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1-10-2010 @ 10:07AM
Pardon me a moment. Doesn't it completely blow anyone else's mind that there is roughly even distribution of millions of players across the classes? It's not like there's any kind of corroboration going on in the community. These are individual choices being made that yield this result- a pretty even spread!Now, is it possible that Blizzard has developed a psychological typology superior to Myers-Briggs? In the Myers-Briggs there are 16 types of people, but some of these types represent less than 3% of the population! Here before us we have a typology (the class system) where a mass sampling indicates very close to 1 out of every 10 players will choose each class!Is Blizzard's greatest achievement not this game, but their assessment of the classification of humanity? Or is it that there are exactly 10 types of gamer-evenly distributed in 10 categories?Am I insane... because I am also the dude who thinks its amazing that we can climb into metal buildings with wings and fly to other cities. So I understand if I am over-reacting to this data.I've seen it before, and I always think the same thing... Those guys at Blizzard have some insight into the structure of the psyche, or the gamer psyche, that they can create classes that neatly fit into ten evenly-distributed groups of players... Players who are sorting themselves evenly into these groups! Okay, I'll shut up now.
1-10-2010 @ 10:55AM
For the record, this is one of my favorite comments on wow.com, ever. I really wish I had the time and resources to run a massive comparison study of myers-briggs data versus WoW class choices.That'd be awesome.
1-10-2010 @ 11:07AM
I'm not sure it actually makes a difference. My husband and I are both INTJ. He's a prima-donna paladin tank. I'm a behind the scenes holy priest.
1-10-2010 @ 11:33AM
@ Jhestor- Thanks! @Celeane Wouldn't it be weird if we were ALL INTJs? And that INTJs fit neatly into ten symmetrical categories?! I do think it may be that we are mostly TJs, and that a class such as the Hunter is for FJs or something... But here's where it gets weird... How are we spontaneously choosing to be evenly distributed?! Is the class system :balanced: at levels beyond just the PVP arena? I consider myself one of the smartest people I know, but these guys at Blizzard take it to a whole other level, I'm tellin' ya. I don't think we've scratched the surface of what they've achieved and there probably will be some bionarcopsycho Ph D 30 years from now that really cracks the egg on this. lol
1-10-2010 @ 12:47PM
Ah, here's the problem with your whole premise...you're assuming that the data you're seeing is representative of something that...it doesn't and can't confirm. The CensusPlus data there does not tell you what people consider their mains, it does not tell you how much people play a given toon. All it says is...at the time somebody (and a lot of somebodies are involved) conducted a scan, that toon was found, of level Y, race X, class Z, and nothing more.So I hate to rain on your parade, but you're celebrating something that's not actually a party.I suppose you might be able to conduct some kind of statistical analysis and come up with a psychological profile, but it'd require a lot more in-depth examination. And it'd still probably end up being so much bullshit.
1-10-2010 @ 7:37PM
@HoggersIn my mind, it wouldn't work off the data presented in this column, since it is wholly inaccurate, but instead an exhaustive person-by-person interview/poll study.The largest problem would be working around the fact that certain personality types are more likely to respond to that type of program or study than others are, leaving data gaps. There are ways around that, of course, but... ... anyway, my point is, I think it could be at least halfway feasible given a lot of time and resources.
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