Gamer Subculture Study

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24, male.

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture?
Yes, although by this point your can ask the question on if it is still to be considered a sub-culture.

2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
About 30 hours now I have a job. Can vary quite a lot though.

3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
Both, it varies depending on the game I'm playing.

4. How many of your friends play videogames?
All, and like me most have ended up in the game industry.

5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
Depending on the game, all to none of the hours. Also, would you consider SimCity to be online for that matter, even if you play alone?

6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
Lots. Almost the whole day, tho mostly in the background while working.. so eh. 78 hours a week or something?

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
All but sports and I don't like most MMO's.

8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
Can't remember.. I think it was a series by Jesse Cox, but I can't remember.

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
My parents have been playing board and computer games since before I was born. So they are perfectly fine with it.

10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
Designing boardgames with a friend, or playing them with friends.

11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
Pretty heavily. It's why I loved Mass Effect. That said tho, I can't do it at all with online play. I can like it, but not get emotianally attached, I need a believable world for that to work.

12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
7+'s mostly. Higher in most, lower in most foreign languages and algebra. (My English is okay :P)

13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
Games Industry, 78 hours a week. Can vary a bit, but mostly upwards.

14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
Not as far as I know, maybe. Though it helped me get my job, so I don't really consider it negative XD.

15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
Skipped school a couple of times, but only if I would have skipped the class anyway.

16. Why do you play videogames?
It's my life. I love almost everything about them, but mostly I play them for the story and to figure out the game mechanics. Game mechanics are really important in any game, and its amazing to see them in action while people don't even notice most of them.

17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
Yes, it releases stress and violence that might otherwise have been released in a less harmless way. If you mean "does it make people aggresive" then, also yes. But it only makes people violent if they would have had the trigger anyway.

18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
Just as with any other obsession. It again depends on the point of view, but imo when you start to eat and drink more unhealthy than before the obsession and when your social interaction get worse than before the obsession. However, if you didn't really have those to begin with, it isn't really unhealthy imho, it might even help you get some.

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, boardgames (of Doom & civilization)and books.

Icyshadow:
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.)

1) Yes
2) Hilariously not at all for the past few months, but then my laptop is being repaired and I;m working on my final year of university so it's not exactly typical.
3) Both
4) about 80% of them
5) yes, some, maybe 6 hours a week usually
6) about 2 hours a day minimum
7) good ones... and bad ones, I really don't have much of a type
8) When I was like 5/6 and I got a sega megadrive, but really started getting into it with my friend playing goldenaxe
9) they do not play them, they understand lots of people my age play them, they would like me to play less
10) read/watch videos about them, lol, I also have a guitar which I like to fool around with, and I like to go out with friends, and I watch shitloads of crap telly
11) really depends, if the game is good though I get very emotionally invested
12) straight A student here, looks like I'll get a 2:1... hopefully
13) I have a job at an engineering firm lined up for when I graduate, I do not intend to stop gaming
14) no doubt, but no more than any of the other procrastination I do has (this survey for example...)
15) no, I'm not THAT keen
16) fun... escapism... the usual
17) I think any competitive game makes you stressed and therefore maybe a bit more likely to act violently, I don't think there's a difference between say a hotly contested match of FIFA versus a game of CoD.
18) When you can't stop even when you know you have to.
19) no
20) weirdly none, though I'm keeping my eye out for stuff.

Jedi-Hunter4:
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.

Well, you can log a lot of game hours on weekends? OP asked for weekly averages, and my comparatively miniscule gaming number comes almost exclusively on Saturday. As well, some people may have factored gaming videos like I do - not so much actively watching, but it's what's playing in the background while doing other things.

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.

The more replies there are, the more the statistics will balance out. Statistics are pretty baller like that.

22, Male.

1. I suppose so, though sometimes I'd prefer not to be.
2. I'm going to say around 5-10 hours a week on average.
3. At the moment it'd probably be around 50/50- I've been playing a lot of Mario Kart 7 recently...
4. I'd say at least a dozen.
5. Barring the very rare exception, I don't play online at all.
6. Probably an hour or two, depending on if it's a busy news week.
7. It's probably easier to say I play 'Nintendo games' than try to list any genres...
8. I'm not sure exactly, sometime in the early to mid 90's.
9. Mum has no problem with them, and can enjoy them under the right circumstances. Dad often thinks they're a waste of time, but can also be coaxed into playing occasionally.
10. Build/play with LEGO, go to work, study.
11. I tend to bond with characters pretty quickly, and get easily invested in their worlds.
12. I didn't do so well in school (I'm not academically minded) but I'm doing a lot better in college, doing things I'm interested in doing helps my motivation a lot.
13. I do have a job, I work around 8 or so hours a week. Kind of wish I worked more.
14. I can imagine it probably has in some respects, but I don't regret it for a second.
15. No, never. I was once late to class because I wanted to buy a game as soon as I could get it, but that's as 'bad' as that's gotten.
16. To relax, to challenge myself, to take my mind off any problems I might be experiencing.
17. I think that if gaming does trigger violence in some people, those people were most likely already unbalanced, and that's not the fault of the game developers.
18. When you neglect the real world and your real responsibilities, and when games are your sole form of interest.
19. Not in the foreseeable future. As long as there are fun games to play, I'll play them.
20. I own plenty of gaming merchandise (a lot of it being Mario related): figurines, shirts, pins/badges, statues mostly. I keep most of the stuff in display cabinets alongside my other, not-game-themed collectables.

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

2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
I would say about 4-6 hours a week. 6 is rare though.

3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
Mostly by myself but I really like playing them with my boyfriend every now and then.

4. How many of your friends play videogames?
Mmm...only like 2.

5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
Only very casually. Like picking up Team Fortress 2 every month and playing a round.

6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
A ton of time!!! I listen to podcasts, have apps that keep me posted and I check the Escapist Mag everyday. I couldn't give you a number but it is definitely takes part of my daily life.

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
I like experimenting and trying new things, but I always tend to go to simulation and RPG.

8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
When I was 10 I really wanted a Gamecube and since then I've been playing video games but its a great way to feel like you are engaging yourself in a fantasy world and having a break from real life.

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
My parents at first didn't let me play video games until I was 10. Once they saw that I was able to multitask gaming with other aspects of life, they didn't care.

10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
I go out with friends, I'm big on movies,I'll go to a party once a week maybe or biweekly, I run, listen to music, learning how to program java.

11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
It depends on the game, but what I really get into is if I identify with the character or there is an amazing story. Online play doesn't do it for me.

12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
I took the hardest classes and got good but not excellent grades.

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

14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
I have had urges to skip studying or homework to play a videogame..but that's normal. No addiction or anything.

15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
Never. Though, I have skipped school before and ended up playing videogames.

16. Why do you play videogames?
It is a fantastic escape from real life. Its like getting absorbed in a great movie but you are fully engaged in it.

17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
No I don't. The only argument I can agree to are for crime games like Gran Theft Auto. The swearing and random acts of cruelty are crossing a dangerous line. Other games like shooters though I think are absolutely fine.

18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
When the person starts missing or passing out on other important aspects of life. (examples-social life, school/work, health, doing chores).

19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
I think if I have kids I would inevitably slow down but I don't think I'll ever stop.

20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
I have a poster in my room with a bunch of images like "Keep calm and game on" or "Keep calm and shoot zombies" etc. And I also have these little yoshi figurines.

EDIT: Male, 23

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

2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
Anywhere between 10-15 hours per week usually, though I dial that back a bit if I have an assignment looming.

3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
Usually alone, though I do get together at least once a week with a friend for local multiplayer.

4. How many of your friends play videogames?
About half of them. Only a couple of my lifelong friends do, and they only play sports sims (FIFA, basically). The vast majority of the people I've met at uni identify as gamers.

5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
If it's one of the rare weeks where I decide to brave LoL or DoTA, pretty much all my playtime will be online. If not, 2 or 3 at most.

6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
Specifically searching for such material, about 4 or 5. But I'm also subscribed to the main gaming subreddits, so the actual figure is most likely much higher, though I couldn't possibly estimate it.

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
I play a lot of strategy games (mainly Starcraft and Civilization 5) alone. For co-op, normally shooters (Halo, L4D2, Payday). For competitive multiplayer, MOBAs exclusively (usually LoL, but DoTA too). A lot of Indie games, too.

8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
I started when I was 4, when my uncle gave my brother and I his Amiga 1200.

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
My mother takes an interest in what I'm playing. She made sure to always know what I was playing as a kid, and occasionally asks about it now. I never lived with my dad, or spoken to him about games, so I couldn't tell you his opinion, but he bought most of the consoles I've owned. Couldn't tell you if he likes gaming, but he certainly isn't opposed.

10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
Uni work, usually. Even outside of term time, I spend a lot of time going over what we've already done/looking ahead to what's to come. I also enjoy a drink. Socially, you know.

11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
Not very. Only the best stories truly grip me, and multiplayer doesn't get me worked up. I'm a pretty chilled gamer, all in all.

12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
I maintain a high B average at uni. I sneak the occasional A, usually in mathematics.

13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
Just hit 3 years with the same employer. Do anywhere from 18-35 hours a week, depending on how much I've got to do at uni.

14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
Not ever. I've always been pretty at good putting my studies first.
I clean to procrastinate, not game.

15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
Not ever. First part of answer to number 14 applies here. I credit my mother for this attitude. She should write a book on how to parent. Seriously.

16. Why do you play videogames?
To unwind. It's the best way to just relax for a couple of hours.

17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
Different people are affected differently. I'm not really moved to anger by games, neither are most people I know, but some are. I know a guy who can't buy expensive mice because he WILL break it playing LoL (and sometimes cause injuries to himself and others in the process), and another who's girlfriend broke up with him because of how aggressive he gets during and after gaming sessions.

18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
When real life gets relegated to second place by them. You can't use video games as a way to escape your responsibilities.

19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
I can't. It's part of who I amn to play video games. I'll always game, but I might not always identify as a 'core' gamer. My gaming habits changed drastically over the past 2 years, I just don't play as much. Once I graduate, get a grown-up job where I don't wear a namebadge, maybe have a family, I'll probably play even less often. I'll always find a little time.

20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
I have a few figurines on my desk, and my wardrobe is nearly exclusively geeky t-shirts (there's a few gaming ones in there). I also have a few collectors editions, and have a couple of limited edition consoles.

Edit: 29, Female

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

2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
Depends, but usually 10+. If I'm really into one it could be 30+.

3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
I live with my sister and we pretty muchonly play while each other is watching.

4. How many of your friends play videogames?
Not too many - being female and 30ish.

5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
Not currently, but will be with FFXIV's re-release, and that will probably be the 10-30+ hours weekly.

6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
I hate my job, so a good 15+ hours.

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
Mostly RPGs, but sims and city-builders, too.

8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
When I was akid - we had a Pong or something similar, then we got an NES and such is the story everyone tells.

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
My dad doesn't get it, my mom plays more than me.

10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
Watch movies, usually. Or do chores/grocery shopping.

11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
When I was younger, incredibly involved. Now? Not so much. I kinda wish I could get more invested, actually.

12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
80's or low A's/high B's... graduated library school with a 3.86 GPA (was 4.0 for 3 terms, had one class that I nearly failed that killed it), I think.

13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
Government librarian, 37.5 hours a week.

14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
I would say negatively... considering I'm doing this survey at work.

15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
Yup. Not much when I was younger as my family has a strong work ethic, but that's disappeared now that I'm an adult and I hate my job. Probably a few days a year.

16. Why do you play videogames?
Escapism - plain and simple. I prefer the lives the characters live to my own.

17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
I think it does - it makes you less aggressive as you can blow off steam and games do show you repricussions to violence sometimes, too.

18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
Ask me in a few months when I'm playing FFXIV again. ... But when you start neglecting things in the real world in order to play. Be it friends, family, woork, school, food or chores.

19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
Nope. They're part of who I am now. I can't give it up.

20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
Books, movies, figurines, clothing, soundtracks etc. Not a whole lot, but a few things. I'm pretty cheap, so I want a lot of things but can't really afford them.

32 year old male

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture?
No, not into the whole belonging to a club. gaming is just one of the many aspects that make up me (as pretentious as that may sound).

2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
Around 10-20 hours.

3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
Mostly by myself due to a lack of gaming friends and a distaste of playing with strangers. I have semi-regular get-togethers with some friends to spend the evening on the couch gaming.

4. How many of your friends play videogames?
Only three.

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

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

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
Anything except most simulation and sports games.

8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
When I was 6 and got a NES as a surprise gift for christmas. I wasn't really aware of gaming before that and thus not interested either, but after getting the NES I took to it quite well.

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
They're ok with it, although they don't have a say in it anymore.

10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
Reading, playing bass guitar, painting & mountainbiking.

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)
Not in school anymore. I had decent to great grades depending on subject.

13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
Yes. 40 hours or more (depending on overtime) for my main job and a variable number of hours for the freelancing I do on the side.

14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
Nope, I draw a clear line between work and play.

15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
No, see question 14

16. Why do you play videogames?
For fun, to pass the time and when playing with friends, for the social interaction

17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
They might in people who already have a proclivity towards aggression and violence. I believe that in these cases they don't cause the behavior, but rather may act as a catalyst, increasing the intensity of the behavior. Note that I don't believe this possibility is unique to videogames and that until I see hard evidence from a reliable source I consider it merely a possibility.

18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
When you start neglecting friend, family, work, school and/or yourself just to get that one item, get in another round or finish that one boss.

19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
I suppose so if at some point the more pressing priorities in life leave me with no time to play.

20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
Nothing beyond the goodies I occasionally get at press events: keychains, small toys, some posters, ...

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture?
No, I don't get to know other gamers as gamers. So I'm a gamer currently adrift from subcultures of gamers.
2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
Varies greatly from week to week, even month to month.
3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
By myself.
4. How many of your friends play videogames?
Not actually sure, doesn't come up in conversation.
5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
Used to play online a lot, but not any more for technical reasons. Did not record time.
6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
Probably more than I spend playing them, but again, no idea about hours.
7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
Shoot-em-ups, action-adventure, stealth.
8. When did you start playing videogames and why?
Introduced by parent while somewhen between 3 and 9, it appealed on multiple levels, eg. pretending to be a racer, creative expression by making new cars, challenge and progress of mastering the mechanics, sense-pleasure of the exotic locations.
9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
One seems fine about it and also plays them, the other doesn't say much.
10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
Watching TV shows and films, discussing things in forums, reading about various stuff such as science, technology, culture, and philosophy, participating in tabletop RPGs, LARPing, Foam Dart Live Action Gaming (multiplayer). Have recently started practising mysticism.
11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?
Haven't compared emotional involvement with anyone elses. But about the same as TV and movies.
12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
Medium.
13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
Too personal
14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
Technically yes, but without them I'd probably get sidetracked by other distractions instead.
15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
Never.
16. Why do you play videogames?
The aesthetics (see MDA: A Formal Approach to Game Design and Game Research, Hunicke et al.2004) which I most engage with in video games tend to be sensation, fantasy, challenge, discovery, and expression.
17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
I consider them to reduce inhibitions against violence, but not make them any more interested harming other people, and can even reduce stress, thus decreasing likelihood of adopting violent or aggressive behaviour.
18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
When ability to continue purchasing and playing them is put at risk by lack of other actions, in other words, when amount of play becomes unsustainable.
19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
Depends how unlucky I get, but I doubt I'll ever stop being a gamer.
20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
Have not bought any video-game based merchandise.

Here we go Mr Man hope this helps

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture?
I Suppose so, But "gamer" is so broad of a description its useless

2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week?
I'm going to guess, cus i dont really keep track, i finished Heart of the Swarm in about 15hours in 2 days so extrapolating from that 50+ per week

3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends?
Both, i play on PC so even if i'm playing single player ill often have skype on talking to people, but i also play at lot of MMO and Competitive games like StarCraft, LoL, Dota ect

4. How many of your friends play videogames?
Almost all of them in varying levels, some play alot some very little

5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play?
As i play PC games alot have always on DRM, and i also play MMO's quite often, so of the 50+ maby half to 2/3rs is either online 'cus of DRM or MMO. if you count being on steam as online in order to play its basically 100% though

6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames?
About as much if not more then i spend playing, i like watching things like let's plays and reviews, and first impressions and other such videos, hell i've even watched my share of parody music videos (TGS is best GS)

7. What kinds of videogames do you play?
All sorts really, from MMO's to platformers, to runner and sims, the only genre i don't play is the genre called Spunkgargleweewee by Yhatzee

b> 8. When did you start playing videogames and why?[/b]
Since i was a kid, i dont recall why, i suppose 'cus it was fun, Mega Bomberman is still one my favorite games ever and its very old now and the first one i can remember

9. How do your parents feel about videogames?
I get the feeling they feel there a waste of time. but other then that they dont care. (i buy my own stuff so they don't bother me)

10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do?
Watching YouTube, writing a DnD Campaign, or occasionaly watching TV.

11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.)
I play games for their story, and if the game is immersing enough i will get deeply involved. RPG's are best PG's :P

12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable)
15 GCSE's above C, 19 in total, 2 A2's (Politics and English language) 2 AS's (Film and Philosophy)
(These are English qualifications GCSE are basic A-levels are advanced, and i'm currently doing a diploma which will end in a degree)

13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work?
Im a full time student so no, though i am looking for one to do when i'm not studying

14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance?
Probably, though ive never really struggled in school or at work (when ive had it) so its hard to say

15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often?
Rarely, and not to recant memory

16. Why do you play videogames?
Story, Fun, and fun

17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players?
No, ignoring the countless studies, i am no more or less aggressive then i was when i was small. multiplayer gamer like all competitive thing illicit adrenaline, its a natural response.

18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession?
Depends, time while important isn't the most important thing imo, its weather or not it becomes a grossly negative detriment to other things such as health, work and school. (i left social out 'cus some people just don't care or don't want to be social)

19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames?
Maby if i got married and had kids, i might be too busy to play as passionately as i do now, but i'd honestly want to introduce this hobby to my future kids, so when i'm dead maby :P

20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.)
I have a few collectors editions, a few figures (Red Faction Walker and a Ezio) a few free posters (also game maps) and finally Magic The Gathering Cards o god the cards, these are fucking expensive.

Also 21/Male

19/M/Canada.

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture? Yes, always have.
2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week? It varies on my mood, 12 when I'm not depressed as shit, 0-4ish when I am.
3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends? I am a single player fan, I mostly walk around and do illegal narcotics with my friends.
4. How many of your friends play videogames? All of them. Except this one guy, who hasn't played since Fire Emblem on the GBA.
5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play? I played WoW to 85, but I rarely play online. Maybe 20 minutes a week lifetime average?
6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames? Pretty much any time I'm not sleeping, eating or with friends walking around and doing illegal narcotics.
7. What kinds of videogames do you play? Role-Playing Games like Final Fantasy and The Elder Scrolls.
8. When did you start playing videogames and why? I was 7 or 8, had loved the Pokemon TV show for a long time (well, 4 years is a long time at that age) and so it just came naturally that when Pokemon Silver came out I had to get it.
9. How do your parents feel about videogames? Indifferent at best.
10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do? I enjoy reading, rowing/kayaking and the afformentioned buddy time with drugds (or is that drug time with buddies?)
11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.) Final Fantasy VI, FFTactics, Crisis Core: FFVII, Dragon Quest V and Persona 3 FES all made me feel very feely things. More than any movie ever has.
12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable) Pretty shite ones, I'm a lazy bastard. Never have to do anything to ace English, though. History is also a strong-suit.
13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work? I wish. *grumble grumble*fuck maritime employment*grumble grumble.*
14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance? Yes.
15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often? Haven't we all been "sick" for our favourites a few times? Yes, but frankly if you want to know why I skipped half of my Junior year, it ain't anything man-made.
16. Why do you play videogames? Because I'm lucky enough to live in a society where I can.
17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players? In the same way that clenching one's fist might. That is to say, on a subconscious level to no drastic effect.
18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession? Probably two, maybe three hundred extra pounds in.
19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames? Every time I look in the mirror while not playing.
20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.) A plush doll of Raihou from Devil Summoner 2 that came with my pre-order, an apposable figurine of Balthier from Final Fantasy XII, and players guides for Final Fantasy I, II, III and Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken.

33, M

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture? Peripherally (Yes). I consider myself more drawn to board, war, and role-playing games, which is also "gamer subculture," but I'm also somewhat displeased by the idea of a gamer subculture. Video games are far too expansive to be neatly encapsulated into a subculture. They are so mainstream identifying it as a subculture sounds almost silly. In short, I think there's a begged question here. Is there a notable counter-culture trend to gamers which deserves the label subculture? I say, "No. Games are mainstream culture in the industrialized West, most of Latin America, Japan, Korea, and a host of other nations. Gamer culture is part of mainstream subculture nowadays, which a few hardcore elements which are fringe."
2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week? 4-6 hrs
3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends? Equal split
4. How many of your friends play videogames? I'd estimate 70%, including casual gamers.
5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play? Yes. 2-3.
6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames? 1 hr.
7. What kinds of videogames do you play? Strategy, shooters, RPGs, puzzle.
8. When did you start playing videogames and why? Age 4-5, because there was an arcade next to my parent's business.
9. How do your parents feel about videogames? Recognize video games as an art form and media. Father enjoys watching but not playing. Mother is a casual gamer. Ages: 71
10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do? Fence, exercise, socialize, table top war games and role playing games, read, craft models
11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.) Plot elements can be fairly emotional. Friendly online play is fun. Hostile atmosphere or aggressive out of game behavior turn me off to a community.
12. What grades do you get in school/college? (If Applicable) About a 3.6.
13. Do you have a job? How many hours a week do you work? Senior medical student. About 80.
14. Has playing videogames ever negatively affected school/work performance? Possibly, but no more than any other non-work-related hobby.
15. Have you ever skipped work/school to play videogames? How often? No.
16. Why do you play videogames? Entertainment.
17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players? Possibly. The evidence is still pretty weak tea but not negligible, as much as no one on this site wants to admit it. Then again, the evidence for any media influencing violence is problematic at best, subject to a myriad of confounding factors, and...I'll stop here. And I am messing up your survey because I am not expressing an opinion but awaiting evidence. See answer #13.
18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession? I'll borrow from a common thought in psychiatry: when it begins to negatively impact quality of life, including social life, academic/work performance, familial/intimate relationships, or other aspects.
19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames? By choice? Unlikely. By necessity? Have done so.
20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.) None aside a few feelies and goodies from Collector's editions of games.

Thanks to everyone for all of your responses! This will be extremely helpful for my 'look into the depths of gaming subculture.' Sorry that I have responded at all since I posted this, I didn't have internet for over a week, so that was fun. The point of this study for my essay is to debunk a lot of the stereotypes that follow gamers around. Granted there are always going to be people who fit the mould, but what matters is that it isn't what makes up our subculture. Thanks again to everyone who posted!

1. Do you consider yourself a member of the gamer subculture? No
2. How many hours of videogames do you play a week? 14 hours?
3. Do you tend to play videogames by yourself or with friends? Alone
4. How many of your friends play videogames? 2
5. Do you play online? How many hours online do you play? Not online
6. How many hours a week do you spending watching videos/reading about videogames? 2 hours (Animal Crossing related)
7. What kinds of videogames do you play? (W/J)RPG, Turn based strategy, simulation, puzzle
8. When did you start playing videogames and why? A friend introduced me to the Elder Scrolls Arena, since then I alway's liked Rpgs
9. How do your parents feel about videogames? Mother is a casual gamer
10. If you have free time and aren't playing videogames what else do you do? Dancing, boardgames, Star Trek, reading SF
11. How emotionally involved do you while playing videogames?(online play, amazing story, etc.) Like in movies I like a good story
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? 38 hours
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? I like to be in another world, entertainment
17. Do you think violent videogames affects aggression and violence in its players? I don't know, Myself don't get angry when I get a Game Over screen.
18. When do videogames go from being a passionate hobby to an unhealthy obsession? If you skip your job for it? Not eating?
19. Do you ever see yourself not playing videogames? No, Games are everywhere even on smartphones.
20. What other gaming merchandise do you own? (t-shirts, figurines, posters, etc.) some t-shirts, plush dolls

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