Console and PC demographics of GWJ

I was excited to see Sway post a new thread. Then I checked the year.

Before my new PC last Spring: 50% XBox 360 + 50% PC

Today: 90% PC + 10% XBox 360

No tablets, no smartphones, no PS3, and a Wii sitting on a shelf.

While I pine for getting back into PC gaming every now and then, every time I start to investigate I am reminded why I abandoned it 10 years ago. I switched to a Mac, and have accepted that consoles would be my primary gaming device.

If I was posting in 2003, I would have said:

Xbox: 75%
Gamecube: 15%
Mac: 10% (I was still playing a ton of Civ III)

Now:

Xbox 360: 85%
WP7 Phone: 10%
Mac: 2%
iPad: 2%
Wii: 1%

The WP7 may not be accurate now, though. I traded it to my daughter for her Android. I don't expect to game on the Android much at all, as every time I start to use it, it annoys the hell out of me. But there were some fun games on the WP7, and I liked that I played them through XBL.

If I had posted in 2003 I would have said 0% for everything. I didn't play games for awhile there.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

If I had posted in 2003 I would have said 0% for everything. I didn't play games for awhile there.

My dead zone was '85-'92. Then it was all SNES until I finally got a good PC in 95 or so. Then it was all PC until I picked up a Dreamcast in 2001. That was the beginning of my transition back to console gaming.

2003 would be something like:
PC - 20%
PS2 - 35%
Xbox - 40%
GBA - 5%

2003 for me, PS2 99% PC1%. In 2003 I was graduating from high school and I was a dad of a 2 year old so the fact that I could play games at all is surprising.

Jayhawker wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

If I had posted in 2003 I would have said 0% for everything. I didn't play games for awhile there.

My dead zone was '85-'92. Then it was all SNES until I finally got a good PC in 95 or so. Then it was all PC until I picked up a Dreamcast in 2001. That was the beginning of my transition back to console gaming.

Something similar here. I also had a deadzone from '85-'92 (although strictly speaking, I didn't know what video games were until 1985), then my parents got me a SNES for my 13th birthday in 1993 and I also convinced them Doom on PC was okay since you aren't killing humans. But my actual not-tongue-in-cheek deadzone was '98-'01, when I had no money, sold my SNES, and went to university. All I had for that time was a 486 (it was the height of Napster and it couldn't play stereo MP3s) with Tempest, which was somehow still enough to contribute to my dropping out.

After that I got a job, built a real PC (Celeron 500!) and got back into PC gaming until I couldn't do the video card treadmill anymore ("Pfft, Half-Life 2? Graphics don't matter!") and got an Xbox in 2004 for Burnout 3. And here we are.

When this thread was originally made I was finishing up my senior year of high school.

Don't know who that's supposed to make feel old.

In 2003 most of my gaming was Xbox with a side of GameCube, and the occasional game on the GameBoy Advance. The last PC games I would really play were that year, with Planetside, Aliens vs. Predator 2 and Warhammer 40K: FireWarrior.

As for 2012, I'd spend more time on the Nintendo Wii if I could, but as it is basically play it when no one else is around. Otherwise, Xbox 360 or PS3 with a little more attention to the PS3 in the past year. Most notably is the increased use of the Nintendo 3DS, which I use as often or more than the other systems.

PC.

I left my 360 and PS3 at home when I moved out of my parent's house a few years ago for my youngest brother to use and haven't really missed either of them (until Halo 4 comes out).

edit: Just realized I was a freshman in high school when this thread was made.

Swarfigo wrote:

PC.

I left my 360 and PS3 at home when I moved out of my parent's house a few years ago for my youngest brother to use and haven't really missed either of them (until Halo 4 comes out).

edit: Just realized I was a freshman in high school when this thread was made.

graduated High School 13 years BEFORE this thread was made...

360, then iOS. No one is more surprised than me by the second one.

Montalban wrote:

I was excited to see Sway post a new thread. Then I checked the year.

Guys. Seriously. Sway is around. He still at least checks the forums occasionally. He's on twitter. He plays a Monk in Diablo 3. Quit talking about him like he disappeared forever

I'm purely a pc guy (for the sole reason that I can't afford a console of any kind :P)

Yeah, I saw Sway just the other day.

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Now:
PC: 75%
Android: 12%
PS3: 3%
Board Games: 10%

2003
GC: 60%
PC: 15%
GBA: 20%
PS2: 5%

Essentially, I play games to play with people, sometimes even people I know ;). Fewer and fewer friend folk seem to be playing anything besides "Social/Casual Games." Words with Friends and Draw Something are about the only games of this kind I can tolerate. Even those who haven't joined that trend have fallen deep into the Call of Duty trench, giving up tactical planning and coordination for trash talking (maybe this is only a console thing). The last thing I played as-often-as-possible with friends was Borderlands, I'm hoping B2 will have the same effect.

I was surprised by the quality of games found on mobile devices, transitioning from Dumb phones to Smart phones, pretty much gave up NDS gaming overnight.
Have an original Wii console, though I know not why (The system files corrupted in it around 2yrs ago), keeping the games for the Wii U (Still having, now unfulfillable, Smash Bros. cravings).
Really only use my PS3 for split screen gaming these days since none of my "friends" seem to play games on it any more (see: Netflix). Can't say I have many friends that have time for that sort of thing these days either though.

Seen a rise in Gaming outside the digital realm: Arkham Horror, Dominion, and Munchkin are guaranteed-with-friend gaming and, despite the occasional rule squabble, are becoming the preferred method of gamage.