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.VideogamersIn 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.Female Gamer/Gamer girlA female gamer/gamer girl is any female who regularly engages in playing video games. According to a study conducted by the Entertainment Software Association in 2009, 40% of the game playing population is female, and women 18 or older now comprise 34% of all gamers. Also, the percentage of women playing online had risen to 43%, up 4% from 2004. The same study shows that 48% of game purchasers are female. Usage of the term "girl gamer" is controversial. Some critics have advocated use of the label as a reappropriated term, while others see it as nondescriptive or perpetuating the minority position of female gamers. Some critics of the term believe there is no singular definition of a female gamer and that they are as diverse as any other group.