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Seattle Named Gamiest City

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the thank-the-rain dept.

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GameDailyBiz is reporting on a list compiled by Sperling's BestPlaces, in which the top videogaming cities in the country are named. They look at number of consoles per household, game rentals, games purchased, and amount of online gaming in the area. Seattle got top spot, followed by Minneapolis/St. Paul and Atlanta. From the article: "Microsoft and BestPlaces, citing results from 2005 Entertainment Software Association findings, also pointed to the increasing age of the average gamer and how the gender gap is narrowing. The average age of a gamer is now 30, and 19 percent of gamers are actually older than 50. While there are still more male than female gamers, it's not as lopsided as it once was. About 55 percent of players are male and approximately 43 percent are female."

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It's just so easy. (1)

Maradine (194191) | more than 7 years ago | (#15256499)

About 55 percent of players are male and approximately 43 percent are female.

I'd make the Unix joke, but I've already been in front of a firing squad today, once was enough.

Gamiest. (4, Funny)

HTTP Error 403 403.9 (628865) | more than 7 years ago | (#15256519)

Seattle is the gamiest city? How about taking a shower! Try some deodorant!

Re:Gamiest. (1)

Peyna (14792) | more than 7 years ago | (#15257019)

1.
  a. Having the flavor or odor of game, especially game that is slightly spoiled.
  b. Ill-smelling; rank.
2. Showing an unyielding spirit; plucky: a gamy little mare that loved to run.
3.
  a. Corrupt; tainted: "those considerable forces in America that appear to be tired of the old politics (particularly the gamy municipal variety)" (Tom Wicker).
  b. Sordid; seamy.
  c. Sexually suggestive; racy.

So which definition is it that best describes seattle? I'm betting on

Gamiest City (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15256520)

"Gamiest City"

Here is we where we fill slashdot's daily quota of B.O. jokes...

Seattle is close to Redmond (1)

gcnaddict (841664) | more than 7 years ago | (#15256541)

Ok, we always associate Redmond to Microsoft, but the original King of Video Games (Nintendo) also resides in Redmond.

Seeing as to how Redmond is, what, 30-50 miles away from Seattle, is it really a surprise that Seattle is Gamer's Haven?
On another note, here's an interesting bug [imageshack.us] (its an image) in Slashdot (I dont know what it means, but if Im to take a guess, I'm being informed of the upcoming story even though I'm not a subscriber -_-;;)

Re:Seattle is close to Redmond (1)

edwdig (47888) | more than 7 years ago | (#15256615)

The red title means the story is under construction. I'm assuming that means the story is in the middle of being edited. I saw a few stories like that last week on the front page. Stories that show the writeup will have the under construction notice.

Re:Seattle is close to Redmond (3, Informative)

HTTP Error 403 403.9 (628865) | more than 7 years ago | (#15256624)

Seeing as to how Redmond is, what, 30-50 miles away from Seattle
Driving on 520, it feels like 30-50 miles but Redmond is really about ten miles from Seattle.

Re:Seattle is close to Redmond (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15256885)

It's about 10 to 15 miles from the outskirts of Seattle to Nintendo. It takes me about 25 minutes to get to Nintendo (where I work) from Seattle's Fremont district at a very early hour and about 1 hour to get back home in full-on traffic.

Microsoft's campus starts literally next door although I don't know which building houses the games division as it's rather extensive. I bet neither company foresaw being in the same business someday when they both set up there about 20 years ago.

The other 2%... (4, Funny)

paladinwannabe2 (889776) | more than 7 years ago | (#15256548)

"About 55 percent of players are male and approximately 43 percent are female."

The other 2% are CmdrTaco.

Re:The other 2%... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15257873)

Actually, we have a pretty high number of transsexuals in Seattle. Not 2%, I'd think, but only our gynecologists would know for sure. :)

Wow, Seattle is great (1)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 7 years ago | (#15256550)

lots of gamers, plenty of attractive east asian women, AND Sir Mix-a-lot's coat. Damn, I really should move there!

In other news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15256620)

San Francisco was named "Gaymiest" city, followed closely by West Hollywood.

Re:In other news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15257035)

Wow, a joke about San Francisco and gay people, you really are original!

75% chance of rain (2, Funny)

Cy Sperling (960158) | more than 7 years ago | (#15256639)

9 months of rain a year? Hell yeah I am going to play me some games...

weather factors (1)

kninja (121603) | more than 7 years ago | (#15257060)

MPLS/ST.Paul was number 2. It's cold there.
Atlanta was number 3. I've never been there, but I imagine it gets pretty hot and humid outside...

I think you're on to something.

Re:weather factors (1)

ToasterofDOOM (878240) | more than 7 years ago | (#15259297)

Yeah, I live in Metro Atlanta and it can get very muggy here (although nowhere near as bad as Mobile Alabama) and several people I know from the north have said that in winter Atlanta is the coldest place they have been as it remains humid and the cold is much more biting and noticeable. My friends and I generally just kick back in the summers and game around the clock.

Re:75% chance of rain (1)

AgentDib (931969) | more than 7 years ago | (#15257223)

We do get a lot of seasonal rain here, especially in the fall, but the summers are amazing and vibrantly green. We have one of the most physically active populations with a huge percentage of people taking advantage of the extensive national park system in Washington State. As a result of this Seattle currently ranks 4th nationally in Sperling's best places for "Healthiest" city - San Francisco was 3rd with a similar climate.

Sure, people like to make jokes about the weather here in Seattle - but don't let that deceive you into thinking as a city we don't spend much time outdoors.

Seattle does have many popular tech companies including Microsoft and Nintendo and the workforce/job market is very tech oriented. Combine that with a large group of 20-30 somethings and a pretty limited night-life and I think the answer is a lot more obvious than the weather.

Re:75% chance of rain (1)

Saige (53303) | more than 7 years ago | (#15257370)

Shhh, stop it! Don't give things away... remember, the reason we tell people it rains so much here is to keep down the number of people moving to the area. If we stop doing that, word may get out that this is one of the best places to live in the country, and next thing you know, we're flooded with people!

I actually used to think people joked when they'd tell me that... then I kept hearing it from so many people, I think there's truth to it. The stories about the rain are deceptive - and one trip here in late May/early June will convince you just how wonderful this place can be.

Easy (1)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 7 years ago | (#15256671)

Younger populations with good amounts of disposable income? Check. Lots of tech and financial services in these areas.

Crappy weather for a large portion of the year? Check (ATL is nasty in the summer, SEA has a little problem with cloud cover and rain for most of the year, and MN winters...).

Re:Easy (1)

SalMoriarty (211240) | more than 7 years ago | (#15258757)

let's not forget about phoenix (#5). arizona state mega-versity and a much younger is starting to move downtown. tons of disposable income. ATL may be nasty in the summer, but its already starting to crack 100 in phoenix (and don't give me the humidity argument, at least it cools down at night; it stays around 100 until about 2 in the morning). the heat will be probably let up around october. phoenix is perfect in the top 5.

43% female? (1)

MagicDude (727944) | more than 7 years ago | (#15256686)

The comment about 55% being male and 43% female, aside from being 2% short, has little meaning if they don't define how they're measuring those numbers. Are they just counting the number of people who've ever played a video game. Does that 43% female count any girl who's ever dropped a quarter into a pac-man machine at the bowling alley? I would imagine that if you looked at other measures of video gaming that males are still well in command, such as total hours spent playing video games, or amount of money spent on video games.

Ummmm... Seatle is the worst smelling place?? (1)

technoextreme (885694) | more than 7 years ago | (#15256741)

I would have thought that honor would have been bestowed upon Staten Island. (Note: Read the headline to get the joke. Gamiest is a word but it's definition doesn't match anything related to video games.)

Which Definition... (1)

Loualbano2 (98133) | more than 7 years ago | (#15256837)

...did the submitter have in mind?

gamy also gamey Pronunciation (gm)
adj. gamier, gamiest
1.a. Having the flavor or odor of game, especially game that is slightly spoiled.
b. Ill-smelling; rank.

2. Showing an unyielding spirit; plucky: a gamy little mare that loved to run.

3.a. Corrupt; tainted: "those considerable forces in America that appear to be tired of the old politics (particularly the gamy municipal variety)" Tom Wicker.
b. Sordid; seamy.
c. Sexually suggestive; racy.

Seattle? Gamiest? (3, Funny)

BearRanger (945122) | more than 7 years ago | (#15256870)

I do not think that word means what you think it means.

Did someone secretly teleport Seattle to France when I wasn't looking?

98% of statistics are STUPID (1)

AdamThirteenth (857966) | more than 7 years ago | (#15257211)

My mom and my sister both play bejeweled, my grandma plays a slot machine game (religiously) so they're fucking up the averages.

PS - Redmond is much closer than 30-50 miles... more like 15-20. The Microsoft area is like a commune.

Oh, and we don't smell... That's Tacoma.

Tacoma Stench (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15258953)

It it Tacoma proper, or the Walmart in Tacoma?

See the Walmart DIY Thread for the basis of this joke....stinking poor walmart shoppers....

more like "rainiest" city (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15258173)

Seattle is probably the most rainy, gray, and depressing city in the US.
Kurt Cobain anyone?

Maybe they should move to some place that doesnt suck. fwiw im posting from texas. please, no chuck norris jokes :-D

Re:more like "rainiest" city (1)

alanoneil (749691) | more than 7 years ago | (#15259271)

Actually, it's not the rain that makes it so depressing 10 months out of the year. It's just the constant cloud cover and threat of rain. And water stays on the ground here too. A week after a rain, we're still seeing our reflections in the sidewalk more than our shadows.

Plus summer's actually not that bad. I guess we're getting the better end of global warming/cooling/drying/wetting/whatever the flavor environmental change is going on right now.

WHy not San Francisco (1)

The Agony (941401) | more than 7 years ago | (#15258958)

Not only is Silicon Valley and EA right below us, but SF houses the big three internet gamming sites, Gamespot, IGN and Gamespy, as well as EGM and 1up, along wiht all there sister and brother magazine and sites.

well that explains everyting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15259432)

No wonder I STILL can't find an xbox around here.
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