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Survey: Four in 10 Play Video Games

9 May, 2006 By: John Latchem

A new AP-AOL Games poll indicates 40% of Americans play video games on a computer or console gaming system.

The survey, by polling firm Ipsos, is based on telephone interviews with 3,024 adults, including 1,046 gamers, from the United States. The results were weighted to represent the population by demographic factors such as age, sex, region, race and income.

Of those who play video games, 45% said they have played games online. Although 32% said they spend less than one hour per week playing games, 17% played for two hours each week, 13% spent four to five hours playing games, and 10% played for 10 hours or more.

Gamers usually play by themselves, with 63% reporting so, while among those who play online, 18% reported forming an ongoing friendship from playing with strangers.

Casual games, like card or board games, were most popular, with 29% preference. Strategy games were listed as the favorite of 17% of gamers, with action games earning 16%, followed by sports at 13%, and role-playing games at 12%.

Most gamers spent less than $100 on gaming in the past year, with 27% spending nothing and 31% spending less than $100. This includes spending on consoles, accessories, software and online charges. Five percent spent more than $1,000.

The survey found gamers tend to watch more television, with 17% watching eight to 10 hours each week, 14% watching 11-15 hours, 16% watching 16 to 25 hours and 15% watching more than 25 hours.

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