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Tuesday, August 24, 2004
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8:11 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

A report published last week by statisticians The NPD Group indicate that a large percentage of online gamers prefer using Macs & PCs over Sony's Playstation 2 and Microsoft's Xbox for playing online.

In a study of 15,700 gamers, aged 18 to 44, sixty per cent of the respondents preferred playing online to single-player gaming. Of those, a "significant percentage" preferred to play online on their Macs & PCs, rather than with either of the leading game console systems.

According the The NPD Group, the home computer's advantage dates back to the beginning of the internet in the early 90's, when home computers where the only way to play against opponents online. In comparison, mobile gaming, a fairly young technology, was preferred by only ten percent of those polled.

The research group's further results are also noteworthy - 60% of home computer players spend their gaming time online, while only 40% prefer offline gaming. In the console world, only 40% of gamers prefer online gaming, while 60% of console users prefer solo gaming.

Furthermore, the male/female ratio of home computer gamers is almost even, with 53 percent of computer gamers being male and 47 percent female. On the console-side, the ratio is more testosterone-imbalanced; 88% of console players are male, and only 12% of console players are female.

The NPD Group: Attitudes And Behaviors Of Online Gamers

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