Majority playing less video games this year in Japan


How has your frequency of games playing changed since last year? graph of japanese statisticsThe fifth regular survey into consumer games machines by goo Research and reported on by found that in the last year just one in six had increased their games playing.


Between the 11th and 15th of June 2010 1,073 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 52.7% of the sample were male, 16.4% in their teens, 18.6% in their twenties, 21.5% in their thirties, 16.1% in their forties, and 27.3% aged fifty or older.

I wonder how many of the 43 others in Q1 owned iPod Touches or iPads? They aren’t really games machines per se, but they do get advertised as such, so it would be interesting to see them broken out. Furthermore, if they were counted, I wonder how many of these people are playing more games on their Apples? Let’s hope the sixth time round they have a look.

Research results

From the original sample, 652 people, or 60.8%, had games machines. They were asked the following.

Q1: What games machines do you have? (Sample size=652, multiple choice)

Nintendo DS, DS Lite, DSi, DSiLL, etc40762.4%
Playstation 237357.2%
Playstation Portable20030.7%
Super Famicon16825.8%
Playstation (original)16325.0%
Gameboy Advance16224.8%
Playstation 312619.3%
Gameboy (including Colour, Pocket, etc)12118.6%
Nintendo 6410816.6%
Nintendo Gamecube9013.8%

Q2: What games machines do you currently play with? (Sample size=652, multiple choice)

Nintendo DS, DS Lite, DSi, DSiLL, etc30446.6%
Playstation 214422.1%
Playstation Portable12819.6%
Playstation 39614.7%
Playstation (original)182.8%
Super Famicon172.6%
Nintendo Gamecube132.0%
Gameboy Advance132.0%
Nintendo 6491.4%
Gameboy (including Colour, Pocket, etc)50.8%

Q3: How has your frequency of games playing changed since last year? (Sample size=652)

Greatly increased4.6%
Increased a little11.3%
Not changed27.0%
Decreased a little22.5%
Greatly decreased34.5%

When asked why they were playing less games, the most common answer was having got busy at work thus losing gaming time, with 63.7% reporting this. Next, 22.8% reported no fun new games coming out, 19.9% had found something they’d rather do than game, 19.4% had just got bored of gaming, and 9.9% had no particular reason.

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  1. Janne said,
    July 8, 2010 @ 07:32

    If my commute is any indication, most of the “other” is casual games on standard feature phones. It’s easy to forget in the media frenzy, but iPhone and Android are both still just a small part of the phone market.

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