A new study says that contrary to the image of online gamers as fat, disgusting, maybe autistic, anti-social slobs who subsist on a diet of Cheetos and Mountain Dew in their parents' basements... uh, they're not. Bigpoint, an online-gaming (hmm) company from Germany, surveyed 6000 users and concluded that:

Gamers are sociable individuals, both online and offline. 62% of the surveyed players said they have more friends in real life. ...A total of 28% of the people met most of their friends online but have since gotten to know them in real life. Only a tenth of all gamers said that their only real friends were online gamers. Gamers also like to socialize in their free time. More than half of them — 52% in fact — meet up with their friends regularly each month. A third (34%) even see their friends on a daily basis, though most of these tend to be younger players.

So, potential bias aside, is it actually impressive to see your friends once a month? Would 52% be an impressive figure on that score in any other demographic? My guess is that online gamers are neither as anti-social as pop culture would have it, nor as social as most other people. Most of them are probably not quite as bad as the below. (As a bonus: check out our Sex Advice From World of Warcraft Players.)

Commentarium (17 Comments)

Feb 08 11 - 12:20am

The problem is that the spotlight only goes on the gamers who flip their shit IRL and end up killing someone because they lost a game in Black Ops or something. That and gamers as the social recluses are an easy stereotype to cling on because other than guidos and hipsters, they're a lowest common denominator - it's easy for pretty much everyone to feel good picking on our culture and interests, because those are themselves pretty insulated from the rest of the world society as well. How do you think "The Big Bang Theory" holds its own as comedy? It's basically just blackface for nerds.

Feb 08 11 - 3:45am
mel Gibson

"62% of the surveyed players said they have more friends in real life." Yeah, and I've claimed to have a 9in penis.

Feb 08 11 - 7:15am

"Only a tenth of all gamers said that their only real friends were online gamers." Seriously, this is not a good survey in any way other than how it's framed. A tenth of all online gamers have no real friends? I honestly didn't expect it to be that bad.

Feb 08 11 - 10:39am
Game Err

Could it be that the hardcore nerd gamers, whom everyone looks down on, didn't participte in this survey because they knew they would look bad?

Feb 08 11 - 11:17am

"gamers" have become far too broad a demographic nowadays to be examined in a study like this. you might find that people who play halo online actually have little in common with say, people who play world of warcraft online. actually, many WoW players are functioning, married adults, with jobs and kids and everything.

Feb 08 11 - 4:51pm

Hah! Chec k out the Co-Producers name in the Law & Order SVU clip.

Feb 08 11 - 10:42pm
That Guy

Anyone else catch the co-producers name?

Feb 08 11 - 10:44pm
That Other Guy

That Guy is a noob!

Feb 08 11 - 10:44pm
That Other Guy

Sorry I didn't see the other comment... and I'm not a noob...

Feb 08 11 - 10:45pm
That Other Other Guy

Shut up the both of you!

Feb 08 11 - 11:10pm

still nerds

Feb 08 11 - 11:11pm

Xbox tourney out of South Korea? Rediculous. Totally unbelieveable. There's only Starcraft tourney's in South Korea.

Feb 09 11 - 12:22am

This survey is terribly unscientific and really proves absolutely nothing. Plus, it was conducted by an online gaming company. Maybe this information would be interesting if it were compared to another demographic.

Feb 09 11 - 4:22am

The survey only covers Germany. Game cultures in other nations are almost certainly different. How could they not be ?

Feb 09 11 - 12:19pm

For people in the suburbs, particularly if they are paired-up, I'd say seeing any particular friend once a month is a pretty good record.

Feb 09 11 - 4:06pm

man where was husky in all of this?

Feb 11 11 - 1:02am
Stephen Stills

Depending on life, yeah, once a month seems impressive. Between increasingly longer work hours, date nights with the significant others, home repair and maintenance, and dispersal across a metropolitan area, it gets pretty hard to find time to get together. And none of my friends have kids yet!