A "gamer" is someone who plays interactive games, such as video games or tabletop games. Although the term "gamer" may commonly refer to video game players, the term may also be applied to players of other forms of games, such as tabletop games or physical games. Additionally, in some countries such as the United Kingdom, the term "gaming" refers to legalized gambling, which can take both traditional (tabletop) and digital forms (akin to video games), so in these areas gamers may also refer to people who gamble. The term also includes people who work on methods to gamify technologies relevant to gameplay.
There are many gamer communities around the world. Many of these take the form of discussion forums and other virtual communities, as well as college or university social clubs.
In the United States, the average video game player is 30 years old and has been playing video games for over 12 years. In the UK as of 2007, the average video game player was over 23 years old, had played video games for over 10 years, and spent around 11 hours a week playing video games.