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  Poll: Kids and Parents Don’t [Ok, Maybe They Do] Game Together  
 
 
Posted 2007-11-14 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
The Associated Press (via CNN) reports results from a poll released this week, which found that parents don't play computer and video games with kids:
  • 81% of kids aged 4 - 17 play games "at least occasionally."
  • 38% of adults play games "at least occasionally."
  • 44% of adults play online.
  • 43% of kids who play games don't play them with their parents. [Update: Matt Mihaly says the other 57% must be playing with their parents, meaning kids and parents DO play together.]
  • 30% of parents who play with their kids spend under 1 hour weekly doing so.
  • 50% of adults and kids play more than 2 hours of games weekly. 50% of adults and kids play less. Roughly 30% [not clear if it's both kids and adults] play 5 hours or more weekly.
  • 59% of adults aged 18 - 29 play "at least sometimes," said to be "double the rate" for adults aged 50 - 64
  • 31% of adults prefer casual games
  • Roughly 16% of adults prefer action games, "the next most popular alternative [to casual games]."
  • "About half of women cited casual games as their favorites, triple the number of men who did so, while twice as many males than females preferred action games."
  • "26 percent said they spent nothing on the pastime last year, another 46 percent spent up to $200 and 12 percent spent $500 or more, with men usually the bigger spenders."
  • "Price is the chief factor for people purchasing a gaming console, followed by the availability of games."
The poll, conducted by AP and AOL Games, surveyed just over 2,000 adults last month. 770 of these said they play digital games.

I'm not terribly surprised by the results finding parents and kids don't enjoy screen time together--not only does each group enjoy its own type of games, most computer games in a single household are played solo (you don't often find dad and son crouched behind the same computer screen). Furthermore, and this is simply my opinion, parents seem to be taking a less active role in the media consumption habits of their kids as each year passes. More family-oriented games, please.
 
     
 
   
 
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  Quick Links for 2007-11-02  
 
 
Posted 2007-11-02 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
   
 
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  ‘Food Fight’: A Tasty Revenue Model  
 
 
Posted 2007-10-29 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Free to Play provides an in-depth analysis of the popular Facebook game Food Fight, reckoning that the game rakes in about $6.6M annually, but cost under $100k to develop.

When I spent some time with Facebook's games earlier this year, I was impressed by the popularity of some, such as the Zombies! game, which had 1.3M users a few months ago and was growing at about 45 users per minute. It seemed clear that Facebook could be a lucrative platform for web games, and as it turns out, Food Fight is a perfect, living example.

According to Free to Play, Food Fight's road to monetization was paved by a simple switch in the way the game works. Initially, players had a pool of virtual cash used to buy and hurl virtual food at each other. This was recently changed so that players must respond to a short marketing survey in order to earn the virtual cash. Profit!
 
     
 
   
 
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  ‘CSI:NY’ Meets ‘Second Life’  
 
 
Posted 2007-10-26 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
I wasn't able to catch the recent CSI:NY / Second Life crossover, but thankfully other bloggers were on the case. Here's a link-dump from around the blogosphere about this TV / virtual-world mashup...

  • Good, short review of CSI:NY's Second Life crossover episode. Sounds like the TV episode was solid. How will the Second Life side measure up?
  • Virtually Blind reviews the recent CSI:NY / Second Life crossover, including the in-world experience: "While it has flaws, it is head and shoulders above any mainstream virtual world tie-ins we've seen so far."
  • The Second Life Herald's Pixeleen Mistral notes that some Second Life merchants attempted to game-jack incoming CSI:NY viewers by adding CSI-style search terms to their store descriptions. Clever!
  • Roundup of some mini-reviews of the CSI:NY / Second Life crossover. Mixed results, still expecting more discussion of this over the next month or so. How many people signed up to play the Second Life experience?
  • About CSI:NY / Second Life crossover, Tateru Nino says "large numbers" registered for SL, but the custom OnRez viewer download failed for many. "No flood" of newcomers to SL. "The Jury is still out as to whether the whole shebang will be a hit or or a miss.
  • Prokofy Neva muses about the aftermath, noting SL signups log-ons [thanks for the correction, Prok] actually went down from 41k to 38k during "this supposed 'rush.'" Reportedly about 700 avatars in-world on the CSI islands.
 
     
 
   
 
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  Dance Revolution Hits ‘Kaneva’  
 
 
Posted 2007-09-17 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Virtual world Kaneva is gearing up for what it calls the "world's largest online dance game" with Dance Party 3D, an expansion pack which will pit player versus player in a battle for dance-floor domination.

I'm not sure how Dance Party 3D, which hasn't even begun to catch on, could claim to be "larger" than the ragingly-popular South Korean dance game Audition Online. The latter boasts half a million concurrent players and 50M registered users, according to the Wikipedia--based on reports from my South Korean game design students, the game is extremely widely-played in their part of the world.

Dubious claims aside, Dance Party 3D seems to be a pretty clever add-on to Kaneva (itself built on a game platform), even if the artwork and character models for the game look like crap. Pre-paid "party cards" will be available at Target, one of America's largest retailers, this fall. The cards are used to acquire so-called "bonus dance gear," however no amount of money will buy you a sense of style.
 
     
 
   
 
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