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Survey: ‘Mobile’ games mostly played on the couch

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Perhaps they should be called 'immobile' games.

According to a survey conducted by casual game developer PopCap, respondents say they spend more time playing mobile game devices in their own living rooms than in the places you'd expect — such as in line at the grocery store or on board an airplane.

With 69% of surveyed gamers listing 'at home on the couch' as their preferred venue for mobile gaming, we can't help wondering how many mighty Xboxes and Playstations are gathering dust while iPads and iPhones are enjoying all the fun.

57% of respondents listed 'at home lying in bed' as another favorite mobile-gaming spot, although more traditional mobile settings do get a substantial nod: 63% say they play while riding a bus or train, and 55% while waiting for an appointment.  A smaller percentage cop to mobile gaming as a guilty pleasure: 10% admit playing while in church, at a movie, or, scarily enough, while driving. Another 6% admit sneaking a game or two in while attending a meeting at work.

"[W]e believe mobile gaming is invading the last bastion of video game consoles and personal computers: the home," said Dennis Ryan, VP of Worldwide Publishing at PopCap.

Indeed, as smartphones, tablets, and dedicated mobile game systems like the powerful PS Vita close the technology gap with their console big brothers, the entire category of 'mobile' gaming might soon be seen as a distinction without a difference.

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