Average Social Gamer Is a 43-Year-Old Woman

18 02 2012

Puts a whole new slant on the concept of “bored housewife”! Probably a side-effect of the decline in milk being delivered to the doorstep, and fewer window cleaners these days.

Gigaom

Rightly or wrongly, many people have a picture in their minds of the average online gamer, and it probably involves someone not yet old enough to vote, huddled in their parents’ basement killing dwarves with mystic powers in games like World of Warcraft. A growing category of what are called “social games,” however, appeals to a much different demographic, according to a recent study. The study — sponsored by PopCap, creator of popular social games such as Bejeweled and Insaniquarium — looked at game players in both the United States and the United Kingdom, and found that the average player of these online social games is a 43-year-old woman.

More than 24 percent of those who responded to the survey (full results in PDF form here) said they regularly play social games, a category that includes Facebook games such as Farmville, Mafia Wars and Happy Aquarium. According to…

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18 02 2012
misfits' miscellany

I wanted to write a graphic novel about a video game developer and a philosopher who live together. The developer is all Greenpeace in society but makes violent games and the philosopher is into Nietzsche. They gradually change stances, change philosophies as she makes a game about Nietzsche killing his Supermen. He becomes peaceful witnessing her, the developer, and she adopts the philosophy which justifies what she does–which is Nietzschean. “All philosophies are justification.”

18 02 2012
Quieter Elephant

And what stopped you, MM?

18 02 2012
misfits' miscellany

More honest thoughts came along. I often have ideas for books or works that aren’t for me to write.

18 02 2012
misfits' miscellany

Maybe I should have said, “Thoughts of more honesty came along.”

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