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Posted: Jul 22nd 2010 6:29PM sortius said

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the difference between $25 and $50 is exactly the same as the difference between $30 and $55... maybe someone needs to learn mathematics again.

Posted: Jul 22nd 2010 6:47PM (Unverified) said

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Not when you compare them as ratios, the former is 2:1 (100% increase), the later 11:6 (83% increase).

When comparing numbers related to populations or groups, its typical to use ratios or percentages.

There's more to math then just arithmetic. ;)
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Posted: Jul 22nd 2010 6:18PM Tsuyin said

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Women like to shop, news at 11

Posted: Jul 22nd 2010 6:24PM Khaiser Soze said

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Shocked!

Posted: Jul 22nd 2010 6:27PM Djinn said

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While yes, women like to shop, I actually find this very hard to believe. I know several men who spend lots in games. Way more than any woman I know.

I think it more likely that men don't want to admit how much money they spend in games.

Posted: Jul 22nd 2010 10:31PM sandwiches said

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Because the people you are representative of the population as a whole, right? Oh wait...
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Posted: Jul 23rd 2010 10:02AM Djinn said

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Let's try that again for those who don't like to actually read: "I think it more likely..." the words "I think" meaning this is my opinion. You may have a differing opinion which you should feel free to express also. Attacking me just proves you have nothing better to say.

Regarding polls, people lie on them all the time, even when they're anonymous. People presenting survey results = "people SAY x".
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Posted: Jul 27th 2010 6:34PM (Unverified) said

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"Regarding polls, people lie on them all the time, even when they're anonymous. People presenting survey results = 'people SAY x'."

If the survey organizations have done their sample, polling and statistical analysis correctly, they can account for the margin of people who don't represent their actions honestly in their findings. But, as VGMarket's stated methodology [http://www.vgmarket.com/methodology/index.php] doesn't seem to be designed specifically for this sort of research, I'm not certain they're information is all that dependable.
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Posted: Jul 22nd 2010 6:30PM Ivasen said

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Clearly women are the reason Gold Farmers still have business, nevermind the fact that men dwarf the female population in the MMO genre!

I also like to buy conflict free/sweat shop free currency, it's the responsible thing to do.

Sorry, I had to.

Posted: Jul 22nd 2010 6:49PM (Unverified) said

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Women buying for the sake of buying. This and other breaking news at 11.

Posted: Jul 22nd 2010 6:50PM Controlled Chaos said

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Man, tells you something when, the moment I read that, my first thought was also, "Okay, so, women like shopping. The sky is also blue." Luckily, other people will take the flak from the female readers before I do. Woo!

Anyways, that being said, it should be noted that 78% of their 2221 people were men. That pretty much throws the value of the numbers out right there for the simple fact that 1732 of the people were men. Half of those guys could have spent a TONNE of money, but the lower end types would have thrown the average down into the dumps. Had there been only 489 men, as there are women, that number for males could have drastically changed.

I wouldn't pay much attention to this thing. Just another broken survey.

Posted: Jul 22nd 2010 7:02PM (Unverified) said

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Oh trust me there are plenty of free games where they love to make things look so cute and desirable for annoying girls to be saying kawaii desu stupid morons. God knows what the women on farmville spend. My wife who I have gamed with for 8yrs is one of those stupid people who have to buy everything thrown their way that looks cute. Let's see she bought the WoW horse mount, both factions of an ingame pet just to get a stupid stuffed animal also that goes with her other 23423 stuffed animals. Then back on her days of Ragnarok Online had to own all the cute headgears they later offered for real money.

*waits to be flamed*
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Posted: Jul 22nd 2010 7:11PM Controlled Chaos said

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@Follisimo

And that would be a singular case.

It's an extremely inaccurate sampling and more than a little biased. I could get similar results out of using a magic eight ball or tarot cards, for all the value they'd have in this similar sort of guessing. This thing was probably put up on their web site and offered up with the assumption that everyone would be 100% honest. It just isn't a good survey.
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Posted: Jul 22nd 2010 7:39PM alucard3000 said

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Your 78% theory would be true if it was comparing overall total spent by each group but its not it is comparing averages of what is spent by each individual in said groups.Now whether its acurate due to the truthfulness of each individuals response factored with those that didnt take the survey that is a different story all together.
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Posted: Jul 22nd 2010 7:05PM (Unverified) said

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Isn't this the same fishy new "study" reported here like 3 days ago?

Posted: Jul 22nd 2010 7:05PM wjowski said

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Gamers are sexist assholes, more news at 11.

Posted: Jul 22nd 2010 7:15PM (Unverified) said

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"People are sexist assholes, more news at 11."

Fixed.
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Posted: Jul 22nd 2010 11:58PM wjowski said

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Yeah...no. The gamer subculture has always been lousy with higher-than-average sexism.
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Posted: Jul 23rd 2010 1:10AM niakori said

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Ahhh have to agree with wjowski wholeheartedly on this. You want an example, look at the comments here, like the one below this one.
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Posted: Jul 22nd 2010 7:25PM Suspiro said

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All spent on Farmville

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