What Kind Of Gamer Are You?

What Kind Of Gamer Are You?

The average US gamer is spending more time gaming than ever before, but only 4 per cent of the gaming population is classified by the NPD Group as “Extreme Gamers”. What kind of gamer are you?

The NPD group has release the 2010 edition of its Gamer Segmentation report, which looks into the gaming and game purchasing habits. The report separates gamers into seven different segments: Extreme Gamers, Avid PC Gamers, Heavy Portable Gamers, Console Gamers, Online PC Gamers, Offline PC Gamers and Secondary Gamers. The results were gathered from a January 2010 online survey, completed by 18,872 ages two and older.

Looking over the list, I’m not all that sure where I would fall. I tend to play a lot of portable and console titles, but my PC is packed with games, both online and off. As I don’t quite meet the requirements for Extreme Gamers (most weeks at least), I guess the NPD would categorise me as a member of the press and not eligible to participate in the study anyway.

So what makes an Extreme Gamer? According to the NPD, it is someone who spends spend 48.5 hours a week playing games. I’m pretty sure there’s some rounding and averaging involved there.

Still, even as an average, that’s pretty extreme. More than two full days a week? Man, if I regularly gamed more than two full days a week, I’d be… well I’d be myself, 10 years ago.

Overall, US gamers spent an average of 13 hours a week playing, which is a much more manageable amount. That’s up from 12.3 hours from 2009.

The average age of gamers increased over the previous year as well, moving from 31 to 32, with avid PC gamers and offline PC gamers an average of 42-years-old.

No wonder they’re so crotchety.

“With these kinds of shifts in the composition of the gaming consumer and changes in gaming behaviour, it’s clear that the need to understand gamers and their purchase patterns remains critical information to those that develop, market and sell games,” said Anita Frazier, industry analyst, The NPD Group.

As well as aging gamers like myself, grateful to discover there’s at least one gamer segment where I’d be considered underage.



  • Hmm, used to play 13 hrs a wk when i was back in school. Now its alot less. Also i gusse i used to be a console and pc gamer. However these days im more of a console gamer. Ah those were the days, when i had no responsibilities.

    Still, i have never been an extream gamer, no way i ever had that much time on my hands.

  • I haven’t been an “extreme” gamer in a long time. I do have fond memories of losing an entire week playing Zelda OoT pretty much non-stop, finishing Final Fantasy 7 three times, FF8 twice and I don’t want to even think about how many times I played through the old Sonic games (especially Sonic 3 and Knuckles).

    But now?

    Well, I’ve still put in 40 hours in Mass Effect 2 (still haven’t used the Omega 4 relay yet), but that’s been played over about 10 weeks now!

  • I finished a 40-hour playthrough of Final Fantasy X in 5 days, does that count?
    Although, after that, I was kind of fizzed out and didn’t really play anything for a while.

  • I’m probably about 10 hours/week usually, but if there’s a shiny new game, that would probably double, including much longer sessions on the weekends.

  • Same deal with everyone else where I had my whole life to play video games while in school and now I barely have time to finish off all the games I’ve been playing. I have a whole list of 80% completed games.

    On steam I’ve spent 455hrs on TF2, 90hrs on L4D, 30hrs on L4D2.

  • While I was “looking” for work, I was playing games every day.
    Alot of TF2, a couple of console games if there was something new or if friends were over.
    Couldn’t say what sort of time I spent on them, but if you count playing the DS during ad breaks, the number verges on extreme, i’m sure.
    Since full time work started, it’s probably down to roughly 15 hours a week, bit of a rise for good new releases, and for some reason my PC games doesn’t get as much attention as the console.

  • I’m an extreme part-time gamer. Once I start, I’ll binge and play for up to 12hrs a night, but when I finish a game I’ll stay clear of gaming for a few months, apart from RockBand with the kids. If I didn’t make myself stop when I had completed a game, I’d just get into another one and it would end badly.

  • All depends on what games I have available to me, and what other commitments I have.

    Sure, some weeks I might creep up to an ‘extreme’ gamer, but those are few and far between, and usually involve multiplayer parties with friends…

    I’m more of a console gamer, but I also play some online and offline PC titles, and put a not inconsiderable time period into my portables.

  • Depends on a number of factors but these two stick out.

    1. Release caldendar eg. RDR and now Alpha Protocol in the span of a week. Time gaming goes up.
    2. Local retailer has sale and I walk out with four X360 games instead of just the one I was planning to buy. (Splinter Cell Conviction, Bioshock 2, Arkham Asylum and Bourne Conspiracy). Haven’t even put Bioshock 2 into the console yet due to the first dot point.

    Other factors like friends being online, going back to play through your favourites again all have an impact as well. I’m a sucker for series games especially – playing sequals straight after the original.

  • Console gamer… but only because I got tired of upgrading my PC, and my tele is huge compared to my pc moniter.

    As for the hours… it’s probably 15 to 25 a week. It depends on the releases, and what else is going on in my life.

  • Can we get a survey or poll or something whipped together? It’d be cool to know how similar or different the gaming community is to oneself.

  • Don’t think I come close to extreme nowadays. Life and uni take up most of my day. Most of my console games go neglected but I clock in a good number of hours on my PC games both online and off when I get the change..

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