Sure, we always assumed there was less to do out on Long Island than here in the five boroughs. But it doesn’t seem like the kind of place with no distractions, given the sweet beaches, surfing and Hamptons crowd.
But according to a new report from the finance site Bundle, residents of Huntington, New York on the North Shore spend the most on video games of any place in America. In fact they spend 4.08 times the average! And this isn’t an isolated case. North Hempstead, a little ways west, comes in second in a national poll, at 2.32 times the national average.
Is this just a perfect storm of wealthy, indulgent parents and bored teenagers, or is something more important at work? An indigenous gaming culture taking root in L.I. so strong it makes the rest of our great nation look like a bunch of lazy, broke chumps?
We put the question to Twitter and it didn’t take long for native Strong Islanders to give us their answers:
North Hempstead native Brandon Diamond hit us up on Gchat. “It’s a really wealthy community that’s not afraid to get its game on. What else are you supposed to do when you’re trapped in an affluent, liberal suburbia.”
Mr. Diamond also sent along this amazing video evidence:
Here’s a quick roundup of reactions from Long Island folks on Twitter: