The average U.S. gamer is spending more time gaming than ever before, but only 4% of the gaming population is classified by the NPD Group as "Extreme Gamers." What kind of gamer are you?
The NPD group has released the 2010 edition of its Gamer Segmentation report, which looks into gaming and game purchasing habits. The report separates gamers into seven different segments: Extreme Gamers, Avid PC Gamers, Heavy Portable Gamers, Console Gamers, Online PC Gamers, Offline PC Gamers, and Secondary Gamers. The results were gathered from a January 2010 online survey, completed by 18,872 ages two and older.
Looking over the list, I'm not all that sure where I would fall. I tend to play a lot of portable and console titles, but my PC is packed with games, both online and off. As I don't quite meet the requirements for Extreme Gamers (most weeks at least), I guess the NPD would categorize me as a member of the press and not eligible to participate in the study anyway.
So what makes an Extreme Gamer? According to the NPD, it is someone who spends spend 48.5 hours a week playing games. I'm pretty sure there's some rounding and averaging involved there.
Still, even as an average, that's pretty extreme. More than two full days a week? Man, if I regularly gamed more than two full days a week, I'd be...well I'd be myself, 10 years ago.