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I was reading some forum topics and just had to wonder why if someone likes a game they need to try and shout down someone who doesn't? Do any of these games sink or swim based on some forum post? If I'm playing a game I like, I have no interest in anyone else's opinion about it, I like it, that's all. If someone else doesn't like it, God bless em, that's their choice. What does that matter to me? When I was playing an mmo I never even visited forums unless something specific was needed, but I think I've figured it out. Age. According to The Entertainment Software Association the average U.S. gamer is 35 years old and has been playing for 13 years, but according to Quantcast 50% of MMORPG's visitors are ages 12-17! 40% are ages 18-34, a range which I think is too broad and should be cut in half. Let's say for the sake of argument, half those 40% are 18-26 and the other half 27-34, that would mean that 70% of MMORPG.com's U.S. visitors are under the age of 27 and therefore not average U.S. gamers. In fact males under 17 make up only 18% of all gamers in the U.S. This would explain the lack of perspective I've seen in these posts and the general asshattery of some of the responses given to legitimate questions and why some posters care so much about whether someone thinks their game is good or not, because their like 15 yrs old and think it really matters. Somehow, though I knew a lot of the posts had to be kids, I would sorta subconsciously see forum posters like players in the game, mature adults having some fun, but its quite the opposite. Very liberating. At least I no longer need to pose the question.
"The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion." -Edmund Burke
Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?"