Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Gamers fitter than average

What mental picture do you get when you think of dedicated video game players? What about when you think about addicts of online fantasy role-playing games, the group so bitingly satirized by a recent South Park episode?

If you're like most Americans, you're probably imagining an overweight, pasty-faced, teenaged male guzzling Cheetos and Mountain Dew in his parents' basement, his face lit only by the eerie glow of his expensive, wide-screen monitor. But the findings of a new survey indicate the truth is rather different.

The study, which focused on players of the popular online role-playing game Everquest 2, found that the average player reported taking vigorous exercise once or twice a week, and their self-reported height and weight statistics put players 10% leaner than national averages. Although that's still considered overweight, it's a lot healthier than the majority of Americans, as broader surveys with comparable methodologies estimate.

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