Select your localized edition:

Close ×

More Ways to Connect

Discover one of our 28 local entrepreneurial communities »

Be the first to know as we launch in new countries and markets around the globe.

Interested in bringing MIT Technology Review to your local market?

MIT Technology ReviewMIT Technology Review - logo

 

Unsupported browser: Your browser does not meet modern web standards. See how it scores »

Once, playing computer games required some forethought and effort: you had to go to a video arcade, purchase a game console, or buy and install software for a personal computer. But with the advent of mobile devices such as smart phones and the rise of social websites, choosing and playing a game is a matter of just a few clicks or taps. The result has been a significant uptick in the number of hours people spend playing games, as reflected in the most recent figures available from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The types of games that people are playing have shifted as well. In the past, for example, online gaming often meant the high-tech gladiatorial combat of so-called first-person shooter games or the elaborate fantasy or science fiction settings of massively multiplayer online role-playing games. Now, it is much more likely to involve challenging a friend to Scrabble or matching wits with the computer in a relatively simple puzzle. These are “casual games”–games that don’t require much effort to learn and can be enjoyed a few spare minutes at a time.

0 comments about this story. Start the discussion »

Tagged: Business

Reprints and Permissions | Send feedback to the editor

From the Archives

Close

Introducing MIT Technology Review Insider.

Already a Magazine subscriber?

You're automatically an Insider. It's easy to activate or upgrade your account.

Activate Your Account

Become an Insider

It's the new way to subscribe. Get even more of the tech news, research, and discoveries you crave.

Sign Up

Learn More

Find out why MIT Technology Review Insider is for you and explore your options.

Show Me
×

A Place of Inspiration

Understand the technologies that are changing business and driving the new global economy.

September 23-25, 2014
Register »