More Valve Survey Results

Speakeasy.net and Valve Software Ask Who Are Online Gamers Results Will Assist ISP and Software Company in Development of Gaming Products is the press release (STOP THE PRESSES!) with an update on the results of the online survey conducted along with downloads of the version 1.1.0.8 Half-Life patch. Indeed, the Online Survey Results have been continually updated since we first reported on them (story), and now are probably more representative of a true cross section of gamers, rather than the early results, which were weighted in favor of early-adopter types.
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Re: Representative of Online Gamers?
Oct 4, 2001, 10:11
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Re: Representative of Online Gamers? Oct 4, 2001, 10:11
Oct 4, 2001, 10:11
 
I think the key point is that it shows you can release a 78meg patch and still get 300,000 people to download it.

Be curious to see if they keep doing this for each release of HL, and to see how the numbers change.

Also would be interesting if they bundled it with something smaller and more ubitquitous, like the MSN Zone or Yahoo Games installer.

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Re: Representative of Online Gamers?
Oct 4, 2001, 08:52
anon@212.153
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Re: Representative of Online Gamers? Oct 4, 2001, 08:52
Oct 4, 2001, 08:52
anon@212.153
 
... and most modem-user aren't online when they install software. The survey doesn't pop up until halfway the installation.
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Re: Representative of Online Gamers?
Oct 4, 2001, 06:19
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Re: Representative of Online Gamers? Oct 4, 2001, 06:19
Oct 4, 2001, 06:19
 
...not to mention that, since it's attached to a download of a huge file, the sample is going to be heavily skewed towards broadband users. people on a 28.8k or 56k connection *really* don't like downloading massive files. this seems to be borne out by the results, where broadband users heavily outweigh modemers...yet if you jump on most game servers you'll probably see at least a 50/50 ratio. reason? broadbanders download their humongous patches, modemers wait till they come out on magazine cover cds.

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Re: Representative of Online Gamers?
Oct 3, 2001, 20:53
anon@24.27
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Re: Representative of Online Gamers? Oct 3, 2001, 20:53
Oct 3, 2001, 20:53
anon@24.27
 
Uh...Everquest has more players than Half Life, eh? Last I heard, they were at around 250,000 max for active accounts a few months ago. Does that beat the 300,000 sample size for Half Life? I think the sample size would be based on unique CD keys to get rid of duplicates. And I would be surprised if the standard configuration of gamers was different for Half Life and Everquest. Starcraft/Diablo (1) compared to Half Life/Everquest would have drastically different results, but Half Life/CS and Everquest are essentially both 3D engines (more or less first person style that dominates the industry of both FPS and MMORPG) with content that appeals to the mass market.
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Re: Representative of Online Gamers?
Oct 3, 2001, 20:51
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Re: Representative of Online Gamers? Oct 3, 2001, 20:51
Oct 3, 2001, 20:51
 
Well, it is representative of their audience so I guess that would be useful for them. It certainly is not representative of online gamers in general though.

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Re: Representative of Online Gamers?
Oct 3, 2001, 19:39
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Re: Representative of Online Gamers? Oct 3, 2001, 19:39
Oct 3, 2001, 19:39
 
Perhaps Yahoo! journalists think all gamers will d/l a 78MB file for a game they don't even play. Sounds like a reasonable assumption to me .

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Re: Representative of Online Gamers?
Oct 3, 2001, 18:55
anon@63.225
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Re: Representative of Online Gamers? Oct 3, 2001, 18:55
Oct 3, 2001, 18:55
anon@63.225
 
Wow... what kind of video card is a ?<?B???NƸ?d ?T;?X ?~v6??!?Z6m?ki?4R??g??? I want one of those babies!
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Representative of Online Gamers?
Oct 3, 2001, 18:32
anon@24.112
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Representative of Online Gamers? Oct 3, 2001, 18:32
Oct 3, 2001, 18:32
anon@24.112
 
Wow, so they know what sort of computers Half-Life players have. That's hardly representative of "online gamers".

Just as an example, Everquest has a lot more players than Half-Life, and the computers of people who play that are likely completely different from HL players.

So... this survey is pretty useless......
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