How to Spot a 'Real' Gamer
by Leslie Meredith, TechNewsDaily Senior Writer
June 05 2012 05:00 PM ET
CREDIT: Shutterstock: Kamila Starzycka
Aside from an unnaturally pale complexion from sitting in front of a screen too long, what else is the mark of a real gamer?
While many gamers are attending E3 in Los Angeles this week, those who couldn't swing the trip share many of the same attitudes and habits, according to a survey from DealNews, a bargain hunter's shopping advice site.
The dividing line between real gamers and recreational players is determined by their device of choice. Microsoft's Xbox 360 is the preferred gaming console for an overwhelming 38 percent of respondents, followed by PCs at 27 percent and Sony's PS3 at 20 percent. Gamers, all. But the Wii? Not so much — only about half of Wii players consider themselves gamers.
Play Angry Birds on your iPhone? You're not a gamer. Nearly 90 percent of people who play games on their smartphones do not call themselves gamers. [How Facebook Changed Gaming by Friending It ]
Here are more gamer stats from the DealNews survey:
Bonus: Three hot game reviews straight from E3: