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Extreme gamers play nearly 50 hours per week

Research from The NPD Group suggests 4% of US gamers play for almost 2 full days per week

New research from The NPD Group suggests that almost 4 per cent of the total US gaming population play videogames for over two full days per week.

According to the research firm - which also collates the official monthly hardware and software sales data for the region's industry - "Extreme" gamers spend 48.5 hours at their hobby, while overall, those aged 2 years and older play for 13 hours per week.

That's up from 12.3 hours in 2009, with console gaming hours rising 9 per cent and PC hours rising 6 per cent - although portable games play fell by 16 per cent.

The average age of gamers also rose again, from 31 last year to 32 this year, suggesting that current gamers are continuing to play as they get older.

In terms of age, the oldest segmentation of gamers were "Avid PC Gamers" and "Offline PC Gamers" - taking 11 and 8 per cent of the total population respectively - and clocking in at an average of 42 years old.

"With these kinds of shifts in the composition of the gaming consumer and changes in gaming behaviour, it’s clear that the need to understand gamers and their purchase patterns remains critical information to those that develop, market and sell games," said Anita Frazier, analyst with The NPD Group.

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Jared Mallia10 years ago
I think the problem here are the games based on XP. You know the ones....Call of Duty etc. Things that make you play continuously so you feel as if you're better than everyone else. But to remove this would mean removing a core game mechanic that pre-dates any console. Kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place.
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Terence Gage Freelance writer 10 years ago
What sort of irresponsible parent would let their toddler play 2 hours of games or more per day?!
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Craig Oman Producer, Climax Group10 years ago
I wonder how this would compare to the amount of TV people watch?
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Jordan Bines10 years ago
48-50 hours a week sounds about right. There is a reason though!
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Thomas Smith Technical Artist 10 years ago
Well in light of this story the Lancashire Evening Post ran this week
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"Two hours of video games is equivalent to a line of cocaine, UK conselor and therapist Steve Pope"

These gamers who spend 50 hours a week playing games must be off their faces all the time! its amazing gamers can hold down jobs and manage to feed themselves!!!

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Thomas Smith on 28th May 2010 9:08pm

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Anuj Malhotra Studying Business Management, Imperial College London10 years ago
I'm sure it's all students and world of warcraft addicts that push the 50 hour mark, I've been guilty of it myself back in the early days of uni.

Lol I actually did my dissertation on trying to find a relationship between recession and escapist mediums, wish I'd had this kind of secondary research about at the time...
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Yiannis Koumoutzelis Founder & Creative Director, Neriad Games10 years ago
the same irresponsible ones that would let them rot in a cot (or how you call this enclosed small area) for more hours ? :)

the research sounds about right. 2 hours of play per day for a 2-4 year old is a bit on the maximum side, but in a metropolitan area i would assume that there are not that many options for working families. Also i don't believe that 2 year olds play for two hours :) I would think that this refers more to 6+

Only 4% playing 50 hours?! Sounds about too little :) i would think this percentage is almost double!
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