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What/who is a "power" game has been going on for sometime. For some reason people want to belive that it's children, (those under 21) that are the "power" gamers or collage age kids with no life and are to ugly to get girlfriends.
If that makes feel better, don't read the rest. Just keep chanting that to yourselfs over and over.
Since your still reading I'm assuming you are in fact interesting in learning a little about the real demographics of On-line gaming. Don't let this site fool you. The average MMORPG.com poster is about 18. The average MMORPG player is 28.
Case #1. In the below graphic you can see that MMORPG's players are either young males, or woman over 40's. But notice that the vast magority of players are over the age of 21. Even more generally you can predict that the average person you meet will be over 23.
What's more interesting is why woman after the age 25 start playing games, and males over the same age stop.
In another recent study by AOL: http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/fun.games/02/11/video.games.women.reut/
"AOL, a unit of CNN's parent company Time Warner Inc. , released a study showing that U.S. women over the age of 40 spend nearly 50 percent more time each week playing online games than men and are more likely to play online games daily than men or teens. "
"More than a quarter of those women, the survey found, play their favorite games between midnight and 5 a.m."
While the polled woman tend to favor puzzle games, allot of that will still carry over in MMORPG's.
Back to Nick Yee.
The average person plays MMORPG's 17-25 hours a week. (before you get all holy about that this fact, remember the average male watchs 29 hours of TV a week, and the average female 34: http://www.state.sd.us/doh/Nutrition/TV.pdf)
Socializers tend to play an average of 8.5 hours MORE played per week. The concept of "more time game = more achivement in game" is 100% false. It's how you use the time you have, not the amount of it that deterems your wealth in the game.
The short, short version.
The average player is quickly becoming your mothers and grandmothers. The whole concept that kids play MMORPG's is wrong. Kids play PS2 or GameCube.
The concept that "power" gamers play allot is wrong. They play about half as much that the average american is watching TV. Futher Soical players are the ones that are seldom logging out.
If your not happy with your game experance you have no one blame but yourself.
"We're a game that's focused on grouping and on solo play, you know, more group oriented, more solo play..."
John Blakely Senior lead for EQ2. Link