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    A survey taken in the USA finds more than half are gamers

    The latest survey from Magid Associates looking at gaming trends and attitudes found that while console gaming is still the biggest sector, mobile and social gaming have made big strides, becoming the number 2 and number 3 platforms for gaming. The survey also found that more than half of consumers in every demographic group from 8 to 54 play games. Magid's survey, taken from a nationally representative online sample of 2540 people between the ages of 8 and 64, was collected from March 19 through March 26.

    The survey found that 64 percent play video or computer games, and that gaming has become the #2 household entertainment expenditure, behind only the TV/internet bill. The average Internet-using household spends a combined $80 per month on TV and Internet, while spending on gaming averages $20 per month, and movie and TV show purchases average $17.

    "The console is still king: Console gaming has more players, money and time spent than any other platform," the report noted. Some 20 percent of U.S. respondents 8-64 said they "can't live without a game console." Among male console gamers between 12 and 24 who play on their console at least once a week, some 60 percent say they can't live without their console, only slightly less than the 62 percent that said they can't live without their PC or laptop.

    Mobile and social games have passed PC games, online portals, handheld games and MMOs in popularity. While console games are still the most popular gaming activity, console gamers are getting their gaming fix across multiple platforms.

    The survey found that console gaming is poised for small growth in 2012, based on the fact that gamers overall in the survey expect to spend more money on console games than they have in the past year. This is difficult to reconcile with the alarming decline in retail sales, unless you assume that much of the difference will be made up with sales of downloadable content (DLC). Supporting this idea, the survey found that most console gamers are now aware of DLC, and one-third have purchased DLC.

    "Tablet users are gravitating towards gaming as the primary use for the device"
    Looking at the numbers, the survey found that 50 percent played console games at least once a week, compared to 44 percent for mobile, 37 percent for social (with both mobile and social up from 3 percent in 2010, an amazing rise) and 24 percent for handheld games. Gamers spent 7.2 hours weekly playing console games, followed closely by social gamers with 6.7 hours spent every week.

    The survey also looked at tablet gaming, and found that "tablet users are gravitating towards gaming as the primary use for the device." Playing games is now the #2 use for tablets, with only "accessing the internet" ahead of it. Perhaps more importantly, games are the top monetizable content category on tablets. The survey found that the average tablet gamer downloaded 20+ games last year, and 23 percent of tablet gamers are paying for virtual goods, averaging $62 per spender.

    Smartphones are also an important gaming platform, with almost half of smartphone users playing games regularly on their devices (43 percent overall; 52 percent for iPhone users, and 42 percent for Android users). As with tablets, games are the top monetizable content on smartphones, with the average smartphone gamer downloading 10+ games last year. Some 14 percent of smartphone gamers are paying for virtual goods, averaging $25 per spender.

    Looking at survey numbers is always a useful reality check, especially when the industry in question is changing rapidly. Consumer tastes also change, and it's very important to separate your own personal likes and dislikes from what the marketplace is doing. Survey numbers help point to overall trends in the marketplace, and can be important guides to strategic decisions.
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    Obviously consoles are more common because they're more accessible to every age, and more advertisement friendly.

    Doesn't mean they're better. (Don't worry I'm not calling either better or worse)
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    Yeah, but that's combining numbers across all consoles, is it not? So all the PS3 players, plus the 360 players, plus the Wii players will more than likely outnumber the PC players. Let's not get started on handhelds. That's why I dislike statistical information, because most of the time it's irresponsibly or short-sightedly done.
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    Yeah, but that's combining numbers across all consoles, is it not? So all the PS3 players, plus the 360 players, plus the Wii players will more than likely outnumber the PC players. Let's not get started on handhelds. That's why I dislike statistical information, because most of the time it's irresponsibly or short-sightedly done.
    that and lets be honest, custom built PC's for the same price of a console. If you were a family man, what are you going to buy? PC sounds really complex to many people.

    But combining statistics is pretty bad, at the same time, they're all consoles in the end. I think it's very fair to combine them.
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    Yeah, but that's combining numbers across all consoles, is it not? So all the PS3 players, plus the 360 players, plus the Wii players will more than likely outnumber the PC players. Let's not get started on handhelds. That's why I dislike statistical information, because most of the time it's irresponsibly or short-sightedly done.
    They separated handheld devices and tablets as two separate categories. But it seems that they lumped all consoles into "console players".

    I still find it a fair statistic. Because doing Xbox 360 vs PC isn't console vs. PC. So you have to include everything that is a console (wii, ps3, xbox360).

    Would be stupid to compare just one console to the PC when you are trying to see which mode of play is most popular between consoles and PCs.


    Also, for the first couple of posts, this article isn't saying that Console gamers are the best gamers on the planet or that consoles are better than PCs. It is saying that more people play consoles than play PC games.

  6. Post #6
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    Obviously consoles are more common because they're more accessible to every age, and more advertisement friendly.

    Doesn't mean they're better.
    It's mostly for more casual gamers who will find it cheaper, with an xbox second hand only costing around 90. Price of games is also in some ways cheaper due to being able to buy stuff second hand.
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    Sometimes I put my nose in my dog's butt and I furiously squeeze his belly until he farts.
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    They separated handheld devices and tablets as two separate categories. But it seems that they lumped all consoles into "console players".

    I still find it a fair statistic. Because doing Xbox 360 vs PC isn't console vs. PC. So you have to include everything that is a console (wii, ps3, xbox360).

    Would be stupid to compare just one console to the PC when you are trying to see which mode of play is most popular between consoles and PCs.
    I just don't agree with it because PC is "one unit," however customizable. Numbers should be compared to each different console. While I do see what they are doing, why they did it and their logical reasoning, I would have just included the individual numbers along with those numbers.

  8. Post #8
    bake someone a cake with laxatives and viagra and then they will have poopboners
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    Obviously consoles are more common because they're more accessible to every age, and more advertisement friendly.

    Doesn't mean they're better.
    Well, they are from a business standpoint, otherwise there'd be a lot more attention paid to the PC as a platform than there is now.

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    but where else can you easily get porn?
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    Quality over Quantity, nuff said. i find pc players much more enjoyable people.
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    bake someone a cake with laxatives and viagra and then they will have poopboners
    n0cturni's Avatar
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    I'm not defending consoles when I say this but I don't recall ever having any fandoms spewed at me while playing a console game.
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    Yeah, but that's combining numbers across all consoles, is it not? So all the PS3 players, plus the 360 players, plus the Wii players will more than likely outnumber the PC players. Let's not get started on handhelds. That's why I dislike statistical information, because most of the time it's irresponsibly or short-sightedly done.
    Well a poll of 2540 people from the US is hardly a representation of the whole world, and lets not forget that PC players usually also own at least one console.
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    Quality over Quantity, nuff said. i find pc players much more enjoyable people.
    No matter what you play there's shitheads, just glance at SPUF and the PC Battlelog forums for instance.
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    They never did a worldwide survey.Only a USA.
    Europe and Asia are still very much PC only
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    Doesn't mean they're better.
    I don't know why people need to constantly remind eachother that PCs are better than consoles

    I get it, one is objectively better than the other, but there seems to be some vague insecurity going on here
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    I've met a few idiots that thought PC gaming is EASIER than console gaming. Console gaming definitely has the advantage of being easier and more hassle free; that's why many people stick with it. PC gaming has much more potential though.

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    bake someone a cake with laxatives and viagra and then they will have poopboners
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    I've met a few idiots that thought PC gaming is EASIER than console gaming. Console gaming definitely has the advantage of being easier and more hassle free; that's why many people stick with it. PC gaming has much more potential though.
    I'm interested in seeing how far the "ease of use" advantage will go in the next few years though, because at the current rate with the implementation of online passes and things of that nature, I can see consoles eventually becoming an inconvenience.

  18. Post #18
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    'Roads still rule in SimCity, survey finds'
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    iphone is best console
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    wow really?!!?!

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    Quality over Quantity, nuff said. i find pc players much more enjoyable people.
    It's not the system, it is the game that determines the players.

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    Several surveys have said that way over 50% of all folks are gamers across all demographics up to 60ish. I think this is fantastic for many different reasons.

    As ever, pro's will have a top spec gaming PC, PS3 and xBoX minimum. I got all three and I struggle to seperate them. Each has it's advantages, but tbh I think the most raging douchebags are on the xBoX.

  23. Post #23
    I don't know why people need to constantly remind eachother that PCs are better than consoles

    I get it, one is objectively better than the other, but there seems to be some vague insecurity going on here
    I never said PC's are better either though.

    It's really about what's best at the time. I have an XBox and a PC, they're both pretty awesome. Anyone who says otherwise needs to get over themselves.

  24. Post #24
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    Doesn't mean they're better.

    It doesn't mean they should be shunned either.
    Consoles have some games that the PC does not, and by being an ignorant elitest and shunning consoles completely you're missing out on some good games.
    Elitism on any side is a bad thing.
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    It doesn't mean they should be shunned either.
    Consoles have some games that the PC does not, and by being an ignorant elitest and shunning consoles completely you're missing out on some good games.
    Elitism on any side is a bad thing.
    I never said PC's are better either though.

    It's really about what's best at the time. I have an XBox and a PC, they're both pretty awesome. Anyone who says otherwise needs to get over themselves.
    XBox/PC combo master race

    I had bad wording.
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    Frankly I don't give a shit who plays what system the most. There are plenty of people playing on the PC, even on quite old games.

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    XBox/PC combo master race

    I had bad wording.
    XBox/PC/Wii/PS3 here.
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    pc game is outdated get use to it!!!~
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    Quality over Quantity, nuff said. i find pc players much more enjoyable people.
    Haha wow!

    "Quality over quantity" my ass, have you ever played an online PC game before? There are just as many retards and trolls in TF2, CS, WoW, and every other game as there are in any console game, both communities are shit for the most part.
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    Don't compare communities, they're all horrible.
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    XBox/PC/Wii/PS3 here.
    So... whats your address?

  32. Post #32
    I once worked at a sperm bank, the food was terrible
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    Doesn't matter really, as long as PC games are still made, PC will by my primary platform

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    into things like this - if you know what
    Dennab
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    Go Mac!
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    Ask Me About my Castlevania fetish.
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    Well, on PC there is elitists. On Consoles there is douchey little kids. Like you all have been saying, there is idiots on every console. PC can be just as rude as console.

  35. Post #35
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    Dennab
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    Some 20 percent of U.S. respondents 8-64 said they "can't live without a game console." Among male console gamers between 12 and 24 who play on their console at least once a week, some 60 percent say they can't live without their console, only slightly less than the 62 percent that said they can't live without their PC or laptop.
    that's just a little depressing.
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    I once worked at a sperm bank, the food was terrible
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    that's just a little depressing.
    what the actual fuck

  37. Post #37
    that's just a little depressing.
    to be fair, computers are just that useful.
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  38. Post #38
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    I'm not defending consoles when I say this but I don't recall ever having any fandoms spewed at me while playing a console game.
    I did, on xbox, so many furries I kept getting into games with on Halo 3 an Reach

    But I am not saying that isn't the case on PC, I have that problem too on PC. PS3 not so much, no one really has a microphone

  39. Post #39
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    that's just a little depressing.
    I'm fucked if I can't access my computer for a day, thanks to my job. Well, not completely fucked, but it would cause way too much trouble.
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    I usually just find a server where the rules aren't ridiculous and the normal players aren't stupid.

    It seems pretty easy in every game except BF3.