Gaming Survey from Penny Arcade Surprises

By way of Kotaku, a survey from the good fellas at Penny Arcade offers some interesting insights into the gaming community. The most amazing part of the survey? Some 38,000 people responded! That’s a lot of people. Many surveys offered by regular news sites usually poll anywhere from 50 to 200 people. It’s also worth noting that the respondees are all of a particular group — that is to say, Penny Arcade afficianados. So while this survey doesn’t tell us much about gaming as a whole (as those who visit Penny Arcade are likely to lean towards the “hard” side of the core), it does give us insight into… well, people like us, I suppose.

The highlights from the survey:

Average Age: 26

Boy/Girl Split: 94% Boys, 6% Girls

Internet Usage:
– Cable/DSL: 84.7%
– LAN: 8.0%
– Fios: 3.0%
– WiMax: 0.7%
– 56k Modem: 0.5%
– Other: 3.1%

Average Number of Hours of TV Per Week: 6.1 Hours

Console Ownership:
– PC: 86.3%
– Xbox 360: 54.1%
– Wii: 53.5%
– PS2: 52.7%
– Nintendo DS: 51.5%
– iPhone/iPod: 29.9%
– XBOX: 26.2%
– PS3: 24.5%
– Sony PSP: 20.5%

Average Game Library Collection: 73

Average Gaming Hours/Week: 18

Average Household Income: $66,000

Average Games Purchased/Month: 2

Game Genres Played:
– RPGs: 89.7%
– FPS’: 79.0%
– Platformers: 63.3%
– RTS’: 59.9%
– Turn Based Strat: 56.0%
– Tabletop/CCG: 40.0%
– Simulations: 37.7%
– Web Based: 37.5%
– Driving/Racing: 31.4%
– 2D Fighters: 29.9%
– Shooters: 29.0%
– 3D Fighters: 28.0%
– Sports Games: 14.7%
– Flight Sims: 10.5%

Some things I found interesting: 1) It’s nice to know I’m the average age. 2) My game collection pales in comparison to the average. 3) The average hours spent gaming per week is three times the average hours of TV viewing.

How about you? Do you see yourself in these results?

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