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Posted: Feb 5th 2011 12:17PM MMOaddict said

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Funny. I play CoD:Black Ops and WoW and a small amount of Eve. I can't stand DCUO or League of Legends. LOL. Guess I throw that study off a bit, eh?

Posted: Feb 5th 2011 3:37PM Furdinand said

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@MMOaddict it only throws off the study if you were the entire sample size. Since you aren't the only person in the universe, there is room for you to not fit their profile and still have the profile be valid.
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Posted: Feb 5th 2011 8:04PM MMOaddict said

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@Furdinand

You are right, I'm not the only person in the universe. Neither are the people in their sample size. Just goes to show these "studies" are founded on limited knowledge and are not indicative of what IS. But then, you must be one of those "relativism" types.
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Posted: Feb 6th 2011 2:46PM Furdinand said

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@MMOaddict If by "relativist" you mean someone who is interested in statistical analysis, then yes, I am a relativist type.
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Posted: Feb 5th 2011 12:26PM Snichy said

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In conclusion: DCUO players also play other major games.

Stop the press...!

Posted: Feb 5th 2011 12:49PM Dril said

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@Snichy

This. I've never seen a bigger non-story on Massively, although perhaps it's some sort of ironic observation of how not to run an experiment?

We know CO and CoH don't have huge populations...EVE, WoW, Blops and LoL do. Shocking amirite; it almost seems to me as if..and I'm guessing here, people play *more than one game*.

Excuse me, I need to go have a minor heart attack.

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Posted: Feb 5th 2011 12:31PM The Minn said

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Pointless. They run their job like a psychic. You just try to make things so broad to make others believe. Maybe they like DC comics, maybe they just wanted to try a new MMO, maybe a friend of theirs was going to play so they jumped on, maybe they won 100 dollars at the casino the other night and decided to spend it on this because they were curious. So many jobs in this world that are pointless.

Posted: Feb 5th 2011 12:57PM Grendel said

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Eeerm ...
My simple analysis of DCUO-players: players who like to burn money ...

Posted: Feb 5th 2011 1:41PM CCon99 said

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People who play DCUO are also people who have played video games before. Can I have a grant now?

Posted: Feb 5th 2011 4:33PM Protoavis said

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@CCon99

Yes, here is your $500,000
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Posted: Feb 5th 2011 2:26PM Sleaker said

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I think that it's safe to say that when any new MMO comes out, if you analyze who is playing it you'll see a lot of people that have WoW and EVE on their top list. cause those are the 2 largest competitors for most modern MMOs. Blizz is what like 11 million subs and EVE topped 1 million subs sometime ago?

I would think (because of gameplay) that there would be more of a correlation between players who lack hack-n-slash with quick rewards than standard MMOs (like those who enjoy Diablo, Torchlight, TQ, Dungeon Siege. etc) but don't necessarily play much MMO cause the progression and combat just aren't fast paced enough.

This is one of the reasons why I like DCUO more than any of the other MMOs, yes I've played a lot of WoW (more recently only on a private server cause of the nice fast progressions and feelings of accomplishment), but it's still a little too slow for me.

Posted: Feb 6th 2011 4:44AM UnSub said

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@Sleaker EvE is 330k+ active subs, not 1m.
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Posted: Feb 5th 2011 2:28PM Sleaker said

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Oh and I bet the reason why CoH and CO aren't on the lists is well because Cryptic is a horrible company, and CoH doesn't have a large player base.... Go figure.

I wouldn't touch CO with a ten foot pole.

Posted: Feb 5th 2011 3:35PM The Minn said

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@Sleaker to be fair CoH is a lot better than CO and I still enjoy playing it from time to time. The community is extremely nice.
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Posted: Feb 5th 2011 4:18PM silvertemplar said

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On the other hand , If you go to Raptr and check the play time stats for DCUO there is a rather disturbing downwards "spiral" happening...and the subs have not even kicked in. It's weekend now, and the normal trend for MMOs is to go up over weekends...DCUO...well it went down...

Posted: Feb 5th 2011 4:23PM Degu said

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Some weirdo at Gamestop told me that most DCUO players have either a PC or a PS3. I think he's a conspiracy nut, though.

Posted: Feb 5th 2011 4:25PM silvertemplar said

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Oh linky to Raptr's DCUO playstats:
http://raptr.com/game/PC/DC_Universe_Online

Click on the month and week views of that graph...

Posted: Feb 6th 2011 2:51PM MMOaddict said

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@Furdinand

Have fun with that and when every exception to the rule ruins your stats, don't say I didn't tell you so.

Posted: Feb 6th 2011 6:20PM Issmir said

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What proportion of MMO players use Raptr? I mean, I've never heard of it and I've been playing these for a while. Would it be fair to suggest that people who play FPS and RTS are more likely to be in the data set than people who don't? Are they all within a certain age group? Are they all on 4chan?

This study isn't really useful for extrapolating meaningful data.

Posted: Feb 6th 2011 9:06PM DancingCow said

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@Issmir

Even if it was, they've ignored the glaringly obvious.

WOW has 12 million + subscribers. Ask new players of any MMO what other games they've played or what game they played before their new one and WOW is likely to be at the top of the list.

Without taking even a rough stab at correcting for this, these statistics are completely meaningless.
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