Gamer Subculture Study

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I'm a college student and for one of my classes I have to study a subculture. Naturally, I picked the "Gamer" subculture. So for any of you who are interested in answer some questions, that would be awesome. Please include your age and gender if you feel comfortable doing so.

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture?
2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
4. How many of your friends play videogames?
5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
16. Why do you play videogames?
17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)

Feel free to expand on any of your answers beyond what I have asked and thank you very much for your time for all who participate.

ug. So many questions. Can you do, like an online survey? Maybe, survey monkey or something.

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture?
Yes.

2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
A lot. I don't really count.

3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
I do a good deal of both, most of my friends are gamers. Conversely, I also play a lot by myself.

4. How many of your friends play videogames?
Most of them.

5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
I do play online. Mostly League of Legends. Half of my gaming time is online, other than that, I have no estimate.

6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
Quite a bit as well, I don't really count my hours :/

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
Anything that isn't simulation or sports. I play a good deal of everything else.

8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
When I was five. My brother had bought us a game console (Sega MegaDrive) and we used it as bonding/brother time.

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
They used to dislike them but as gaming has evolved over time in terms of storytelling, they encourage it more and more. Especially because of my career preference. (Game Writer/Writer in general)

10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
I write fiction.

11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
I get extremely emotionally involved.

12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
Excellent grades by most standards. 80%s and up consistently.

13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
I don't have a consistent job. I'm a student so sometimes I'll work part time for a day or two, just throwaway jobs like handing out newspapers and whatnot.

14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
Once or twice, when I used to be addicted to Combat Arms (yeah yeah, laugh it up)

15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
I skipped school the day Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood came out.

16. Why do you play videogames?
Because I love them. They make me happy and I enjoy experiencing the storylines. I also love 100%ing them on the hardest difficulty.

17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
Studies have been shown that they do, but that probably has to do a lot with mirror glands. Honestly, I'm with the age old adage of "Better killing virtual people than real ones."

18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
When they prevent you from doing things that you need to do such as obligations or taking care of yourself.

19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
Not really. I see myself gaming until I die in some way or another. Brain Age when I'm 70, here I come ;D

20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
Posters and T-Shirts.

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture?
No

2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
40+

3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
By myself mostly, but I like coop games with friends.

4. How many of your friends play videogames?
all of them in some capacity

5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
I try not to, I'd say maybe 10 hours a week are online for MMOs.

6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
maybe 5.

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
All sorts.

8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
When I was 3 years old, I guess it seemed like a good idea at the time.

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
They didn't like them at first, but they gave in when they realized I had a passion for it, and it made me decide what I wanted to be when I grew up.

10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
I create things in Maya and watch documentaries.

11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
Depends on the game, I don't get very emotional when playing Painkiller.. but The Walking Dead has be very emotionally involved.

12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
Cs during conventional school. When I was allowed to work at my own pace by myself, nothing less than an A.

13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
I do, 40 hours a week.

14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
Possibly, can't say video games were the reason I didn't do homework (I don't believe homework should be an essential thing.) However, they have caused many many late nights..

15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
Never

16. Why do you play videogames?
I like solving puzzles. The more open ended the better.

17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
If they did I would have murdered so many people. So no, I do not.

18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
Same as any addiction, when you're hurting yourself and the people around you.

19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
Nope

20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
T-shirts and some posters. Can't afford too much else :P

I am a 21 year-old male.

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture?
Yes

2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
24+

3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
Usually alone, but I enjoy co-op campaigns.

4. How many of your friends play videogames?
All of them.

5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
Most of my gaming used to be online, but I've been online for less than 10 hours in the last few weeks.

6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
24+

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
Action/Adventure, Survival Horror, western RPGs and some platformers.

8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
I started playing around the age of 4 or 5. My dad was the one who got me into it. Some of my earliest memories are of playing Doom, while sitting on his lap.

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
Like I said, my dad was the one who got me into it, but he didn't want me to play too much. My mom didn't like that I played games, mainly because of the violence and profanity.

10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
I live in a small town, so there isn't much to do here, aside from playing video games or browsing the internet.

11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
I'm usually happy while playing. I might be frustrated at times, but I rarely become angry. A few times I've felt despair, like in...


12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
Not a student.

13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
I've had a stable job for almost 3 years. I work for 32 hours per week.

14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
Never. Video games are what made me nocturnal, so I had no issues adjusting to working night shifts.

15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
Never.

16. Why do you play videogames?
I tend to get bored when sitting on the side-lines, like if I'm watching a tv show, or reading a book. Video games are the only medium where you can become involved, so I enjoy them more than other forms of entertainment.

17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
I'm going to use a point made by Adam Sessler. The competitive nature in video games can fuel aggression among gamers, but not the violence. People can become angry while playing Minecraft. Do I think that video games can be the root cause of violence in real life? No.

18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
If neccessities are taking a back seat, then it has become unhealthy. If you're missing work, failing school, or you/your children are starving to death, then it's time to take a break.

19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
No. I can see myself no longer buying new releases, considering all of the horrible business practices that are prevalent in the industry, but I have multiple console generations to fall back on. Skyrim is the youngest game I've bought. In 2012, I purchased dozens of PS1 and PS2 games.

20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
None.

1. Yes.
2. A lot. I've got (around) 15-20 already.
3. Single-player.
4. Two.
5. No.
6. So many. Like. I couldn't even give you a number.
7. Any kind, doesn't matter. Just has to be good.
8. I've been playing for as long as I can remember.
9. They're fine with it.
10. Watching TV/YouTube, probably.
11. Depends on the game. But I almost flooded my house from the Walking Dead.
12. All across the board, depending on subject. I only ever failed math classes because I suck at it.
13. Nope, unemployed.
14. No.
15. Never.
16. I like them.
17. Not at all, given they're mentally stable.
18. Uh. Hm. I guess when you spend an inordinate amount of time on a specific game, it's obsession.
19. Never.
20. A few retro-screenshot shirts, a couple Square Enix Play Arts, collector's editions of Skyrim and Fallout 3.

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture?
Sure

2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
Depends on the week, but anywhere between 10 and 40 hours.
There are occasions of course where I don't play at all or play excessively (~80-90 hours)

3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
Split pretty evenly, but I'm almost always talking to my friends even when playing a single player game. (I have a TS3 Server that my friends and I all use everyday even when were not gaming)

4. How many of your friends play videogames?
Most of them

5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
Depends what games I'm playing during the week, but the answer is probably the same as question 2.

6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
Probably somewhere around 10 hours maybe less.

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
A fairly wide variety, but I tend to favour RPGs and FPS games.

8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
Around 6 or 7.
I can't really remember why I wanted an N64 I just wanted one so I guess that's when I started.

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
Doesn't like them, but won't go out of their way to stop me from playing - I get the occasional lecture about where my time would be better spent though.

10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
Usually watching TV shows/Movies, on forums just browse the web in general or I go out with friends.

11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
It varies from game to game.
I get angry, sad, happy and everything in between so I do get emotionally involved, yes.

12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
Usually around 60%-80%

13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
Yes. 7-14 hours

14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
You could say that. I've spent time that I should have spent studying gaming, but as for whether or not I would have studied even if I wasn't doing that is up for debate.
But it probably has I suppose.

15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
I've skipped school and played games, but I've never skipped school for the express purpose of playing games.

16. Why do you play videogames?
I enjoy them.

17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
It can, to be sure but it doesn't solely apply to videogames - If you're exposed to violent media of any kind on a consistent basis it will have some kind of effect, but the change varies from person to person and whether or not the change is positive, negative or so minuscule that it's almost unnoticed.

18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
When your habits impact your life negatively.

19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
I don't think so. I can't really give an accurate answer because well, shit happens.

20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
Nothing.

21-Male

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture?

Yes. I play games as well as show interest in niche topics, activities, events, and concepts that seem pretty unique to gamers. Personally I feel that videogames are a form of media more potent than books, movies, and comics in that it can bring people together under a single, non-homogenised banner.

2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?

5-10

3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?

Mostly by myself but I do enjoy splitscreen.

4. How many of your friends play videogames?

I do not have friends. I am a very introverted loner by nature, a product of Aspergers syndrome as I am told however this does not make it impossible for me to socialise as I work with dozens of colleagues and hundreds of customers a week.

5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?

Yes however mostly just games that are dedicated to online play (MW: Online)

6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?

I would say more than 10 as I love listening to Total Biscuit as I work on my computer.

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?

Simulations (Arma, Comanche, Operation Flashpoint), FPS(Mechwarrior: Online, L4D, Doom), Horror(Fear, Amnesia, Doom 3, Resident Evil, System Shock 2), RPG(TES, Mass Effect, Borderlands), and RTS (Command and Conquer, Earth 2150/60, Machines, Dark Reign 2)
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8. When did you start playing videogames and why?

I started playing them when I was three after my Uncle wanted to show me his Commodore 64 and I was immediately enthralled.

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?

They do not like them but have no problem with me or my brothers playing them.

10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?

Exercise, Draw/Paint, 3D Model/Animate/Sculpt, play the Piano.

11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)

I lose total awareness of anything that is not the videogame.

12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)

I had only passing marks in anything outside of art, animation, creative writing and phys-ed as anything I cannot get emotionally invested in I cannot do good in.

13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?

I work 20-28 hours a week.

14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?

Only a couple of times when I lost track of time and came to school tired.

15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?

Never.

16. Why do you play videogames?

It is something that consistently gives me enjoyment and allows some human interaction without the barrier of interpersonal social cues that I am deaf, dumb, and blind to. Furthermore it allows me to live out fantasies and to try things I would not normally do in real life.

17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?

Personally videogames often leave me feeling much more aggressive but not violent afterwards. This can last upwards of an hour. I cannot speak for other people however I do not believe that it does nothing, just not personally sure what. I actually enjoy what this video has to say about it.

18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?

When it interferes with all other aspects of life on a consistent basis to the point of being detrimental to your ability to function normally in society, eg: Personal hygiene, getting to work or school, getting sleep, paying bills and taxes, socialising, maintaining interpersonal relations, etc.

19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?

I am not sure what the question is asking. Am I being asked if in the near future I will not play any videogames for an arbitrary span of time or will I ever completely give them up and/or actively avoid them.

20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)

Videogames Live concert merchandise!!!

1. Not really.
2. I'd assume 6-10 hours/day, so 40-60 hours/week sounds about right.
3. Mostly by myself. Grown bored by MMOs and Minecraft lately.
4. All of them play when they're bored.
5. None at the moment. A month ago it would be more than half my game time.
6. One hour, maybe. News on this site and the occasioal Lets Play for games I'm intrested in.
7. Adventure/RPGs are my favorite. Play them all except for sport games and RTS though.
8. When I was seven years old I got a Playstation from my mom. Started then, but I had played a lot of NES/SNES at my friends houses before that.
9. My mom doesn't play herself, and thinks I play too much, but she isn't vocal about it.
10. Surf the internet, feeling bored out of my mind.
11. Not at all. It's just escapism and to pass time to me.
12. Not in school now, but I had good grades in spite of not studying at all.
13. Nope! D:
14. I assume my grades would've been even better if I had actually studied, so yes.
15. Never just for playing games, but I often skipped school just because I didn't feel like going.
16. Escapism and to pass time!
17. Not in my case at least. I can get worked up or aggressive from watching such movies, but games have never had that effect on me.
18. When they interfere with your life and becomes a priority.
19. Yes, when I've gotten my life sorted out I'll have less time to game. Won't be a problem.
20. Nothing of the kind except for a Diablo III poster I got when I picked up my pre-order. Haven't unfolded it yet.

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture?
Yes, specifically the retro gamer sub-subculture

2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
Varies wildly, depending on how busy I am, but usually ~10

3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
With friends whenever possible, but our schedules don't really match up well.

4. How many of your friends play videogames?
In my close circle, 3 are hardcore, 5 are "sure, I'll play"

5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
Only TF2 and CoD. Usually zero, up to three if I'm in the right mood. I tend to only like playing multiplayer with friends in the room.

6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
Two new episodes of Game Grumps a day times seven days a week... So I guess about two.

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
Platforming is my favorite, but I also like shoot-em-up, stealth-em-up, and sandbox games.

8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
My dad had a NES and bought me Mega Man when I was really little. Fun colors and sounds drew me in I guess.

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
My dad tries to keep up with gaming a bit because he knows it's my main hobby, but he's old. It's kind of endearing, actually. My mom doesn't really like them, she still sees games as a passing fad and something only little kids do.

10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
Probably read those generic low-budget truckstop novels.

11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
I can get really invested when it gets frustrating, because once you beat a really hard part, you're on top of the world.

12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
3.6 GPA for this semester. Grades were awful last year, but that was for unrelated reasons.

13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
No, I'm a full-time student

14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
In the past, I'd say so, but I've grown responsible over the years.

15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
Only once, to play Skyrim when it first came out

16. Why do you play videogames?
Fun little bit of escapist entertainment. I like collecting old games too, just because of the feeling of "there's a finite number of these games in the world. They'll never make anymore for the rest of time. And you have one."

17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
Realtalk: As much as we like to say there's no correlation, I do think there is. I don't think people are going on killing sprees because of games, but I do find myself saying "Fuck him up! Stab him in the throat!" more than a non-gamer would.

18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
When it starts interfering with you life in a negative way. Ex. skipping work to play games, not leaving the house for four days because of WoW, etc.

19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
Maybe someday when I'm old, but who knows. If I do, it'll be because something else filled the hobby vacuum.

20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
Shirts, a couple posters, and a Metal Gear bookbag.

Here ya go, brody.

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture?

No

2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?

Currently? Around 7 a week. During holidays and till I ran out of free time mid Feb, around 40 a week. On average during the year probably around 18 or so a week.

3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?

Both.

4. How many of your friends play videogames?

Using the therm friend loosely, 5.

5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?

Again, depends on the season/game releases. But around 75% of my game time is online.

6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?

One, at most. Probably average about 20 mins a week. Unless you count replays/streaming as watching videos about videogames, then around 5-6 hours a week when i have free time and 1-2 a week when I am busy.

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?

If it seems fun and is released on PC, I'll do it. Don't care for generes.

8. When did you start playing videogames and why?

Probably around 1987, I got a NES.

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?

Father - Don't know. Mother - Abhors them.

10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?

In no particular order read, write, program, see GF (or watch porn depending on my status), bit of exercise, lurk forums, spend time with the family or sleep among others.

11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)

How is online play an example of emotional involvement? Anyway, not that much.

12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)

I never got an average grade below nine from kindergarden to college for any given semester, the scale going from 0 to 10.

13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?

Part time, around 32 hours a week.

14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?

Yes.

15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?

Yes, once a month or so.

16. Why do you play videogames?

Currently? The videogames I play help me relax and focus to work better, those are DotA2, SCII and Hexagon. On my gaming sprees because I want to have fun or are trying to avoid an issue in my life.

17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?

I have not enough info on the subject to give an informed opinion, no one does ATM really as there hasn't been a well designed scientific study run on a statistically significative population. My guess? They do, but the effect is small enough to be insignificant for anything.

18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?

Is this a rhetorical question? There is no magic test to know that, but a general rule would be when the subject invest so much in games that he suffer repercussions in other aspects of his life he deems more important.

19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?

No.

20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)

None.

Male, 26 years of age.

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture?

Yes, I guess I do.

2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?

Depends on the week.
But 10 to 25 hours is a good average.

3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?

Usually by myself or with my fiancee.

4. How many of your friends play videogames?

Most of them play to some degree.

5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?

I do play online, but I do not really like to make that distinction as that too varies each week.

6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?

A few, maybe 2 to 5?

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?

PC, PS3, 3DS and mobile phone.

8. When did you start playing videogames and why?

I started when I got a SEGA Master System 2 for christmas as a child.
Why? Because it's fun.

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?

Indifferent.
I get the impression they don't really care either way, just another hobby.

10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?

Read books, watch TV and movies.
I also like to hike in nature and go fishing.

11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)

Depends on the game.
From not much to very much depending on the game.

12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)

N/A.
I finished school many years ago, but I did have good grades.

13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?

I do have a job, in the oil industry.
I work a standard 37.5 hour week, with some overtime at times.

14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?

No.

15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?

No.
But I have used vacation days to play a new game I was excited about.
Though that is rare.

16. Why do you play videogames?

Becuse I like it, it's fun.

17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?

No I don't.

18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?

I don't know.
When it starts to negatively affect your life (school/work).

19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?

No, not really.
I don't see why I would stop, unless I just lost the interest somehow.

20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)

Lots.
Companion Cube dice for the car, a few posters and figurines here and there and some t-shirts.
My home is not dominated by them, but they do have a presence.

Male, 19
1. yes
2. I spend about 90 hours on my computer every week.(53% of time) So approximately anywhere from 45-90 hours
3. alone
4. friends? What are those?
5. yes. I only have a computer now so same as answer to #2. That being said I typically prefer single player anyways
6. how many hours of video does escapist come out with each week?
7. rpg's are my favorite. I also like stealth games
8. I wasn't that young. My first game was Age of Mythology, but I don't remember how old I was. I started because they were awesome
9. I've played Age of Mythology and Guild Wars with my dad online for years, so he's cool with it. My mom hasn't always been a big fan but she's coming around.
10. escapist, reddit, adventure time, sometimes I masturbate.
11. a lot. As I mentioned in another thread I developed a man crush on Alistair while playing Dragon Age.
12. almost 4.5 average gpa in high school. Good SAT: 99th percentile critical reading, mid 90's number for writing, high 60's or 70's for math. Can't remember the full number.
13. no
14. seems pretty likely
15. no
16. fun,probable escapism,get to feel a kind of control over my future/surroundings that is missing from my real life
17. no
18. When you can't tell the difference between game and real world (aka: when you're bat shit crazy)
19. no
20. my roommate printed me a companion cube with his 3d printer

Male aged 17

1. Yes.
2. Around 20 these days.
3. Single-player.
4. Four
5. I play online often but how long depends entirely on whether or not I feel like socialising.
6. Mabye 10 to 20 hours.
7. Anything and everything, old or new.
8. I'd say I was around 3-4 years old, my mum played platformers and my dad played JRPGs.
9. They still like games even though they don't really play them anymore, though after seeing Ni No Kuni my mum wants to play it.
10. Making amateur films, watching films with my friends and volunteer work.
11. I invest heavily in games that give you an emotional experience with characters that are relatable.
12. N/A
13. 18 hours untill I quit last week due to moving.
14. Nope.
15. Not even once.
16. They can tell a story in a way no other medium can.
17. They can act as a trigger much like sport can but they aren't the problem nor do they create any aggression that wasn't there aready.
18. Once it has affected you unhealthily whether physically, mentally or socially it's a problem. (Tautology)
19. Mabye for a few years if I had a life changing event that required me to work more, ie, kids, sick parent, ect but I'd be back eventually.
20. I own a few figures, posters and swords.

I'm male, not a big secret. Mid-twenties.

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture?
Yes.

2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
20-25 is probably my average.

3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
Almost exclusively by myself. Occasionally with a friend.

4. How many of your friends play videogames?
One that I know for sure, a few occasionally. Almost none.

5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
Almost never.

6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
3-4 hours, maybe? If forum threads count, then more.

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
RPG, action adventure. Love strategy games, but haven't seen much recently.

8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
I was 4 when I started, mostly watching my sister play on my dad's office desktop. But until I discovered Settlers 2 as a 9-year old, I played very rarely.

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
They think they're for kids, they're a timewaster, and I should grow out of them. But they tolerate my hobby.

10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
Spend time with my wife, cook. I still manage to read quite a bit, but since my work involves a lot of reading, I don't do it as much in my free time anymore.

11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
A little bit in better games. Not much.

12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
My all-time average would be just below 70%. My bachelor's was an Upper Second Class, that's probably a good indication.

13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
Officially 35 hours. Sometimes, when I have long experiments, might be twice that much.

14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
Occasionally. But when it wasn't videogames, it was books or girls. School has never been high on my priority list.

15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
I sometimes get to work late/leave early when I play a good title. But never outright skip.

16. Why do you play videogames?
Probably a bit of escapism is involved. Other than that, it's a way to experience stories which requires less intellectual involvement than reading a book.

17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
Never looked into the science side of things. I think it might be a variable, but only one of many and definitely not the most important.

18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
When they rank above family.

19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
My gaming time has already shrunk since I got married, I expect it to shrink further when we have kids. Maybe a day will come when I won't have time to play. I'll accept it then.

20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
A few T-shirts. A figurine I've never even unpacked. I don't buy any merchandise on its own, all I have is collector's edition stuff.

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture?
hmmm...In a way yes..I generllay don't have alot of people to talk about it IRL and I dont go to cons or anything...however I am very active online, I read up on gaming news constantly so I guess that counts..
2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
5 or so at the most...more on weekends
3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
single player 4 life (or untill I get better internet)
4. How many of your friends play videogames?
just one
6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
...hard to measure....an hour at most each day
7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
anything except JRPG's and MMO's
8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
as a kid...got into it later because I liked them
9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
neutral most likley
10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
draw or read comics...or read stuff on the net
11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
depends on the game...ME3 being the most emotionally involved ive ever...if its engaging and has a good story I get that way...or some games like DMC I like/enjoy but wouldnt get emotional over
12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
low....due to me being lazy (or a dumbass)
13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
7 hours a day
14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
no....any difficulty there is the result of deeper issues
15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
nope....not even for ME3
16. Why do you play videogames?
because they are engaging and fun
17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
hard question...generally no, definetly not to the point of shooting kids....
18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
when it comes at the cost of everything else
19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
if I have more important comitments..
20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
I own lots of action figures and posters

20-Year old Male:

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture?
I tend to think of myself as a fan of a games series(Sonic, X-Com, etc), but otherwise no.

2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
Don't count. A lot though.

3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
See 9.

4. How many of your friends play videogames?
Zero.

/foreveralone

5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
Yes, typically 4 Hours.

6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
About 2 hours.

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
Racers(arcade racers to be specific), Turn-Based Strategy, & Shooter RPGs like Fallout & Bioshock. I used to be fond of platformers, but they seem stale & barely relevant, so I moved on.

8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
When I was young back in the early 90's for fun. The fond memories I had with SMB3...

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
They used to play SMB3 or Cool Boarders 2(just those two) and would brag to each other about who was better. I've been trying to get them in another game of mine(ASRT) and seem to be enjoying themselves, when getting past learning the basic skills. XD

10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
Shuffle cards, listen to music, eat a snack.

11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
I usually tend to just lose myself int viewpoint of whom I'm controlling and try to behave as he would, or awe at the scenery. I'm a mute during online play beyond the general rage/cheers from close calls.

12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
N/A

13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
No. =(

14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
I've had cases where performance was dropped but something else was at the root of it.

15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
No.

16. Why do you play videogames?
It's just about the only reliable hobby I have.

17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
No. I think that violent games are a symptom of a much deeper social problem.

18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
When it's all you think about and nothing can get you to turn off the console.

19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
No, unless tabletop gaming gets really cool.

20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
A few pins, figures, and a desktop wallpaper, but that's it.

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture?
-Yes.

2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
-6-8.

3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
-I don't have any friends, so by myself.

4. How many of your friends play videogames?
-None, again, none exist.

5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
-No.

6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
-A lot, but I couldn't really tell you exactly.

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
-Varied Shooters, RPGs, and Adventure, as well as any combination of the three.

8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
-When I was like 10 or 11, and because my brother had a PS1 he let me play.

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
-My dad loves 'em. Sometimes he plays with me.

10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
-Surf the web, walk, read comics, walk some more.

11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
-I force myself to become as emotionally invested in the story as I can. Especially in RPGs, I immerse myself completely.

12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
N/A

13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
-Yes, whenever I want.

14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
-No, in fact, being a writer, I take much inspiration from the games I play.

15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
-I once "forgot" about school so I could start on Halo 3: ODST. Do not regret.

16. Why do you play videogames?
-Because I enjoy them.

17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
-Possibly, but only slightly if at all.

18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
-I'll let you know when I get there.

19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
-No.

20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
-Gears of War wallet, varied posters of varied games.

Male, age 18

1. Yes
2. 10 hours
3. Both
4. 6 friends who I play with constantly
5. Varies, but I'll say 5 hours a week
6. No idea. Most of my free time.
7. Varies
8. Age 7. Everyone I knew loved pokemon, so I bought into the craze.
9. Indifferent, they don't pretend to understand them.
10. Read, hang out with family, learn to play guitar.
11. Never been really competitive. If the game is about a narrative I get invested in it. If I am playing with friends, I try to work together.
12. B- average, would recent developments have affected it far worse than any gaming habit could.
13. No job, currently looking
14. Possibly. This question is strangely worded and almost impossible to answer objectively.
15. Yes, rarely.
16. Relaxation, coping, escapism
17. Competitive games are more likely to make me more aggressive in the short term, though violence has little to do with this.
18. When you forgo personal responsibilities for pointless in-game rewards.
19. No
20. Some T-shirts, but very little beyond the games themselves. I am on a limited income and I tend to buy only the standard editions of game and little else.

1. Yes
2. 10-12h
3. Myself
4. Very casual if they do
5. Sometimes Co-Op if available. I'll go through phases where i'll play MMOs
6. Kind of a lot, when i'm not playing games and particurly when on lunch breaks at work. I just find it very interesting.
7. wRPGs, stealthy action games and Sci-Fi.
8. When gifted Pokemon Blue
9. They don't really get the appeal, but they appreciate that I have a researched interest.
10. Work, Guitar, Music, Beer tastings and DVDs
11. I enjoy good games, I like to think about Lore and good Storylines after playing.
12. Average (74%)
13. Full time 45-50h a week
14. No
15. Left work a few minutes early to beat traffic to have a tiny bit more time
16. Experimentation of gameplay, personal challenges, lore/story and enjoyment. And interactive environments.
17. No, if desensitization was to occur its because violent games are an over-exaggeration and we can differentiate similation and real life violence.
18. Pure addiction. Mental/Physical wellbeing getting sick. Poor sleeping habits only lead to poor health,
19. Have gone through stages with on/off gaming.
20. None. I do like to collect Band t-shirts, they interest me more

Icyshadow:
I'm a college student and for one of my classes I have to study a subculture. Naturally, I picked the "Gamer" subculture. So for any of you who are interested in answer some questions, that would be awesome. Please include your age and gender if you feel comfortable doing so.

Feel free to expand on any of your answers beyond what I have asked and thank you very much for your time for all who participate.

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture?
Yes.

2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
20-ish?

3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
Depends on the game. If it's something like League of Legends or Starcraft multiplayer, I only play with friends.

4. How many of your friends play videogames?
Almost all of them.

5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
It's hard not to, these days. But if you mean online multiplayer, much less than I play singleplayer.

6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
A couple hours a day?

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
Almost everything except sports games.

8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
About 2 or 3? My dad got a PS1 for Father's day that year.

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
Both play games themselves.

10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
Reddit, twitter, skype, and reading news.

11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
Not much at all, really.

12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
ATAR of 59.75 (highschool) which got me into my desired course for uni.

13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
No.

14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
Probably.

15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
No.

16. Why do you play videogames?
Because they're (wait for it) fun.

17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
Not really.

18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
When they negatively affect other areas of your life.

19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
No.

20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
T-shirts, posters, and soundtracks.

A survey?! I'm in!

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture? - I suppose so, I've been called one enough times.
2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week? - Between 5 and 10 usually.
3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends? - By myself.
4. How many of your friends play videogames? - Two.
5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play? - Two or three.
6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames? - 10-15
7. What kinds of videogames do you play? - Simulators, sports games, the occasional RPG, platformers.
8. When did you start playing videogames and why? - Give or take, about 25 years ago, because it was really interesting to see Jumpman Jr. hopping around the TV because of the C-64.
9. How do your parents feel about videogames? - They bought the C-64. While never big into games. (Mom and dad played a few things on the 64, but never really more than that save for dad's Solitaire addiction).
10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do? - Watching sports, playing MtG, reading.
11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.) - Meh. Generally don't care.
12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable) - Straight A's in high school, dropped out of Uni.
13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work? - 20 hours.
14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance? - Can't say they have, but maybe I'm biased?
15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often? - Once. To finish Rygar.
16. Why do you play videogames? - Something to do.
17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players? - Nah.
18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession? - When they clearly affect work, school, social, or family life in a negative way.
19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames? - With this Steam backlog and how much I actually play games, I think I'll be playing even after I'm dead.
20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.) - I have a poster of Skyrim, and the Mass Effect 3 N7 edition art book. Anything I have had before was either stolen or destroyed.

Edit: For disclosure! I'm a 30 year old male.

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture?
i guess? no, probably not anymore.
2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
nine to ten, most on the weekends.
3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
Yes? it goes bothways abut i'd say about 3/5 on my own.
4. How many of your friends play videogames?
about thirteen
5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
approximately five
6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
estimatedly
ca ten
7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
it varies, mostly RPGS (W/J) RTS, TBSG and the occasionaly FPS/TPS
8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
i was six and got my godfathers nintendo 8-bit, entry drug and all that jazz
9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
Mostly positive, as long as i "kept down that damn chatter" while on ventrilo back in the days that i lived home.
10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
go to the gym, train martial arts, hang out with the ol' ball and chain,read a book, WORK, hit a bar.
11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
Amazing story? extremely so depending on the scratch of the writing o'course
12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
Did? as in past? Post high school= third best in my grouping, Post collegiat studies i was in the top ten.
13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
minimum fortyfive
14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
sure, when i mess up and neglected to prioritize correctly.
15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
nope, but i have taken leave from work to attend releases.
16. Why do you play videogames?
Entertaining escapism in a medium whose writing may at time rival well written books.
17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
No, but i think that a secular lifestyle peppered with a lack of an active social life and an ordinary routine may affect aggresive people. And that playing videogames is a pretty pervasive activity in these peoples lifes.
18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
When you start neglecting your own emotional physical needs to make time for gaming, or when you start justifying skipping gatherings withinn your "personal circle" (family/you close friends/partners etc) this being rationalized by me as "when you start convincing youself of that it's right, it means that you know something is wrong"
19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
Sure, when lifes priorities change. Family first y'all.
20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
one or two of each.

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture?
Yeah.

2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
Depends, if I'm not working it can be 150 hours or so, and that's likely being minimalist, if I'm working then it drops to about 50 hours, five ten hours on a weekday evening, weekends random.

3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
Myself. I enjoy multiplayer, but not this internet crap. Get six guys/girls in a room with a machine and some controllers and it's a fun experience, especially with drinks. Same amount of people playing an online game and it feels cold.

4. How many of your friends play videogames?
All of them.

5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
No.

6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
Two. Maybe three.

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
All of them at various points, but mostly RPG and strategy games.

8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
When I was a very young kid, like 3-4, my brother and sister were gamers. So was my dad at one point, but he stopped.

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
My dad hasn't gamed for so long he doesn't understand them anymore, my mum plays them. Sixty year old woman playing fallout 3, very amusing.

10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
Breath.

11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
Not that much.

12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
Shit ones, but that had nothing to do with gaming and everything to do with being bored.

13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
When I work, it's about 42. I think. Six hour day, seven days. School job. And no I don't teach maths, thankfully.

14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
No.

15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
I lost a job in the long run because of GTA IV. I took a few days off to play it, then lost my stride when I got back to work. Then it spiralled. First and so far only time gaming has caused me a problem.

16. Why do you play videogames?
Because the Earth spins.

17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
No. Think it's the opposite, you get angry, pissed, so you turn on Skyrim and slash a fucker in the face and hey, all better.

18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
When it's the only thing you have, before then even. I don't know. I've known people who I would've said had an unhealthy obsession but their lives were still very varied, and others who I would've said didn't have a problem but ultimately couldn't pull themselves away from the computer to answer the door. I think the cross from hobby to unhealthy obsession sneaks up on you, and can be very, very hard for the obsessed to notice they're obsessed.

19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
Not currently, but I'm sure it'll happen eventually.

20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
Have a Sith Holocron from the Old Republic, bunch of Warcraft novels, a t-shirt or two somewhere. Overall not much, not really a merchandise kind of person.

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture?
Yes, I consider myself a member of the gamer subculture.

2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
I would say about 20 or more hours a week. I work part time so it does tend to give me a lot of free time.

3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
I primarily play video games by myself. The rare times i do play games with my friends I make sure it is only us playing and no one else. I don't like playing against random people. I do play MMOs thought like Guild Wars and TOR but I quest Solo

4. How many of your friends play videogames?
Both of my friends play video games.

5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
I play Guild Wsrs 2 and The Old Republic about 10 to 12 hours per week.

6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
All in all I pry spend about a three hours or hours a day here on The Escapist reading about video games and watching gaming related content.

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
Fantasy, MMO, Sci-Fi, FPS, RTS, Simulations, RPGs, and Point and Click adventure games.

8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
I started playing when I was about 5 years old (25 Now). My eye doctor at the time suggested it would be good for me because it could help with my lazy eye.

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
My dad thinks some of them are too violent but he plays stuff like the Total War Games, Tropico, and Civilization.

10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
Usually watching anime, reading, or writing.

11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
It depends. Some game stories can make me get pretty emotional while others don't make me feel a thing.

12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
In elementary school, middle school, and high school I received A'a and B's. The few college classes I attended I received mostly A's with the occasional B.

13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
I work part time as a dishwasher at a retirement home. I work about 15 to 20 hours a week.

14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
No, I don't believe so. It has affected my social skills and social life but I never really had any use for social skills since I like to be alone and work alone.

15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
Not skipped no. I will put in for a day off though if a game I really want to play comes out.

16. Why do you play videogames?
Because I generally enjoy the stories, characters, and settings that they offer as well as the choices that some allow players to make and gameplay elements.

17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
No, I don't believe so. I have been playing violent video games for over a decade and I have never gotten aggressive or violent.

18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
Usually when someone starts to ignore their family, job, friends or any other essential duties that they have to do.

19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
No. If all games go online I will still play the older games that I have.

20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
I own a few statues that came with collector's Editions, a companion cube plushie, a few prima strategy guides, Legend of Zelda T-Shirt, a couple of game art books, and a few game tie-in novels too.

Female, 26.

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture?
No. I choose to not interact with other gamers for the most part, so I'm not part of the subculture.

2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
20-30

3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
By myself, but I occasionally play MMOs with friends.

4. How many of your friends play videogames?
All of the ones I interact with most frequently.

5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
Yes. Currently at least 80% of my total gaming time.

6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
An additional 10-15 hours.

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
Mostly MMORPGs and puzzle-adventure games, with occasional branches going out into classic adventure, action-adventure, survival horror, and single-player RPGs.

8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
I played a few games starting at around age 10 because someone gave them to me (the Myst series and various educational games), but I didn't really make gaming a big part of my life until I was about 20, when my then-boyfriend encouraged me to play an MMO with him. I've been hooked ever since.

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
They used to look down on them as an unimaginative waste of time, but they've been slowly coming around. My dad has always made an exception for the Myst series and is now of the belief that gaming is "the future of entertainment," and my mom got an iPad about 3 years ago and has been working her way through all the classic JRPGs ever since. And you should have seen their faces when I played Journey for them.

10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
Read various forums and webcomics, watch videos online (mostly about gaming), read the news, read books, watch movies, watch TV shows, bake, attempt to be creative, and spend time with my boyfriend.

11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
If it's well-written, then I get just as much involvement from it as I would from a well-written book/movie/show. Sometimes even more because of the interactive aspect.

12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
I had a C average before high school, a B average in high school, and an A average at university.

13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
Part time. About 20 hours a week, if I have a project.

14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
No.

15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
Never.

16. Why do you play videogames?
I play them for entertainment, for various unique experiences, sometimes for creative expression, and sometimes just as a way to pass the time.

17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
I think it can make people more accepting of the idea of violence (though no more than a violent movie would) but I don't think it makes them more violent themselves.

18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
When you neglect important aspects of your life for them, or go into debt in order to play them.

19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
Maybe not as much as I do now, but I doubt I'll ever not play them.

20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
A couple shirts, a bunch of soundtracks, and a handful of knick-knacks from collector's editions.

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture?
Yup.
2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
I'm really bad at math. It's my main past-time.

3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
Oof. I play as much co-op as I can. But there's not that many split-screen games out there.

4. How many of your friends play videogames?
All of them, though a few only do it when they're around me and my girlfriend, so they're not active gamers.

5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
One or two matches of DotA 2 a day, so not all that much.

6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
That's my second past-time after gaming itself, so, alot.

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
All kinds.

8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
Oh, I must have been 6 or 7. And I started because my mom's boyfriend got me a Playstation.

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
Well, that depends on whether I'm supposed to be doing something else or not. They're indifferent, if anything.

10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
Read books, just hang around with friends and my girlfriend, watch movies/shows and the like.

11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
It's a bit embarassing, but good lord does DotA 2 piss me off sometimes. And games with great story and characters can get me involved, too. The Walking Dead is a great example. (Just finished it last night)

12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
Oof. Average/slightly above average.

13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
Yeah, I do. On average I work about 20 hours a week. It's just a small job to tide me over until I go to University.

14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
School, yeah. There was a time when I was pretty addicted to Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy.

15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
Not directly, no.

16. Why do you play videogames?
It's just a fun past-time to have by yourself or with friends. Lets me explore new worlds and stories. Also, they're mostly the place I learned English way back when.

17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
Mmh, yes and no. They'll get aggressive when playing frustrating games, but I haven't noticed much aggression otherwise.

18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession
Ah, that's a tough question. I guess once videogames not only replace social interaction, but when they start to affect one's psyche.

19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
Not really, no. I'll play games until either the industry gets too silly, I get too poor, or I die.

20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
Ahh, not much at the moment, sadly. Only recently moved out and am still testing the waters when it comes to finances. But once that settles and money from work starts pouring in, I'll probably get shirts and posters and the like.

23 year old female

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture?
No.

2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
Roughly 10

3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
I have a rule at the moment (while I'm at uni) to only play games when I'm with friends.

4. How many of your friends play videogames?
Maybe 70%?

5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
Not anymore, it's too much of a timesink.

6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
At a guess... 3?

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
Usually: real time strategy, RPGs, puzzle games, point and click adventure games, god sims.
Occasionally, if they're good: Driving/racing games, FPSs, platformers.

8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
When I was about 6/7 because they looked like a fun way to exercise my brain? (I started on the Discworld point and click adventure games.)

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
My mum loves them and plays them all the time. My dad is less into them, although he still gets addicted to puzzle games like Tetris pretty easily.

10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
Visit sites on the internet, watch TV programs (online) or films.

11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
A little less than with films and TV, but that's only because I have to be active and think about what I'm doing. No time to cry!

12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
I was a straight A student in school/college. In uni I still get high grades.

13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
Nope, but uni work is pretty much a work-however-much-you-can gig.

14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
No, because I've been good at setting rules on myself about not letting them get in the way of my work.

15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
Nope.

16. Why do you play videogames?
For the same reason anyone does anything that's entertaining - to escape from reality, blow off steam and have fun!

17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
I think if anything it gives an outlet for aggression. I know it does for me, I'm very polite and passive until I play a good violent game - I'd be bottling it all up otherwise!

18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
Like anything, it's when you allow it to impede on the rest of your life. If there are problems with your work, education, social/family/love life, your health/fitness/mental wellbeing and a factor is your hobby, it has become unhealthy and you need to curb your habits.

19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
If my workload gets busier (likely, once I have an actual job) then I'm not sure when I'll have time to play games alone, although while I still have gamer friends I'm sure I'll have a chance to play sometimes.

20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
Nothing, I dislike unnecessary clutter.

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture?
Yup.

2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
8-10? Depends whether I'm on vacation or not.

3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
Alone.

4. How many of your friends play videogames?
One.

5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
1-2

6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
14 I suppose. Hard to gauge

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
RPGs, MMOs and any story-heavy games in general. Playing even strategies if they have a good story.

8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
Dad was playing them and let me and my sister watch. Loved it, but it wasn't until a couple years ago that I began actively buying my own games and dedicating a lot of time to it.

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
Dad likes them, Mom is neutral. Since I was almost an adult when I began gaming, they never forbid certain titles.

10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
Writing, reading, shopping, riding my bike.

11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
As emotionally involved as I would be reading a book. Greatly depends on how good the story is, but atmosphere is almost even more important. I love dystopias and how people try to cope in such situations, therefore it's one of my favourite video game genres.

12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
Pretty good. I think it would be 90% translated to American system.

13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
Nope, still at university.

14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
No, not really. Sure, there might have been homework here and there I skipped to play games, but I'm good at controlling myself.
I used to be the greatest Mass Effect fan and made the heroic feat of waiting for 3 weeks before actually playing ME3, because I had exams. The whole time my Collector's Edition was sitting on my desk and taunting me. Still, I endured.

15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
I have skipped school, but not for the sake of playing games. Usually went to hang out in the city.

16. Why do you play videogames?
Story, atmosphere and exploration. Challenge is sometimes fun, but not terribly important.

17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
No.
Violence is a tool and it can be used to upset the player, make them feel guilty, horrified or sad. Walking Dead Game was a very violent game, but not glorifying violence.
The question should be, whether games glorifying violence succeed at their task and that is a question which one could pose at the rest of the media. I doubt that Tarantino movies breed serial killers, just as I doubt games create murderers.

18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
When your job or school suffers under it and when it is the only thing which you can do to feel satisfied.

19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
I see myself playing less, especially at old age, but not because I lack enthusiasm, but because I might lack the skills, reflexes or health for it at some point.

20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)

Fallout 3 Collectors Edition with a Vault headbob figurine and a metallic lunchbox.
Mass Effect T-Shirt and Jokers baseball cap.
ME3 Collectors Edition with art book.
Sweatshirt with Black Mesa logo.

Male, 22.

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture?
I do indeed.

2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
It varies. Depends on work hours and any new games I have. I'd say at least 24.

3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
By myself, this doesn't mean I don't like multiplayer, I just play a lot of single player games.

4. How many of your friends play videogames?
Most of them play at least one game.

5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
Sometimes. Very Rarely. Though I did put 4 or 5 hours into Red Alert 2 online last night.

6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
Watching videos? Not really. Reading articles? Quite a lot. Not sure exact amounts.

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
Bit of everything. My favourites hands down are Strategies and RPG's. Particularly RPG's with an isometric view, as in
the old PC style.

8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
My first game was Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Megadrive, I was 2 years old and my Dad decided to see if he could
teach me to play the game. He succeeded.

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
Probably wish I didn't play as many as I do, but considering my Dad was quite the gamer back in his day I don't think
it's much of a problem.

10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
Play guitar, listen to music and go on crazy adventures with my highly modified friend.

11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
This depends entirely on the game. The Walking Dead had me very emotionally involved. Assassins Creed 3 had nothing.

12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
No longer at school or college but my grades were never too bad.

13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
Yeah but the hours vary and it sure as hell isn't enough.

14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
It negatively affected school if I stayed up all night gaming, then went to school and slept through the day.

15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
More than likely. Couldn't tell you how often as I haven't done it since starting work.

16. Why do you play videogames?
They're fun. Why else?

17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
I think it affects aggression, just not in a bad way. It sure helps me get a lot of my own anger out, then I feel
genuinely better and much more capable of keeping a calm and cool head.

18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
When it's all you do. Like full stop all you do. I can understand some people REALLY like games, but not doing
anything other than gaming seems completely pointless to me. I'd rather spend most my time playing guitar.

19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
Hmm. The way modern games are going I'd say yes. However, that would not be true as I still have all my older
consoles and PC games.

20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
I have a Sonic the Hedgehog toy, and a plastic Dragonite.

Icyshadow:

I'm 25 and most identify with the Male gender

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture?
Yes

2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
20 - 45 (I really don't keep track this is a very rough estimate)

3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
By myself and, offline

4. How many of your friends play videogames?
All of my friends play video games to some extent

5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
I do not play online: Zero hours

6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
5 to 15 (again, very rough estimate)

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
Adventure games, Role Playing games (Japanese and Western), Platformers, 3rd-person shooters, 1st-person Shooters (non-realistic/non-military), Kart racing games, arcade racing games, Adaptations (movie/TV show/Comic based games), Party Games/Minigame collections, Classic arcade games. Basically anything with the exception of Sports sims and, Real-Time Strategy

8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
Apparently I first played a video game at 2 and I continue playing video games to this day because they're really great toys. There's no better form of entertainment in my opinion. A $20 game can last much longer than spending the same amount on a comic or a trip to the movies and I just get a lot out of playing games.

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
No strong feelings one way or another. Mom is of the mind-set that there is a limit and there can definitely be too much.

10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
Read comics, watch the cooking channel (or food network), watch random videos online, write short stories

11. How emotionally involved are you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
There are some games that have moved me to tears but these are definitely in the minority. It all depends on the game in question since not all games can really immerse me while others succeed extremely well.

12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
Currently not in school. I graduated High School with a 2.9GPA

13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
I work overnight anywhere from 20 to 30 hours in a week

14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
Work performance no but there have been many times when I would play video games instead of doing homework which must have negatively affected my GPA overall. That being said, I've always been very competent when it came to taking tests...

15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
Never

16. Why do you play videogames?
A combination of story, challenge and, to have fun (mostly the later).

17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
Nope. I would assume that it can give already-violent people different ideas though in terms of inflicting violence (thinking Manhunt here). Most video games though don't really add to aggression and violence. That being said, arbitrary limits like always-online in games that don't need such a restriction would definitely add to player annoyance.

18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
When people chose to play games over taking care of their most basic bodily needs, that's when passion turns to dangerous obsession.

19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
Even when future consoles are 100% digital and 100% online-only, I will likely always have older consoles to play games on. So yes.

20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
T-Shirts, Posters, Statues/statuettes and, applicable anime/movies etc

Hope that helped a bit.

17 year old male here.

1. yup. are you proud of me

2. maybe 9 to 11 hours

3. depends on game and my mood. it's pretty much 50/50

4. 3.

5. barly 3 if i am lucky. my connection stink. the fact that i can check my email is a miracle.

6. 5 hours probebly.

7. what ever i come over. story and divercety is very important to me.

8. age 10. because my parents did't want me to. tihi.

9. i feel the word "HATE" fits here. they do not like it. at all

10. fuck around at home, write stuff, hang out with friends, work out, watch tv.

11. depends on game. there have been games that have gotten me emotionally involved and given me feeling for the characters. even if the game sucked i would still play it all out just to see the characters evolve.

12. avarage. Cs and Bs. an A if i am lucky

13. none. i am out of a job again.........yay

14. yes, lodes of times, even right now infact. hello i am writing this in English class

15. no, never. never skip it. i may neglect some homework and i may not pay attention in class but i don't skip.

16. because it's fun and i like cool stories even more when i can interact with it.

17. sadly, yes. but i believe it only does if the person who's being aggressive let's it effect them.

18. when it's your only interest and you will skip friends, job, school, dates etc. to play.

19. yes and no. i want to play, i don't need to play. i could spend the rest of my life not playing but i would prefer the option to play.

20. silly small stuff and collectors editions. the silly stuff i got for under 10 $ at some shop i walked passed one day when my wallet was big and fat and the collectors editions..........they cost like 15$ more. why not just spend an extra 15$ and gain some new stuff. plus if i am going to be a fan boy i may as well do it right

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