A post on Fanatical
discusses a survey of over 6,000 users on how many games constitute a games
"collection." In a technical sense this should probably be two or more, but they
were looking for the threshold of considering yourself a "games collector," a
hobby they call a "growing trend." You may be concerned (or perhaps relieved) by
their conclusion that respondents who considered themselves collectors own an
average of 931 games. This seems pretty extreme, but serves their agenda well.
since their online games store sells the kind of game bundles that put
such a lofty total within reach. Perhaps more surprising was that their survey
reported the respondents owned an average of 770 games. Here's more of the data
71% of the people asked considered themselves to be
collectors, each owning a whopping 931 games on average. Considering that the
average amount of games owned per person works out at 770 each, most gamers are
only 161 games shy of earning the ‘Game Collector’ status.
Men are closer to earning the title than women, with men on average owning 179
more. However, that’s not to say that women aren’t serious about their gaming
either, 70 of them said they own over 1,000 games with a few having up to 7,000
in their collection.
In fact, 23% of the overall audience claims to have more than 1,000 games, with
some boasting an incredible 20,000 Steam and console games to choose from, which
takes a portion of gamers past collector status and into the elite category!
Gaming is not just reserved for the young either. The age group which boasts
some of the biggest collection sizes is the 35-44s who were kids when popular
mainstream gaming found its way into many households in the 1970s and 1980s.
Teenagers own the least amount of games when compared with other age groups -
under 18s have on average around 525 in their collection, compared with 907 in
the 35-44 age group. Respondents were also asked for their views on the hobby
and the industry itself.