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Post by big_jesus Tue Aug 25, 2009 6:48 pm

http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2009/08/gamers-are-sad/

When you think of a hard-core gamer, do you picture a teenage boy battling his friends in World of Warcraft?

Think again.

The average gamer, far from being a teen, is actually a 35-year-old man who is overweight, aggressive, introverted and … often depressed, according to a report (.pdf) out this week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The study also showed when children and teenagers become game players, a trend toward physical inactivity and corresponding health problems extends and exacerbates into adulthood.

“Among researchers, there is growing concern and uncertainty about the health consequences of videogame playing,” the CDC reported. “Given the ubiquity of video games — industry estimates suggest that they are played in 65 percent of American households — these concerns may be justified.”

The study notes that half of gamers are between 18 and 49 years old, while 25 percent are 50 and older. The CDC also pointed out that of online gamers aged 8 to 34, nearly 12 percent showed multiple signs of addiction.

The study, based on a 2006 online survey of 552 people between the ages of 19 and 90 who were living in the Seattle/Tacoma area of Washington state, also shows differences between male and female gamers.

Men reported that gaming gives them a “reason to get together,” while women are looking more for a diversion than social interaction. Despite their differing reasons for playing, many of the health effects remained the same.

Jim McGregor, an analyst at In-Stat, noted that his concern isn’t just with gaming but with social networks, as well.

“My issue is that it’s not just gaming. It’s social networking. It’s the web in general,” said McGregor. “We’ve gained so much, but still it puts people in front of a computer screen for hours on end. It gives Americans just another reason to be fat, dumb and lazy.”

According to the CDC, both male and female gamers were more likely to report being overweight, having more poor-mental-health days and being less socially outgoing. Women, however, were more apt to deal with depression and report more health issues than women who aren’t gamers. For men, they reported more obesity.

“One interpretation of these findings is that, among women, videogame playing may be a form of digital self-medication…. In short, they can literally take their minds off their worries while playing a videogame.” noted the CDC. “Among men, the association among sedentary behaviors, physical inactivity and overweight status observed in children and young adults may extend into adulthood.”
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Post by big_jesus Tue Aug 25, 2009 6:48 pm

i guess it's obvious though
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Post by Talon Tue Aug 25, 2009 7:17 pm

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Post by Honor Tue Aug 25, 2009 7:36 pm

i am so the poster child for that article. :aris:
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Post by Tailhappy Tue Aug 25, 2009 7:46 pm

honor m4n wrote:i am so the poster child for that article. :aris:

Time to move to Seattle.
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Post by Omni Tue Aug 25, 2009 10:05 pm

honor m4n wrote:i am so the poster child for that article. :aris:

Honestly I don't know how the fuck you're addicted to so many video games. I was checking out your games on live last night and you've gotten 1000 gamerscore points on some games I wouldn't even be interested in playing at all.
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Post by dunnas Tue Aug 25, 2009 10:21 pm

Being an achievement whore is a whole other issue. I know a few of those. :jay:

As for this article, i'm flying 2 hours to the Gold coast tomorrow for a 5 day Xbox 360 LAN with another forum i'm on for Aussie gamers who are at least 24 years old. :roflmao:

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Post by Talon Tue Aug 25, 2009 10:52 pm

OMG sausage fest!

Nice place to just sit in the living room and play Xbox. :shrug:
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Post by JaysonAych Tue Aug 25, 2009 11:22 pm

I'm below average because I'm not quite 35 yet :mellow:

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Post by dunnas Tue Aug 25, 2009 11:25 pm

Talon wrote:OMG sausage fest!

Nice place to just sit in the living room and play Xbox. :shrug:
There's 2 girls going actually. ^_^

We're not just going to be playing multiplayer games the whole time. There will be plenty of drinking, swimming and drinking, playing pool in the actual on site pub and drinking, tennis and drinking, rockband and singstar and drinking. :undies: A few of us are going paintballing on saturday too. There will also be some drinking.

Plus, it's only costing us US$145 each for 4 nights there. Tell me a cheaper option for accommodation for 20 people and also a space big enough to comfortably fit 20 linked 360's and monitors as well as larger screens for communal games and somewhere to set up a projector.
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Post by Aristotle Tue Aug 25, 2009 11:28 pm

sounds cool.
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Post by Honor Wed Aug 26, 2009 12:38 am

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honor m4n wrote:i am so the poster child for that article. :aris:

Honestly I don't know how the fuck you're addicted to so many video games. I was checking out your games on live last night and you've gotten 1000 gamerscore points on some games I wouldn't even be interested in playing at all.

Like which ones? Madden I can understand because you said you're not really a foosball fan but which other ones? All the games on there more or less are good games. Besides King Kong and Superman Returns. :roflmao:


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Post by Honor Wed Aug 26, 2009 12:40 am

dunnas wrote:Being an achievement whore is a whole other issue. I know a few of those. :jay:

As for this article, i'm flying 2 hours to the Gold coast tomorrow for a 5 day Xbox 360 LAN with another forum i'm on for Aussie gamers who are at least 24 years old. :roflmao:

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I am an achievement whore to some extent but I only do it with games I would be playing anyway. I don't go out and buy games like Viva Pinata or something to try to get the points on those. I know achievements and gamer points are basically worthless but it's still satisfying to try to collect them all, or as many as I can at least. Plus sometimes the stuff you have to do to get them is actually fun.

But the pigeon hunt in GTA4? That was awful. :mercifulend:
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Post by Honor Wed Aug 26, 2009 12:44 am

And I was addicted to video games loooooong before achievements came along. :jay:
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Post by Omni Wed Aug 26, 2009 1:02 am

honor m4n wrote:
dunnas wrote:Being an achievement whore is a whole other issue. I know a few of those. :jay:

As for this article, i'm flying 2 hours to the Gold coast tomorrow for a 5 day Xbox 360 LAN with another forum i'm on for Aussie gamers who are at least 24 years old. :roflmao:

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I am an achievement whore to some extent but I only do it with games I would be playing anyway. I don't go out and buy games like Viva Pinata or something to try to get the points on those. I know achievements and gamer points are basically worthless but it's still satisfying to try to collect them all, or as many as I can at least. Plus sometimes the stuff you have to do to get them is actually fun.

But the pigeon hunt in GTA4? That was awful. :mercifulend:

They're more than just "basically" worthless... :lol:
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Post by Honor Wed Aug 26, 2009 2:01 am

Not really. If you enjoy getting them like me and alot of other people do, then they arent.
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Post by Honor Wed Aug 26, 2009 4:34 am

I can't believe this shit is real and not a parody. Coming soon! :facepalm:

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Post by Tailhappy Wed Aug 26, 2009 7:58 am

:sids motherfuckin a
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Post by Omni Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:15 am

honor m4n wrote:Not really. If you enjoy getting them like me and alot of other people do, then they arent.

The thing that's stupid about them is that they do nothing. You don't get anything for them at all so why subject yourself to sometimes insanely tedious tasks for no reward?
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Post by Honor Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:37 am

the reward is getting the achievement itself..
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Post by Talon Wed Aug 26, 2009 11:12 am

Man I couldn't care less about those achievements. Most of them make playing the game a pita rather than having fun with it.
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Post by Honor Wed Aug 26, 2009 12:40 pm

id say most of them arent that bad. the multiplayer ones are the real pain in the ass most of the time.but its just one of those things. you either like collecting them, or you dont. kinda like pokemon or pogs, or something. :rapist:
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Post by VS Wed Aug 26, 2009 7:39 pm

Fuck consoles....I just spent way too much money on new computer parts
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Post by JaysonAych Wed Aug 26, 2009 11:19 pm

honor m4n wrote:id say most of them arent that bad. the multiplayer ones are the real pain in the ass most of the time.but its just one of those things. you either like collecting them, or you dont. kinda like pokemon or pogs, or something. :rapist:

It depends on the game. The pigeon one in GTA4 is bullshit because unless you cheated and got a map off of GameFAQs or something, there's no fucking way in hell you'd ever get it. However, there are some games that have little side missions or mini-games that you can get achievements for completing, and often times I was going to do those anyway.

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Post by Honor Wed Aug 26, 2009 11:22 pm

the pigeons were awful. getting all the stunt jumps in saints row 2 was pretty fun though. i decked my guy out in black leather and shades, and he drove around in a flat black bootlegger (muscle car) with a blower sticking out of the hood getting all the jumps. :talon2:
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Post by Tailhappy Thu Aug 27, 2009 12:13 am

honor m4n wrote:the pigeons were awful. getting all the stunt jumps in saints row 2 was pretty fun though. i decked my guy out in black leather and shades, and he drove around in a flat black bootlegger (muscle car) with a blower sticking out of the hood getting all the jumps. :talon2:

No you didn't. There were some that required a motorcycle.
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Post by Honor Thu Aug 27, 2009 12:19 am

like 2. Rolling Eyes
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Post by JaysonAych Thu Aug 27, 2009 12:38 am

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Post by Honor Thu Aug 27, 2009 1:53 am

Wow, I was just trying to find some people to race with online in Race Pro. NOBODY on. Nobody in ranked, unranked, quick search, custom matches, nothing.

I've never seen anything like that before. :tumbleweed:
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Post by Talon Thu Aug 27, 2009 9:03 am

It's probably because no one cares.

The only game I've ever played online (with any consistency) is Street Fighter IV. Get it for PS3 honor and we'll play. You can get them cheap used probably. I suck... seriously.
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Post by Honor Thu Aug 27, 2009 12:10 pm

But I already have it for 360. :undies:
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Post by Talon Thu Aug 27, 2009 12:31 pm

:undies:
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Post by Talon Thu Aug 27, 2009 12:32 pm

Trade it in for PS3... :shrug:

Or get a PS3 copy for $21

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Post by Tailhappy Thu Aug 27, 2009 10:13 pm

honor m4n wrote:the pigeons were awful. getting all the stunt jumps in saints row 2 was pretty fun though. i decked my guy out in black leather and shades, and he drove around in a flat black bootlegger (muscle car) with a blower sticking out of the hood getting all the jumps. :talon2:

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Post by Honor Fri Aug 28, 2009 12:42 am

you need a hobby or something.
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Post by Talon Fri Aug 28, 2009 9:17 am

honor m4n wrote:you need a hobby or something.

He needs a bullet with his name on it. -_-
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Post by Honor Mon Aug 31, 2009 3:03 am

so apparently the dude with the highest gamerscore in the world has like 380,000 or something. seriously, how could you find that much time to play? what a sad, sad little man.

i kinda compete with this other kid i know in gamerscore. he is about 1100 points ahead of me, once i pass him i will probably cut back.


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Post by Honor Mon Aug 31, 2009 3:03 am

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honor m4n wrote:you need a hobby or something.

He needs a bullet with his name on it. -_-

i'd say more than one. :aaahahahaaa:
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Post by Aristotle Mon Aug 31, 2009 12:54 pm

honor m4n wrote:so apparently the dude with the highest gamerscore in the world has like 380,000 or something. seriously, how could you find that much time to play? what a sad, sad little man.

i kinda compete with this other kid i know in gamerscore. he is about 1100 points ahead of me, once i pass him i will probably cut back.

it's probably some 9-yr-old kid or something :lol:
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Post by TheLightedPath Mon Aug 31, 2009 7:42 pm

Talon wrote:
honor m4n wrote:you need a hobby or something.

He needs a bullet with his name on it. -_-

OH SNAP!
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