Source: ‘Angry Birds’ is only the beginning  – “Angry Birds” is becoming an animated series and a board game.If that sentence means nothing to you, you may be in the minority. This puzzle-based video game, originally designed for the iPhone, has been downloaded over 50 million times. When the Android version of the game was released in October of 2010, it took just three days to reach 2 million downloads.

Even to those of you familiar with “Angry Birds,” this may not seem newsworthy. After all, the game is free – or, at the very least, incredibly cheap the “full” version on the iPhone costs a mere $0.99. However, with over 200 million minutes spent playing “Angry Birds” every day, it seems we have accepted video games like never before.

Consider the following, taken from the Entertainment Software Association’s annual study of game players:

  • Nearly 70 percent of American households play video games.
  • 97 percent of youth play computer and video games.
  • 40 percent of all gamers are women.
  • One out of four gamers is over the age of 50.
  • In 2007, the game industry sold over 267,800,000 units – more than $9.5 billion in revenue.

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