[MUD-Dev] Game Survey

Richard Aihoshi aka Jonric jonric at vaultnetwork.com
Thu Jul 26 03:04:38 New Zealand Standard Time 2001


At 12:20 AM 26/07/01 -0400, Mike "Talien" Tresca wrote:

>> From Computer Gaming World #205, p. 25:

>   "Unnoticed amidst the hype and hoopla of the Electronic
>   Entertainment Expo (E3) was a new survey claiming that
>   interactive entertainment is now the most popular entertainment
>   activity in the United States, surpassing even movies and
>   television.  According to the survey, produced by IDC research,
>   34 percent of Americans say playing computer and video games is
>   the most fun entertainment activity, compared with 16 percent
>   who say watching TV, 13 percent who say surfing the Internet,
>   and 12 percent who say going to the movies is the most fun.
>   Moreover, 57 percent of those who play games most frequently
>   report that games are more fun than any other entertainment
>   activity, with TV coming in a distant second at 13 percent."

> It's like "Brave New World" only Raph wrote it. >:)

You may not want to take everything you read at face value.  The
above comes from a survey commissioned by the Interactive Digital
Software Association.  Its press release announcing the results does
include the figures shown above, but farther down, there's also the
following:

"The annual survey was conducted by the Custom Research Division of
the NPD Group for the IDSA. The study is the most in-depth and
targeted survey of its kind, gathering data from more than 1,651
nationally representative households that have been identified as
owning either or both a video game console or a personal computer
used to run entertainment software."

Note in particular the part that says "households that have been
identified as owning either or both a video game console or a
personal computer used to run entertainment software."  This means
the results are not representative of all Americans, but only of
those who have consoles and/or run PC games.  Not the same by a long
shot.

Can anyone say "spin doctor?"


Richard Aihoshi - "Jonric"
RPG Vault, IGN Vault Network

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