Newspaper reporter: "Hey, I just found these poll results about video games."

Newspaper editor: "Nobody cares."

Newspaper reporter: "No, it proves games are evil."

Newspaper editor: "Really? Go with it."

Newspaper reporter: "I dunno…the numbers are pretty flimsy…"

Newspaper editor: "I said go with it ."

Yet another newspaper has found a way to question the gamer lifestyle; it's The Daily Mail and as noted by PCR , the paper cited a report by One Poll that "clearly" shows how games wreck relationships. The numbers are really super incriminating: about 5% of gamers admit that their hobby cost them a relationship, and about half of women say they're "jealous" of the time their partners spend gaming. It also says that 1 in 10 men have admitted to choosing a game over sex. These results were statistically strong enough to prompt a spokesperson to say:

"It seems like a games console often means there are three people in a relationship. It's a bit sad if the virtual world is taking precendence over the real world."

And the top relationship busting game? Call of Duty . It's followed by Football Manager (what?) and Grand Theft Auto . Now, I'm sorry, I'm all for learning more about a particular group or culture or whatever, especially if you're not exactly "in-the-know." But are you kidding me? Did anyone else see those numbers? Hey, do this- replace games with sports. Go right ahead. Let me know the percentage of avid sports fans who admit to relationship troubles due to a football game.

Better yet, take any hobby on planet earth and drop it into the poll, and see if the numbers aren't higher. What we enjoy doing by ourselves can have a negative impact on anything we do with other people; it's called logic and…well, math (i.e., amount of time in any given day). As for the bit about "half the women" upset at their partner's playing…yeah, well, no offense to the ladies, but about 90% of them can find a way to be upset with any hobby at any time.

And this is nationwide news, people. That quote and those results. Yaaaay.

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Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

Last time I checked, a degree in journalism (or diploma….) doesn't also confer upon these individuals a honorary degree in psychology.

And it shows….

These folks clearly have no idea how to interpret polls nor how to properly conduct and select an appropriate sample.

Now that you mention it… what was the sample? And why study video games only?

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

By the way… know what I did last night BEFORE I played 2 hours worth of video games and after I got home from work?

With the wife, did some chores and Christmas shopping, went out for dinner (just the two of us), came home and (skip ahead skip ahead), then watched The Mentalist together, then she went to bed. (She gets up 2 hours earlier than me for work)

And guess what? As Ben said, without moderation or discipline, any hobby can become a sort of addiction and take precedence over the things that really matter. Heck, my mother still complains that she loses time with my dad to the Raptors and Blue Jays. She even used to joke about how he should just go ahead and marry Roy Halladay. (my favorite ball player, too, actually) lol

I dunno, it just doesn't make sense why anyone would try to survey about video games specifically. What was their hypothesis? And how did they get to the point where they decided to research that?

If you ask me, this is the sort of thing that springs up from someone setting out to prove games are bad without a fair scientific motive in mind, and they often skip many steps in the scientific method…

I could go on about many more issues here, but the simple fact of the matter is, this type of study is just so incredibly porous that you have to WANT the conclusion to be true in order to accept such a conclusion.

Fane1024
Fane1024
9 years ago

Halladay is a horse…you know, the kind that throws baseballs very well.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Poll results equals not a scientific study (or method).

Besides this is the daily Mail in the UK, their readership delights in stories that paint video games as evil, that's what they think already and they just want to have it confirmed for them.

And as we all know, when you are writing the questions for a Poll, the way you ask your questions will very much shape the answers. So if you have an agenda for your poll, you can generally achieve the desired result.

NiteKrawler
NiteKrawler
9 years ago

I bet they polled at a videogame/comic-con type of event where everyone is obviously the more hard of the hardcore gamers. Actually…no. Those numbers are so weak it could have been any casual gamer that was polled…

PAKINIPS
PAKINIPS
9 years ago

Haha, i use onepoll and i remember that survey, most of them i just skip through giving random answers.

slugga_status
slugga_status
9 years ago

Tired of these polls that have no clue about the life of a gamer. Many of us are gamers but not to the extent were we'll choose the games over anything or everything. Especially with those of us who have children. You have to find time for your gaming. Which is something I'm sure most of us do.

We could make a poll about women and shopping and how that effects relationships and the results would be similar. Gaming keeps some out of trouble as well. Iono guess the world we live in the uninformed will attempt to trash anything when they have nothing to do or story to write about..

swapnilgyani
swapnilgyani
9 years ago

The Fail-y Mail

But hey, look at the bright side – at least, they're saying that gamers do have relationships, as opposed to being anti-social loners (and virgns).

That's a step in the right direction 😉

Nynja
Nynja
9 years ago

Don't you love how journalists and news organizations tend to put a spin on things to make something sound bad when in actuality if compared to other mediums is only a minor issue (if you even want to call it an issue).

That crap irritates me, almost as much as worthless spammers.


Last edited by Nynja on 12/10/2010 11:27:36 AM

Nynja
Nynja
9 years ago

You know I was thinking, wouldn't World of Warcraft be on the top of that list?

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

lol how about this:

95% of gamers have never had games ruin a relationship. The other 5% play WOW.

Godslim
Godslim
9 years ago

im a gamer not as much as i used to be but still one and in a relationship…gameing is just a casual thing i do when im bored and i dont let it affect my relationship

big6
big6
9 years ago

My wife actually really enjoys watching me play Assassin's Creed!

I'm like, "What do you want to do tonight?"
She's like, "Do you want to play Assassin's Creed, and I watch?"

Weird, eh?

coverton341
coverton341
9 years ago

Not weird, more like awesome. My ex and I used to play Resistance together religiously, now my current only plays old school Nintendo games. Still pretty bad a$$ if you ask me though

SvenMD
SvenMD
9 years ago

That's actually REALLY awesome!!! My wife can't stand any game where I kill people….esp one where I do a hidden blade stealth kill to the jugular (which is freakin' sweet I might add)

So you got a winner there!

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

Indeed Sven! My wife hates the ultra-violent themed stuff too.

On the other hand, she has done the same with Heavy Rain!

frylock25
frylock25
9 years ago

well one dude did just yesterday say that uncharted was better than sex… i had trouble agreeing with that one. but to each their own.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

There is such a thing as bad sex.

coverton341
coverton341
9 years ago

He just forgot to add "with a rabid wolverine." to the end of his sentence.

See, Uncharted is better than sex with a rabid wolverine in the fact that whilst playing Uncharted there is no chance of having your bollocks detached from your body…unless you have some extreme gaming habits.

CH1N00K
CH1N00K
9 years ago

Or a bad uncharted…..

BTNwarrior
BTNwarrior
9 years ago

well uncharted does lasts longer

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Quality over quantity my friends. 🙂

GuyverLT
GuyverLT
9 years ago

@BTNwarrior that my friend depends on ones stamina & ability to perform.

Nynja
Nynja
9 years ago

Guyver, if you can last longer than 1 play through of Uncharted 1 or 2, I hope you are in an industry where you are making some serious cash…if you catch my drift. 🙂

coverton341
coverton341
9 years ago

Video games are evil, they killed my father and raped my mother. I say we fine Activision infinity-billion dollars.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

you mean fine them infinityward billion dollars, right? :p

coverton341
coverton341
9 years ago

I laughed 🙂

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

Anybody notice that I could put the numbers on their heads and do a headline like, "Gamers Are Sex Machines"?

"95% of all gamers have never had a video game kill a relationship!"

"90% will always take sex over games!"

……idiots.

CH1N00K
CH1N00K
9 years ago

If they have to chose sex over video games, they're doing something wrong…the way to do it is to have sex during video games. Your headshot count goes down a bit, but the pay off is worth it.

BTNwarrior
BTNwarrior
9 years ago

yes all the other people yelling at you "turn off your mike" priceless

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Thus is the state of today's so called "journalists".

Nynja
Nynja
9 years ago

Let not forget that some online games have "Created" new relationships as well. Shouldn't the percentage of new relationships counter a portion of the percentage that were "Killed"?

Hezzron
Hezzron
9 years ago

How about "1 in 10 women nag their partner for an inordinate amount of sex"?

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

LOL! My wife just quipped, "that's because 9 out of 10 men nag the woman for inordinate amounts of sex."

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

Tell your wife we men would appreciate knowing the definition of "inordinate." You have to stop assuming we know. 😉

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

That's right, Ben! Hey Jawk, she means we men need to ask even more, right?

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

@Underdog, LOL! That's how I understood it. 😉

@Ben, I am not even sure she knows what is an "inordinate" amount. haha!

Nynja
Nynja
9 years ago

Jawknee's Wife:

You see, we gamers (men) don't like losing. If there's a game we always lose at, we stop playing it… Maybe the girlfriends and wives need to let us "win" more often 🙂

BTNwarrior
BTNwarrior
9 years ago

all this hate will end as soon as the president opens a psn account, though this is probably going to only happen alot furthur down the line.

on a side note what the hell is football manager?

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

The President could poop skittles and "press" would line up behind him with cupped hands.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Football manager is a soccer team management game kind of like a more detailed Madden franchise mode only based on soccer and not the NFL. It's a British game, and the Daily Mail is a British paper, and PCR is a British site, so football to them, is soccer to the US.

BTNwarrior
BTNwarrior
9 years ago

I'm not talking current president, I'm saying as soon as we get a president who has grown up with videogames and plays them instead of something like bowling then all of this will stop.

KNG201
KNG201
9 years ago

I would say social networking sites like myspace & facebook got video games beat in the relationship department.

coverton341
coverton341
9 years ago

I wouldn't be surprised. There are some damn addicted facebookers out there

slugga_status
slugga_status
9 years ago

All I can do is Co-sign that statement. Actually I could have swore this week on yahoo they had a article talking about how facebook is the cause of break ups 95% of the time..

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Considering this is the Daily Mail, I am not surprised.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

ROTFLMAO! At least someone knows what the Daily Mail is.

nogoat23
nogoat23
9 years ago

My lady is more upset about being imaginary than my gaming habits.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

LOL!

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

HA.