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Strangest survey I've ever doneFollow

#1 May 29 2012 at 7:50 AM Rating: Good
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SE sent me an email asking me to fill out a survey about games. Said I had to agree not to divulge any of the ideas I saw in it.
Page one.....your age and ***....said 4% complete.....hit continue.....thank you for completing the survey!!

Maybe being 46 my opinion isn't important anymore :(
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#2 May 29 2012 at 8:13 AM Rating: Excellent
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Survey version 2.0 is due out in three years, whereupon all of the missing ideas about which they planned to ask you will be there, in some form or another.

Be a little bit patient; surveys take time!


Edited, May 29th 2012 10:14am by KaneKitty
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"... he called to himself a wizard, named Gallery, hoping by this means to escape the paying of the fifteen hundred crowns..." (Machen 15)

"Thus opium is pleasing... on account of the agreeable delirium it produces." (Burke para.6)

"I could only read so much for this paper and the syphilis poem had to go."
#3 May 29 2012 at 8:54 AM Rating: Decent
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That is actually pretty common for surveys. If you are in a demographic outside of their target, and/or they filled their quota for a specific demographic, than they will stop the survey.
#4 May 29 2012 at 9:22 AM Rating: Excellent
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So yes then....old and unimportant.....sniff!
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#5 May 29 2012 at 10:15 AM Rating: Excellent
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rflokker pretty much summed it up. I used to work as an interviewer for political surveys and that's the way it goes. Those first couple questions at the beginning were screeners. If they only need to talke to 5 men over the age of 40 and your #6, your sample gets tossed. At least they tossed you before they asked you how much money you made. Nothing like breaking it to someone that their opinion doesn't matter because they make less than 100k a year. Oh and Grockle 40? You should get out of gaming and leave it to us spry 35 year olds 0.-
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#6 May 29 2012 at 10:40 PM Rating: Good
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Pfft!
35 you're just learning. You're a puppy 'til 40, getting there at 45, but 46 is where the real class shows through :)
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#7 May 29 2012 at 11:00 PM Rating: Excellent
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This thread makes me feel as though I should start treating this forum's population with respect, and I'm not prepared to do that.

Things were just so much easier when I could picture everyone as fifteen-year-old kids shouting at their monitors. Smiley: frown
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"... he called to himself a wizard, named Gallery, hoping by this means to escape the paying of the fifteen hundred crowns..." (Machen 15)

"Thus opium is pleasing... on account of the agreeable delirium it produces." (Burke para.6)

"I could only read so much for this paper and the syphilis poem had to go."
#8 May 30 2012 at 12:32 AM Rating: Excellent
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Game companies might have to adjust the way they treat their customers as the "gamer average age" keeps increasing. After all, many of those who grew up playing Mario are still playing. While there might be new blood lowering the average, there's probably a lot of "older" gamers than before. There's a reason you see many guilds like "The Old Gamer Guild" or "The Old Timer Guild" in most big MMO.

/rant mode.
The part that annoys me the most is that, in order to appeal to a wider audience, most companies will try to lower the common denominator and claim something like "I, as a normal adult, don't understand this system. Make it more simple, after all, we have kids playing."

They don't seem to understand kids are actually extremely good at learning new or complicated things, and that it's adults who usually have a harder time keeping up.

I personally find that this struggle to make everything "simple" is killing the industry little by little. New players generally aren't dumb, they're simply new and might need some things explained, but I don't think they need their hands held for the entire length of the game.
/rant off.

On a tangent, I feel pretty young at 33 years old thanks to this thread.
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#9 May 30 2012 at 7:36 AM Rating: Good
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I always thought I was in the upper tier at 34... guess I am still one of the young ones :P

I find that the survey companies up here usually ask up front the question regarding their target so that they can get on with business if you don't meet that criteria. I admit I was a little disappointed when I was called about a beer survey and they where looking for 20-30 as the age group... I don't want some young punks deciding what beer will be made next... we'll end up with more things like Coors Iced Tea Beer... who the heck thought that was a good idea? Lime beer was bad enough... why must they go wrecking the most holiest of beverages??

/rantoff
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#10 May 30 2012 at 7:44 AM Rating: Good
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Coors Light? Really? -.- thats almost as bad of a beer as PBR...
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Grandlethal wrote:
Coors [...] why must they go wrecking the most holiest of beverages??
You'll change your opinion once you're old enough and get your own ID Card and don't have to give someone else money to buy it for you.
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#12 May 30 2012 at 7:55 AM Rating: Excellent
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PalidorCarbuncle wrote:
Coors Light? Really? -.- thats almost as bad of a beer as PBR...


To avoid confusion, I meant beer is the holiest of beverages, not Coors :P I don't think I would Classify Coors, Bud, Labatt, etc as beer....

I know... I guess they were just trying to detract from the awfulness of the beer by trying to make it something else lol. I usually drink Belgian beers (Current favorite is Delerium Nocturnum... if you like a nice strong dark beer this is by far one of the best), so drinking the normal mass produced stuff in Canada and the US is not normally my style... Of course if they surveyed me and used my preferences, I am sure most of the 20-25 crowd would probably stop drinking beer all together because it wouldn't taste like water anymore :P

Edited, May 30th 2012 7:56am by Grandlethal
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#13 May 30 2012 at 9:47 AM Rating: Good
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That's a first, I guess SE is looking for preteens with disposable income. 4% Smiley: lolSmiley: laughSmiley: lol
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#14 May 30 2012 at 10:37 AM Rating: Excellent
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Grockle wrote:
Pfft!
35 you're just learning. You're a puppy 'til 40, getting there at 45, but 46 is where the real class shows through :)


Sounds alot like the mentality in most MMOs.

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kainsilv wrote:
Grockle wrote:
Pfft! 35 you're just learning. You're a puppy 'til 40, getting there at 45, but 46 is where the real class shows through :)

Sounds alot like the mentality in most MMOs.


lol, yeah! And, after all the level cap raises, by 80 you're getting ready to quit.
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"Thus opium is pleasing... on account of the agreeable delirium it produces." (Burke para.6)

"I could only read so much for this paper and the syphilis poem had to go."
#16 May 30 2012 at 11:21 AM Rating: Excellent
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No.....age, not game level :)
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#17 May 30 2012 at 11:24 AM Rating: Excellent
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Docent42 wrote:


They don't seem to understand kids are actually extremely good at learning new or complicated things, and that it's adults who usually have a harder time keeping up.




Tell me about it. I can email, download **** and, if this quote comes out ok, navigate a forum, but I have no idea how to use a computer.....and don't get me started on my phone...bloody thing's smarter than me!!
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#18 May 30 2012 at 6:33 PM Rating: Good
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Grandlethal wrote:
I always thought I was in the upper tier at 34... guess I am still one of the young ones :P

yeah... me too at 29...

Grandlethal wrote:
PalidorCarbuncle wrote:
Coors Light? Really? -.- thats almost as bad of a beer as PBR...


To avoid confusion, I meant beer is the holiest of beverages, not Coors :P I don't think I would Classify Coors, Bud, Labatt, etc as beer....

I know... I guess they were just trying to detract from the awfulness of the beer by trying to make it something else lol. I usually drink Belgian beers (Current favorite is Delerium Nocturnum... if you like a nice strong dark beer this is by far one of the best), so drinking the normal mass produced stuff in Canada and the US is not normally my style... Of course if they surveyed me and used my preferences, I am sure most of the 20-25 crowd would probably stop drinking beer all together because it wouldn't taste like water anymore :P



yeah craft beer all the way. At our last work party they sent someone who knew nothing about beer to buy our drinks and they came back with crap like bud and coors and molsen. There was almost a revolt.

They know to buy craft beer this time.


Edited, May 30th 2012 5:36pm by Olorinus
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#19 May 31 2012 at 9:00 AM Rating: Decent
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I should have figured I wasn't the only 30somthing a) hanging out in here and b) hanging on to this game:).

Note to self, the preview button is there for a reason...


Edited, May 31st 2012 10:01am by rfolkker
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