Great Gaming Site: The Office

May 6, 2009 ( - Looking for a good place to play games on your mobile phone? Why not try the office the next time you have a spare moment.

At least that’s what half of AT&T Wireless customers who play games on their mobile devices recently reported, with one in seven of the survey respondents saying they pulled out their device whenever they needed a short break from the daily grind.

When asked during the survey for PopCap Games about the timing of their mobile gaming, males selected “while waiting for an appointment” as their top choice (26%), as did females (45%). Among men, “during my work day, when I need a short break” was the second most common (13%), while among women the second most popular time to play was “at night before I go to bed” (9%).

The results are based on a sample size of 1,163 respondents randomly selected between February 12 and March 6, 2009. The group consisted of 337 men and 322 women.

Meanwhile, in an earlier June 2007 survey of 2,842 white-collar workers, 24% said they played during work hours:

  • 14% admitted they had played casual games during business meetings or conference calls, with two thirds (65%) of those saying they did so at least once a month.
  • 61% said they play during lunch or other official break periods.
  • 52% said they play “during my work day, when I need a short break.”
  • 19% said they play “at the end of my work day, to unwind.”
  • 11% said they play “at the beginning of my work day before I get started.”

More information about the earlier poll is here .