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Losing the Basement Dweller Stereotype

Posted Feb 07, 2011 by Suzie Ford

Losing the Basement Dweller Stereotype

Game publisher, BigPoint, has revealed the preliminary results of a survey conducted among nearly 7,000 gamers. The survey indicates that most gamers are well-adjusted, social individuals as opposed to the basement dwelling Neanderthal usually associated with the "gamer" title.

The Bigpoint Gamer Survey presents a completely new image of online gamers: attractive, healthy, cultured and popular with the opposite sex. Gamers are sociable individuals, both online and offline. 62% of the surveyed players said they have more friends in real life. And the percentages increase with age: 55% of players under 20 have more real friends than online friends and 73% of gamers over the age of 50 have more real-life friendships. A total of 28% of the people met most of their friends online but have since gotten to know them in real life. Only a tenth of all gamers said that their only real friends were online gamers. Gamers also like to socialize in their free time. More than half of them – 52% in fact – meet up with their friends regularly each month. A third (34%) even see their friends on a daily basis, though most of these tend to be younger players.

The rest of the results will be revealed at the Casual Connect conference to be held this weekend in Germany.

Read more here.

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Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom