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August 14, 2006 at 12:04 PM

The motive of the casual gamer

Seattle-based RealNetworks has found in a study the activities a casual gamer prefers, and the findings are perhaps not as stereotypical as you may guess.

A casual game is a video game that requires knowing very few rules; typically, they’re digital puzzles or word or card games.

The study, released today, found that a majority of women aged 40 and over who play casual games would rather spend time playing a game than knit, hunt, fix an automobile, do household chores, paint the house, or golf.

Not surprising.

However, check out the results for the men aged 40 and over. Of that demographic, 5 percent of men would rather knit; 17 percent would rather play a musical instrument; 32 percent would rather do chores; 53 percent would rather cook; and 47 percent would rather garden.

RealNetworks hired Harris Interactive to conduct the study. Participating in the online poll were 1,302 adults, including 535 women over the age of 40.

What do you think? Participate in our own poll here.

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