Chances are if you were born in any decade prior to the 2000s, you'll know what it's like to grow up in a world where gaming was forever frowned upon, looked down at and generally disregarded as a worthwhile form of entertainment.
Times have changed though, both considerably and for the better. Thanks to the Wii proving to all ages that gaming wasn't all interactive blood n' guts shock-horror, alongside Call of Duty 4 (still making sure the industry wasn't going TOO soft) they combined to bring gaming to the mainstream in a massive way.
Nowadays the games industry is the most profitable of all across the globe. The average age of a gamer is 35, there are more female gamers over 18 than males under 18, 63% of parents cite games as a positive influence on their children - and 155 MILLION Americans purchase games in their droves every year. Amongst all those are a bevy of beloved celebrities that it'll warm your heart to know love indulging in occasional bouts of World of Warcraft, showdowns on Mortal Kombat or deathmatches on Call of Duty. Who knows? You might have already crossed paths and not realised.