Here's the link, in case you missed it: Google 2014 Search Trends: Gaming.
The first take-away is this: a game developed by one guy in a few days was the number one searched-for game of the year. Proof that it doesn't take a multi-million dollar effort by a major game company over several years to make a popular game. A secondary thing to note here is that Flappy Bird went offline in February. Near the beginning of the year! And it was still the biggest search star of 2014! People were talking about that game for the rest of the year. It became a major element of popular culture.
Further down in the story, there are some more interesting things. Loom bands were big last year, and searches for them were up three times. I know my daughters spent a great deal of time searching for loom band designs and tutorials. The youngest even tried making her own loom band tutorial videos. It was great to see the kids using the Internet for learning, then being creative and trying to share their ideas back to the Internet.
|We love this game. But we're partial to frogs.|
I would recommend you direct any child to the nearest Nintendo Entertainment System (or emulator if you don't still have one) to play a game before searching for "games for girls" on the Internet. Which leads to the final point, the last quote in the Google story.
Which is why we'll always remember Mega Man and will still play Ms. Pac Man in 50 years.
"When games play well, they don't age, whatever their lack of gloss."- Mike Diver
|Amphibian.com comic for 7 January 2015|