One of the more interesting findings from the Arbitron/Jacobs "Bedroom Study" was the realization that video gamers aren't just kids sitting in their basements by themselves. Like TV viewing, gaming is becoming a social activity. A recent Advertising Age article points out that marketers are beginning to figure this out.
Whether it's Wii parties or "Guitar Hero" fests, gamers enjoy hanging out and competing with each other. And as we've pointed out in past advisories and blogs, radio should be at the center of this activity. The "Guitar Hero" application is especially important because it totally supports the music foundation of radio, while giving even the musically-challenged the opportunity to feel like Eddie Van Halen or Joe Perry.
You can see both "Bedroom Project" presentations at the NAB/R&R Conventions in Charlotte this September. Conceived by Arbitron and conducted by Jacobs Media, "The Bedroom Project" is an ethnography study about media, technology, and survey research. The presentations are Wednesday afternoon at 3:45 at the NAB; Thursday afternoon at Jacobs Summit 12.