Conservative commentator George Will slams gamers

In a bizarre aside shoehorned into his most recent column, conservative writer George Will takes a swipe at video-game-playing adults.

Probably doesn't own a Wii.

In a bizarre aside shoehorned into his most recent column, conservative writer (and self-professed baseball fanatic) George Will takes a swipe at video-game-playing adults.

Seventy-five percent of American "gamers" -- people who play video games -- are older than 18 and nevertheless are allowed to vote.

The actual thrust of the column is about a much more serious threat to the fiber (no pun intended) of our country -- people wearing jeans. He calls it "the plague of that ubiquitous fabric, which is symptomatic of deep disorders in the national psyche."

The latest demographic data on gamers is always readily available from the Entertainment Software Association, a trade group for the video game industry.

The group's latest stats show that only 25-percent of gamers are under 18, and that the average gamer is 35 years old and has been playing for 13 years.

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