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3-01-2010 @ 7:13PM
"A Nielsen report published in 2009 found that women aged 25 and older make up the largest block of gamers in the United States, accounting for 54.6 per cent of all game play minutes in December 2008."What?
3-01-2010 @ 7:18PM
The stat was counting all games.Including Solitaire. And other Windows games. So it counted in the study.
3-01-2010 @ 7:22PM
If I remember an article I read on that study correctly, that includes casual games like Peggle and Bejeweled, which are very popular with women - maybe not the kind of player I'd ordinarily associate with the term "gamer" as it's generally used in popular culture.
3-01-2010 @ 7:27PM
The only thing I see negative about this is they used Nielsen for the numbers. The lawsuits all the TV networks have against Nielsen right now makes me take anything from Nielsen with a grain of salt... (or salt the size of a boulder?)
3-01-2010 @ 7:33PM
I'm guessing that there are a lot more women playing things like The Sims and Secondlife than men.
3-01-2010 @ 7:38PM
Women (and men) play all sorts of games. Before I started WoW I logged a lot of hours on The Sims (1/2/3) and Civilization (3/4). I like being a puppet master and kind of a control freak. My main excuse for avoiding playing wow was that I didn't want to kill things... but, as it turns out, I do love to throw lightning around and rock the lazer heals. My 10 man raid is 50% women--all three healers, the prot paladin guild leader and raid leader, and our resident warlock are all women. Two out of three of the main officers of the guild are women... and the male just cannot be trusted with master looter. Or he'll run off to the next boss while we're itching for him to give us our shiny purples.No, "playing games" does not equate to being a gamer or playing wow. I'm sure a lot of these hours are from solitaire, bejeweled, the sims, animal crossing, etc.Also, I'm a little disappointed by the article not being what was suggested by the title. "Women take charge!" because they play games? Because we do half the game playing we are taking charge... how? Examples like the recent '15 minutes of fame' about the professional FPS gamer who plays wow show that wow.com does know female gamers to talk about... but this article doesn't tell us anything but that they exist. Women playing wow is not the same as women taking charge in wow--some women like to spend their wow time picking flowers. So do some men. This article has no... depth. I feel like it doesn't really TELL me anything.
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