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Women Over 40 Biggest Online Gamers

simoniker posted more than 10 years ago | from the lies-and-damned-statistics dept.

Puzzle Games (Games) 78

Ooby writes "MSNBC and Reuters are reporting that women over 40 are the biggest online gamers, according to a study conducted by AOL. What's even more interesting than being outnumbered by middle aged and older women is this: 'More than a quarter of those women, the survey found, play their favorite games between midnight and 5 a.m. Women in the poll tended to favor word and puzzle games.' I thought that was prime time for FPS kids."

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FIRST!!!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8249645)

post

No doubt (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8249650)

The biggest online gamer in our office is that fat girl in accounting that plays Yahoo card games while she eats cheetos on her lunch hour.

Re:No doubt (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8249678)

don't forget that she usually drinks a diet coke. Who needs those extra calories with 18 twinkies for breakfast

Re:No doubt (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8249710)


64oz diet coke, at that.

Re:No doubt (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8251985)

A 64oz. diet coke still has less than 1 calorie.

Re:No doubt (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8249761)

If penny arcade wasn't crapping out at the moment, I'd post that 'motherfucker loves cheetos' strip. But alas.

"Word games" (3, Interesting)

Yert (25874) | more than 10 years ago | (#8249679)

Literati [yahoo.com] is HUGE between midnight and 4am Central Time. It's packed, and words like "nodosity" (109 pts. yay, me.) fly across the board.

Of course, I'm nowhere near 40 -or- female, and prefer CounterStrike, but hey, gotta stimulate the brain once in a while, right?

Sure is (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8249680)

i know a bunch of old ladies that are addicted to Pogo.com, Yahoo games, ect...

Re:Sure is (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8249906)

i know a bunch of old ladies that are addicted to Pogo.com, Yahoo games, ect...

It's sad, but I have to raise my hand too. Since I bought my mother a computer several years ago she's become a fanatical "online gamer". She started off with a Bingo game on Yahoo which moved to Pogo.com I believe, then she started playing other games like some balloon popit game. Then she really started getting into it heavy when she moved on to using Yahoo Messenger WITH voice and camera. This is a 65 year old grandmother I'm talking about chatting on Yahoo Messenger like she's a 14 year old freshman. WTF? Why can't I have a normal mother that just bakes cookies instead of talking to dirty old men on the Internet? (she's a widow).

Re:Sure is (4, Funny)

edbarrett (150317) | more than 10 years ago | (#8250481)

Why can't I have a normal mother that just bakes cookies instead of talking to dirty old men on the Internet? (she's a widow)

Because your moms is human too. How do you think you got here?

I -knew- it! (5, Funny)

Mordant (138460) | more than 10 years ago | (#8249685)

Man, that explains why that choad who keeps kicking my ass at CounterStrike uses 'MrsRobinson' as her handle, and keeps making off-the-wall references to Botox and estrogen therapy while she's fragging my ass into oblivion!

Balanced survey? (4, Funny)

bartjan (197895) | more than 10 years ago | (#8249719)

"The survey was conducted online with 3,613 respondents between mid-December and mid-January, the company said."

I guess they forgot to mention that the survey was only open between midnight and 5 a.m. during that period and placed only on webpages containing word games and puzzles?

who conducted the survey? (4, Insightful)

fireduck (197000) | more than 10 years ago | (#8249829)

AOL. I have no idea exactly how it was conducted, other than "online", but I'd be surprised if they surveyed people other than AOL users. Sure, AOL is the biggest ISP, and you'd expect a large number of gamers, but the truly hardcore would have moved off AOL a long time ago and gotten broadband. So what are you left with? The casual gamers for whom low latency performance is not an issue (i.e., people playing at yahoo games). So it's not surprising that it's mostly women in that sample group...

better link for survey results (4, Informative)

fireduck (197000) | more than 10 years ago | (#8249898)

here [aoltimewarner.com]

so it wasn't run through AOL, but an outside firm, which probably got a more representative sample.

But, there's lots of interesting statistics to go through. such as "Nearly Twice as Many Adults Have Played Internet Games for More than Eight Consecutive Hours than Teenagers"

Re:better link for survey results (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8251191)

Thats because 13-18 year olds got nothing on us 19-30 year olds.

We are hardcore. They are just pre-hardcore.

PS, dont ever refer to teenagers as hardcore, especially around their dirty minded parents.

Re:better link for survey results (1)

Snowmit (704081) | more than 10 years ago | (#8255066)

But, there's lots of interesting statistics to go through. such as "Nearly Twice as Many Adults Have Played Internet Games for More than Eight Consecutive Hours than Teenagers"

That would be because you only get to be a teen for 10 years whereas you get to be an adult from 20-Death. There are WAY more adults than teens in the world. Way more than double. I hate it when they give stats with no context.

Re:better link for survey results (1)

bugbread (599172) | more than 10 years ago | (#8267254)

"But, there's lots of interesting statistics to go through. such as "Nearly Twice as Many Adults Have Played Internet Games for More than Eight Consecutive Hours than Teenagers"

That would be because you only get to be a teen for 10 years whereas you get to be an adult from 20-Death. There are WAY more adults than teens in the world. Way more than double. I hate it when they give stats with no context."


Well noted. In fact, you only get to be a teenager for 7 years (13 to 19). With the life expectancy in the US being 77 as of the year 2000, the average person would be a teen for 7 years and an adult for 57 years. Nearly 8 times more adults should have yadda yadda yadda then (ignoring bell curve population figures, for simplicity's sake). However, according to the survey, only slightly more than twice as many have.

Which means, adjusted, that teens are about 4 times more likely than adults to have played internet games for more than 8 consecutive hours.

The ease with which people can be fooled by statistics is a testament to how horrible our educational system is, as well as the culture that rationalizes this kind of stupidity.

Re:who conducted the survey? (1, Funny)

WordUpCousin (735088) | more than 10 years ago | (#8250747)

But can we really trust AOL w/ these type of polls/rankings? Remember a few years back when they stated Cindy Margolis as the most downloaded... when none of us have ever heard of her?

Re:who conducted the survey? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8256024)

Aren't you forgetting that AOL has broadband?

My Ma (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Codger (96717) | more than 10 years ago | (#8249727)

My 76-year-old mother has been a gamer for years, since she got her first Atari game console. When I helped her set up her new eMac a couple months ago, one of the first things she had me do was transfer all her old classic games over from her old Mac. She likes puzzle and card games the most, but she's been known to play blow-em-ups as well.

Re:My Ma (1)

CrazyClimber (469251) | more than 10 years ago | (#8249859)

Too true. My Mom had me move the Atari to the kitchen so she could play Pitfall and Pac Man between chores. She was probably the only person who ever really *enjoyed* 2600 Pac Man. Now that she's on the Internet, it's all about PopCap. Whenever they visit us, I have to spend a day cleaning all the downloaded crap off my machine.

Re:My Ma (0, Flamebait)

saden1 (581102) | more than 10 years ago | (#8250654)

don't you mean all the porn?

Re:My Ma (3, Interesting)

pr0c (604875) | more than 10 years ago | (#8250325)

Same here.. I setup linux on my mom's machine because she was sick of windows crashing (win98) and didn't want to upgrade to winxp. All she was worried about was her flash and java games and the little games like solitare etc. Linux comes with way more little games than windows so its perfect for women like her I suppose.

Women over 40 online (5, Funny)

schnits0r (633893) | more than 10 years ago | (#8249734)

I tinhk you misunderstood what they mean by "biggest".

Percentage (5, Insightful)

ParticleGirl (197721) | more than 10 years ago | (#8249752)

What percentage of the overall survey participants were women over 40? Because these findings state that a higher percentage of women over 40 play games daily than the interviewed men or teens. So if in their survey of 3500 people there are only 100 women over 40, but most of them play games all the time, it doesn't mean that they outnumber the men or teens. It just means that, if women over 40 are online, or gamers, or computer literate (we don't know what the universe of the survey is-- did they interview everyone in a games forum somewhere? Call random households? Send email to people with AOL accounts?) they're very likely to play wordgames in the wee hours of the morning.

Be careful with statistics. Especially if you're trying to figure out if you're outnumbered [yet].

Re:Percentage (2, Insightful)

Joe5678 (135227) | more than 10 years ago | (#8251969)

"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics"
-Mark Twain (quoting Leonard Courtney)

Re:Percentage (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8257374)

Thank you for your highly original post!

The common stereotype (5, Insightful)

philthedrill (690129) | more than 10 years ago | (#8249783)

My first thought was, "<neo>Woah</neo>" until I read the article. The first thought that comes to my mind when someone says "gamer" is someone who plays an FPS or RTS, but with "games" defined in the much broader sense, this is less shocking (although the late hours are somewhat of a surprise). Plus, most computers can play these games without the latest hardware or fastest connection.

Re:The common stereotype (5, Interesting)

*weasel (174362) | more than 10 years ago | (#8250177)

Exactly - when they include puzzle, card and word-games in your 'online gaming' survey, they're going to get results that are going to be used disingenuously.

This is analogous to suggesting that women play the majority of 'games' in real life, because the number of female Bridge clubs vastly outweighs the gender seperation in professional athletics.

The qualification of 'online game' to begin with is the problem.

No-one would likely argue that there is a gender distribution in free low-tech online games roughly consistent with population distribution overall.

The interesting question of 'women in games' is: why aren't women playing console games, massmogs, multiplayer strategy/fps/rpg/etc?

Truly, what end does this survey tell us? That women aren't afraid of the computer or the internet? Did anyone ever assert that being technophobes is responsible for the gender gap in commercial gaming?

Simply, there are more people playing poker on yahoo games alone than are playing counterstrike. There are vastly more people who play games on AOL than all massmogs combined. The male-dominated games become statistically insignificant when the net is cast this wide. Particularly when they obviate distinctions between gamers willing to pay for games, pay monthly for games, and deal with 3d cards and driver updates to play online games.

Again, the only questions that are interesting are: where are the women in commercial online gaming, and why aren't they showing up?

and this survey answers neither.

Re:The common stereotype (0, Troll)

AKnightCowboy (608632) | more than 10 years ago | (#8250592)

The interesting question of 'women in games' is: why aren't women playing console games, massmogs, multiplayer strategy/fps/rpg/etc?

Because they're too complicated and hard to pick up. My coworkers can play single player mode FPS games just fine, but they say once they go online they get their ass kicked and it's no fun. I mean, if you played basketball in real life against Michael Jordan every day and constantly got your ass kicked, would YOU want to keep playing? I'd get annoyed and find a sport I'm better at.

Re:The common stereotype (4, Interesting)

*weasel (174362) | more than 10 years ago | (#8251810)

Because they're too complicated and hard to pick up
First, this is purely misogynistic. If this was the case then no-one would be a 'new' player in counter-strike, quake, or unreal. Unless you're suggesting that women are somehow genetically inferior to men, then one would expect that as many men would pass on multiplayer games as women. By extension, this would suggest that only as many men would take to multiplayer games as women do.

Seeing as how males are taking up the hobby more quickly than females - there just isn't much logical weight to that argument.

I mean, if you played basketball in real life against Michael Jordan every day and constantly got your ass kicked, would YOU want to keep playing?

Shouldn't they run into the Michael Jordan of Hearts or Bridge just as often though? Perhaps though, that's part of it. On Yahoo, you can see the ranking of the other players, and generally have a good idea of your chances at winning.

This is of course completely discounting the lack of importance that card game players typically place on winning as the ultimate indication of their having fun.

Re:The common stereotype (1)

AKnightCowboy (608632) | more than 10 years ago | (#8257469)

First, this is purely misogynistic. If this was the case then no-one would be a 'new' player in counter-strike, quake, or unreal. Unless you're suggesting that women are somehow genetically inferior to men, then one would expect that as many men would pass on multiplayer games as women. By extension, this would suggest that only as many men would take to multiplayer games as women do.

By the way, in my statement I wasn't bashing women... quite the opposite in fact. My coworkers in question are men. They can play single player games just fine and do quite well, but when going online and facing teenagers who play every waking hour of the day it's VERY hard to pick up. I can completely understand their disinterest in being constantly owned by some pimply faced 12 year old brat who spends from 2:30pm to midnight playing video games and then has the audacity to call them losers? Have you been on a public server lately? People are complete asshats and treat new players like shit. Everyone was new at one time.

XBox rules!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8249791)

first post!!! you lame assholes... I can post first because my XBox is a american product and my pride in my great country and my great XBox accelerate everything...

If only they would make games for that bitch... IAve played Metroid Prime and it ruled... I hope M$ will buy those japanese bastards and port Metroid to my great american console system!!!

Re:XBox rules!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8250710)

First post? I think not!

Keep your American XBox because no one outside of America is buying that crap. Like an American Car, the XBox is junk.

Re:XBox rules!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8260345)

Maybe if somebody outside the US could make a decent fucking pickup truck things would be different. My 1969 (no smog control BABYYY!) Chevy C-10 is a bigass badass pickup that goes through two tanks of gas per week and I would never trade it for some low-emissions pile of mierda that couldn't tow a trailer from the garage to the driveway, let alone to the boat launch.

Seriously, why can't Eurasia make a decent pickup truck?

Re:XBox rules!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8251141)

pfft. Your XBox is such a giant piece of crap, you can't even get first failed it.

Re:XBox rules!! (1)

glk572 (599902) | more than 10 years ago | (#8256095)

Xbox is assembled in mexico, from parts made in tiwan.

I'm Sorry But Someone Has To Say It (4, Funny)

kaellinn18 (707759) | more than 10 years ago | (#8249808)

Maybe it's because women over 40 are the only ones gullible enough to be using AOL? :-) Here come the flamebait mods!!

Wake up.... (5, Insightful)

AutumnLeaf (50333) | more than 10 years ago | (#8249863)

and smell the coffee. There is a huge game community on the internet that has nothing to do with frags, and it's bigger than the frag-oriented community. Friendlier too. And literate. Th3y can sp311, and form complete sentences.

Re:Wake up.... (1)

Rallion (711805) | more than 10 years ago | (#8251540)

w4t do3s 'l1t3r4te' m34n?

Online bridge (3, Insightful)

scot4875 (542869) | more than 10 years ago | (#8253805)

I play a lot of bridge on-line, and while you're right that players can mostly spell (when the occasion arises), I think they're just as bad when it comes to complete sentences.

Most conversations go about like:

hi all, need 1 more?
wlc
glp
wdo, gtp
sry p

Which is about as verbose as most other online games I've participated in over the last 8-9 years. (God, has it been that long?)

--Jeremy

Sims Online (3, Funny)

mhesseltine (541806) | more than 10 years ago | (#8249865)

For some reason, women love the Sims games. More than likely, they're up at all hours running their little Sims' lives.

I guess that keeps them from running our lives, though. </flamebait>

Re:Sims Online (1)

AKnightCowboy (608632) | more than 10 years ago | (#8250634)

For some reason, women love the Sims games. More than likely, they're up at all hours running their little Sims' lives.

I love the Sims too though and I'm a guy. I don't have any of those wacky expansion packs, just the original I bought a few years ago to try out though. I'm probably similar to the majority of guys playing that game though: Get the house with the two women in it, greet, talk, compliment, talk, compliment, talk, compliment, hug, give a backrub, hug, hug, hug, talk, compliment, give a gift, hug, kiss, kiss, hug, kiss, etc. Lesbian Sims rule. Either that or building walls around a bunch of people and getting something to burn it down so everyone inside dies. "ahhh!!! Fire!"

Re: Beavis (1)

mhesseltine (541806) | more than 10 years ago | (#8250841)

<voice char="Butthead">Uh, Beavis. Calm down. Huh, huh.</voice>

Re:Sims Online (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8256108)

I've never managed to get lesbo sims, I've killed a few, been robed, had the cops show up to break up a party, had them cheat on their spouses, run off leaving their wife's and kid's, but with all my effort I've never gotten lesbian sims.

My favorite thing to do is slowley torture them, by taking away all their stuff, slowley shrinking the house, and then locking them in a small room until they die, you can do some sadistic shit in the sims.

Re:Sims Online (1)

YrWrstNtmr (564987) | more than 10 years ago | (#8253434)

I guess that keeps them from running our lives, though.

They're just practicing, honing up their skills. Then, when it comes time for you, you have no chance.

Frag and Stitch sessions (4, Interesting)

bmyers (643397) | more than 10 years ago | (#8249953)

My wife was in a sewing class the other day, and two of the other four women there were online gamers -- one (19 yrs old) played DAOC and the other (mid 50's) played Ultima Online. They said they play for many hours per week.

I'm not sure if it's statistically significant, but a 50% gamer ratio at a sewing class has gotta mean something!

Re:Frag and Stitch sessions (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8252899)

No its not significant for the same reason that just because you like to jack off to pictures of dead people doesn't mean everyone else does.
But nice try though.

Big deal (3, Insightful)

IshanCaspian (625325) | more than 10 years ago | (#8250058)

Middle-aged women have always been playing card games, bored games, etc. Now they don't play scrabble with the neighbors, they do it with strangers on the internet.

Real gaming is interesting to me because it's something new, or at least a significant transformation. There's nothing surprising or interesting about learning that middle aged women are taking their solitaire games online. Yawn.

coolest online game... (3, Interesting)

kisrael (134664) | more than 10 years ago | (#8250097)

Coolest "non-gamer" online game:
isketch [isketch.net] , which is basically Pictionary in an online/chatroom setting. It picks a sketcher, gives 'em a word, and then awards points based on who gets it first. I love games that are creative as well as addictive.

Poor Group to conduct a study of gamers with... (3, Interesting)

JavaLord (680960) | more than 10 years ago | (#8250232)

women over 40 are the biggest online gamers, according to a study conducted by AOL.

Most serious gamers wouldn't be on AOL, and most likely would be on a local ISP or some type of broadband.

What's even more interesting than being outnumbered by middle aged and older women is ..

Not really, since the study is skewed by only surveying AOL'ers who tend not to be or use AOL for online gaming. AOL online gamers may mostly be middle aged women, but that doesn't mean all online gamers are mostly middle aged women.

It would be like doing a study in a urban area, like say Detroit and from those statistics trying to prove all of America is a ghetto. It just doesn't fit.

midnight and 5 a.m. Women in the poll tended to favor word and puzzle games.' I thought that was prime time for FPS kids."

of course, because male or female, old or young, if they wanted to play a FPS, MMO, etc they would migrate off of AOL to a local dialup where they would get better bandwidth, or more likely to a broadband connection

Attempt to do this study to comcast, speakeasy, roadrunner, etc and you will end up with the typical 18-30 year old males being the most common type of gamer. It would be interesting to see the genre breakdown though.

Re:Poor Group to conduct a study of gamers with... (3, Interesting)

American AC in Paris (230456) | more than 10 years ago | (#8250620)

...you're assuming that AOL only surveyed it's user base. That's probably not the case. Most of the articles I've seen regarding cite several thousand participants in a nationwide, online survey; it makes no mention that the survey was restricted to AOL's subscriber base. (I haven't yet managed to find the report itself--please set me straight if I'm wrong on this.)

Just because AOL is doing the study doesn't mean they're only polling their own users. After all, a political pollster will (usually) want everybody's opinion, whether or not that person says they're of the same political party as the candidate who's doing the poll...

the survey is bs (-1, Flamebait)

Alfred P McLovely II (751456) | more than 10 years ago | (#8250335)

Yea, this survey is BS, I wish Slashdot would have thrown that idea out. Aol is obvisiously trying to work that audience. /. should have an editorial opinion on something so obvious.

Women over 40...First Person Shooters (3, Funny)

atomic-penguin (100835) | more than 10 years ago | (#8250382)

Picture middle aged women everywhere yelling "200 Frags Per Hour, woohoo!"

Lots of housewives playing daytime Quake 3 Arena (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8250404)

All talking with each other about what their husbands are going to do. That's a negative. But OTOH they are easy to frag.

Survey link, facts, info (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8250556)

The AOL press release is here [aoltimewarner.com] . The precis: women over 40 who play games are more likely to play for extended time periods than gamers from other demographics. This does not mean that 15-year-old CounterStrike players are "outnumbered by middle aged and older women" playing PopCap.

The survey itself was conducted by Digital Marketing Services, a joint AOL/MARC Research company that does online opinion survey research. Although online polls suffer from various biases, the OpinionPlace.com [opinionplace.com] polls use pre-interview demo weights to help reduce some of those skews. (Though my doubts are not, of course, dissipated by their reassurances.)

Finally, candidate for "most disturbing graf" must be this:

Despite busy schedules, female gamers over 40 make time for their preferred hobby. Twenty-eight percent of them play games between midnight and 5:00 a.m., considerably more than men or teenage game-players. In fact, nearly half of these women (44 percent) said that they spend less time watching TV or movies, reading, exercising or spending time outside as a result of their online gaming habits.
-Watchful Babbler (where's that damned account password?)

Finally an answer to (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8250600)

Where are all the old women at?!

Biggest? (2, Funny)

heliocentric (74613) | more than 10 years ago | (#8250627)

Biggest Online Gamers

Great, so they are old, but do you really have to call them "fat," too?

Women 40 are the only ones still using AOL (nt) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8250822)

NT

My statistic (0, Offtopic)

Tom7 (102298) | more than 10 years ago | (#8250830)

I'd say that humans over 0 are the biggest online gamers.

Re:My statistic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8257404)

I'd say that you are the biggest online dork.

Re:My statistic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8257886)

Thanks. The point of my post was to call into ridicule their arbitrary choice of groups to compare. Women over 40 is a lot of people!

The Survey (3, Funny)

ReciprocityProject (668218) | more than 10 years ago | (#8251297)

Earn 20,000,000,000 FREE hours of AOL! Before you can sign on, please just fill out this short survey. The information you provide will help us better serve you!

1. Compared to men or teens, how much time do 40 year old women spend playing online games?
o 0-10% More
o 11-20% More
o 21-30% More
o 31-40% More
o 41-50% More
o 51-60% More

2. Are 40 year old women, on average, more likely to play online games than men or teens?
o Yes
o No
o Note Sure

3. Do 40 year old women convert their online relationships into real-life relationships, if they in fact have any online relationships?
o Yes
o No
o Note Sure

4. Are you a 40 year old woman?
o Yes
o No
o Not Sure

5. Have you or do you plan to respond to this survey?
o Yes
o No
o Not Sure

6. If you answered yes to the above two questions, do you spend less time watching TV or movies, reading or being physically active because of your online game play?
o Yes
o No
o Not Sure
o I did not answer yes to the above two questions
o I'm not sure if I answered yes to the above two questions

7. Who is conducting this survey?
o Services for Digital Marketing
o Digital Marketing Services
o Marketing Services, Digital
o Marketing Digital Services

8. When do you prefer to play online games?
o Midnight - 1:00 AM
o 1:00 AM - 2:00 AM
o 2:00 AM - 3:00 AM
o 3:00 AM - 4:00 AM
o 4:00 AM - 5:00 AM

9. Which of the following cities strikes you as most "game happy:"
o Chicago and New York
o San Francisco and Orlando
o Atlanta and Boston
o Paris and Berlin

10. (Last question) How many people are responding to this survey?
o 12,214
o 15
o 1,243
o 7,654
o 3,613

11 (We lied) This survey was conducted between:
o Mid-December and mid-January
o Early December and early January
o Late December and late January

Biggest online gamers? (0, Redundant)

Rallion (711805) | more than 10 years ago | (#8251495)

What are we talking about, here, like 250, 300 pounds?

I'm really sorry. I couldn't help it.

Disturbed (0, Flamebait)

D0X (749210) | more than 10 years ago | (#8251645)

wow thats interesting... and Disturbing so your saying is when i play counterstrike that i am playing ageinst Women at the age or 40....? WEll that freaky as hell.. mental note to self never talk to online chicks again...

I foresee a new website coming soon... (1)

JDRipper (610930) | more than 10 years ago | (#8251932)

www.gamermilfs.com The hottest gamer babes over 40....ready to play with your joystick.

Who is probably browsing more? (3, Interesting)

eviljolly (411836) | more than 10 years ago | (#8252110)

"The survey was conducted online with 3,613 respondents between mid-December and mid-January, the company said."

But while we are playing our fps games (ad free), the women are online playing their web based games and suddenly this window pops up asking them to take a survey. Of course the it's going to be a little biased.

Re:Who is probably browsing more? (1)

WebGangsta (717475) | more than 10 years ago | (#8257283)

Taking this one step further, did the survey pool consist solely of AOL users? I'm thinking that based on the information in the article (chat-room activity and online romance included) that this is indicative of an AOL-biased report.

On the other hand, this would also show a broader base of AOL users than the typical 10-year-old boy.

Oh you've done it now.. (1)

Scooter (8281) | more than 10 years ago | (#8257456)

I just had an image flash before my eyes of a 3wave Capture strike game where the red team burts into the blue base to find the blue players standing or sitting around the flag holding survey forms and sucking a pen.... "sarge - can I put this flag down?" "has anyone got anything to lean on?" "oh bugger the flags gone.."

Yep, Survey is BS. (4, Informative)

JavaLord (680960) | more than 10 years ago | (#8252188)

AOL got opinionplace.com [opinionplace.com] to do the survey for them. Now if you look behind the BS that opinionplace and AOL throw at you about how "scientific" their data is, go to the opinion palace webpage and check out their FAQ. They give people AADVANTAGE miles for every survey they fill out. What are AAdvantage miles? They are American Airlines miles used twards getting a discount on flights.

This skews the data in all sorts of wierd ways, starting with the people taking it are the types who would sign up for such programs on the internet. Not to mention, how many 15 year old males care about Frequent flyer miles? Hell, how many savvy internet users would give their personal information up for some survey scam?

The conclusion drawn from this survey should be "Women over 40 are more likely to have gator installed on their machine and participate in stupid online surveys for some minimal payoff".....ok maybe that was a bit harsh....

If there is one truth about statistics in general, it's that if you play around with the numbers enough you can make surveys say whatever you want.

Re:Yep, Survey is BS. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8253102)

Nice theory. The only question that remains is: why would anyone design a survey that would skew the results towards 40 year old women? Sure, it might be an elaborate market research scam, to get companies who are interested in some demographic to buy ads in online games, but is that a sound business practice? No. Market research firms have to maintain a certain amount of integrity if they want to stay in business.

I can only assume you hate statistics because you have a less than average IQ.

Oh. (1)

focitrixilous P (690813) | more than 10 years ago | (#8252863)

You mean those people who say "dun shoot me hun LOL" on shooters ARE actually women?

Well, of course... (2, Funny)

scot4875 (542869) | more than 10 years ago | (#8253853)

Twenty-eight percent of them play games between midnight and 5:00 a.m., considerably more than men or teenage game-players.

Well, yeah. Midnight to 5:00 a.m. is pr0n time for those other demographics.

--Jeremy

Hmmm...age or waistline? (1)

Mr. Piddle (567882) | more than 10 years ago | (#8254263)


The title omits units, so perhaps both?

FPS Kids? (2, Insightful)

Inominate (412637) | more than 10 years ago | (#8254442)

The late night going-to-bed-at-dawn players aren't the FPS kids. It's the people who go that far out of thier way to avoid them.

So what you're saying is... (1)

Lord Kano (13027) | more than 10 years ago | (#8256147)

if I want to fulfill those fantasies about hot older women, I need to brush up on the Literati and Conasta Skillz?

LK

Who cares. (1)

Zangief (461457) | more than 10 years ago | (#8257095)

The videogame industry won't care, mainly because they don't have a way to make those over 40 women to buy a PS2/GC/Xbox to have them play "scrabble Xtreme" or whatever.

Nintendo has been trying to expand the market, with Animal Crossing and the Mario Party games which, while not geared towards women, are appealing to everybody. The Sims are big in this also.

But that it is. Since there is a big supply of online games that aim to this segment,W>40 (Yahoo, etc), there is no way EA can milk some big bucks from them.

Needs to be said (1)

Artificer (186606) | more than 10 years ago | (#8266729)

Something to keep in mind is that 64% of all statistics are made up.
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