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Where do you believe the true majority lies?


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Poll: What gamer group is the majority? (55 member(s) have cast votes)

What gamer group is the majority?

  1. True Gamer (doesnt matter what type of game) (24 votes [43.64%])

    Percentage of vote: 43.64%

  2. Complex RPG Gamer (BG, Gothic, PST, FO, NWN) (9 votes [16.36%])

    Percentage of vote: 16.36%

  3. Hack and Slash RPG Gamer (Diablo, Dungeon Seige) (1 votes [1.82%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.82%

  4. MMORPG (DAOC, WOW, Evercrack) (1 votes [1.82%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.82%

  5. Action Adventure (Tomb Raider, Prince of Persia) (4 votes [7.27%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.27%

  6. Strategy (Star Craft, Sacrifice, Ground Control) (2 votes [3.64%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.64%

  7. Sim (Sim City, The Sims) (2 votes [3.64%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.64%

  8. 1st Person Shooter (Doom, Giants Citizen Kabuto) (6 votes [10.91%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.91%

  9. Sports (Baseball, Football, Basketball Games) (3 votes [5.45%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.45%

  10. Other (describe this other category in your post) (3 votes [5.45%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.45%

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Often times I will see a post with someone saying "its because so and so fans are the majority that so and so game is made to cater to them" or "this game doesnt do this because so and so majority would not buy the game with it"

Where do they get this information on who is the majority? Acctual statistical facts on the subject, and how were those stats gathered anyways.

The choices in the poll above I can maby see as difficult to decide. Think of it this way for an example: What are top 5 most favorite games.

If they are BG, BG2, PST, FO, IWD then you obviously are the Complex RPG gamer.

If they are BG2, Black and White, Doom 3, Madden <insert year here>, and Homeworld then you are probably a True Gamer.

Its pretty hard still for some of us I would think so lets just say that if 3 of the top 5 are of one category then you belong to that category, If no no more than 2 of any category then True Gamer.

I myself cant even decide which 5 games are truly my favorites. And seeing as how I find many types of games to be great I consider myself a True Gamer. I love variety and like single theme games like Starcraft as well as games like BG which I consider to be acctual strategy/complex rpg. I greatly look forward to some all encompasing game that has single character Complex RPG mixed with some form of mass war Strategy and a little bit of Action Adventure and seamlessly shifts from the different elements during the game... One can dream can't they.

This thread, of course, can also be used for just discussion about your thoughts on Gamer groups and their influance on the gaming market, how they affect games that come out and such.

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Well, true gamer, but only to a certain extent. I play whatever floats my boat, be it RPGs, FPS's, strategy, whatever. Just no MMORPG's, LAN games ie. Counter-Strike, and ridiculously violent games (read anything GTA, for example), unless their made with a certain sense of humor. Kinda like Peter Jackson movies, they're hilarious.

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My favorite games list includes side scrollers on the Nintendo, EA sports titles on the Sega Genesis, and PC rpgs. I guess that makes me a true gamer. But the only games I follow the development on are rpgs. I'm only speaking for myself and not on gamers in general. Though I suspect most will play muliple genres.

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There is no true majority, the market tendences are always changing.

Years ago we had a lot of adventure games, then it moved into RTS type and after it, RPGs.

Right now we are in the "hybrid" age, we see FPS with RPG mechanics and DDR sequences in games such as GTA:SA and Sid Meyer Pirates!.

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I voted for True Gamer, but actually I only play RPG and RTS, and I like them equally.

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true gamer.

although i tend to only play rpgs and the occasional resident evil type game.

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Feels like everyone's going to belong in the "True Gamer" category when this poll is done.. I mean, who doesn't cross genres every once in a while, no matter how devoted you are to your favourite genre?

(I love Gothic, Wasteland, Far Cry, GTA: San Andreas, Deus Ex, The Longest Journey etc.)

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the majority is FPS and it has been since doom was released, maybe even after castle wolfenstein. the best selling game of all time is probably quake... the sims, however, may have that lead now...
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the majority is FPS and it has been since doom was released, maybe even after castle wolfenstein.  the best selling game of all time is probably quake... the sims, however, may have that lead now...
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Just wondering but where and how have you gathered this information? Perhaps a link to a website that shows acctual results of detailed research in the subject would help.

No offence, but I just dont believe there is any one gamer group that is vastly larger than others and that they have in anyway affected the creation of games.

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The majority consists of casual console sports/action gamers.

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The majority consists of casual console sports/action gamers.

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I really would like to see where you are getting this information. A link perhaps?

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This is what I think .. without proof ..

I think the majority (of EVERY gamer in the world), and not "true gamers" .. that's to different things .. but as I was saying, I believe the majority plays sports and action games .. because they are the ones that seems to get the most advertising! so the average person, who plays computers once in a while, will probably play Fifa/Madden etc and the occasional FPS that get's famous .. like Doom3 or HL2 ..

but "True Gamers" are those who like games, those who play often, I believe they play most of the genres .. and play what ever they find interesting at the moment!

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The real question is what the publishers think will make the most money. I don't have a link on that one, but is there any doubt?

If publishers think FPSes will make the most money, we're going to see more FPSes. The consumer can effect the market, I have no doubt, but the consumer is a fickle animal at best.

I'm with mkreku on this one. I'm a true gamer and I figure most folks will consider themselves as such. ...At least the ones who come here. I like the idea behind the thread, but I think things like "combination" and "true gamer" are best left out of such polls because most folks will like variety on the one hand and well balanced game on the other. It makes options like "whole package" a little too tempting for folks to make a real stand.

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I think most people are retards who play sports games and other ididotic types of games.

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It's easy to get the impression that the FPS crowd is the biggest gaming group of them all, because that genre has tournaments and is all about online play. Online play = visibility.

I suspect the biggest gaming group are casual gamers who play stuff like The Sims and the dreaded EA sports games. Those players are not as visible, but when you check the lists of the top selling games of all times you'll find a bundle of NHL/NFL/NBA games up there, and I guess someone has to play them.

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Well.... judging from sales I would say the majority plays Sims.. :)

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Well the sims is kinda its own market and has the most sales. But, we could be sexist here and say this game above all others appeals to both genders, more than any other game, hence one of the reasons for its widespread success (another would be its a well developed game). Anyway, it seems to me though most of the Tom Clancy, Doom, Halflife, Far Crys etc FPSs seem to always be in the top 10 for PC game sales, and have been for years. So, I always assumed the FPS seems to sell more than the strategy, sim or rpg genres. This meaning there are more different types of FPSs in the top ten in sales, whereas its usually just the sims and its expansions for sim games and usually just one rts will be there like a Warcraft 3 collection, and one rpg like a kotor. The rest seem to be FPS's.

Ive been out of the console market for so long I dont know what sells great on console. I would assume sports games as thats all any of my friends bought.

Anyway I like rpgs above all others, but I play adventure games, FPS and rts games quite a bit too, so like everyone else Iwould say true gamer.

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The majority consists of casual console sports/action gamers.

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I really would like to see where you are getting this information. A link perhaps?

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Most of it is obvious. There are more casual gamers than hardcore gamers. The console market is much bigger than the PC market. As far as the games being played the most, Sports titles (Madden) and action titles (GTA, Halo, Metal Gear, etc...) generally seem like the most popular. Toping various sales charts and the like.

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Complex RPG gamer, that's me :cool:

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It's easy to get the impression that the FPS crowd is the biggest gaming group of them all, because that genre has tournaments and is all about online play. Online play = visibility.

I suspect the biggest gaming group are casual gamers who play stuff like The Sims and the dreaded EA sports games. Those players are not as visible, but when you check the lists of the top selling games of all times you'll find a bundle of NHL/NFL/NBA games up there, and I guess someone has to play them.

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Agreed, tho' the catagory "Sim" should be "Casual".

Real "Sims" are stuff like Steel Beasts ( Tank Sim ), Silent Hunter III ( Sub Sim ), or flight sims like Jane's F/A-18 Hornet, Falcon 4.0, Strike Fighters Project 1, European Air War, M/$ Combat Flight Simulator 3, or the IL-2 Sturmovik series...

To compare these to the Wil Wright's Sims is like saying Fallout is nothing more than a Diablo clone. With the inevitable reaction from the military simmers making the most rabid of the FO fans look like a Church social group...

Military Simmers ( & Flight Simmers in particular ) tend to have the most up to date computor hardware & are most savvy in regards to drivers for their equipment. They are the most demanding of all computor gamers & tend not to suffer fools gladly to the point of it being their religion. Arouse their *Ire* at your own risk...




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