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A study by Nielsen shows that game console popularity in the U.S. continues to rise

A new report released by Nielsen claims that video game consoles are now in 41% of U.S. homes, an 18.5% increase from the fourth quarter of 2004.  In a report called “The State of the Console,” conducted by the recently launched Nielsen Wireless and Interactive Services division, the division spearheaded a study from the fourth quarter of 2004 until the fourth quarter of 2006, attempting to study trends in console ownership in the U.S.

The study found that almost 46 million homes had consoles in them by the last quarter of 2006, allowing around 150 million people the opportunity to play a console system when they pleased.  At any moment during the day, 1.6 million people can be found using a video game console system.  Furthermore, console owners also spend an average of 2 hours and 15 minutes per day gaming.

Not surprisingly, two-thirds of men who are between 18 and 34 years of age in television households also have access to game consoles.

Console gamers are also increasingly using the Internet while gaming, with more than 4.4 million households connecting to the Internet.

This report was the first in a series of studies that Nielsen has been working on.  Game publishers and advertisers will likely use the data gathered by Nielsen to try to accurately implement dynamic in-game ads to help raise revenue.


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By lufoxe on 3/6/2007 8:46:48 AM , Rating: 2
I can vouch for the girl gamers, my sister plays, as well as a few friends of mine. My sister seems to be an exception, playing things from City of Heroes, to Guitar Hero, to Jade Empire, and even playing some Unreal Tournament. Oh, and she'll kick your a$$ in DOA and Soul Caliber any day of the week. So as far as them existing, indubitably. Them being commonplace, sure, depends on the game but sure. Now, them being hardcore and going to LAN parties and taking it to the extent that some guys do, VERY far and few in between.


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