowledge that Keanu has already had his video game debut in the 90’s – and the glow up is real – but we still want him.

Hollywood has everyone. The celebrities and the big stars, but doesn’t everybody want a computer-generated Keanu Reeves in their own home?

I want this man to tell me when I get a Care Package in Call of Duty. I want Keanu to be there for me when I catch an Eevee in Pokémon.

He fits the bill for every video game: He’s a caring, nurturing, polite badass and scruffy legend.

Come to think of it, maybe he’s already in a video game and he’s just playing us?

A franchise of Keanu games would take the world by storm. It’d be as immense as FIFA, as iconic as Mario.

But there’s only one test of a video game character’s prowess in these dark times: Put Keanu in Super Smash Bros.

And if Keanu’s going to represent a CD Projekt RED title, he should at least represent them the right way – and get in the bath – from The Witcher 3, CD Projekt RED’s previous title.

I feel like I’ve been indoctrinated into a cult.

Would it surprise you that Keanu Reeves has already been added into Fallout 4?

Oh Keanu. We do love you.

Here’s How To Get Paid For Just Talking About Gaming, Seriously

Sometime you’ve just got to talk your game up – even if you don’t really play.

Australia’s Esports community is booming, and the scene is only getting bigger with events like the Girl Gamer Festival and the Melbourne Esports Open. But how do you get a real life job out of it?

There are lots of roles at play when Esports events take off – photographers, hosts, technicians… and people whose job it is to hype up the crowd and shout about video games.

Meet Ben Green, an Australian commentator whose job is to make sure the crowd goes wild when the big plays are made during the Australian Overwatch Contenders.

“If you’re truly passionate about gaming and you put the work in there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to get a job in esports,” Green explains.

He says it’s a great place to be if you’re not terrific at games but want to be involved. Sounds perfect, right?

“It’s a lot of fun, it’s also a lot of work,” he says. “There’s a lot of the information that you need to be staying on top of.”

Back in 2012, Green was a wedding DJ in Brisbane, and a Call of Duty player on the side. He was tired of it, and he was after a change. Inspo came from watching competitive games.

“There was people casting those matches, and I was thinking ‘Oh yeah, this guy’s doing an OK job, why don’t I give it a go?,” he says.

He already had the gear from his job as a DJ, so he started volunteering for events, hitting up competitive matches at local halls and online streamed competitions, going from game to game hosting tournaments.

“I just started doing it,” he says. “I reached out to tournament organisers on websites that had online competitions that were at the same level that I was playing in, and that was pretty amateur. I said ‘hey, do I have permission to cast your games?’ They said ‘Yes’.”

When he was starting off his streams were getting five to 10 viewers – but it was just a steppingstone to where he is today.

“From there, I just kept working and improving,” he says, eventually turning to Counter-Strike after being approached by Cyber Gamer.

“Once I started doing Counter-Strike, all of a sudden, Counter-Strike started picking up again, Green says. “Even though I didn’t really play Counter-Strike there was no one there to commentate it, so I got on board and started doing that.”

Winning move. Game over.

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