Gamer Subculture Study

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19 year old female.

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

2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
It can vary. Around 25 - 30 at the moment, and I'm at uni. The number goes up when I'm at home for the holidays.

3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
Mostly by myself. With multiplayer its usually more with strangers than friends as well.

4. How many of your friends play videogames?
A few, not many to be honest.

5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
Again, it varies. Depends on what games I'm playing in a certain week, but its always less than my overall playing time.

6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
I probably spend at least an hour every day reading stuff online or watching video game related stuff on youtube, but its usually more.

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
First person shooters (excluding modern military shooters), western rpgs, adventure games, stuff like that.

8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
When I was a kid, I played doom and quake with my mum, It was fun. Gaming has always been pretty mainstream since I was a kid, I'm just in that generation.

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
My dad could not care less, my mum thinks I spend too much time playing games and thinks I take them too seriously.

10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
Read, catch up on the tv series I enjoy, or I go out with friends.

11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
Depends on the game, I'll get emotionally involved in a game with a good story, like the walking dead game.

12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
I'm at uni, and I'm currently averaging at around a B.

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

14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
I don't think so. occasionally I'll put things off for a while but I always get my work done.

15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
No. I've skipped a few lectures for other reasons, but not for games.

16. Why do you play videogames?
Mostly for fun. Occasionally because I get into a really good story and sometimes for competitive reasons, but mostly fun.

17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
No. I'm not a violent person at all, and to be honest, I find violent games can be useful for me in relieving stress.

18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
Probably at the point where it starts to seriously intefere with the rest of your life, to the point where its the only thing you do.

19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
I can imagine in the future when I have a proper job I'll have less time for it, but I'm hoping that wont stop me completely.

20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
I own some replicas, some clothes and posters.

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture?
A: I certainly would, considering I've been playing video games since before I could retain vivid memories.

2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
A: Ahh...In total, somewhere around 20 hours a week normally, almost double that during vacations.

3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
A: Depends on the type of game. Borderlands with friends, and obviously any single player game I'm by myself.

4. How many of your friends play videogames?
A: All my close friends, so 7.

5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
A: Rarely. Maybe in about 1 or 2 hours sessions tops.

6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
A: A week, maybe 6 or 7 hours a week, mainly on The Escapist before I go to bed.

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
A: First person shooters and RPGs mostly, but I'm open to all types of games.

8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
A: According to my parents, when I was around 3, and because my father played them.

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
A: My dad plays video games, and my mother understands my passion for them. They respect it as a legitimate form of entertainment, though sometimes have trouble seeing it as art.

10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
A: Surf the internet or out with my friends, most recently looking for more education opportunities.

11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
A: I tend to get as immersed as possible, so sometimes I feel just as emotionally invested as I would in real life.

12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
A: High school I got grades of C and B in subjects I'm comfortable in, and D and F in usually math.

13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
A: Not currently. Am finding one this summer.

14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
A: While my family may say otherwise, I have never let my video games directly effect my schooling or social life.

15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
A: Very rarely, usually when I felt sick anyway but not sick enough to not go to school

16. Why do you play videogames?
A: Entertainment

17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
A: Absolutely not.

18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
A: When you let it isolate yourself completely from friends and family, and you completely toss everything else from your life in favor of video games

19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
A: I do not. I feel that they have been such an enriching part of my life that I'll play them into my elderly years.

20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
A: A few special editions games, a couple posters, and a few plushies

36 year old male

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

2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
10-15

3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
I'm a lone wolf

4. How many of your friends play videogames?

10 roughly

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

6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
about 4?

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
rpgs and strategy mostly

8. When did you start playing videogames and why?

1985 cousin brought an amstrad (or maybe a spectrum?) over to my house

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
they dont

10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
martial arts. I'm a karate instructor and I'm on the Irish team. ualso read voraciously

11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
Fairly. I like it when I am.

12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
it's not, but I always barely passed

13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
yes. it varies. 24-64 depending

14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
probably but not by a lot
15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
never

16. Why do you play videogames?
escapism

17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
no

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

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

20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
nothing. maybe a tshirt

edited for putting in my rather advanced age

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture?
yes
2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
50-70
3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
mostly by myself but that's because the games i play are mostly singleplayer only
4. How many of your friends play videogames?
maybe 5%?
5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
0-5 per week
6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
2-4
7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
rpgs, squad based strategy games and hack and slash dungeon crawlers (like diablo)
8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
around the age of 3 i think, i don't really know why i started playing them... i just enjoyed it
9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
they're strongly against it
10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
playing sports or going to a bar with friends
11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
i'm only really emotionally involved with a game when the characters could be actual people (the characters from telltale's walking dead for instance)
12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
i don't really know how it works in america but mostly 8/10 or 9/10
13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
no, i'm too young to work
14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
not that i remember, no
15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
never
16. Why do you play videogames?
it's hard to explain, i guess because i like interacting with other characters/ the world and because i generally like the gameplay. but in some games (like diablo) i'm just there to get different kinds of armor, weapons etc.
but mainly it's to escape the monotony of life and to experience other worlds and meet new, interesting characters
17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
no, a normal human has 'mental barriers' (i guess that's waht you can call them) to seperate a video game from reality, so it's just impossible for a normal person to emulate the violence in a video game. if a person actually does emulate that kind of behaviour, then it's because of the fact that that person was already insane before playing a video game.
18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
i think gaming becomes an obsession when the gamer in question doesn't come out of their room anymore (except to buy food) and never socializes with people outside of the videogame world.
19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
no, they've become an integral part of my life and i wouldn't know what to do when i'm not at school/working/...
20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
i own a world of warcraft poster that came free with my copy.

i hope this helps and goodluck with your class!

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture?
Not sure, I'd really call it a subculture, but if so, then yes.

2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
It varies. Right now, none. When I'm not busy, 10-15.

3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
More by myself, but I enjoy playing with friends.

4. How many of your friends play videogames?
Most of them do to some degree.

5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
Used to. Not anymore.

6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
20-30 or so.

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
Generally things that are lumped into the action/adventure genre. My favourite kind of games is platformers, but I branch out into other genres sometimes.

8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
I would've been around 3 or 4. I don't know why, I guess someone probably said, here play this.

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
They've both been known to play them from time to time, but aren't avid gamers, though my dad tends to keep up with the latest gaming news.

10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
Surf the internet, play music, watch a movie, read a book, hang out with friends.

11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
If the story's written well enough, I can get fairly emotionally involved.

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

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

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

15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
I don't think I've ever done it specifically to play video games, but I have skipped it for other reasons, then played video games instead.

16. Why do you play videogames?
It passes the time.

17. Do you think violent videogames affect aggression and violence in its players?
No.

18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
At the point when you basically do nothing else, and start to suffer because of it.

19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
Not really. Though I play video games far less than I used to, I don't see myself ever giving them up completely.

20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
I've got a lot of pokemon stuff, and the first 4 halo books. That's about it, really.

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

2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
- 30-50

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

4. How many of your friends play videogames?
- All of them. I'd say three of them are really gamers.

5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
- Yes, I play some online games. Maybe 10-20% of my gaming hours is multiplayer. Some weeks nothing, other weeks nothing but.

6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
- About 5-10 hours I guess.

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
- I play most genres. Types of games I rarely play are sports games, racing games, fighting games and 2D games.

8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
- When I was 13 mostly and finally got a decent PC, and a lot of friends played games. Before that I had played some video games, but not really as a big hobby.

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
- They don't care much one way or the other, and don't question what I do with my time. My mother likes to play some simple puzzle games once in a while.

10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
- Reading, watching movies/series, drawing.

11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
- I get really involved in good storytelling, especially if the game paces itself well. I don't really get emotionally involved in multiplayer games.

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

13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
- Yes I do, some 8 hours a week at the moment. Mustn't let it get in the way of my studies.

14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
- Maybe once or twice, but there were always other factors involved.

15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
- No, never.

16. Why do you play videogames?
- It passes the time, I enjoy a good story or player interaction, I enjoy challenging myself sometimes and it's a bit of escapism. All those.

17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
- Yes, in a positive way. Just like sports, violent games can be a good outlet for aggression and pent up energy.

18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
- Difficult to say. Very difficult indeed. I wouldn't know.

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

20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
- Some figurines, various small merchandise from collector's editions (New Vegas playing cards, Mass Effect 3 N7 patch, The Force Unleashed flash drive, some art books), game guides (quite a few of those), soundtracks, a poster or two, a bunch of papercraft, and half a dozen t-shirts.

Icyshadow:

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Age: 21
Gender: male

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

2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
I usually tend to binge on one game a week, but sometimes two or three.

3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
Myself lately. I used to play WoW with group of friends though.

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

5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
Not so much any more. I played probably around 6-8 hours a day when I played WoW though.

6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
Well, I watch Game Grumps videos, so that's about 30 minutes a day at least and I read articles on my favorite website (Escapist), so probably like 4 or 5 hours a week.

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
RPGs, shooters, action/adventure

8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
When I was really young. Probably like age 4 or 5. Because my brother had a SNES and I would play Super Mario World 3 a lot.

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
They're indifferent. They allowed me to get M rated games when I was young since they knew I was mature enough to handle them, but they never expressed interest in them themselves.

10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
Hang out with friends, read, go on Escapist, or watch videos/tv

11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
Usually not very, but it depends on the game. Mass Effect was one of the few.

12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
Relatively average. Cs and Bs for the most part.

13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
I have two. I get about 18 a week at one and about 35 a week at the other.

14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
Yes, very yes.

15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
No I've never been that addicted.

16. Why do you play videogames?
Because I'm good at them. There's very few things I can say that about lol.

17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
My belief is that it's not the violent videogame itself, but the person playing it.

18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
When I played WoW about as much a full time job. lol

19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
No. I've definitely been playing games a lot less than I used to, but I'll never stop altogether.

20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
*deep breath* Diablo skull with crystal flash drive, Batman Baterang, N7 hoodie, Gears of War Cog tags, Legend of Zelda poster (framed), Fallout New Vegas Caravan deck, Fallout New Vegas poker chips, God of War III hard cover strategy guide, God of War III art book, God of War III Pandora's Box, Star Craft II: Wings of Liberty strategy guide, Persona 4 strategy guide, Assassin's Creed limited edition art book, Diablo III art book, map of Skyrim (framed), Nintendo Power Super Mario Adventures limited edition comic book, Pokemon figures (Charmander, Pikachu, Squirtle, Reshiram, and Victini), custom made Batman and Joker styled rubber ducks (I was bored at work and rubber ducks were the craft), poster of Kratos ripping of the head of Helios (framed), WoW horde hoodie, plush Okami pup, and Batman symbol headphones. I think 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?
5 hours

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

4. How many of your friends play videogames?
5

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?
24 (at the least)

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
open

8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
4, I enjoyed them

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
They were fine if my grades were good

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

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

12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
A,B,C's

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?
Indirectly

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

16. Why do you play videogames?
For enjoyment

17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
For Aggression, yes. For Violence, maybe.

18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
When your life revolves around them and they are directly getting in the way of your productivity to a harmful degree.

19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
Not really

20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
I own a hang-able stuffed Mushroom and Star.

I'm 30, female.

1. I guess.

2. 4-8 hours

3. With friends

4. Almost all of them

5. Yes, about half of my game time is online multiplayer these days

6. Around 5 hours

7. FPS, classic games, adventure games

8. My uncle bought a NES for my cousins when I was 8 or 9. He convinced me to give Super Mario Bros. a try, and after protesting that it was "for boys", I tried the game and pretty much instantly loved video games from that point.

9. They didn't like them when I was growing up, allowed me and my sister a few hours a week to play, and a new game maybe on birthdays and Christmas. They didn't forbid us from playing any games due to violence, and had no problem with me playing Wolfenstein at 11 or 12 years old.

10. Lately I've been working on a lot of modeling for Dota 2 and TF2 workshops, as it allows me to work on a variety of styles and is a great income source. I also draw, go on photography adventures and play classical piano.

11. A lot usually, it's a blast.

12. Not applicable.

13. Yes, 40-50 hours/week.

14. No.

15. No.

16. Enjoyment, fun with friends, relevant to my job as a game developer.

17. Not really, though I'm sure violent people play games.

18. When they begin to negatively affect other aspects of your life, such as work/school performance or your sociability.

19. I sometimes go for months at a time without playing games due to my work schedule and important side projects, but I can't see myself ever losing interest in playing them altogether, free time aside.

20. I work at a game studio, so I have shirts, sweaters, posters, toys, books, and collectibles piled onto me at an incredible rate.

Icyshadow:
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Dude, Lime Survey is your friend. Or Survey Monkey. They help quantify and collate your results more effectively. Just a suggestion.

Just out of interest, are you going to be qualitatively examining all of these answers? If so, what key phrases are you looking for in your analysis, etc?

Gender: Male
Age: 21
1. Yes
2. Varies due to college, but generally around 30 hours a week
3. By myself
4. All of them. All 2 of them
5. Do you mean online multiplayer? If so, No.
6. 2 hours, maybe?
7. Preferably something with a good story. Generally RPGs
8. age 6. No real reason
9. They play games on occasion, but not often.
10. Read, watch movies, write book
11. depends on how good the story is, but usually very well involved
12. mostly B's
13. currently unemployed, full time student
14. No
15. Never
16. For the stories, to kill time, to relieve stress
17. aggression yes (just like sports) violence no.
18. When you neglect your life for them (i.e. neglecting to feed your infant so you can play more WoW)
19. yes, when I'm dead.
20. T-shirts mostly, some books

34 M

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture?
No
2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
0-20
3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
Self
4. How many of your friends play videogames?
1
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?
0-4
7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
TBS, RTS, FPS, RPG
8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
1991 other kids at school had computers, looked fun
9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
no idea
10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
read, visit friends, take drugs, cycling, DJ, make music, paint minis
11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
not at all.
12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
I go the equivalent of As and Bs
13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
not currently
14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
no
15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
no
16. Why do you play videogames?
convenient distraction while at home
17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
aggression, maybe, violence no
18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
no idea
19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
yes
20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
nothing

I'll throw you a bone here

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

No. Video games in some form or another are pretty ubiquitous with three generations, so I think the whole subculture thing is a thing of the past. Obviously there are varying levels of dedication, but overall if you're under the age of like... 35, I pretty much assume you play or have played video games at some point.

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

Maybe five hours in total. I just got a new gaming PC so I've been playing a lot more, but I try to keep it as minimal as possible.

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

By myself, I grew up with story heavy video games that were always a personal experience, and I've pretty much sought games that deliver on that ever since.

4. How many of your friends play videogames?

One or two, but to no real dedicated degree. One is in law school and the other is in med school so their time is pretty much solely dedicated to schoolwork plus their respective girlfriends.

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

None. Don't do online games anymore, although I may make an exception for the standalone Day Z game because it seems to capture what the whole "zombie apocalypse" is all about.

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

Eh, a few. I do like listening to the Escapist podcast on Saturday morning while I eat my breakfast, and I do like to keep up with current gaming events.

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?

Action/Adventure, Survival-Horror, and RPGs are my most frequented.

8. When did you start playing videogames and why?

I was 4 or 5, so... '91 or '92 was when I started. The why was pretty simple, it's what I thought computers were for.

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?

Both of my parents played computer games so that's how I got into them. My mum still plays her Big Fish adventure games, but I think my dad has largely abandoned it due to a lack of interest.

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

Read, watch movies/TV, cook, write, spend time with my girlfriend/friends. Have a life I suppose.

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

A few games have recently pushed the emotional boundaries that I'm use to, I cried a few times while playing The Walking Dead and Spec Ops: The Line made me feel... things. Mass Effect and Dragons Age: Origins got me invested in the story and I still remember the surprise of CoD 4's nuke scene. Besides action induced adrenaline or horror, it can be hard to really quantify whatever feelings I may have after the fact. There's a few I hold onto, but for the most part it's kind of hard to pick them all out.

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

High school I was pretty average student, but for whatever reason I became super genius in college and started getting A's and high B's for my entire career.

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

I have a job and I do the average 40 hours, plus maybe an additional 5 for work I do on the side for my mother.

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

Eh... I would be lying if I said I hadn't crapped out a few piss poor essays so I could start my gaming earlier, but considering even the crappiest of my papers still garnished high results, I wouldn't say it ever affected my performance negatively.

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

Nope.

16. Why do you play videogames?

Same reason I read a book or watch a movie/TV. Just another way to experience a story.

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

I've always been a fan of the "correlation isn't causation" and considering one of the earliest games I played was DOOM and I'm a pretty peaceful guy I can't say I put too much stock into that argument, but I definitely do think it needs to be examined.

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

When you start putting off obligations in order to play "just one more level". It's a hobby, the moment it interferes with work/school/social life then it's a problem.

19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?

I use to think that I was just about done with gaming because it seemed more games were catering towards the multiplayer demographic, but after getting a real gaming PC I've rediscovered an area of gaming I thought had been abandoned so no, I do not foresee myself not playing video games.

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

None.

1. Yes

2. 0-50+, average 14 hours/week

3. 60:40=friends:alone

4. At least 80% and no friends in my sympathy group do not play games.

5. Play almost all games online. 12 of the 14 hours/week spent online.

6. 3 hours/week

7. Everything, dont discriminate against genres. Prodominatly MMO/RTS and to a lesser extent Shooters

8. Around the age of 2 when i first played a game. I spent days watching my older brother play Warcraft 1 and finally one day he decided to teach me. Reasons were partially emulating older sibling, and i found being able to control things with the mouse fascinating.

9. Parents played games as children, however stopped when they grew up, they see video games as a past time for young people. They do associate increased violence with videogames.

10. Watch/read the news (including gaming news), drop in hockey/futsal (indoor soccer), watching movies/tv series (but not on tv). These things are often done while also playing games.

11. Varies based on game. Greatest emotional involvement when playing in mmos. The involvement stems mostly from the social interactions as opposed to the game itself.

12. 1st year university, not all grades issued thus far, but currently GPA over 4.0 with full course load.

13. 1 part-time job: 13 hours/week (13 hour shift on Sundays). In the summertime between semesters this increases to 60 hours/week (5 12 hours) at the same job.

14. It has, terribly. Most classes in highschool were passed with 50.0% (bare minimum), because instead of doing homework i would play videogames. Will rarely let videogames interfere with work.

15. In highschool i did, sometimes as much as once a week (skipping an entire day). But have never skipped work for videogames and have never skipped a university class for videogames. Though i have sacrificed sleep to play video games at the expense of work/university.

16. I enjoy them and ive always played them. I do not handle idle time well and video games are a far better form of entertainment to me than their comptition.

17. Yes. Ive seen enough evidence that they do to conclude that they do. I do not, however think they are a sole cause in situations of actual physical violence, but rather a catalyst that can cause violent people to become more violent.

18. When they prevent a person from functioning. IE unable to find a job, preform in school, preform at work, maintain their bodies.

19. I find it unlikely as i am studying Computer Science and will be making a living off of the things video games run on for most of my life.

20. I have several video game brad pieces of clothing, all gifted to me (by people who know i like video games). I have a variety of collectibles from various video game collector's editions. I have many video game brand mousepads/posters. And i also have a 2 litre coffee mug based off an in-game item in a video game (though the motivation behind buying it was having a 2 litre coffee mug).

I'm an 18 year old woman~

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture?
Yes, for all practical purposes

2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
Anywhere from 12-30, depending on how much work I have/how fussy my baby is being/etc.

3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
We usually take turns watching eachother play solo, as most of my favorite games are a bit lacking in the multiplayer department, unless of course we're playing the Wii, in which case there are at least 2 players at all times.

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

5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
The games I play online require more of a daily check-up than they do actual gameplay time (My Candy Love, Sim Social, etc.) Maybe an hour a week at best.

6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
I... never counted... D: a few I'd say. I catch up on my videogame knowledge during commercial breaks in the Rachel Maddow Show every morning and the Colbert Report every night.

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
Generally RPGs, strategy games, and platformers of all sorts, though I also have a massive weakness for simulations, especially when said simulation lets you make kittens.

8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
I started when I was 3 as a part of my dad's lessons on how to use the computer.

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
They both enjoy them, though my mother is the only one who actively plays them.

10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
o.0 Walk, swim, play with the animals, cradle my baby, take pictures, draw, write, nap, preform sexual favors for my husband, bake, post on web forums, etc. etc. There are a million and one things to do in a day!

11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
I like when games give me a reason to become emotionally invested in them. That said, I'm usually involved to some extent, but few games have managed to make me cry or rage so far.

12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
I've always been an A student.

13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
Not yet, unless motherhood counts. Working on my degree.

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

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

16. Why do you play videogames?
It's... fun o.0?

17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
I've honestly never deeply considered this subject. I don't quite consider myself qualified. Though I've gamed my entire life and freak out upon accidentally hitting people, I realize I've never been very interested in ultra-violent games. The most gruesome thing I think I've done in a game has been kicking a turtle's shell into a line of living turtles, effectively throwing them all off the side of a cliff (Mario). I've never felt compelled to play GTA or God of War or any of those sorts, and thus have no idea how those games might make me feel afterward (besides angry at their blatant disregard for female players).

18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
As with all things, the line is drawn when your gaming negatively impacts your ability to preform nececcary daily tasks and lead a healthy life. If you can't be bothered to eat, bathe, or hold a job because you're busy playing games, something's wrong.

19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
I can't see myself stopping entirely, but I've taken breaks in the past, and I'm sure I'll take more in the future.

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

24 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?
I'd estimate over ten.

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

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

5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
Rarely. 2-3 hours a week.

6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
Probably more than I spend playing games.

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
Beat'Em'Up action games are my favorite, but aside from sports and rhythym games there aren't any I don't play.

8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
Around eight or so. And because they where fun.

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
They consider it an amusing passtime.

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

11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
I've gotten "Scream at the screen" bad when playing WoW online or getting to the end of Mass Effect 3. Never directed it at other players though. I also need to sympathize with the protagonist somewhat if I play a single-player game.

12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
Mediocre, although counselling has helped me focus.

13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
Not right now.

14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
Not directly. If I can't game, I watch. If I can't watch, I read. If I can't read, I walk.

15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
I've played games while I was supposed to be in class.

16. Why do you play videogames?
They're fun, provide a sense of accomplishment and take my mind off the world.

17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
Nein. Competetive games might, but that has nothing to do with their content.

18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
There's no line that once you cross, you're one or the other.

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

20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
... Not much actually. A few NES-homage shirts and stuff. I'm working on it.

25, white, male.

21, male
1. Yes, I do
2. Around 30
3. I'd say 75% by myself and 25% with friends
4. Some of them
5. Around 25% of gaming time I play online with friends
6. A lot, can't give even a rough estimate
7. All kinds of them, but prefer RPGs
8. Around age 7-8, when someone brought home old Sega-MegaDrive
9. They are neutral
10. Watch movies, surf web, sleep, hang out with friends
11. Depends on game, very good games tend to grab me by the balls in terms of emotions
12. I'm usually getting C's
13. I don't have a job
14. Yes, last term I've spent too much time playing and that affected my grades
15. I did once
16. I enjoy them and believe they have incredible potential in many aspects
17. In some players, yes, but I believe that those people could've been affected by anything, not just videogames
18. When you start skipping meals and sleep
19. At this age, no. I as a person was shaped in some ways by videogames, they have become considerable part of my life. Just as I can't see my life without my friends I can't see my life without videogames, these are two things I enjoy spending time with the most.
20. I got a hell lot of custom made videogame posters, some artbooks, couple of t-shirts and awesome N7 hoodie.

Icyshadow:

~SNIP~

39 year old male.

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture?
Not sure I know what a gaming subculture is.
2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
Probably 24 or more, but that was last week, the new baby last Friday has changed that for the time being.
3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
Usually by myself, but online with friends as well, with Steam you are never really alone anyway, unless you have no friends at all, and that is sad.
4. How many of your friends play videogames?
Nearly all of them, but I am in IT, so what else is new?
5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
Less than single player, but I do enjoy some Battlefield 3, would also like to try out Brutal Legend multiplay as well. Double Fine is playing this Thursday, don't know if I can get away from my life responsibilities though.
6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
Not long, I am not one to get overly hyped for games, but I do on occasion.
7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
Mainly FPS, but I loke a good story,like S.T.A.L.K.E.R., Half Life, Metro 2033, the Void or Cryostasis: Sleep of Reason, I don't mind a little Call of Duty either mind you. I also like a lot of Indie games, like Little Inferno, Miasmata, Dear Esther, Amnesia: The Dark Decent and similar games. Really looking forward to Among The Sleep and Everybody's Gone to The Rapture, and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. Seems Indie titles are always day 1 buys now where many AAA have been sent to week 1 or 2 purchases.
8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
Was early 80's, with the \intellivision, Colecovision and Atari systems. Played a neighbor friends I imagine. Was so long ago though.
9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
My mother's favorite games were Lady Bug on the Colecovision and Impossible Mission on Commodore 64, my dad still plays some hunting games on PC.
10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
I like movies and TV, like True Blood, Game of Thrones, Dexter, etc. Movies I like the more strange ones, like Alyce, Citadel, Ravenous, The Sauna, etc.
11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
Depends on how good a story is, Kratos decent into a rage so powerful not even Gods can stop him? A love so powerful he would do anything including ending his own life to save hers (Shadow of The Colossus), Eli Vance in Half Life 2: Episode 2 :'(, Strelok's greed so strong he cares little for what happens to anyone else, till his attempt to make amends in the end. We gamers have some truly great stories to choose from, movies, books and TV are not the only things that do.
12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
I recently went through a career change and found myself in college in my late 30s, I didn't get the best grades, but I was never really a good student.
13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
Yes I work in IT, for about 8 years, now more professionally after school, I work in IT for a large corporation. Hello IT, have you tried turning it off and then on again?
14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
No, but is has saved my sanity more than a few times.
15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
When you work two jobs to get yourself through college and a wife that is relying on you, are you kidding me?
16. Why do you play videogames?
Entertain me, and tell me a good story, sometimes just have fun, Just Cause 2 I am looking at you.
17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
Depends entirely on the person, people can be susceptible to these things, but I think that issue was always there, and be it movies, video games whatever the bible even can trigger the problems. We need better mental health care everywhere, it is important, these people are sick and need help like anyone else who has an illness, an illness of the mind is no different.
18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
When you forget your real world responsibilities, video games are entertainment, not a life style.
19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
I will be taking a break now, my son and my wife need me.
20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
I have a lot, including American McGee's Alice figures, my favorite, I am not allowed to display much though, as my wife is not a gamer.

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

2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
between 5-30 depending on the week

3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
It's split pretty evenly between the two but I would tip the scales in the by myself category

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

5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
I rarely do unless I am playing co-op with friends. If I had to put a number I would say 3-10 hours

6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
20

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
I will play pretty much anything as long as its good. I play quite a few action games and fighting games

8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
Probably sometime in kindergarten or first grade, my older brother had an NES and I have been playing ever since they let me touch the controller

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
They didn't mind them as long as I wasn't spending all my time playing or if it wasn't anything too extreme

10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
I read a lot and do some writing. I play the guitar and love listening to music. I have been into combat sports for the past 3 years (Boxing, Muay Thai, and BJJ)

11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
Depends on the game. If a game has good characters or tells a fantastic story then I will get really into it. Otherwise I just end up playing to kill sometime

12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
Since I came back to school I have consistently gotten A's

13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
Yes and I work anywhere between 25-30 hours but it isn't uncommon to work more.

14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
Aside from not getting enough sleep some nights due to getting a new game, not really

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

16. Why do you play videogames?
Right now I play because some games have been able to give me really good stories that you can only get in this medium. It is also a good way to keep in touch with friends who haven't seen in a while.

17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
Somewhat of a loaded question. I've been doing a bunch of research for papers in college and I don't think its as clear cut as that. I think in young children it can lead to aggressive play afterwards since young children imitate everything, but I don't think that it can cause the types of violence and aggression that others may suggest. If people are balanced and have healthy social support then no....if they are unbalanced to begin with they may gravitate towards violent games which may reinforce some of that...but I don't think it is a cause.

18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
The second it gets in the way of normal functioning. Losing job(s), friends, becoming secluded, wasting all of your money. That sort of thing.

19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
Yeah, there are definite stretches of time where my consoles are nothing more than Netflix boxes, but I since I don't think video games take anything away from my enjoyment of life I have no reason to stop.

20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
Most of the gaming merch I own are things that have come with collectors editions of games. I have a handful of figurines, posters, shirt or patch. I do have a couple of art books that I picked up as well as a soundtrack or two of some games that I really enjoyed.

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture?
Not any more

2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
5-10 Hours

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

4. How many of your friends play videogames?
Some of them, about 4

5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
Not really, maybe once a month

6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
1-2 Hours

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
Roleplaying Games, Stratgy

8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
Since I was a kid, kind of a family thing

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
They like them

10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
Hang out with friends, watch Netflix.

11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
Not very, but there's exceptions, like in Walking Dead.

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

13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
Not at the moment

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

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

16. Why do you play videogames?
It's a fun passtime

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

18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
When you skip work to play them

19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
All the time

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

Hooray, questions! I like answering these things for some reason.

20 and female.

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture?
Yes.
2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
10-20
3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
Mostly by myself.
4. How many of your friends play videogames?
The majority.
5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
Seldomly, the only one I play is GW2 but I haven't played it for 2 months and clocked in 30 hours this week so far so it's random.
6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
Constantly, I have a smart phone and am constantly on videogame sites.
7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
JRPGs, action-adventure, but I'll play anything that's good.
8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
As a baby, my parents put a controller in my hands before I could remember.
9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
My dad is a huge gamer and got me into it. My mom enjoys them but isn't a gamer.
10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
Watch anime, lurk online, hang out with friends.
11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
I can get very emotionally involved in good stories. Online play not at all.
12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
B's
13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
15 hours a week.
14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
Never playing since I make sure to get my homework done before playing, though if there's a game I really want to play sometimes it can be distracting.
15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
Never.
16. Why do you play videogames?
To be entertained (aka cuz it's fun).
17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
The game itself no, but online competition can but not any worse than sports.
18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
When videogames cloud your judgement to make rational choices such as putting games before work.
19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
Never, I see myself playing less but never giving it up completely.
20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
C all of the above, and plushies, decals, and MGR's lamp. I probably have more I'm forgetting about as well.

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

2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
Quite a few. Don't know exactly.

3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
Both. Also, with friends entails online and sitting on the couch.

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

5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
It varies. Sometimes we have 2-3 hour long sessions, other times it's just a quick game or two.

6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
Again, don't know the specifics, but it's a bunch.

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
3rd person action/platformers/shooters/adventure, RPGs, sports/racing, just about anything.

8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
When I was little. My parents got the family an NES. My Dad and I would play Tecmo Bowl and my sister and I would play Mario 3. It was like a family thing.

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
They know that it's an entertainment avenue.

10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
Watching football/keeping up with football news. Playing guitar. Watching pro wrestling.

11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
If a game has a great story and is very well acted/animated, it can draw me in pretty well.

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

13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
I do. I work between 20 & 25 hours a week.

14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
No, I never let it affect that stuff.

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

16. Why do you play videogames?
Because they're fun and challenging. To me, they're a better experience than watching a movie/tv show.

17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
No.

18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
When a person spends ALL (again, I say, ALL) of their time with games and can't seem to tear themselves from the controller.

19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
You mean as in "as you grow older"? If so, then no. Video games are a huge part of my life and I don't see why I should give it up.

20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
I have some shirts, figurines/statues, bead art, and art books/comics.

43-yr-old female.

1. Eh, more or less. I'm definitely a more casual gamer, but I do try to keep up with what's going on in gaming.
2. 8-10
3. 50/50 split between playing alone and playing co-op with my husband
4. Most of them
5. Exceedingly rarely anymore, now that I quit playing MMOs. At most an hour a week.
6. 4-5? Hard to say, I tend not to notice how long I spend surfing the internet. I do spend a lot of time on here, though.
7. Mostly FPS and Western RPG.
8. Way back when Atari first launched in the '80s. Why? Because it was the new thing. Then there was a huge gap where I didn't do much in the way of video games at all (my husband desperately tried to make a gamer of me, except all he played was RTS and turn-based strategy, and as it turns out, I *hate* that genre and I'm terrible at it) until I heard about KOTOR and bought an Xbox to play it.
9. My mother played the damn Atari more than I did. She badly screwed up her hand one day trying to beat her best score on Pac-Man one morning-- apparently she got up before dawn and played till my dad and I woke up. My dad was more take it or leave it, but they both enjoyed it.
10. Read, blog, learn to play the piano, argue on the internet, and write fiction.
11. Very. Story is everything to me.
12. not applicable.
13. Yes. Depends on the week-- I freelance, so it's down to how much work my client has for me. 20-40 hrs per week.
14. Yes, a couple of times. I've had a couple weeks where I did a big glop of work at once because I spent a couple days doing too much gaming, and definitely a few times when I've been overtired from staying up too late gaming. I'm too much of a completionist, I don't want to stop until the damn quest or whatnot is actually done.
15. Not as such, no. I don't have a 9-5, go to an office type job, though, so you might count this one as n/a.
16. I like the immersion/story, and I like the challenge. It's a really good stress-reliever. I also have a chronic pain disability, and games are about the only thing that can distract me when I'm having a really bad symptom day that even meds can't touch.
17. Not in a lasting way, not unless the player is already prone that way. I think the one meta-analysis that found that *competition* (whether in a violent or nonviolent game) affected aggression is on to something. And if I recall correctly, even that had a short decay rate.
18. This is so individual that I have no idea how to answer it. When it starts to consistently negatively impact someone's daily life, is iirc pretty close to diagnostic standard for compulsion. It's never going to be as simple as "if you play more than x hrs per day" or "if you use games to escape parts of your life you don't like".
19. No. I hope to be playing games till I die, and I hope by the time I'm old enough to land in a nursing home there will be enough different ways to play that I can still keep doing it.
20. Some figurines that were gifts, a couple of WoW stuffed animals, and all the Halo tie-in books.

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

2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
A solid 20 hours sounds about right.

3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
Mostly by myself, sometimes online, but that's rare.

4. How many of your friends play videogames?
I'd say 50%.

5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
Mostly BLOPS 2, I only have about 10 total hours logged, however.

6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
Not as much as I used to, nowadays I study.

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
RPGs and Shooters lately.
8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
I started playing at age 11 because Pokemon Silver was awesome.

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
I don't think they care.

10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
Lift weights, hang out with friends, study, etc.

11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
I used to get really invested but Now I'm pretty far removed from it. It's a hobby now.

12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
My last semester was 3.86 GPA and landed me in an honor society.

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

14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
If it has, it was very negligible.

15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
Once or twice, but not since I got into college.

16. Why do you play videogames?
I enjoy playing them, so I play them.

17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
No.

18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
When it becomes the only thing you can actually enjoy in life.

19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
Nah, this hobby is here to stay.

20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
A few posters and a hat, I think?

Hope your survey goes well bro. :)

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture?
Yes.
2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
15-30 depending on work/time out with buddies
3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
by myself
4. How many of your friends play videogames?
all of them
5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
1-5 weekly
6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
1 maybe 2
7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
all genres my personal favourite is RPG's
8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
4 cuz we had a game system and we lived in the middle of nowhere
9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
like theyre a horrible affliction on my life
10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
Go to bars with buddies, read, answer weird questionairres on the escapist
11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
depending on the story i can feel greatly emotionally involved
12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
english: 83% 44 absences science: 78% 52 absences math:92% 20 absences history:77% 35 absences
13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
manager of a gast station 40-60 hours a week
14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
not that ive noticed never been late or was pissed off at work because of videogames
15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
school yes work no 2 days a week or second half of the classes in my day but then again who took high school seriously
16. Why do you play videogames?
fun, stress relief, for the ladies
17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
No cuz otherwise i wouldve lit someone on fire when i had to talk about the weather for the 50 millionth time at my job
18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
when they interrupt your sleep, eating , work, and time spent with or attempt to obtain a signifacant other
19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
dunno not good at seeing into the future wanna say no but who knows
20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
whatever comes with the preorder bonuses of my games so i got i dunno figurines posters and soundtracks.

almost forgot 21 years old male

There's a few things I've learned from reading people's reply's here:

1. There are quite a few people who are not great at math replying, 3 examples of people with jobs who list allot of game hours without naming names, allocating 30mins for work travel, 30mins for toilet breaks and washing, and 30mins eating and drinking a day (so fairly conservative). One person had 13 hours a day fully booked with work/gaming/net videos, another on 13 and another a massive 15 hours a day booked up I find that very very hard to believe.

2. There's an even greater number of people a little deluded about their intelligence, I saw one person claiming a staggering amount of gaming hours as well as being in the " 99th percentile" in a subject area..... yer because with standardized testing these days geniuses just go slipping through the cracks. I got flagged up at 15 to be encouraged to go into further education for scoring in the top 10% (not sure about the precise percentage that's all they tell you) but year, mensa level student's commonly go unnoticed. Also I don't know what kind of university's allot of people are going to, but again either things are being exaggerated or I don't know whats happening as at that level of education on any course worth it's salt your not meant to get 80%+ scores (bar like a math test where there are only right and wrong answers), unless your work is being published

But yer Icyshadow I'd take some of the results with a pinch of salt, maybe exclude some of the more extreme one's as Anomalous results.

I'm male and 19.

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

2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
5 to 7 hours.

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

4. How many of your friends play videogames?
Many. Nearly all of my friends play video games.

5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
Yes, I do. Given 5 hours of gaming, I will typically spend one hour of that time playing online multiplayer.

6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
A lot. Probably 15 to 20.

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
Fighting games primarily, but I also enjoy the occasional RPG, RTS or Visual Novel.

8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
I think I started playing video games when I was 7 or 8 years old. Crash Team Racing and Crash Bash had me hooked. I don't know what else to say but video games are fun.

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
They don't give it much attention. They don't talk to me about it for the most part.

10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
Surf the internet, watch movies, television, anime.

11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
Very, when I play a game with interesting characters and plot.

12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
I'd say I'm a B student.

13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
No, not employed at the moment.

14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
Sometimes I'll lose sleep, weakening my performance for the day after, but that doesn't happen often.

15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
Nope. I've never skipped to play video games.

16. Why do you play videogames?
Video games provide great mental stimulation. Whether it's problem solving, a deep plot, the demand for strategic/tactical thinking, or the spectacle of aesthetic and sound, I enjoy it all.

17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
No, I don't think so. Or at least, violent video games don't seem to affect my friends or myself in the slightest.

18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
When you start hurting yourself and those around you. When video games take priority over relationships, responsibilities or your health.

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

20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
A few t-shirts and posters, but not much. I do want to buy some soundtracks and maybe a figurine or two.

21y.o Male
1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture?
Yes

2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
15-30

3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
50/50

4. How many of your friends play videogames?
Many, if not all, but whether they can be considered as a "gamer" by the definition of hours put in remains to be seen.

5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
Whenever I'm not on a single player campaign / marathon (Ie, mass effect marathons, etc), I can go 5-7 hours in a sitting

6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
5-7

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
Just about anything under the sun really; most of the AAA single player titles (barring anything that's built around an online-FPS; CoD, BF, etc)

8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
3rd grade, because I <3'd the shit out of The Magic School Bus

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
They think it's a waste of time.

10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
Catching up on my studies, reading through novels centered in sci-fi/fantasy

11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
Online play becomes competitive (about as competitive and emotionally invested as one would in a sports team I suppose) but fun, and I've wept openly due to an exceptionally engaging game before.

12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
85% average for my high school years combined, at 3.2 right now in post-secondary.

13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
Part-time (and I mean really part-time); 10

14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
There's been the occasional dip in a semester here and there, but nothing disastrous. Maybe drop a letter grade at worst.

15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
Can't seem to recall a time.

16. Why do you play videogames?
Because there's some damn good narratives in a select few, and the rest are pure escapism. Same reason why I'd watch a movie, read a book, etc; it's another art medium of our generation. It has the power to inspire, just like any other work of art. I've just passed the 2 year mark of training with my local parkour group (PKBC from Vancouver, CA, check em out ^_-), and all the time and dedication I've put into my training, and everything I've learned thus far, I have the game Mirror's Edge to thank. It all started when, after finishing the story of Faith Connors, one day I said to myself, "I want to do this too." A great number of my friends that I still keep in touch with today came from my MMO days. In short, games have the potential to be stepping stones to great things, and should not be any less legitimate than any other art medium.

17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
Nope. That would be correlation at best. People often don't seem to take into account that the anecdotal incidents involving violence and video games happened because the person was predisposed to higher levels of violence to begin with.

18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
When you negate all other interests and responsibilities; when you find that nothing else can make you happy, or nothing else is as important.

19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
Nope. I can see myself in periods where I would be playing less, or be on a temporary hiatus from games. But I'll always come back.

20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
N7 hoodie, countless posters, I even make my own (splicer masks, various shirts for personal use, etc).

20 year old female.

You seem to have rather a lot of answers here, but most of them are 20-30 year old males, so as a 16 year old male I might make your census broader, so here I go:

1. I consider myself part of the gaming subculture, yes.

2. I probably do maybe 1-3 hours in during the week and sometimes up to six on the weekend. So make it eight.

3. I normally play games by myself, but only because my internet connection is not too good. Otherwise I might do it more.

4. Pretty much all my friends play games of some kind.

5. I do maybe an hour of online play if I can manage it.

6. I spend at least two hours watching/reading gameplay/review videos a week.

7. I mostly play RPG, FPS, action, or stealth games.

8. I started playing video games at about eight or nine, because the only person of my age who I ever saw was a Halo fanatic.

9. My dad plays video games as well on occasion, but believes I do it too much. I suspect my mum is slightly suspicious of them, but doesn't mind.

10. My nonvideo game filled free time is usually spent on the internet or reading. Gaining intellectual property basically.

11. I don't get too emotionally involved, no more than in movies. The only time I ever felt strongly about a video game was the Walking Dead (I cried) which can be put down to good writing and characters.

12. My grades are fairly good, pretty much all Bs and normally three As. Sometimes one C.

13. I do not have a job.

14. Playing games has probably negativly affected my school performance to a small extent. Though if I hadn't been gameing I probably would have found some other way to procrastinate.

15. I have never skipped school for games.

16. I play video games for entertainment and relaxation/stimulation (depending on my mood).

17. I don't think violent video games affect a persons aggression, purely based on the fact that most gamers I know are gentler that nongamers. The only times they cause aggression is when I'm stuck at a particularly hard part and need to concentrate.

18. Video games become an unhealthy obsession when they start to affect one's real life performance and physical health, in my opinion.

19. I could see myself not playing video games. I am starting on that path now, with an increasing need for study.

20. I own a few t-shirts and models, but most of it is music from soundtracks and fans. Nothing too fancy.

First of all, good choice on combining a love of video games with an education. I'm doing the same, and it's always nice to see someone appreciate intelligence as both a noble endeavor and a useful rpg stat for mages....

EDIT: I am a 22 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?
Generally, at least 15. It's hard to come up with a decent average, because when I'm drawn into a game, I play it both more frequently and for a longer extent of time than a game that I would consider mediocre. And since I enjoy many types of games, it's not uncommon to have weeks where I play 45 or more hours.

3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
I do participate in some online games, but for the most part, I play alone. However, it should be noted that many of the features that I find appealing about video games in general (ie: An engaging plot, character development, and an immersive environment) work best in single-player games. It's important to make this distinction, because from my experience, both the gaming industry itself and the general public that doesn't consider itself "gamers" tend to label single-player gamers as the stereotypical antisocial basement dweller.

4. How many of your friends play videogames?
All of them, in some form or fashion.

5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
First of all, the question is slightly vague for one reason only: Ad Hoc Networks. I own a portable gaming console that allows me to directly connect to a different system via WIFI. Strictly speaking, since the devices are not transmitting data to an access point, this is not an "online" mode of play, but it is non-local, which is what I interpret the question to be getting at. For me, most non-local play comes from the times that I do want to play a multiplayer game. On average, I'd say I spend close to 5 hours a week.

6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
~4 hours

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
I have a special place in the cavity where my heart used to be for Turn-Based Strategy games (ie: Final Fantasy VII, Fire Emblem: Awakening). I also enjoy the puzzle, action/adventure, and stealth games as well. To a lesser extent, shooters make this list, but in recent past, fewer and fewer shooters manage to hold my attention.

8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
When I was 8 years old, I was living in Germany, when my Father was reassigned to a location in the United States. As a reward for my diligence in my studies, they bought me a Nintendo Gameboy, along with the titles "Mega Man: Dr. Wiley's Revenge" and "The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening", in hopes that games would also keep me entertained on the international flight. Needless to say, video games have managed to hold my attention significantly longer.

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
Until I was 13, I was not allowed to own a video gaming console other than the Gameboy, and when they finally did grant me permission to own one, I had to save up money for close to 5 months to be able to afford a Sony PlayStation. My parents were under the impression that video games would rot my brain for most of my childhood. Since then, they have changed their mind, due to the fact that I am working toward a degree with the ultimate goal of owning my own game development company.

10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
I am an avid computer programmer, and I do intend on using my programming knowledge to create video games. Currently though, my main project is a computer program capable of passing "The Turing Test". Projects like this, as well as general research in computer science topics in general, tend to take up most of my non-gaming free time.

11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
Yeah, I cried when Aerith died. I get emotionally involved when playing a particularly engaging game. On the reverse side of this, I also can get exasperated or even angry with a game. Best example I can think of is Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, where the sluggish controls, atrocious network code and absolutely worthless plot made me angry at myself for purchasing the game.

12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
I'm above average in my grades.

13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
I am currently employed part time, in conjunction with my school studies. I work an average of 30 hours a week.

14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
No. While it's true that I've played many video games instead of completing assignments in a timely manner, but the point is not that video games kept me from school; boredom with the curriculum kept me away from my studies, and instead, video games were the most fun and convenient way to enrich myself.

15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
I have, but not very often. Maybe once or twice a year, The last time I skipped school to play a videogame was the release day of Skyrim.

16. Why do you play videogames?
Because of the almost uncanny ability to pull a gamer into a fantastic world, far beyond their own, if only for a little while. To quote a colleague of mine, "Video games are a wonderful reminder that this world is not a prison".

17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
Yes, but not necessarily in a negative way. To put this into perspective: I've had days that I consider horrible, and I come home feeling enraged at the world. A few button presses and mouse clicks later, and my masked, nearly-naked avatar is running around in Saint's Row: The Third beating pedestrians to death with a giant purple sex toy. And nothing says, "Stick it to the man" like performing a move called the "Testicle Assault" on any unsuspecting DIGITAL rendition of a police officer of a FICTIONAL town. Afterwards, I feel calmer, and in no way do I feel the need to recreate the neurotic actions of my video game persona in real life. It is all a matter of self-control. And if someone is not capable of determining what is appropriate in the real world as opposed to a digital world, I would say that person is not capable of acting as a positive member of society, much less appreciating the game how it was meant to be appreciated.

18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
When they interfere with your growth intellectually, socially, or even (arguably) spiritually.

19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
No. But I'm also thinking about the bigger picture: I see what video games are, and what they can become, and I hope to reconcile the two into something greater. The media is ripe for some innovation and expansion, and I think the next generation of developers are realizing it.

20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
I own several posters, shirts, and a strategy guide or two.

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture?
I don't even know what that means. I think I'm what's called a "hardcore" gamer and I visit sites like this one a lot. Does that count?

2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
Varies a lot between zero and (when my son is visiting his grandparents in Ireland) whatever 7*24 is.

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

4. How many of your friends play videogames?
I don't have any friends.

5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
Never.

6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
Huh, quite a lot... impossible to say really. I'm a full-time dad and always have my iphone or ipad handy, and I browse the web (including gaming sites) whenever my son isn't demanding my attention.

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
Mostly shooters with decent-length single-player campaigns.

8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
When I was very young (space invaders was the first) because I was mesmerised.

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
When I was a kid they used to think it was unhealthy but now "everyone" does it so they're not bothered. Go figure.

10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
Assuming time with my son doesn't count as "free time" then the answers are: surf the web / chat on the phone / masturbate.

11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
Not much, but the occasional gem does elicit an emotional response.

12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
'A' grades. Graduated from Cambridge University, England.

13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
I'm a full-time parent. My wife works a job and pays the bills.

14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
Yes, when I used to be in full-time employment late-night gaming sessions would sometimes result in me being tired at work the following day.

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

16. Why do you play videogames?
That's not a question, it's an essay header!

17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
No.

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

19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
Maybe some day, but not any time soon.

20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
Nothing. I don't buy that stuff.

male,21

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture? yes
2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week? ~30
3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends? alone
4. How many of your friends play videogames? 8
5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play? ~20
6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames? 8
7. What kinds of videogames do you play? RPGs ,Side-scroller, shooters, simulators,puzzle games, sandboxs, stealth games
8. When did you start playing videogames and why? 5, escapism
9. How do your parents feel about videogames? great baby sitter
10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do? 3d models, wood working
11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.) 1-10 I would say 7
12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable) A-
13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work? 20+
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 or twice
16. Why do you play videogames? escapism, fun, killing time
17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players? depends on the persons mental stability
18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession? when you start letting other areas in your life go unattended to play more games
19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames? yes
20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.) t-shirts, promotional stands, hoodies

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