Crispy Gamer

Tune out TV, turn on games


Prime time is no longer the stronghold of television anymore, according to some data released by Nielsen. These days, gamers of all shapes, sizes, genders and ages, are turning to computers and consoles for entertainment. Of course, this data does not yet take into account programs recorded using Tivo and DVR, but it is certainly a shift. And what, if any affect has Hulu had on TV viewing? I know I watch a lot of programs there instead of watching them when they air because it is more convenient. Does this factor into the decline Nielson is seeing?

The most popular console remained the PS2, but usage is on a decline and should be out of the top spot in a few months. The report also suggested that Xbox 360 and PS3 users are more engaged and less likey to watch TV during prime-time.

 So what were the most popular games on the PC? According to the data, which tracks 185,000 PCs (Dec. 2008), free games were the most popular. And by free games I mean solitaire and Minesweeper. When those kinds of games weren't being played, it was World of Warcraft.

More data:

- The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 were the most used consoles with the Wii having the fewest average usage days and the shortest daily average number of sessions of the big three. Of course, the PS2 blew away all three at a whopping 28.3 percent usuage. Of course this usuage is on a downward trend.

- Females 25 years + make up the largest block of PC game players accounting for 46.2 percent of all players and 54.6 percent of all game play minutes in December 2008.

- The most played games on the PC are card games from Microsoft, with the most played game being Solitaire - more than 17 million players for the month of December 2008.


Want more? Read this PDF file or check out the Nielsen Blog.