Guilds and gamers unite: Trulia ranks the best cities for video gaming

Rankings based on number of video game stores, gaming community and internet speeds
  • Los Angeles ranks as the top metro for gamers but scored a low affordability score.
  • Chicago, Oakland and Seattle also made the top 10 for gamer-friendly metros.
  • Honolulu, Austin and Kansas City ranked in the top three for highest download speeds in the nation.

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Look outside a Target or Best Buy after Thanksgiving, and you'll see America's obsession with electronics -- and for many, that passion extends to gaming. Whether you're a Playstation or Xbox loyalist, Trulia ranked the ten best metros for gamers, basing it on the number of video game and computer stores, internet speeds and surrounding gamer community. Trulia also measured median home prices and latency, a measurement in milliseconds that is how long it takes to send a message to a server and receive a response, download speed and store index. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale ranked in the no. 1 spot for gamers, with a score of 84.7. The L.A. metro got a game store index of 98, which was just one point below no. 5 ranked Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura. The latency score was 91 in L.A., which scored a 93 for download speed and 95 for gamer community, also. However, the metro's home price score got a paltry 7 out of 100. Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights ranked...