Are You The UK’s Average Gamer?

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35 years old, earning £23,000 a year, plays games for 2.5 hours a day, five days a week – meet the UK’s “average” gamer

You wouldn’t believe how often I hear “Computer games are for kids“, “grow up and get a proper hobby, writing about games is kids business” or even the famous one “games are for nerds, not respectable adults“. Well guess what, you were wrong and I was right nah nah nah naahhh nah *pulls silly childish face*.

Recently a Social Media Network for gamers; Pixwoo.com commissioned some research to show the UK’s average gamer, and the results albeit surprising for you, don’t shock me as much.

A spokesman for Pixwoo.com, which commissioned the research, said:

The image most people have of a gamer is usually a young boy, holed up for hours in end in their bedroom, only stopping the game for food, drink and toilet breaks. But these results show that the stereotype couldn’t be more wrong. Not only are women just as likely to be gamers as men, but we are talking about fully grown adults who work, have a family and are in a relationship.

The study, of 2,000 Brits who consider themselves a ‘gamer’, found that they will spend a total of 12 hours and 32 minutes playing on some kind on console each week.

A spokesman for Pixwoo.com added:

This snapshot into the lives of ordinary gamers disputes many myths about the pastime, showing how integrated gaming is into our daily routine. Pixwoo.com is launching am iPhone and Android app for gamers to share their passion among friends old and new, offering a place to talk about games without being bothered by aspects of other social networks, like pictures of what people are having for dinner.

So what does the average gamer look like? Here’s the detail:

  • Play computer games five days a week, for 2 hours and 32 minutes each day.
  • Will stay up until 10.58pm playing games.
  • Has stayed up until 1.12am on occasion.
  • Owns two different consoles.
  • Owns 18 games.
  • Can complete a game in four-and-a-half weeks.
  • Will go to a midnight opening for a new game once a year, spending four hours queuing each time.
  • Has two rows a week with their partner about gaming.
  • Has five online friends in the gaming community.
  • Is 35 years old.
  • Earns £23,244 a year.
  • Is married or in a relationship.
  • Has one child.
  • Drives a Ford, Vauxhall or BMW.
  • Works almost 32 hours a week.

So there we have it. Gaming is an adult thing to do therefore confirming my belief that writing for and about this industry is a grown up hobby.

What do you think? Does the above describe you? Are you an ‘average gamer’? Let us know in the comments below.

Self proclaimed RPG expert, Social Media 'Guru', games reviewer and PR wannabe - Kris has been hanging around gaming communities for 10+ years forcing his opinion upon anyone that will listen. Former Xbox Ambassador, Xbox Xpert & Winter 09 Xtival Steward he is also a Windows Phone Ambassador! Look him up on Twitter; @KrisWB.