Gamers Still Love Their Playstation 2

By Casey Lynn
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

Nielson’s 2008 Trend Summary reveals some interesting data in its gaming top ten lists. It seems that despite the fuss over next-gen consoles these past two years, people still spend more time with Playstation 2’s than any other gaming console. Based on usage minutes, the PS2 nearly doubles the time of the runner-up, the XBox 360, followed by the Wii, and then, interestingly enough, the traditional XBox beats out the Playstation 3. Of course, the PS2’s dominance isn’t all that surprising when accounting for the number of gamers who don’t have next gen consoles either due to unavailability or price. Also, these numbers don’t account for handheld consoles like the Nintendo DS.

In other gaming news, World of Warcraft is the most-played PC game, played by nearly 1% of all gamers in the United States, at an average of 671 minutes per week. Call of Duty and Halo are also up there, though I was rather surprised to see that more people play The Sims than The Sims 2. The top mobile game in the US last year was Tetris, followed by Bejeweled.

Some other interesting results from the list: the top market for adults shopping online is Washington D.C.; the top fiction book sale was The Shack, and nonfiction, A New Earth; the top website accessed via mobile phones was Yahoo Mail; the most downloaded song was “Low” by Flo Rida; the top website all around was Google; and the most “timeshifted” television show was Heroes.





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12 Responses to Gamers Still Love Their Playstation 2

  1. Between my 6 year old son and I we love our PS2. Between the price of the newer consoles and the sheer number of gaming titles for the PS2 I see no overwhelming need to fork out the extra cash for a newer console. I’m actually think of picking up a refurbished Xbox($50 at Gamestop) or or a Nintendo Game Cube. It’s kind of like not buying the hottest latest processor for your computer. As soon as the newer one comes out the previous ones drop in price though they’ll work just fine. Like all those people who jumped in line for the iPhones when first came out and then saw the prices drop a few months later.

  2. Between my 6 year old son and I we love our PS2. Between the price of the newer consoles and the sheer number of gaming titles for the PS2 I see no overwhelming need to fork out the extra cash for a newer console. I’m actually think of picking up a refurbished Xbox($50 at Gamestop) or or a Nintendo Game Cube. It’s kind of like not buying the hottest latest processor for your computer. As soon as the newer one comes out the previous ones drop in price though they’ll work just fine. Like all those people who jumped in line for the iPhones when first came out and then saw the prices drop a few months later.

  3. Between my 6 year old son and I we love our PS2. Between the price of the newer consoles and the sheer number of gaming titles for the PS2 I see no overwhelming need to fork out the extra cash for a newer console. I’m actually think of picking up a refurbished Xbox($50 at Gamestop) or or a Nintendo Game Cube. It’s kind of like not buying the hottest latest processor for your computer. As soon as the newer one comes out the previous ones drop in price though they’ll work just fine. Like all those people who jumped in line for the iPhones when first came out and then saw the prices drop a few months later.

  4. Between my 6 year old son and I we love our PS2. Between the price of the newer consoles and the sheer number of gaming titles for the PS2 I see no overwhelming need to fork out the extra cash for a newer console. I’m actually think of picking up a refurbished Xbox($50 at Gamestop) or or a Nintendo Game Cube. It’s kind of like not buying the hottest latest processor for your computer. As soon as the newer one comes out the previous ones drop in price though they’ll work just fine. Like all those people who jumped in line for the iPhones when first came out and then saw the prices drop a few months later.

  5. Between my 6 year old son and I we love our PS2. Between the price of the newer consoles and the sheer number of gaming titles for the PS2 I see no overwhelming need to fork out the extra cash for a newer console. I'm actually think of picking up a refurbished Xbox($50 at Gamestop) or or a Nintendo Game Cube. It's kind of like not buying the hottest latest processor for your computer. As soon as the newer one comes out the previous ones drop in price though they'll work just fine. Like all those people who jumped in line for the iPhones when first came out and then saw the prices drop a few months later.

  6. I think the playstation 1, 2, or 3 is the only console that i never actually wanted to buy… got around finally to buy the PSP and i got rid of it after less than a month!

  7. I think the playstation 1, 2, or 3 is the only console that i never actually wanted to buy… got around finally to buy the PSP and i got rid of it after less than a month!

  8. @ Jesmond: PSP is rubbish mate pick up a cheap PS2 and a ton of cheap games there are hundreds to choose from all top quality too. I have a Xbox 360 and PS2 and still love my PS2 as much as the xbox 360

  9. @ Jesmond: PSP is rubbish mate pick up a cheap PS2 and a ton of cheap games there are hundreds to choose from all top quality too. I have a Xbox 360 and PS2 and still love my PS2 as much as the xbox 360

  10. My dad still keeps the Super Nintendo hooked up in his office. Why? Because he can play the Game Boy version of Tetris on it with a converter. I still catch him playing it on occasion. World War 3 will come, and all that will be left is Keith Richards, cockroaches, and Tetris. And maybe some Twinkies.
    Heroes rocks, but is starting to go the way of “Lost” and confuse the crap out of its fans.
    And lastly, Google is still the top dog because it’s the home page on half the world’s computers. What better location to jump from?

  11. My dad still keeps the Super Nintendo hooked up in his office. Why? Because he can play the Game Boy version of Tetris on it with a converter. I still catch him playing it on occasion. World War 3 will come, and all that will be left is Keith Richards, cockroaches, and Tetris. And maybe some Twinkies.

    Heroes rocks, but is starting to go the way of "Lost" and confuse the crap out of its fans.

    And lastly, Google is still the top dog because it's the home page on half the world's computers. What better location to jump from?

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