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WSJ: time spent in WoW > time spent evolving

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The following quotation was taken from an article published in today's Wall Street Journal regarding the beneficial effects of gaming:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203458604577263273943183932.html

"Broadly speaking, today's average gamer is 34 years old and has been playing electronic games for 12 years, often up to 18 hours a week. By one analyst's calculation, the 11 million or so registered users of the online role-playing fantasy World of Warcraft collectively have spent as much time playing the game since its introduction in 2004 as humanity spent evolving as a species—about 50 billion hours of game time, which adds up to about 5.9 million years."

I don't know whether this is cause for celebration (wow, gg Blizz) or a sad commentary on how we spend our leisure time.

Discuss.
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LoL.

The power of nerds, someone needs to find a way to generate energy from us, it would save the world.
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You mean like this?

http://games.yahoo.com/blogs/plugged-in/online-gamers-crack-aids-enzyme-puzzle-161920724.html
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LoL.

The power of nerds, someone needs to find a way to generate energy from us, it would save the world.

Indeed. As a friend of mine said to me in an email (in response to the same article),

If humanity evolved as a species in the same amount of time as gamers have collectively played WoW, shouldn't there be something extraordinary to show for gamers' time? Perhaps a cure for cancer, a solution to poverty or hunger, or something along those lines... Or at the very least some ultra-elite war strategery that minimizes casualties? Or just a plan for world peace maybe...
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That's a fun fact to throw around to illustrate how many hours people have logged into 1 activity, but it's not really a valid comparison. In order to compare apples to apples, you'd also have to total the amount of living things in our evolutionary heritage spending literally every second of every day of their lives evolving. You can't compare the total time it would've taken for 1 person to evolve to the collective time of a group.
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Clearly, all you WoW players need to get outside and evolve more.
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How does that compare to the amount of time all the golfers in the United States have spent on the golf course? I'll bet the gaming number is far smaller.

And don't give me any nonsense about exercise. Nobody outside of the PGA tour walks. Everyone uses golf carts, and therefore gets no exercise.
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03/06/2012 09:10 AMPosted by iCreep
Time spent doing something you enjoy is not wasted time. I would say gg Blizz for creating something that appealing and addictive to gamers, casual and hardcore alike.

I'm with you here, iCreep. I think it's an amazing testimony to Blizzard's ability to make great games.
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03/06/2012 09:09 AMPosted by Sidivan
That's a fun fact to throw around to illustrate how many hours people have logged into 1 activity, but it's not really a valid comparison. In order to compare apples to apples, you'd also have to total the amount of living things in our evolutionary heritage spending literally every second of every day of their lives evolving. You can't compare the total time it would've taken for 1 person to evolve to the collective time of a group.



Exactly this.
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I hate when people give us !@#$ for how much time we spend playing videos games... In the same amount of time there was probably more time spent watching %^-*bag reality TV than time gaming... any time spent gaming > then the kardashians/bachelor/any other bad TV.

More people vote for the american idol than they do in presidential elections...
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This statistic is completely stupid.

It aggregates time spent by a large population, then put's that time against a long timeline... Does anyone else not see how ridiculous that is?
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You mean like this?

http://games.yahoo.com/blogs/plugged-in/online-gamers-crack-aids-enzyme-puzzle-161920724.html


Jane Mcgonigal with a more general outlook on the awesome potential of gaming:

http://www.ted.com/talks/jane_mcgonigal_gaming_can_make_a_better_world.html
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*insert ''2001 a space odyssey'' theme song here..*

If RMAH becomes a success, it will blaze a trail for a future self substained gaming community. Not so far away, we will be able to make a good living off of gaming transactions alone. We will finally be able to do what we enjoy most an make a living of it.

Soon™
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*insert ''2001 a space odyssey'' theme song here..*

If RMAH becomes a success, it will blaze a trail for a future self substained gaming community. Not so far away, we will be able to make a good living off of gaming transactions alone. We will finally be able to do what we enjoy most an make a living of it.

Soon™


We already had that but the US government took it away. Online poker. I know its not exactly an mmorpg, but it is an online multiplayer game, and it requires more skill than any mmorpg ive played.

If the rmah becomes the next big thing in online gaming, the US government will either shut it down or tax it to the point where you can't make a living.
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03/06/2012 10:50 AMPosted by D3BETA
If the rmah becomes the next big thing in online gaming, the US government will either shut it down or tax it to the point where you can't make a living.


Elected officials know what poker is. They don't know what Diablo is.

But don't worry, you'll only be able to make a third-world salary from it because proxy-using Chinese are going to dominate the American RMAH.
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