Video games get a bit of tough time, don’t they? The media and parents alike have criticised them for promoting violent behaviour and making screen slaves out of our youths. But do games really shape our culture? And if so, is it all bad?

Here at Casumo, we’ve done a bit of research into the links between video games and culture and found some pretty eye-opening stuff. Take a look.

Is FIFA producing real-life football stars?

We wanted to know if the number of people playing FIFA in a country had any correlation with the number of professional footballers that country produced.

We had a look at the number of people searching Google for FIFA in one day per country, and the number of players that country currently has in the premier league to see if there was a link, and there was. Score!

We found the countries with the highest search volumes usually had less than five – and often zero – professional Premier League players. Nepal for example, had 100 Google searches for FIFA on the day we studied, but currently has no Premier League players.

We saw this trend in a lot of other countries with higher search volumes. Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Qatar had the second, third and fourth highest searches for FIFA and all currently have no Premier League Players.

On the flip side, the UK currently has 351 Premier League players, but a comparatively small 24 searches for FIFA per day. Spain has the second highest number of players – 48 – but only 14 searches.

Could it simply be that if you want to be the next Messi, it might be time to stop pretending and get outside for a kickabout?

Looking for the next Lewis Hamilton? He might be playing on his PlayStation.

Unlike footballers, it turns out that an interest in racing games could propel you to Formula1 superstardom.

We found that countries with the highest Google searches for the top 3 racing games – Need for Speed, Fast and Furious and World Rally Championship – were also the countries with the highest number of Formula 1 wins.

When it comes to race wins, the UK is first across the line with an impressive 275, they also had the second highest volumes for the Fast and Furious game, and across all three games racked up 167K Google searches. They also have the second highest number of F1 drivers, with five active drivers. Who knows, maybe Lewis Hamilton cut his teeth on Need for Speed?

Take a look at the data below, and if you’re thinking you could be the next Schumacher, why not try our very own Wacky Races slot.

Are Minecrafters the Architects of the future?

At this point, Minecraft has become so ubiquitous that you’re almost certainly familiar with it. But for the uninitiated, it’s essentially a clunky looking computer and mobile app game that allows players to build their own worlds-think Sims but with 8-bit graphics. But is it possible that it’s turning a generation of gamers into budding architects?

We compiled a list of people searching for architecture jobs and compared it with the number of people searching for Minecraft and we found some pretty interesting things.

The USA logged a staggering 34M searches for Minecraft, the highest on our list by a mile, and were also way ahead of everyone else for architecture job searches. This is of course in part due to population, but those numbers are just the start of a pattern we saw repeated in other countries.

For example, the UK had the third highest number of searches for Minecraft with 1M Google searches. They also had the second highest number of Architecture job searches – 49K.

Germany had the second highest amount of Minecraft searches with 1.5M and also logged over 8.1K searches for architecture jobs!

So, next time you see a kid playing Minecraft, they might be laying the foundations of a career.

No more REAL guitar heroes?

When Guitar Hero Launched back in 2005, it was an instant smash. Kids and teens across the country (and the world) were jamming out to classic rock in their living rooms and dads rejoiced! The only downside? They were no longer interested in learning how to really play the guitar.

A look at Google trends shows that in 2005, interest in guitar lessons was experiencing a peak (albeit a minor one) and it was still getting a few more searches than Guitar Hero.

However, as Christmas of that year approached, interest in the game increased – eventually outstripping searches for guitar lessons. Since then, searches for guitar lessons have seen a gradual -but noticeable- decrease.

And, whilst interest in Guitar Hero has significantly dropped since its 2007-2008 peak, it has managed to maintain an edge over the real thing.