Women 25+ Dominate PC Gamer Demographic

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Women 25+ Dominate PC Gamer Demographic

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Media analysis firm Nielsen found that the largest demographic of PC gamers was women ages 25 and up, Wii owners play videogames the least, and Xbox 360 and PS3 owners don't watch much TV.

I'll admit that as a rather fervent PC gamer who happens to be both male and under 25, the news that PC gaming was dominated by women over 25 initially caught me off guard ... until I realized that Nielsen's comprehensive "State of the Gamer" report counts anybody who uses a computer to play games - any type of game. When you look beyond BioShock and Dawn of War II to count Bejeweled, Peggle, and old classics like Snood, it's not hard to see how the demographic swings the way it does. No surprises then to see that the old standard Solitaire is the most-played PC game, with 17 million players in December 2008. My mom plays Solitaire, for cryin' out loud!

Indeed, it's trends like the broadening PC gaming demographic or the increasing penetration of new platforms like mobile phones (helloooo, iPhone!) that are making videogames recession-resilient if not quite recession-proof. Yeah, we've all heard the stories before of retirement homes and hospitals picking up Wiis ... it just turns out that they don't play them quite so often.

Unlike the (comparatively) unpopular GameCube, the Wii is selling like crazy. Like its predecessor, though, the Wii is the least frequently played console of the generation: Both consoles have the lowest percentage of active users, and the fewest average play sessions of their respective console generations.

Unsurprisingly, the report found that the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 were the consoles of choice for the hardcore crowd - with the PlayStation 3 having an older userbase on average (counting those who solely use a PS3 or a 360). In an interesting trend, Nielsen classifies PS3/360 owners as "medium" to "light" television watchers, as opposed to last generation, where Xbox and PS2 owners were "heavy" TV-philes.

Nielsen classifies households earning more than $75,000 annually and 12-17 year old males as the "most active" gamers.

(Via Gamasutra)

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If they're counting Solitaire as a game in this demographic, I really don't think it weights heavily; I could have predicted this outcome with the games they're including.

Hmm.. I rarely play my Wii and I only watch TV while eating dinner.. makes sense. Although the women 25+ thing made me laugh; just picturing a load of grannies playing Diablo.

Aqualung:
Hmm.. I rarely play my Wii and I only watch TV while eating dinner.. makes sense. Although the women 25+ thing made me laugh; just picturing a load of grannies playing Diablo.

Don't. Cross. The. Grey. Patrol! ;)

Aqualung:
Hmm.. I rarely play my Wii and I only watch TV while eating dinner.. makes sense. Although the women 25+ thing made me laugh; just picturing a load of grannies playing Diablo.

Imagine being sniped online and hearing a wizened old voice say "Boom, headshot"

SomeBritishDude:

Aqualung:
Hmm.. I rarely play my Wii and I only watch TV while eating dinner.. makes sense. Although the women 25+ thing made me laugh; just picturing a load of grannies playing Diablo.

Imagine being sniped online and hearing a wizened old voice say "Boom, headshot"

At that point, my head would explode.

SomeBritishDude:

Aqualung:
Hmm.. I rarely play my Wii and I only watch TV while eating dinner.. makes sense. Although the women 25+ thing made me laugh; just picturing a load of grannies playing Diablo.

Imagine being sniped online and hearing a wizened old voice say "Boom, headshot"

"Boom, headshot! You darn kids, with your hop-scotch, and your hoola-hoops, and your new age music! Ptew!"

Aqualung:

SomeBritishDude:

Aqualung:
Hmm.. I rarely play my Wii and I only watch TV while eating dinner.. makes sense. Although the women 25+ thing made me laugh; just picturing a load of grannies playing Diablo.

Imagine being sniped online and hearing a wizened old voice say "Boom, headshot"

"Boom, headshot! You darn kids, with your hop-scotch, and your hoola-hoops, and your new age music! Ptew!"

"Pwned, sonny"

Damn. Now every little kid who plays online is going to ask, "HeY, fagGotz. Any of u a hot MILF?" every time a new game starts.

Kogarian:
Damn. Now every little kid who plays online is going to ask, "HeY, fagGotz. Any of u a hot MILF?" every time a new game starts.

Again, technically, the Grey patrol most likely fit into this group.... ;)

I find it fairly accurate about me. Own a PS3 and don't watch a lot of television. Probably because most of the shows are campy teen dramas, lame Americanized Britcoms, or just crap in general.

It's a shame I have no interest in old women, then.
(comparatively old, I mean)

Anyway, Solitare is the devil.
Fact.

Doug:

Kogarian:
Damn. Now every little kid who plays online is going to ask, "HeY, fagGotz. Any of u a hot MILF?" every time a new game starts.

Again, technically, the Grey patrol most likely fit into this group.... ;)

See, the bad thing is that I don't get the reference. What game is the Grey patrol from? Or is it a clan?

(It's kind of sad that I have to ask this.)

MaxTheReaper:
It's a shame I have no interest in old women, then.
(comparatively old, I mean)

Anyway, Solitare is the devil.
Fact.

Vista solitare, to clarify.

"You have played 1156 games.

You have won 39 games.

Your win percentage is: too low for me to care, you stupid..."

Flying-Emu:

MaxTheReaper:
It's a shame I have no interest in old women, then.
(comparatively old, I mean)

Anyway, Solitare is the devil.
Fact.

Vista solitare, to clarify.

"You have played 1156 games.

You have won 39 games.

Your win percentage is: too low for me to care, you stupid..."

Heh. Heh. You lost at Solitare?
*snrk*
Just kidding. *pats*

MaxTheReaper:

Heh. Heh. You lost at Solitare?
*snrk*
Just kidding. *pats*

Sh...shut up!

At least I'm halfway decent at Fantastic Contraption! And, and, and, I can... uh...

Fuck. I'm a mediocre gamer.

Oh! I can beat you at Smash brothers! Maybe... can I use Lucas? *cries*

I'm a pc gamer and I almost never watch T.V, even during dinner (my sisters usually have the remote) The only time I even glance at it is in the morning where it gives me something to stare at while I wait for my brain to turn on.

As for women being the largest number? well my granny plays boggle on her computer alot but apart from that I can only think of 2 other females that I know of who play any sort of games.

Flying-Emu:

MaxTheReaper:

Heh. Heh. You lost at Solitare?
*snrk*
Just kidding. *pats*

Sh...shut up!

At least I'm halfway decent at Fantastic Contraption! And, and, and, I can... uh...

Fuck. I'm a mediocre gamer.

Oh! I can beat you at Smash brothers! Maybe... can I use Lucas? *cries*

*laughs*
There, there...
Yeah, but I'll still beat you with Link.
EDIT:

runedeadthA:

As for women being the largest number? well my granny plays boggle on her computer alot but apart from that I can only think of 2 other females that I know of who play any sort of games.

That's because all of the cute girls hang out with me.
Oooooh...burn.
...Sorry, my funny is dead today.

Aqualung:

SomeBritishDude:

Aqualung:
Hmm.. I rarely play my Wii and I only watch TV while eating dinner.. makes sense. Although the women 25+ thing made me laugh; just picturing a load of grannies playing Diablo.

Imagine being sniped online and hearing a wizened old voice say "Boom, headshot"

"Boom, headshot! You darn kids, with your hop-scotch, and your hoola-hoops, and your new age music! Ptew!"

I can dance all day, young man! In my day we barely got 56k internet, let alone lag!

...Too much?

MaxTheReaper:

Flying-Emu:

MaxTheReaper:

Heh. Heh. You lost at Solitare?
*snrk*
Just kidding. *pats*

Sh...shut up!

At least I'm halfway decent at Fantastic Contraption! And, and, and, I can... uh...

Fuck. I'm a mediocre gamer.

Oh! I can beat you at Smash brothers! Maybe... can I use Lucas? *cries*

*laughs*
There, there...
Yeah, but I'll still beat you with Link.
EDIT:

runedeadthA:

As for women being the largest number? well my granny plays boggle on her computer alot but apart from that I can only think of 2 other females that I know of who play any sort of games.

That's because all of the cute girls hang out with me.
Oooooh...burn.
...Sorry, my funny is dead today.

It really is.

You didn't burn him at all. If anything he was lightly toasted.

ChromeAlchemist:

It really is.

You didn't burn him at all. If anything he was lightly toasted.

That was cold, man.
Like yo momma!
Just give up, Max. There's always tomorrow.

MaxTheReaper:

ChromeAlchemist:

It really is.

You didn't burn him at all. If anything he was lightly toasted.

That was cold, man.
Like yo momma!
Just give up, Max. There's always tomorrow.

Aw snap son! People been killed for less on these forums!

Good effort anyway, even Gods bleed from time to time.

MaxTheReaper:

Flying-Emu:

MaxTheReaper:
It's a shame I have no interest in old women, then.
(comparatively old, I mean)

Anyway, Solitare is the devil.
Fact.

Vista solitare, to clarify.

"You have played 1156 games.

You have won 39 games.

Your win percentage is: too low for me to care, you stupid..."

Heh. Heh. You lost at Solitare?
*snrk*
Just kidding. *pats*

DAMN. Good thing he doesn't play FreeCell. My win ratio's almost 25% in that and I can beat intermediate minesweeper in under 4 minutes!
...I mean, uh....

ChromeAlchemist:

Aw snap son! People been killed for less on these forums!

Good effort anyway, even Gods bleed from time to time.

I sense a period joke in there, but I'm not going to go for it.
Just remember: As a God, I am unkillable.

GyroCaptain:

DAMN. Good thing he doesn't play FreeCell. My win ratio's almost 25% in that and I can beat intermediate minesweeper in under 4 minutes!
...I mean, uh....

*ksssst*
PAGING DOCTOR SHOWOFF
DOCTOR SHOWOFF?
ARE YOU IN THE BUI--oh, there you are. You were right here all along!

MaxTheReaper:

GyroCaptain:

DAMN. Good thing he doesn't play FreeCell. My win ratio's almost 25% in that and I can beat intermediate minesweeper in under 4 minutes!
...I mean, uh....

*ksssst*
PAGING DOCTOR SHOWOFF
DOCTOR SHOWOFF?
ARE YOU IN THE BUI--oh, there you are. You were right here all along!

I'm pretty sure being good at FreeCell is winning at fail or failing at win. One of the two.

Aqualung:
Although the women 25+ thing made me laugh; just picturing a load of grannies playing Diablo.

...women over 25 are all grannies to you?.. is this the 1300's? haha.

But yeah, my grandma has a computer and only uses it to play Free Cell all day.

GyroCaptain:

MaxTheReaper:

GyroCaptain:

DAMN. Good thing he doesn't play FreeCell. My win ratio's almost 25% in that and I can beat intermediate minesweeper in under 4 minutes!
...I mean, uh....

*ksssst*
PAGING DOCTOR SHOWOFF
DOCTOR SHOWOFF?
ARE YOU IN THE BUI--oh, there you are. You were right here all along!

I'm pretty sure being good at FreeCell is winning at fail or failing at win. One of the two.

Pretty sure you just broke my mind.

RougeWaveform:

Aqualung:
Although the women 25+ thing made me laugh; just picturing a load of grannies playing Diablo.

...women over 25 are all grannies to you?.. is this the 1300's? haha.

Probably. I agree that women over 25 are pretty old.
...Then again, I'm only 16.

MaxTheReaper:

RougeWaveform:

Aqualung:
Although the women 25+ thing made me laugh; just picturing a load of grannies playing Diablo.

...women over 25 are all grannies to you?.. is this the 1300's? haha.

Probably. I agree that women over 25 are pretty old.
...Then again, I'm only 16.

but.. but.. it's only 9 years. There are guys that are 25 now that will be dating girls you know in two years.

RougeWaveform:

MaxTheReaper:

RougeWaveform:

Aqualung:
Although the women 25+ thing made me laugh; just picturing a load of grannies playing Diablo.

...women over 25 are all grannies to you?.. is this the 1300's? haha.

Probably. I agree that women over 25 are pretty old.
...Then again, I'm only 16.

but.. but.. it's only 9 years. There are guys that are 25 now that will be dating girls you know in two years.

Probably.
Some guys are into older ladies.
I am into younger ladies (no pedophile jokes, please, that is creepy and not what I mean.)

RougeWaveform:

Aqualung:
Although the women 25+ thing made me laugh; just picturing a load of grannies playing Diablo.

...women over 25 are all grannies to you?.. is this the 1300's? haha.

But yeah, my grandma has a computer and only uses it to play Free Cell all day.

It was an exaggeration. [insert eye roll gif here]

Hey I'm a woman over 25 and I play lots of games online including WOW and LOTRO don't be so sexist

Something to remember is that statistically women and people of older age are more likely to respond to surveys.

CantFaketheFunk:
Wii owners play videogames the least

Sounds about right. Forget playing it, I don't even want to look at it. I've played my Gamecube more than my Wii in the year I've had it, and I've played my Gamecube about 10 hours in the last year.

I don't mean to be a negative Nancy here, but the Wii has absolutely no titles that I find interesting, with the exception of, perhaps, CoD5. From Wii Sports to No More Heroes to Barbie Horse Adventure, I hate it all, and all it does is collect dust.

Say Anything:

CantFaketheFunk:
Wii owners play videogames the least

Sounds about right. Forget playing it, I don't even want to look at it. I've played my Gamecube more than my Wii in the year I've had it, and I've played my Gamecube about 10 hours in the last year.

I honestly feel ripped off in purchasing my wii, thankfully my 360 and ps3 make up for it.

Janurien:
Hey I'm a woman over 25 and I play lots of games online including WOW and LOTRO don't be so sexist

Welcome to the escapist!
And we have plenty of female members so don't worry, sexism is not common here.

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