234w ago - Retailer GameStop has claimed that digital game downloads will not really take-off until 2014.
Their study also concludes that gamers are only willing to spend $39 per downloadable game.
To quote: In what it claims is the "most thorough study [of its variety] to date," videogame retailer GameStop has found that digital downloads - like those found on Steam, Impulse, Xbox Live Arcade and other such services - won't be making any real waves until 2014. Er, what?
And even once the strange, mysterious stardate of 2014 brings widespread acceptance of things like "The Internet," apparently only 25 percent of customers will "have access to the technology required to download full games."
Also, the study found that, as of now, gamers are only willing to spend $39 per downloadable game, "so publishers will be less incentivized than some in the industry think."
237w ago - Tokyo-based market researcher Net-Asia has released some new findings in reference to Japanese gaming trends.
The poll noted that out of those surveyed with a PS3, 66 percent of them believed that the graphical prowess of the console was a reason to own it.
To quote: When asked why they owned their respective consoles, 81% of the PS3 owners responded that they bought it for the gamse, while only 52% of Wii owners got their system for the games.
66% of the PS3 owners also cited graphical prowess of the system as a reason to own it, with the Blu-ray player being another reason. 37% of the Wii owners snapped up the console up to be used as a health tool, with other reasons included increasing family communication and to try playing games in a new way.
So there ya have it, the average PS3 owner in Japan is a young graphics addict that tends to enjoy playing action games by themselves.
PS: The pic below is a last-minute Memorial Day 2009 tribute!
245w ago - A recent study of over 1,100 British men found that most of them preferred video games over sex.
Wait, what? Thankfully this study was of PS3 owners, that means Xbox 360, Wii and PC gamers still have some of their dignity intact.
To quote: 1 in 3 British men would prefer to play video games than sleep with their partner, with 72% claiming they'd shun their missus for the night to play a new release.
From a study of 1,130 British men, of those in relationships, 32% that said they would prefer to play video games gave reasons ranging from their "partner being hard to please" to the prospect being "not as much fun" as gaming.
259w ago - The BBC reports that a study has found an unusually high level of bisexuality among women who play online MMO's. The study looked at 2,400 members of the population who played Everquest II.
To quote: I think a lot of our stereotypes are based on the way computer games have been, rather than where they're going.
The pressure to conform to traditional gender roles might mean that some women are put off activities seen as "masculine", whereas women who reject traditional gender roles might be more likely to play MMOs such as EverQuest II.
Perhaps in support of this the survey revealed an unusually high level of bisexuality among the women who took part in the study - over five times higher than the general population.