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February 6, 2007 at 12:16 PM

A day for casual games

Following news that RealNetworks purchased a Brazilian casual games company today, Microsoft released a survey today regarding its own casual games site — MSN Games.

The survey, which Microsoft commissioned, found that Americans are feeling more stressed out and starved for time than ever, with 56 percent of men 18 to 34 and 71 percent of women 18 to 34 spending less than an hour on themselves a day engaged in activities that provide downtime or alone time.

Playing casual games, such as arcade, puzzle, word and trivia games, and card and board games, is one of the activities men and women said they like to engage in when they have just 20 minutes to “recharge” during the day.

Each month, Microsoft said more than 13 million people play games on MSN Games, such as Sudoku, Fish Tycoon, Bejeweled 2 and Uno.

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