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The April Poll – Extended

Posted by Stropp on April 30, 2008

Just a quick note.

Since the games release is nigh upon us, I've decided to keep the April Poll going until Age of Conan Hyborean Adventures servers actually go live.

As I mentioned previously, this will be the last poll I do on the front page of Stropp's World for a while. I will still keep putting polls up, but they'll be in the forums. The Simple Machines Forum software is much better than the Wordpress plugin I'm currently using and offers more flexibility.

The other benefit of forum based polls is that they are visible for anyone to see when the poll is concluded. That's not the case with the Democracy plugin.

Anywho. That means you'll have an additional twenty or so days to vote in this months poll, Are You Looking Forward to Age of Conan.

I know that the last few weeks it's been an Age of Conan information overload, if you haven't already had enough, drop by and let your vote be heard.

April Poll – Are You Looking Forward to Age of Conan?

Posted by Stropp on March 31, 2008

With the release date of Age of Conan drawing closer, it's only around seven weeks away as I write this, there's been a bit more attention given to the game. It looks like Funcom lucked out too. EA Mythic pushing the release date out to Fall 2008 will give Age of Conan a nice bit of breathing room to get started.

As I wrote yesterday, I'm starting to build up an anticipation for Age of Conan myself. So I thought that I'd ask you guys the same question. Are you looking forward to playing Age of Conan?


I've given you a few options for the poll, but they essentially boil down to yes, no, or maybe. If  you don't see the option you'd like, or if you'd like to make a comment, please leave one below.

I suspect the poll is having some problems with RSS feed readers. If you are finding that you can't vote from your feed, come over to the site. The poll also lives in the sidebar. I'd also appreciate you letting me know if you're not able to vote in the feed. If that's the case, I might have to look at alternate poll software.

March Poll Results – What’s Your Favorite Class Style?

Posted by Stropp on March 31, 2008

Wow. March is over already. It just seems like yesterday when I put this poll up... better get to the topic before I start reminiscing about getting up before I went to bed to go work in the mines and licking the road for breakfast... or something like that.


I asked the question at the beginning of the month what your favorite class style was. I tried to keep the classes MMO agnostic, giving the choice of Tank, DPS Melee, Hunter/Ranged DPS, Mage, or Priest. The results from 18 votes cast are as follows:

  • Tank - 3 votes (16%)
  • DPS Melee - 7 votes (39%)
  • Hunter/Ranged - 2 votes (11%)
  • Mage - 1 vote (6%)
  • Priest - 5 votes (28%)

Overall the numbers didn't surprise me. I always figured there would be a decent number of DPS Melee and Healer players around. I was a little surprised at the Ranged and Mage classes though. I figured that there would be a lot more players that loved the DPS offered by Mages, Warlocks and Hunters. The poor old Mage only got voted for in the last couple of days.

Considering that the Mages, Wizards, Sorcerers and Warlocks don't appear to be under-represented in the games that we play - I always see a bunch of them in the game, and don't have trouble finding them in groups - why do you think we didn't see them represented in the poll?

March Poll – Favorite Class Style

Posted by Stropp on March 5, 2008 With another month, comes another poll, even if it's a little late. This months poll is asking the question - what is your favorite class style? I've tried to be reasonably generic in the choices, and not lean to much toward any one game. When you create a character, what do you lean towards: Tank, DPS Melee, Ranged, Rogue, Mage or Healer?
Don't forget to add comment.

Poll Results – Game Ratings I’d Play

Posted by Stropp on March 5, 2008

Okay, time to get down and dirty with the results of the February poll.

The question last month was asking what game rating would be the highest you'd play. I dropped in the ESRB rating guide to give you an idea of what each rating would entail.

The highest rating was AO where there may be prolonged scenes of intense violence and/or graphic sex and nudity. This incidentally was also the winning category with 8 of the 15 voters saying they'd play a game rated AO.

The second highest vote count was for the M rating where games in that category may contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language. Age of Conan is being aimed at this audience. There were 4 votes here.

With two and one vote respectively, were the E10+ and T ratings. T is anything suited for a teenage and E for everyone over ten. There were no votes for E.

One thing that is a pity about the Democracy poll plugin that I use is that I can't set it up for multiple selections, nor does it give me an indication of the country of the voter. I'm assuming that the bulk of my readers come from the US, since that's what my website stats indicate, therefore the bulk of the voters were US based as well.

While it seems that the bulk of respondents were quite happy to play a reasonably hardcore game like Age of Conan or harder, there were a couple of readers who want to be able to play with their kids and chose a lower rating.

I also wonder if those who voted for the AO would still have some limits. Would a MMO with hardcore nudity and sex be on their harddrive? How about a MMO with extreme violence, gore, and torture?

What do you think?

Feb Poll – I’d Play a MMO Rated

Posted by Stropp on February 1, 2008

The upcoming MMORPG, Age of Conan has been designed to fall into the mature category. With high levels of violence - decapitations, sex - lots of boobies and sex buffs, it is certainly going to be a controversial game. Especially in a US election year when every politician and their dog, err sorry, campaign manager, is looking for an issue to shout from the rooftops.

Age of Conan will be rated at least M, which according to the ESRB rating system, may contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.

Some pundits are even predicting that Age of Conan might not do so well. They're saying that the sex and violence might drive some players away.

So, I'm putting forward the question to you. 

What rating are you prepared to play up to?

Do you limit your self to World of Warcrafts T for Teen, or will you be happy to play to Age of Conans M rating?

Would you even consider playing an AO rated game?

I've included the ESRB rating symbols after the poll to give you an idea of what they are about. As always, your comments are welcome.

The Poll


ESRB Rating Symbols

Titles rated EC (Early Childhood) have content that may be suitable for ages 3 and older. Contains no material that parents would find inappropriate.


Titles rated E (Everyone) have content that may be suitable for ages 6 and older. Titles in this category may contain minimal cartoon, fantasy or mild violence and/or infrequent use of mild language.

Titles rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and older) have content that may be suitable for ages 10 and older. Titles in this category may contain more cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes.

Titles rated T (Teen) have content that may be suitable for ages 13 and older. Titles in this category may contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling, and/or infrequent use of strong language.

Titles rated M (Mature) have content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older. Titles in this category may contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.

Titles rated AO (Adults Only) have content that should only be played by persons 18 years and older. Titles in this category may include prolonged scenes of intense violence and/or graphic sexual content and nudity.

January Poll Results – Now with Graphs

Posted by Stropp on February 1, 2008

Yes. You read that right. We now have graphs. Too cool eh?

The January poll asked the question: As a MMO Gamer, I am currently playing or not playing a MMO and reading x blogs.

Overall, 25 people responded to the poll with the answers broken down in the following graph.

Jan08 Poll 1 

The biggest results were those reader who played a MMO and read either 1 to 5 or more than 10 blogs. The next highest was bloggers who also played.

What we wanted to really see in this poll was how many of you read blogs while playing a MMO. The idea was that MMO players not currently playing a MMO would be the ones reading blogs. People actually playing would have less time to read blogs since they'd always be in game.

As you can see from the Playing vs Not Playing graph below, the majority of MMO blog readers are involved in playing a game at the same time.

Jan08 Poll 2 

Furthermore, the majority of respondents actually read more than 10 blogs. There was one major assumption in this however, that the blogger respondents all read more than 10 blogs. When I created the poll I decided to just have bloggers playing and not playing questions. Otherwise there would have been a much larger number of options to choose from and the poll would have been unwieldy. I think that assumption is fairly valid, just by looking at the blogrolls of  most of the MMO blogs that I read.

Jan08 Poll 3


The conclusions are pretty cut and dried, at least for Stropp's World,

  1. the majority of blog readers are also playing a MMO game.
  2. a blog reader is more likely to read more than 10 blogs.

BTW, for the graphs I used the Open Office spreadsheet application, Calc. I decided a few weeks ago to look at the Open Office application suite rather than go out and get MS Office. While, in some ways, it's a little rougher than Office, it still does the job and produces some damn fine graphs.

Bumping the January Poll

Posted by Stropp on January 18, 2008

I'm just giving the January poll, As A MMO Gamer I Am Currently, a bit of a bump.

So far there have been sixteen votes submitted, many thanks to those that have taken the time to vote, but I was hoping for a bit more than that.

You need to help me settle a bet with DM. Well, not really. There's no money riding on this, or indeed no wager at all. DM believed that a good portion of the readers of MMO blogs were not currently playing. I thought it would be good to find out in a poll.

So far the results aren't in his favor. But we need more data to be sure.

I've re-included the poll below, but the it doesn't always come through in the feed. If that's the case with you, I'd sure appreciate if you could take the time to visit the site and vote.


Poll: As A MMO Gamer I Am Currently

Posted by Stropp on December 29, 2007 In the analysis of the last poll that I conducted, How Many MMOs Have You Played? one of the conclusions I came to was that a lot of MMO players never actually visit gaming blogs or fansites because they are actually too busy playing the game. My good friend, DM Osbon had a different take on the results:
One thing you must remember is that MMO players that are not currently playing an MMO probably make up a good percentage of the readership of blogs & MMO sites.
DM suggested that I put up a poll to test this theory. I did have another topic in mind for this months poll, but his suggestion was a good one, and definitely more interesting. Here's the poll:
If you are currently playing a MMO, how many gaming blogs and websites do you read? Conversely, if you're not currently playing a MMO, how many gaming blogs and websites do you read? I've also included a couple of questions for the folks who blog about MMOs. I expect that if you're a blogger you probably read a decent number of related blogs and websites so I didn't break down the questions as much for this group. If you have any ideas on the poll subject, or have a response that isn't in the questions, feel free to leave a comment. I'd also like to invite you to submit any ideas you might have for future polls, or even blog posts. I'm also happy to answer any questions you might have. You can use the contact form to send in any ideas or questions.

How Many MMOs Have You Played?

Posted by Stropp on December 28, 2007 At the beginning of October I started a poll asking the question, How Many MMOs Have You Played? All up, there were sixty four responses to that question. Here are the results.
Out of 64, only six voters or nine percent had never played a MMO. I figure that's not too surprising considering Stropp's World is a blog about MMOs and folks not interested in this genre wouldn't be hanging around here. I was a little surprised that the biggest group was the one that had lost count of the number of Massive Online games that they had played, meaning that they had played more than five. I was expecting that the numbers would be more in line with the current breakdown of players in the various MMO games. In that case the biggest group would be those that had only played World of Warcraft, with those that had played two or three MMOs being the group that had grown bored with WoW and had dabbled in other games. I expect this has to do with the fact that most MMO players never or rarely visit web sites about the game they are playing. They are actually too busy playing the game, in the limited amount of spare time that they have. This would skew the results of a poll like this, and means that the readers of Stropp's World are not necessarily representative of the general MMORPG population. So to wrap it up, forty seven voters have played two or more MMOs, eleven have played only one, while six have never jumped into a virtual world. What do these numbers mean to you? On another note, the changes to the theme had an effect on the appearance of the Democracy Poll widget. I'll be looking into this over the next week while I'm on holidays. Unfortunately, Democracy doesn't do everything I'd like it to do, and the creator hasn't updated it for a very long time. There are some features that I'd like to see, so I may have a look at modifying the code myself and adding those features.