Video games have truly become a part of our world culture. What was once considered a male pastime is becoming a new form of entertainment for both men and women. There are all sorts of online games, from puzzles and card games to virtual realities, such as World of Warcraft. And people play them for pretty much the same reasons. Even if those reasons are modified somewhat by gender.
Those not familiar with online gaming tend to regard it as a pastime of youth, particularly teenagers. The reality is that people of all ages play games online, what changes is the type of games played, the motivation for playing, and how many people play. There have been a number of studies on just who online gamers are and they all tend to come out very similar.