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May 2, 2006 at 9:57 AM

Seattle tops video gaming list

Seattle is the top video gaming city in the United States, according to Sperling’s BestPlaces and Microsoft. Bert Sperling, who runs the BestPlaces city guide site, conducted a survey of video game playing among major cities and found that the top 15 U.S. gaming cities, in order, are:

Seattle

Minneapolis-St. Paul

Atlanta

Detroit

Phoenix-Mesa

Washington, D.C.

St. Louis

Boston

San Diego

Philadelphia

Chicago

Dallas

Houston

San Francisco

New York

There are some odd things about this survey. First, Sperling measured the number of video game systems per household, including Xbox 360, Xbox, PlayStation 2, GameCube and Windows-based PCs. Why didn’t he include any of Nintendo’s handheld systems or Sony’s PSP? And what percentage of Windows PC owners actually play video games on their machines?

Sperling also measured the number of games purchased, the number of game rentals and the “frequency of online gameplay via Xbox Live or Windows games.” So online gameplay over a PS2 doesn’t count?

A Microsoft spokeswoman said that the company did not pay Sperling to do the survey, and that he came up with the methodology and the questions on his own. So make of it what you will.

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