There has never been a better era for video game development than now. Video games like The Last of Us, Hogwarts Legacy, High on Life, and Starfield are taking the U.S. by storm. Millions of people around the world also enjoy the fun of video games, especially those within five specific genres.
First person shooter games and action adventure games are typically the most popular among the younger 16 to 24 age group. For simulation games, they seem to be evenly popular among those in the 16 to 24 age group and 25 to 34 age group. With multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) games and sports games, they are most popular with the 25 to 34 age group.
The most popular video games around the world have ranged from Pokémon Legends: Arceus in France and The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom in Australia to Remnant II in Canada and God of War Ragnarök in Russia. With people playing such a wide range of video games around the world, different video game genres have been seeing trends over the past few years. Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) games have seen a significant rise in popularity with 98 million people playing VR games and 23 million playing AR games in 2023 alone. It is expected that both AR and VR games may reach more than 100 million users worldwide in the next four years.
In fitness gaming, people have been more interested in “exergaming” to help them stay healthy. With more people interested in this form of exercise, the VR fitness market is expected to grow 40% between now and 2029. Casino games have also seen an uptick in popularity in recent years with a growth rate of almost 30% since 2018. Now there are more than 4,000 online casino game businesses being run all over the world.
The global video game phenomenon is attracting millions of players and will continue to impact the world in the near future.