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18% of over 60s play computer games

Nintendo DS most popular console with 'Grandgamers'

It's not only surfing the web that's popular with older generations, computer games are too, says MyVoucherCodes.co.uk.

According to the discount codes website, 18 percent of over 60s play computer games regularly, with half of these admitting to playing them more than three times a week and a quarter playing computer games at least once a day, leading MyVoucherCodes to nickname them 'Grandgamers'.

MyVoucherCodes said the Nintendo DS was the most popular console with a third of OAPs admitting to owning one.

Furthermore 'Dr Kawashima's Brain Training' was named he most popular title, being played by 31 percent of the over 60s that owned the console.

Nintendo's Wii was the second most popular console, with a quarter of OAPs owning one, while Sony's Playstation 3 came out as the least popular console. More than four out of five said it was because it was too expensive.

However, Popular titles such as Grand Theft Auto IV and Call of Duty Modern Warfare didn't rank highly with the over 60s, as just 6 and 10 percent of the older gamers had played these titles respectively.

MD of MyVoucherCodes, Mark Pearson, said: "Although playing videogames is typically seen as a pastime of the youth, Nintendo seem to have done a lot of marketing to raise awareness amongst older generations, which correlates well with the fact that older gamers seemed to prefer the DSi and Wii to the more powerful next gen consoles".

"Developers are starting to see these Grandgamers as a potential market, so they should become better catered for - not everybody wants to blast Americans playing Call of Duty online!"

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See also: 39% of parents let kids play unsuitable computer games


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