"15 million gamers around the world play video games from the MMORPG genre."
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Friday, 16 March 2007 09:33
Nick Yee: Uncovering the Truth Behind Video Gamer Habits
Michael Hoffman (Blog) - March 15, 2007 4:47 PM
DailyTech

Nick Yee's serious approach to understanding gaming may have deep seeded results in behavioral research
When it comes to understanding video gamers and their environments, Nick Yee wrote the book.

Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPG) are quickly becoming one of the most popular game genres among PC gamers. In fact, some reports estimate that more than 15 million gamers around the world play video games from the MMORPG genre.

Modern MMORPGs including World of Warcraft, Everquest II and Star Wars Galaxies, have reached unprecedented popularity. Blizzard's World of Warcraft, with 8.5 million users across the world, remains the most popular MMORPG -- and possibly the most popular title in gaming history.

Video games have become a popular source of study among scholars around the world, with much research also being done by universities in the United States. Nick Yee, a Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University, has interviewed more than 40,000 MMORPG gamers, placing a strong emphasis on the psychological and sociological effects of the games.

Much of Yee's research centers around the sociological habits of gamers, both "in-game" and "out-game." Recently, Yee published findings that MMORPG gamers play the game 21 hours per week, with only 7.7 hours spent watching TV....More

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