3 ways video games will evolve in the 2020s

From ultra-realistic graphics to more intelligent A.I. characters, the 2020s will bring some mind-bending video games.

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  • The video game industry will be worth an estimated $200 billion by 2022.
  • The growth of the industry is helping to advance gaming technology, which will allow for new types of gaming experiences.
  • Some gaming evolutions likely to occur in the 2020s include ubiquitous ray-tracing technology, smarter A.I. characters, and big-budget virtual reality attractions.
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These video games can help mature gamers unwind — and increase their gray matter

About 21 percent of gamers in the United States are over the age of 50.

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  • More than 164 million Americans play video games on their phones, computers, or gaming consoles.
  • An entire fifth of American gamers are over the age of 50.
  • Results of studies suggest games can improve memory and reduce signs of aging.
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Girls who play video games 3x more likely to study STEM degrees

Turns out those violent video games might be a blessing in disguise.

  • Looking at data in the U.K. suggests that the more girls play video games, the greater the chances they'll pursue a STEM degree, regardless of what kind of game they play.
  • Currently, there is a dearth of women taking up STEM degrees.
  • Although it isn't clear whether there is a causal relationship here, encouraging girls to play more video games may also encourage them to study STEM subjects.
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Playing Super Mario 64 Increases Brain Health in Adults

For older adults, playing video games isn't just a way for older adults to keep in touch with the younger generation — it might be also be a way to stay in touch with memory itself.

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For older adults, playing video games isn't just a way to stay in touch with the younger generation — it might also be a way to stay in touch with perception itself.

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Better Video Games Could Be Driving Young Men Out of The Workforce

A new study suggests always-improving video games are keeping young men without college educations unemployed or out of the workforce entirely.

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There's an unsettling trend among young American men without a college education: Many can't find work, or don't want jobs at all.

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