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Fat Gamers?



August 29th, 2009 12:47 pm | by Ed |

No, that title isn't a joke. I just saw a slashdot article about a study that's supposed to appear in the October issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine that claims that the average US video game player is 35 years old, overweight and has some form of depression.

Next thing you know they'll be saying that video games are carcinogenic and that if you spend large amounts of time playing them you'll end up spending a fortune on cancer treatment & prescriptions. I think it's obvious that this couldn't possibly be accurate.

I'll grant that there's a lot of 35 year old overweight depressed people out there. I'll even grant that a lot of them are video game players, some are even addicted to their game of choice but I still believe that the largest group of gamers is the 10 to 15 year old set. The reason I say this is that every time I get involved in a game, be it online or otherwise, I start looking around online for information, mods, tips, etc about it and I inevitably end up finding out that by far the most skilled and largest group of people playing the game is in the 10 to 15 year old set with most of 'em on the younger side possessing enough skill to beat the snot out of the average 35 year old (or older) player.

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1 Comment

  1. Frank on 29.09.2009 at 13:46 (Reply)


    So basically you refuse to believe an actual scientific study because of your arbitrary and subjective view of the topic? Way to show your maturity level there.

    Ever stop to consider that perhaps us people of a more mature age might not be overly active in the community for other reasons? For instance that most media is aimed at a younger generation? Or that when we appear in these “hip” and “rad” contexts, we would prefer to not divulge our age? Or perhaps, and this is what makes a lot of sense to me, that people who are 35 overweight and depressed might not actually be very outgoing and social in the first place?

    Although personally I would suggest that the largest group of gamers are middle-aged women, with the most played game being solitaire.

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