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Posted: Feb 8th 2011 11:31AM Drunken Irish Sniper said

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I still think all of you are stereotypes though.

Posted: Feb 8th 2011 11:51AM Epiny said

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That is the worse survey ever. They ASKED people. How many people do you know that you would consider over weight would deny it when asked? This isn't news...

BREAKING NEWS FAT LONLEY KIDS THINK THEY ARE COOL!

Posted: Feb 8th 2011 12:11PM alleychatte2002 said

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@Epiny Or maybe gamers around the world differ? If you had to haul yourself down to a computer lab or internet cafe to play, maybe you would learn to be social? And possibly lose weight walking/catching the bus because you don't want to waste your game money on getting there?

If a 20 year-old MUD could have (and to my knowledge, still has) an annual get-together of players that brought people from Sweden or other places to meet in a hotel and have fun, I think gamers these days aren't so lonely now with Facebook/Twitter/IM/local conventions etc.

And what if the person playing is a mother-to-be on bedrest? She may not be fat or lonely, just bored as hell with going no further than her bathroom. What about other home-bound people who play? Or seniors in retirement homes? Or the entire female gender?

Gaming stereotypes, like many others, need to join the dinosaurs in my gas tank.
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Posted: Feb 8th 2011 12:37PM Epiny said

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@alleychatte2002
That has nothing to do with what I said. The survey is a farse because people lie. Fat lazy people wont admit they are fat and lazy because then they would have to face the fact that they are fat and lazy.

People with negative living habits don't view them as such. This has nothing to do with some people being healthy, that isn't the point. The point is this survey is meaning less.
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Posted: Feb 8th 2011 12:19PM Brockobama321 said

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HURR DURR BRO GAMERS HALO COD CONSOLES HURR DURR


Posted: Feb 8th 2011 12:25PM Deadalon said

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This is not a very accurate measure. PPl lie their arses off when online - so survey is probably 90% incorrect.

The true steriotype of MMO player is a antisocial liar - but ugly and overweight. This survey does't change that since the part LIAR somehow failed to measure in them asking ppl online...

Posted: Feb 8th 2011 12:30PM N620AA said

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This might have a lot to do with the fact that, you know. Gaming used to be considered a kid thing, a phase you were expected to grow out of. So of course, adult gamers have to be failures. They never grew up, they remained pasty man-children. Yet the generation that grew up with the Nintendo and Super Nintendo is one that never stopped playing because the videogames evolved with them.

Gaming is extremely mainstream now as an activity for all ages. Of course the perception is inaccurate, the demographics that play today are vastly different from the ones that existed when that impression was created.

Posted: Feb 8th 2011 12:46PM Seldra said

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@N620AA
Exactly, I think people are still using the old stereotypes of what gamers are like back in the day. I won't say it's totally false, there's totally a segment of gamers out there that fit that description but most gamers are normal hard working adults; some with families even.
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Posted: Feb 8th 2011 12:44PM Bottleskup said

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a lot of people here seem to be saying this is BS for some reason, I've always thought the stereotype itself was BS, because as a (probable) gaming addict with a good number of equally game obsessed friends, i can honestly and confidently say that only one of my gaming friends is overweight, and he doesnt live at his mothers.

I also generally consider myself to be attractive, successful (relatively), popular and sociable, and my life so far supports that. So...why MUST this be BS?

And as an internet community of the sample population, why are you so adamant that it is? Isn't that like...trying to convince people that actually you are fat, spotty and socially malnutritioned?

I don't get it. Maybe it *is* right and I just so happen to have never met anyone who fits the bill. Seems unlikely though.

Posted: Feb 8th 2011 1:05PM Averice said

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@Bottleskup Yeah I'm not sure either. From what I've gathered in my time on the net, and from reading Penny Arcade creators opinions even, for many/some/whatever people, this is their way of being unique and going against the "mainstream", being the nerd instead of the jock and all that. Makes them feel special; and everyone deserves to feel special, though I don't think forcing yourself into a stereotype is the way to do it, but that's a different issue.

Most of the gamers I know are mildly addicted to games, but except for a few who have social disorder issues, they all lead 'normal' lives.

You can go kicking and screaming, but at the end of the day, gaming isn't some elite hobby like it was way back when. I can even introduced myself to people as a gamer, saying it flat out that's what I am, and they just nod their heads in acceptance. There may be a stereotypical "look" for gamers, but people aren't surprised when you don't look that way from my experience. It's like any other outdated stereotype, you Know the way it should be, but you also know what reality is.
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Posted: Feb 8th 2011 2:24PM BigAndShiny said

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oh yeah, because you can ask people if they consider themselves attractive
"no, survey, i think i am butt-ugly"
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Posted: Feb 8th 2011 2:48PM Bottleskup said

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@BigAndShiny

there are plenty of experimental paradigms available to ascertain how attractive a person considers themself to be, without directly asking .

Although no study should take how attractive a subject considers himself to be, even subconsciously, as an actual measure of how attractive they really are. I'm simply saying they probably didn't straight up ask 'are you ugly?', not if they have any shred of experimental education.

But seeing as in the link up there, there is a quote from Bigpoint press officer Janine Griffel, opening with "Our study shows", it seems possible that they actually don't have any experimental know-how. You can not, with this kind of study, say it 'shows' anything at all, it can 'support' or 'suggest' things. Maybe its just the press officer though, the press has a history of taking research and changing 'suggest' to 'show' for entertainment purposes.
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Posted: Feb 8th 2011 12:54PM Lateris said

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I am a network voice engineer. I am 42 this month. I have two children. A wife. I own my house which cost me 335k and I slapped 135k down when I purchased it before the bubble popped. I have both cars paid off. And I am a gamer. Am I over weight? Hell yes. But, I have lost 30 pounds and I have another 30 to go. I like Yoga. I like the outdoors. I am a social butterfly.I am educated. And I vote. My money helps generate millions of dollars in taxes that pay for a lot of BS but also help keep my states roads paved. Surveys can go either way based on the region or population you are contacting.

Posted: Feb 8th 2011 1:25PM Deadalon said

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@Lateris Only two kids ?

Im former President Geroge Bush ! And Im a gamer !!

Get it .. ? True or false .. .who knows...
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Posted: Feb 8th 2011 1:33PM Bottleskup said

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@Deadalon

I don't think anyone would admit to that
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Posted: Feb 8th 2011 1:32PM Lateris said

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Deadalon I missed you!!!!!! Come play Eve with me!

Ya I hear what you are saying. It is the internet. Oh and I am fugly ooglie!

Posted: Feb 8th 2011 2:25PM Chiren said

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Online, I've met an oil executive's daughter who was 5'10" 120 lb. and one time had to skip a raid because she had to go to europe in the morning - she was back in canada by 4pm afternoon. Her sister got out of jail and shortly afterwards started attending Harvard for undergrad, and then she herself was an electrician by trade. In general we all surmised only the last bit was truth.

Online, I've met at least 3 separate people who had to leave a party because their grandma needed to be driven to the hospital. Never actually did hear whether or not grandma made it through, but each of them has my prayers.

Online, I've met a couple who made it big with stocks and lived on a ranch with horses and played mmo's all day in their spare time. Several months later one of them slipped up as they were quitting, and mentioned they could only play F2P MMO from now on.

Online, I've met someone who ate gourmet meals every day because they were such a great cook. Turns out they were reading the descriptions off of the Swanson TV Dinner box.

And lastly, online I've met someone who, unemployed spent all day farming beehive chips so he could afford the awesome gear he would then call us lazy for not being able to attain ourselves. His girlfriend moved out a few months later after it became apparent he was stealing her money from her bank account to buy gil. Turns out the way she found out was when they didn't have enough money to pay their mortgage.

Posted: Feb 8th 2011 2:33PM Doba said

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I mean really... Its easy to make friends online thatn offline. No facts.

Posted: Feb 8th 2011 2:38PM real65rcncom said

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There is no 'average' gamer.

These polls and things are pretty stupid.

It's just different types of people playing video games.

Done.

Posted: Feb 8th 2011 3:08PM ployer said

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Psh I know how to talk to women, you just pull it out right?

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