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The average gamer plays games and argues with their partner

Behold the research
Thu Jul 04 2013, 14:45

THE AVERAGE UK GAMER is either a man or woman who plays a lot of games, according to some research into that sort of thing.

Social media network commissioned the research and reported on the picture it has developed of console man or woman.

The strong thumbed among us work hard and play hard, if you will excuse the expression. They are married with at least one child and still manage to put in 2.5 hours each day gaming.

How? Don't ask us. The superman or superwoman is 35, works 32 hours a week on average and takes home £24,000 a year. This lets them buy about 18 titles a year, and spend a month completing each one.

In order to do this, the gamer must stay up to relatively late hours, some as late as 1am, and will flit between two different games machines.

These late nights, hours spent at the console, and presumably scintillating interaction, add up to a fractious household and the average couple has two rows a week about gaming.

"The image most people have of a gamer is usually a young boy, holed up for hours in end in their bedroom, only stopping the game for food, drink and toilet breaks. But these results show that the stereotype couldn't be more wrong," said a spokesperson for

"Not only are women just as likely to be gamers as men, but we are talking about fully grown adults who work, have a family and are in a relationship."

The study, of 2,000 gamers found that the most popular console is the Nintendo Wii. Then it's the Playstation 3 and the Xbox 360. µ


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