Originally Posted by lostforever
Enthusiasts becomes casual gamers but casual gamers *should* also become enthusiasts. Given this, I would say that total number of enthusiasts now should be greater than they were say 20 years ago since we have lot more casual gamers now than 20 years ago.
However it seems like the latter is not happening. In fact it feels like the total number of enthusiasts may have fallen now than 20 years ago and that is very puzzling. In other words the net migration is negative towards enthusiasts.
The missing piece to your puzzle is diversity. 20 years ago, gamers were largely children and teens. Today, gamers are common among most age groups, and the average gamer age is in the late 20s. As such, those gamers may still consider themselves enthusiasts, but have careers and families to juggle, and therefore less gaming time, making them more appreciative of simpler, streamlined games.