Daily Mail claims gaming is ruining relationships
Is Call Of Duty: Black Ops really better than sex? According to the Dail Mail, it must be.
The newspaper has claimed - via a questionable 'study' - that more than five percent of gaming enthusiasts admit their hobby has cost them their relationship.
And that's not all: Apparently half of women whose partners own consoles say they are "jealous" of their PS3, 360 or Wii.
All fine and light-hearted. But then some berk has to go and ruin it.
A spokesperson for One Poll, who reportedly questioned 1,500 gamers for the results, said:
"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 precedence over the real world."
Yeah, but if you spend your working hours twisting small-scale polls to get your company in the middle-market press, you could probably do with a bit of escapism come the end of the day.
The Mail's story asks: 'Could computer games spell the death of your relationship?'
One Poll's, erm, poll, found that the games which kill most relationships are, in order:
1) Call of Duty
2) Football Manager
3) Grand Theft Auto
5) Medal of Honor
7) Super Mario Bros
8) Gran Turismo
9) Mario Kart
10) Guitar Hero
11) Assassins Creed
12) Pro Evo Soccer
13) Resident Evil
14) World of Warcraft
16) Red Dead Redemption
17) Need for Speed
19) Gears of War
20) Angry Birds
Because GTA definitely eats up more leisure time than World Of Warcraft. Course it does.
According to The Mail: 'Message boards are full of women posting messages about boyfriends 'addicted' to playing computer games.'
It doesn't specify where these 'message boards' are, were, or ever will be, obviously.
But it does claim that one woman wrote (somewhere): "My boyfriend is addicted to Call of Duty: Black Ops. I'd love it if he would spend all that time talking to me. Even though I see him every day I think the game is more important than me..."
And, apparently, a (male) poster then advised: "If you want some attention, date a guy who doesn't play computer games."
Yeah. The sort of hunk who would never dream of owning a console, but spends his time discussing them on fictional forums with made-up females instead.
The Daily Mail's own online comments section, of course, offers its own textual treasure trove of desk-thumping delights.
You know what? It's probably more entertaining than sex and Call Of Duty combined.
So do you guys think that COD is better than having sex?