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Wednesday, October 14, 2009


I'm sorry to say that I'm going to have to disagree.
I don't disagree with the study, because obviously your stats show the proof.

But it's like saying something like: Placing food in front of someone leads people to want to take a bite.

maybe a bad analogy.

What I'm trying to say is that someone interested in video games "a gamer" is interested in games. Someone who is into competing is into competition.

Here's why I think this study may be providing the wrong results:

a) video gamers rarely ever place bets on games they play. I've never heard of multiplayer Halo 3 users actually stopping from playing Halo 3 to then go play texas holdem.

I am saying the personality of a video game enthusiast is into playing games, winning, and competition. Being a video gamer does not become an enabler to make people start gambling.

Take it from someone that is a gamer and also lives in Atlantic City, NJ. I've never once said "I need to put down my game controller and go hit the slot machines.

The world of online poker is replete with former "gamers". Many graduated from real life card strategy games and many others from competitive computer game playing.

There is generally considered to be an overlap of skills between multi-tabling online poker and competing at a high level in computer games such as Starcraft.

Such skills are natural or acquired rapid processing of information, ability to attend to multiple sources of information, and even just rapid visual-motor keyboard and mouse behaviour.

Confounding any study of this would be the fact that many such online poker professionals give up previous serious computer gaming when they begin to make money from poker. So a correlation of the two behaviours as current may not be found.

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