Monday, May 15, 2006

17 lifetimes are spent playing MMOs, every day

According to mmogchart 11,636,603 people play Massive Multiplayer Online games (MMO). 11.5 million people. (excel chart here)

While the numbers may not be super accurate, after all there is no standardized reporting procedure. The numbers should be about right. So let's take some numbers a play a game.

Let's assume that 11.5 million people on average play for 1 hour a day. So 11.5 million hours are used up. In North America the average lifespan is about 75 years. After some simple math we come to the conclusion that the average person lives for only 657,000 hours . . . About 17 complete lifetimes are wasted every day because of MMOs.

Add to this all of the time spent watching TV . . . That's a lot of people.

I wonder what would happen if 11.5 million people all sat down for an hour a day a decided to solve some kind of world problem. Some crazy things could happen.

NVGY - Day 1

I know it's too late in the year to make a New Year's Resolution, but I came to a decision last night. I will not play any video games for a year. That's right.

I have played video games almost my whole life, since the NES I have never been without some sort of way to play video games on either a computer or a console. So after 15 - 20 years of playing video games, I have decided to quit.

Why did I come to this decision, well, to put it bluntly, video games are a waste of time. What do I get out of them? How do they enrich my life? Do I even get to tell a funny story after I am done playing them?

So for one whole year I have decided to go without, and you dear reader (if you care)can go along for the ride.