The study, published in the Journal of
Communication, and available
here (PDF), examined the gaming habits of females and males
playing the popular Massively Multiplayer Online RPG (MMORPG)
The sample group was quite large, consisting of
responses from 7,000 logged in players. There were many
surprises in the results. First, the gaming wasn't dominated by
kids -- in fact the average age was 31. More interestingly
still, older gamers tended to spend more hours on the game per
And female gamers spent, on average, far more hours than
their male counterparts. Top female players logged 57 hours a
week, while top male players only logged 51 hours a week. And
on average, girls logged 29 hours a week versus 25 hours for
Age isn't the only thing women tend to lie about,
according to the survey. More women than men responded that
they lied to their friends and loved ones about how much time they
Other dark elf slayers/professors and grad students
that participated in the study included Mia Consalvo, Scott Caplan,
and Nick Yee.
quote: Because your thumbs are moving a little faster
quote: You are still a game playing nerd like all the others
quote: Speaking of said tournament it reminds me of the first year I went when these two fat nerds decided to throw down and try to have a fistfight over quakeworld, it was funny as hell to all the more normal people.
quote: reflexes, thinking and team work
quote: but the level of skill required to play the average MMO such as WoW or Evercrap is pretty weak.
quote: Logging hours online is not the same as being a hard core gamer.
quote: when Quake 1 came out and I was killing people with an axe while they had rocket launchers and lightning guns
quote: My point is that your point is without merit. You aren't the one who gets to define what is or isn't a "hardcore" gamer.
quote: In most MMO games - while if they really are in an actual battle, there is no real skill other than know what to buy and what your group consists of. Otherwise, its just a 3D Myspace game... perhaps they should just play Second Life?
quote: probably because you play fast games that require some real effort and skill. FPS and RTS type games turn girls off because they have to suck and start at the bottom of the average skill of a a games players.
quote: MMOs allow people that suck at video games and a lot of times at life as well to feel successful at something and they is probably why the get addicted because that's the only thing in life they feel successful at even if they still suck at the game.
quote: Shows how much you know about women... Here's a thought ; maybe running around with a gun shooting other people over nothing more than a temporary objective just doesn't appeal that much to the opposite sex ?? Nahhh. It must be because they all "suck".
quote: lol right. And I'm sure all the "ZOMFG you got PWNZOREdD !!! " kiddies aren't overcompensating for something either, right ?
quote: There were many surprises in the results. First, the gaming wasn't dominated by kids -- in fact the average age was 31.
quote: If I had to guess, I'd say the average player age for FFXI is somewhere around 25-27.. just based on the crowd that I knew. WoW seems to have a much younger player base, but maybe that's just a stereotype.
quote: The sample group was quite large, consisting of responses from 7,000 logged in players.