Nice survey sunandshadow I sorted it out for better reading.
BTW, if the pool was public, do you have the link?
Settings you might like in an MMO:
Non-Earth Fantasy 82% 93
Non-Earth Science-Fantasy 74% 84
Far Future Or Non-Earth Science Fiction 73% 83
Post-Apocalypse (urban ruins and scavenging, zombies are optional) 67% 76
Steampunk Or Other Historical Science Fantasy 66% 75
Historical Fantasy 64% 73
Archeological (tombs, fantasy ruins, alien ruins, anything Myst-like) 63% 72
Near-Future Science Fiction Involving Earth Or Humans 61% 69
Modern Urban/Suburban 49% 56
Uninhabited Island or Planet (this would only be a partial MMO setting, since players would have to have some kind of city or other place to interact.) 49% 56
Realistic Historical 38% 43
School (could be a realistic school, a magical school, a ninja school, a space school, etc.) 17% 19
Atmosphere you might enjoy in an MMO:
War - almost all of the story is about a war between two or three factions, and honor and revenge are probably themes. 76% 87
Oldschool Heroism - whether about knights in shining armor or superheroes in capes or white-robed wizards, this is a story where the difference between good and evil is obvious and there are no gray areas. 69% 79
Politics, Blackmail, and Backstabbery - This is a story about secret maneuverings and manipulations, maybe brainwashing; probably some psychodrama in there. 68% 78
Gritty - the story is mostly about crime, drugs, supervillains, oppressive governments or corporations, enslavement, pollution, or other dark topic. 58% 66
Philosophical Or Surreal - There are probably references to Nietzsche, Kant, Locke, and Hobbes in there somewhere. 52% 59
Cheerful - the story is mostly about humor, romance, friendship, cleverness, teamwork, or wondrous adventure. 37% 42
Other 10% 11
A few notes about the results (my interpetation):
- I wonder if you used word "medieval" if the "Realistic Historical" would not get more votes.
- Cheerful was destined to fail, and war was destined to win, mostly due to the descriptions. Cheerful lacks conflict. Maybe if you phrased it differently, like "War - a standard warfare between factions" and "Romance - a humorous story about love & revenge". Generally people "are supposed to" dislike anything "Cheerful" because "they are not kids anymore but old teenagers, even almost adults" Actually they might like it if you use different wording (it's like adding a lot of fighting a blood to, in its core, a romantic story (like InuYasha) and then males will be "allowed" to say they enjoy it too (because they could say they liked the blood, not the romance part) ).
- Philosophical Or Surreal, yeah, they always claim they want it, but when you actually make it they don't want to play it because they find it too weird
Edited by Acharis, 06 March 2014 - 03:44 AM.