National Video Games Day, observed annually on Sept. 12, is a 24-hour smorgasbord of video game delights. (Don’t be confused by National Video Game Day, which is celebrated on July 8 each year.) Either way, video game players across the United States look forward to National Video Games Day with pride and enthusiasm.
From their earliest days, video games have transformed into something more than just a 2D interactive experience. So, get comfortable in your favorite gaming chair (preferably one with a vibrating massage feature,) grab a couple of controllers and sidle up to your favorite gaming console. It’s National Video Games Day all day long!
National Video Games Day - Survey Results
NATIONALTODAY NATIONAL VIDEO GAMES DAY SURVEY
(Survey of 1,000 Americans)
What’s the best gaming console?
#1: Playstation (38%)
#2: Xbox (38%)
#3: Nintendo (21%)
What’s the best video game franchise?
#1: Super Mario (47%)
#2: Call of Duty (21%)
#3: Donkey Kong (19%)
#4: Grand Theft Auto (19%)
#5: Pokemon (16%)
#6: Zelda (13%)
#7: Sonic the Hedgehog (13%)
#8: Final Fantasy (9%)
#9: Halo (9%)
#10: Crash Bandicoot (7%)
How often do you play video games?
#1: Everyday (31%)
#2: Rarely (31%)
#3: 2-3x a week (23%)
When do mobile gamers like to play games on their phones?
#1: Whenever I’m bored (66%)
#2: When I’m watching TV (41%)
#3: Before I go to sleep (39%)
#4: When I’m on the toilet (34%)
#5: During my breaks at work (21%)
#6: Whenever I’m eating (20%)
#7: Before I leave for work (12%)
#8: On my commute to work (8%)
National Video Games Day Activities
Invite your crew to your local arcade
There's nothing like the feel of those video game buttons under your palms and thumbs. The anxious anticipation of your upcoming turn, marked by inserting a quarter on the machine — exhilarating! The adrenaline surge of fighting off impossible odds to ensure that final quarter lasts as long as possible before your day of gaming was over? Nostalgia, baby!
Treat your friend to some games
Pay it forward with a gift with tons of replay value in the future. Consider this an investment that may come back to you next year on National Video Games Day.
Bust out that old Nintendo 64 collecting dust in your storage unit and power up to enjoy some instant, nostalgic gratification. Want to kick it real old school? Find an Atari! The games are waiting...
Why We Love National Video Games Day
It's pure happiness
There's no other way to put it. Video gaming makes us happy! It's widely known that people who play video games have higher levels of satisfaction and in some cases, relaxation, as a result of their gaming.
Video games make us part of a community
When you play video games, you may feel a sense of belonging because, when you think about it, you're actually part of a world-wide collective of people with the same interests as your own. That feeling of taking down the last boss of the final level of the game with your best friends? Words can't really express the high!
It’s an escape
Video games can serve as a pleasant departure from our everyday lives. Long day at work? Nothing like a fight against a big boss in Sonic the Hedgehog, a good old-fashioned Mario Kart race, or a dose of Minecraft world-building, to wash your cares away.