One in five PC gamers are considered 'heavy core' players, study finds

By Shawn Knight
Sep 11, 2014
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  1. If you spend five or more hours each week playing shooters or strategy games on your PC, you're considered a "heavy core" gamer according to a new report from The NPD Group.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,106   +1,376

    ...and 4 out of 5 are angry wankers, with no life...
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  3. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 1,436   +592

    5 hours a week makes someone a heavy core gamer? That's barely one hour a night and NO gaming on the weekends; hell I've put that much time into my village/Clash Of Clans.
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  4. Guss im a Death Core Gamer
  5. So I guess I'm one of the poor pc gamers with a salary of 40000$ (cad) annually.
  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    Even though I agree with you, either one works. What difference does it make which term is used?
  7. Skinner2001

    Skinner2001 TS Rookie

    5 hours a WEEK?? I play more than 5 hours a DAY!!
    What does that make me?
    AH **** RAGE QUIT Alt-F4
  8. thanos999

    thanos999 TS Rookie

    Damm I must be a gaming god then I play about 70hrs a week
  9. Satish Mallya

    Satish Mallya TS Addict Posts: 124   +92

    Well, this is better than calling people who play angry birds or farmville hardcore gamers simply because they play it for 'x' hours.

    A good rule of thumb is that if it uses 'web 2.0' effects and design principles in its ads or cover art, or overly cutesy 'face' characters, it's a casual game.
    Clash of clans is a prime example.
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  10. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,550   +594

    They seriously need to adjust their levels. 5 hours a week is absolutely nothing - I spend that much time just browsing my titles seeing what I want to play. You wouldn't call someone who watches TV five hours a week as "heavy" viewers.
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  11. Misagt

    Misagt TS Booster Posts: 94   +40

    Hardcore is a term used by gamers for over 2 decades. Although they mean basically the same thing. Hardcore is a well known term and personally I think it's cooler.

    As for the 5 hours a week thing damn that seems ridiculously low. My "casual" gaming friends probably put in that much. I wife doesn't game much but she probably averages at least that. Maybe I'm surrounded with "heavy core gamers" but I don't think that is the case. I would of started heavy core at least at 10 hours a week. Also most survey's I've taken over the years that deal with gaming usually start heavy use at 20+ hours a week and I've taken at least 50+
  12. EEatGDL

    EEatGDL TS Maniac Posts: 475   +153

    5 hours are nothing, I don't consider myself a core gamer and yet I play on friday nights with my friends for that amount of time and no other day of the week. I mean, playing from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. only one day of the week and no more... that's hardly "heavy".
  13. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Guru Posts: 643   +226

    It doesn't matter for the purposes of this discussion. However, it struck me as an odd phrase also. It's the not traditional terminology that most people of the group would use to classify themselves.

    Maybe the writer is from a different country where English isn't his first language. No big deal really, just an odd choice of words.
  14. I spend more then 5 hours a week on the toilet, does that make me a heavy core dumper? Quick, somebody do a study.
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  15. BlueDrake

    BlueDrake TS Evangelist Posts: 344   +101

    What more than boggles my mind is, what they consider a 'core' game to begin with. Also 5+ hours is a bit light, but of course don't forget this is an average across all gamers. Reading the article it states the reason for the number.

    "Thirty-seven percent of the U.S. population age 9 and older currently plays PC games for an average of 6.4 hours per week, according to Understanding PC Gaming: 2014, the latest report from global information provider, The NPD Group."

    Also it's seeming 'casual' gamers, fall outside the range of those specific types of games. So you could play 30+ hours a week, and be still a casual gamer if you fall outside what they feel is for core gamers.
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  16. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,587   +278

    Don't want to know how they would have classified me when I was playing World Of Warcraft *winces*

    Guess the analytics firm didn't have much background knowledge of gaming/gamers before putting this together. At least it would seem that way.
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2014
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  17. Khanonate

    Khanonate TS Booster Posts: 126   +14

    NPD Group is a market research company. I guess they blessed themselves and now are the expert on this! ROFL
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  18. Lucky you. I sit in <12k annually
  19. TheDreams

    TheDreams TS Addict Posts: 599   +57

    That guys neck is bound to hurt in the morning, jesus.
  20. Spykezxp

    Spykezxp TS Addict Posts: 287   +73

    I'd have to agree with the fact that having 5 hours as the cross between Light and Heavy "Hardcore" gaming is pretty absurd. 10+ hours would make more sense to me. I spend on average 12 to 15 hours a week playing games. And even then I don't consider myself Heavy gamer (as compared to some of my buddy's that play 35 to 40 hours a week).
  21. zavrix

    zavrix TS Rookie Posts: 21   +7

  22. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,455   +1,758

    OK, "heavy core", is a failed attempt at a "neologism". Oddly enough, "neologisms", (meaning a "new word"), can also be associated with certain types of schizophrenia. Although, using separate words, perhaps this could also be described as a failed attempt at a, "catch phrase".

    In any event,"hard core" works as a descriptor in virtually all pursuits, (pornography, sports fanaticism, drug abuse, et al), whereas, "heavy core", has yet to find its way into any.:oops:

    Five hours a week really is an anemic length of time to consider any pastime, "heavy core". Most of us likely spend somewhere near that, just sitting in the bathroom. Now before all those eyebrows go up, I read, "Guitar Player Magazine", while I'm indisposed. As to what the rest of you do in there, I'm not judging.
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2014
  23. Hmm, at one time I used to play a certain online fps for 100+ hours per month. I played the game practically everyday for nearly 10 years and it was FREE! I still miss it too but there are no good servers anymore.

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