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Call Of Duty Tops "Relationship Killing" Poll, Women Ignored

Newspaper reporter: "Hey, I just found these poll results about video games."

Newspaper editor: "Nobody cares."

Newspaper reporter: "No, it proves games are evil."

Newspaper editor: "Really? Go with it."

Newspaper reporter: "I dunno...the numbers are pretty flimsy..."

Newspaper editor: "I said go with it."

Yet another newspaper has found a way to question the gamer lifestyle; it's The Daily Mail and as noted by PCR, the paper cited a report by One Poll that "clearly" shows how games wreck relationships. The numbers are really super incriminating: about 5% of gamers admit that their hobby cost them a relationship, and about half of women say they're "jealous" of the time their partners spend gaming. It also says that 1 in 10 men have admitted to choosing a game over sex. These results were statistically strong enough to prompt a spokesperson to say:

"It seems like a games console often means there are three people in a relationship. It's a bit sad if the virtual world is taking precendence over the real world."

And the top relationship busting game? Call of Duty. It's followed by Football Manager (what?) and Grand Theft Auto. Now, I'm sorry, I'm all for learning more about a particular group or culture or whatever, especially if you're not exactly "in-the-know." But are you kidding me? Did anyone else see those numbers? Hey, do this- replace games with sports. Go right ahead. Let me know the percentage of avid sports fans who admit to relationship troubles due to a football game.

Better yet, take any hobby on planet earth and drop it into the poll, and see if the numbers aren't higher. What we enjoy doing by ourselves can have a negative impact on anything we do with other people; it's called logic and...well, math (i.e., amount of time in any given day). As for the bit about "half the women" upset at their partner's playing...yeah, well, no offense to the ladies, but about 90% of them can find a way to be upset with any hobby at any time.

And this is nationwide news, people. That quote and those results. Yaaaay.

Tags: call of duty, video games, relationships, games industry

12/10/2010 10:32:48 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (93 posts)

Underdog15
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 10:53:38 AM
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Last time I checked, a degree in journalism (or diploma....) doesn't also confer upon these individuals a honorary degree in psychology.

And it shows....

These folks clearly have no idea how to interpret polls nor how to properly conduct and select an appropriate sample.

Now that you mention it... what was the sample? And why study video games only?

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Underdog15
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 11:02:57 AM

By the way... know what I did last night BEFORE I played 2 hours worth of video games and after I got home from work?

With the wife, did some chores and Christmas shopping, went out for dinner (just the two of us), came home and (skip ahead skip ahead), then watched The Mentalist together, then she went to bed. (She gets up 2 hours earlier than me for work)

And guess what? As Ben said, without moderation or discipline, any hobby can become a sort of addiction and take precedence over the things that really matter. Heck, my mother still complains that she loses time with my dad to the Raptors and Blue Jays. She even used to joke about how he should just go ahead and marry Roy Halladay. (my favorite ball player, too, actually) lol

I dunno, it just doesn't make sense why anyone would try to survey about video games specifically. What was their hypothesis? And how did they get to the point where they decided to research that?

If you ask me, this is the sort of thing that springs up from someone setting out to prove games are bad without a fair scientific motive in mind, and they often skip many steps in the scientific method...

I could go on about many more issues here, but the simple fact of the matter is, this type of study is just so incredibly porous that you have to WANT the conclusion to be true in order to accept such a conclusion.

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Fane1024
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 3:27:37 PM

Halladay is a horse...you know, the kind that throws baseballs very well.

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Highlander
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 4:09:40 PM

Poll results equals not a scientific study (or method).

Besides this is the daily Mail in the UK, their readership delights in stories that paint video games as evil, that's what they think already and they just want to have it confirmed for them.

And as we all know, when you are writing the questions for a Poll, the way you ask your questions will very much shape the answers. So if you have an agenda for your poll, you can generally achieve the desired result.

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NiteKrawler
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 8:22:10 PM

I bet they polled at a videogame/comic-con type of event where everyone is obviously the more hard of the hardcore gamers. Actually...no. Those numbers are so weak it could have been any casual gamer that was polled...

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PAKINIPS
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 10:56:15 AM
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Haha, i use onepoll and i remember that survey, most of them i just skip through giving random answers.

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slugga_status
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 10:59:44 AM
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Tired of these polls that have no clue about the life of a gamer. Many of us are gamers but not to the extent were we'll choose the games over anything or everything. Especially with those of us who have children. You have to find time for your gaming. Which is something I'm sure most of us do.

We could make a poll about women and shopping and how that effects relationships and the results would be similar. Gaming keeps some out of trouble as well. Iono guess the world we live in the uninformed will attempt to trash anything when they have nothing to do or story to write about..

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swapnilgyani
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 11:09:53 AM
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The Fail-y Mail

But hey, look at the bright side - at least, they're saying that gamers do have relationships, as opposed to being anti-social loners (and virgns).

That's a step in the right direction ;)

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Nynja
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 11:27:03 AM
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Don't you love how journalists and news organizations tend to put a spin on things to make something sound bad when in actuality if compared to other mediums is only a minor issue (if you even want to call it an issue).

That crap irritates me, almost as much as worthless spammers.

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Nynja
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 12:22:54 PM

You know I was thinking, wouldn't World of Warcraft be on the top of that list?

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Underdog15
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 1:01:51 PM

lol how about this:

95% of gamers have never had games ruin a relationship. The other 5% play WOW.

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Godslim
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 11:29:13 AM
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im a gamer not as much as i used to be but still one and in a relationship...gameing is just a casual thing i do when im bored and i dont let it affect my relationship

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big6
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 11:44:47 AM
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My wife actually really enjoys watching me play Assassin's Creed!

I'm like, "What do you want to do tonight?"
She's like, "Do you want to play Assassin's Creed, and I watch?"

Weird, eh?

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coverton341
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 11:47:12 AM

Not weird, more like awesome. My ex and I used to play Resistance together religiously, now my current only plays old school Nintendo games. Still pretty bad a$$ if you ask me though

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SvenMD
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 12:43:00 PM

That's actually REALLY awesome!!! My wife can't stand any game where I kill people....esp one where I do a hidden blade stealth kill to the jugular (which is freakin' sweet I might add)

So you got a winner there!

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Underdog15
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 1:04:02 PM

Indeed Sven! My wife hates the ultra-violent themed stuff too.

On the other hand, she has done the same with Heavy Rain!

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frylock25
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 11:45:44 AM
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well one dude did just yesterday say that uncharted was better than sex... i had trouble agreeing with that one. but to each their own.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 11:51:50 AM

There is such a thing as bad sex.

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coverton341
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 11:53:35 AM

He just forgot to add "with a rabid wolverine." to the end of his sentence.

See, Uncharted is better than sex with a rabid wolverine in the fact that whilst playing Uncharted there is no chance of having your bollocks detached from your body...unless you have some extreme gaming habits.

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CH1N00K
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 11:58:42 AM

Or a bad uncharted.....

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BTNwarrior
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 12:04:06 PM

well uncharted does lasts longer

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Jawknee
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 12:30:16 PM

Quality over quantity my friends. :)

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GuyverLT
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 12:59:14 PM

@BTNwarrior that my friend depends on ones stamina & ability to perform.

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Nynja
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 3:18:51 PM

Guyver, if you can last longer than 1 play through of Uncharted 1 or 2, I hope you are in an industry where you are making some serious cash...if you catch my drift. :)

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coverton341
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 11:45:58 AM
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Video games are evil, they killed my father and raped my mother. I say we fine Activision infinity-billion dollars.

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Underdog15
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 11:58:15 AM

you mean fine them infinityward billion dollars, right? :p

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coverton341
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 12:10:10 PM

I laughed :-)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 11:52:58 AM
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Anybody notice that I could put the numbers on their heads and do a headline like, "Gamers Are Sex Machines"?

"95% of all gamers have never had a video game kill a relationship!"

"90% will always take sex over games!"

......idiots.

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CH1N00K
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 12:00:26 PM

If they have to chose sex over video games, they're doing something wrong...the way to do it is to have sex during video games. Your headshot count goes down a bit, but the pay off is worth it.

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BTNwarrior
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 12:03:01 PM

yes all the other people yelling at you "turn off your mike" priceless

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Jawknee
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 12:21:40 PM

Thus is the state of today's so called "journalists".

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Nynja
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 12:25:21 PM

Let not forget that some online games have "Created" new relationships as well. Shouldn't the percentage of new relationships counter a portion of the percentage that were "Killed"?

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Hezzron
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 12:53:00 PM

How about "1 in 10 women nag their partner for an inordinate amount of sex"?

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Jawknee
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 1:17:26 PM

LOL! My wife just quipped, "that's because 9 out of 10 men nag the woman for inordinate amounts of sex."

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 1:29:02 PM

Tell your wife we men would appreciate knowing the definition of "inordinate." You have to stop assuming we know. ;)

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Underdog15
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 2:08:12 PM

That's right, Ben! Hey Jawk, she means we men need to ask even more, right?

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Jawknee
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 2:26:30 PM

@Underdog, LOL! That's how I understood it. ;)

@Ben, I am not even sure she knows what is an "inordinate" amount. haha!

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Nynja
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 3:33:31 PM

Jawknee's Wife:

You see, we gamers (men) don't like losing. If there's a game we always lose at, we stop playing it... Maybe the girlfriends and wives need to let us "win" more often :)

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BTNwarrior
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 12:02:18 PM
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all this hate will end as soon as the president opens a psn account, though this is probably going to only happen alot furthur down the line.

on a side note what the hell is football manager?

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Jawknee
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 12:22:56 PM

The President could poop skittles and "press" would line up behind him with cupped hands.

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Highlander
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 12:40:14 PM

Football manager is a soccer team management game kind of like a more detailed Madden franchise mode only based on soccer and not the NFL. It's a British game, and the Daily Mail is a British paper, and PCR is a British site, so football to them, is soccer to the US.

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BTNwarrior
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 12:56:48 PM

I'm not talking current president, I'm saying as soon as we get a president who has grown up with videogames and plays them instead of something like bowling then all of this will stop.

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KNG201
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 12:13:20 PM
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I would say social networking sites like myspace & facebook got video games beat in the relationship department.

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coverton341
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 12:14:46 PM

I wouldn't be surprised. There are some damn addicted facebookers out there

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slugga_status
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 2:20:58 PM

All I can do is Co-sign that statement. Actually I could have swore this week on yahoo they had a article talking about how facebook is the cause of break ups 95% of the time..

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Jawknee
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 12:17:19 PM
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Considering this is the Daily Mail, I am not surprised.

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Highlander
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 12:33:03 PM

ROTFLMAO! At least someone knows what the Daily Mail is.

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nogoat23
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 12:20:45 PM
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My lady is more upset about being imaginary than my gaming habits.

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Jawknee
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 12:21:59 PM

LOL!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 12:33:01 PM

HA.

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Jawknee
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 12:29:05 PM
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I would argue that games like Second Life are more of a relationship killer than any other game. That game is insane. And a little creepy. Especially if you're married and play it.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 12:33:52 PM

Oh, I don't think there's any doubt that MMOs are actual addictive products.

Doesn't everyone remember the group of "Wives Against Everquest?" Or rather, EX-Wives...?

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coverton341
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 12:38:10 PM

Second Life is creepy no matter what. I got roped into it by a buddy of mine and it stayed on my PC for all of 2 hours. It only lasted that long because it took that long to set up and get going before someone propositioned me to go back to his place and test out his love bed.

Um, excuse me?

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Highlander
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 12:38:18 PM

World of Warcraft and Exvercrack are relationship killers. Facebook is a relationship killer.


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BTNwarrior
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 1:01:19 PM

only because you sound like a complete nerd when you talk about your spell book and skill set. At least when your playing a fps you can talk about guns. I mean which sounds better "well when we are going against the frost giants you should use fire ball" or "I was using the AA12 and just cleared this room clean in one clip"

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Underdog15
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 1:19:35 PM

I find gun-talking equally as nerdy. Guns aren't tough or manly, lol. They are particularly useful for trying to compensate, however.

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Jawknee
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 1:28:13 PM

They are also fun to shoot.

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Underdog15
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 1:34:30 PM

I like paintball. But shooting isn't the best part. I love the tactical side of a great paintball course. I love jumping and ducking for cover and running... the entire experience.

It's more like big-people tag though. lol! Just shooting a gun is pretty meh for me. (Of course, I've only shot a hunting rifle of my uncles. We don't have guns like they do in America.)

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Jawknee
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 2:28:19 PM

I love it. It's quite fun and a nice stress reliever. Love shooting my Smith and Wesson 1911.

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Underdog15
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 3:03:13 PM

lol nice. not sure what those guns are, to be honest.

To me, a Smith is what I call my old roommate since that's his last name, and a wesson is what a kid with a lisp gets from his teacher in school.

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NiteKrawler
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 4:36:50 PM

Lisps: Now turn "L"s into "W"s.

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AnonWTF
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 12:34:56 PM
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I agree with you on this one ben =)

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Nynja
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 3:19:10 PM

YAY!

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Highlander
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 12:37:29 PM
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Any hobby that is time consuming and demands a high degree of focus will do this. The extreme focus will cause the gamer to ignore their significant other. The time consumed is time that could otherwise be spent in bed - of course.

BTW Football Manager is a soccer team management game, think Franchise mode in Madden, on steroids but based on soccer, not American Football.

The Daily Mail is a British daily newspaper, a so called tabloid, and is well known for sensationalizing this kind of thing in the guise of reporting for the public good...and not well known as a great source of actual news. Their readership is older and more conservative, and more Conservative, and this kind of story plays well with them.

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Underdog15
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 1:21:27 PM
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Know what is a FAR bigger issue in my house than me playing video games? (Because for the most part, it's a non-issue)

I'll tell you. My wife and her love affair with her Blackberry and mobile facebook. Mobile facebook is the worst thing that's ever happened to her. lol

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FM23
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 1:57:27 PM

Man I'm in the same boat. My girlfriend pays more attention to her goddamn blackberry than me. Twitter, Facebook, etc. It's all annoying, but I'm not jealous. She's out of my way, so I can play PS3 with no problem.

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Amazingskillz
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 1:51:33 PM
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Jesus Christ Highlander - it seems like your scope of informative knowledge is limitless sometimes! I suspect you may be some type of android jacked into a gaming data base. Not even human. Maybe a cyborg. Anyway, to the contrary on the subject. One could argue that gaming at least keeps the man at home instead of running the streets. If he's home on his PS3 at least his wife/girlfriend knows where he is and what he's doing right? I mean, if you take away gaming more guys would be out of the house and in the streets chasing women. Just a thought.


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Jawknee
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 2:30:24 PM

I am not 100% but I am 99.99% sure Jesus Christ has nothing to do with with this conversation.

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Highlander
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 2:37:26 PM

I've lived both sides of the Atlantic, so I bridge the gap between cultures...

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Fane1024
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 3:35:39 PM

Plus he was born in 1518. That's a lot of experience.

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Highlander
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 4:10:39 PM

And there can be only one....

I had to stop living in Paris though, the pile of dead immortals was becomming difficult to hide....

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Alienange
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 1:54:50 PM
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Half the women were jealous of a console? But can't they just go buy their own?

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Jawknee
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 2:29:01 PM

LOL!

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Nynja
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 3:30:46 PM

I had to pay for my woman's PS2, PS3, PSP, and 360...

I must be doing it wrong.

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FM23
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 1:55:56 PM
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I'm not being sexist, but every girl is selfish. Your time (male) is their time. Prime example is my relationship. My schedule is based around my girlfriends which means my class hours and work hours have to match her work hours because I have to take her to/pick her up from work. When I have a class that causes me to pick her up late, she's mad at me. Why? I don't know if she understands, but I have priorities too and on top of that...I'm going out of my way to pick her up and I don't even ask for gas...lol Seriously though, this is just one of many things I find ungreatful about her. But when the shoe is on the other foot, I'm (the male) is suppose to have patience and not have a problem. Every man knows women want it there way. Like my Dad says "Don't argue with a women, you only end up stressing yourself out and making things worse for you and only you". Women always get the last word and there's no way around it. It's life. Pretty unfair. Be easier to deal with if I got those special favors every night...lol

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Underdog15
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 2:12:14 PM

The feminist movement is full of women who have no idea how much power they already have. This frustrating aspect of your relationship may get better over time with good communication, but that pretty much sums up marriage...

trust me.

And it sneaks up on you! Before you know, you're her man-slave with no way out!

But that's the way it is and has been for centuries. I would just accept it and figure out where the benefits of such a senario are.

What? What are the benefits? Hell if I tell you! I worked too damn hard to figure it out, and I still don't have it all figured out! Damn, man, you gotta EARN that wisdom! lol

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Jawknee
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 2:27:12 PM

"The feminist movement is full of women who have no idea how much power they already have."

Couldn't have said it better myself. What they have is never enough.

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MMKM
Monday, December 13, 2010 @ 11:20:00 AM

Hate to tell you, you *are* being sexist. Here's a piece of truth for you, since you mention school and obviously have not had a lot of experience. *She's* also being selfish, and you don't deserve that.

....so says this female gamer.

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Zorigo
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 2:14:56 PM
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as soon as you said the daily mail i stopped reading.
nothing that right wing paper comes out with is decent. its mostly disguised racism and a lot of illl guided ill founded rubbish.

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Amazingskillz
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 2:21:48 PM
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OH noooo! Not politics!!!!! Bye

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Underdog15
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 2:24:51 PM

uh.... what?

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AcHiLLiA
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 2:46:50 PM
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I guess the woman who got "killed" by their gamer guys suggest that their ladies need to find a hobby with non-gamer guys.

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Lawless SXE
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 5:23:34 PM
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All I can say is that I love, and wholeheartedly agree with, the cynicism of the article. Next they'll be finding links between games and the impending extinction of the Orangutans...
Peace.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 6:35:28 PM
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Where is LV? We need to know if it has an effect on gay sex. lol.

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Snaaaake
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 7:00:27 PM
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In Russia, relationship kills CoD.

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NiteKrawler
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 8:22:59 PM

Soviet*

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swapnilgyani
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 7:48:31 PM
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I brouht up the subject casually at my place. Here's what my folks thought of it, based on their personal experiences:

My mom says that newspapers are a real nuisance to relationships.

My dad says it's television soaps.

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EvilKen
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 8:10:50 PM
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My lady loves to play my video games with me, from Resident Evil 5 to Scott Pilgrim lol. And there's no way in hell I'm turning down sex for video games. Remember.....women don't Always wanna have sex when you do(duh) but a video game Always wants you to play it Lol

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Riku994
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 11:24:28 AM
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....So either my girlfriend doesn't exist or I don't play video games? Go universe!

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NoSmokingBandit
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 9:44:10 PM
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There was recently an article in the paper about the theater i work at. 90% of the article was just incorrect, and it was stuff my boss plainly told the "journalist" in their interview. Not even important stuff, just wrong information for no reason at all. Then people wonder why print media is slowly dying...
Thats not to say there are less idiots on the internet, not at all. But its much easier to find the good, intelligent fellows (Ben, Arnold) and ignore the rest.

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MMKM
Monday, December 13, 2010 @ 11:24:03 AM
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I watch my husband when he plays, and often play wingman for CoD, Battlefield, UC, etc. The only thing that gets on my last nerve is all is FB gaming!

I don't trust polls. They can make people answer the way they want to get the results they want. But I'm surprised they haven't inserted a "but think of the children!" yet.

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mattymatt
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 @ 5:56:13 AM
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call of duty has saved my marriage. after being married for 25 years we need something to do or else we have to argue with each other. so i play cod and she spends my money on the internet. simple

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M Carlisle
Friday, December 17, 2010 @ 9:57:27 AM
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one thing that worries me about this is that im currently between rounds of a wager match on black ops as well as in the middle of a match on football manager 2010

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