January 24, 2022

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Men and women are playing too many video games

For the first time in U.S. history, holiday season video game sales will surpass $13.4 billion in 2021. Video games are...

For the first time in U.S. history, holiday season video game sales will surpass $13.4 billion in 2021. Video games are practically everywhere in American life. So, the reaction to recent remarks by U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley about video games surprised me. 

Though Sen. Hawley’s statements were multifaceted, one of his core assertions — “Spending your time on video games …. is not good for you” — unleashed a firestorm of criticism. He was attacked by a chorus of commentators, ranging from avid gamers to some on the political left. But for unbiased observers who may be asking if video games really are a problem, let’s look at some statistics.  

The top 10 best-selling games for September 2021 (the most recent data as of writing this) are: “Madden 22,” “FIFA 22,” “NBA 22,” “Tales of Arise,” “Diablo II,” “Deathloop,” “CoD: Cold War,” “Ghost of Tsushima,” “Spider-Man: Miles Morales” and “Life is Strange: True Colors.”

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