Leaderboard: Do you go light side or dark side in MMORPG factions?

    
90
Leaderboard: Do you go light side or dark side in MMORPG factions?

We’ve been following gaming research firm Quantic Foundry since last year as it’s been publishing datasets and conclusions based on its Gamer Motivation Model. So far, it’s suggested that factors like age and gender can influence how competitive you are, what classes you play, and whether you go for exploration content.

This week, the firm’s Kaleb Embaugh writes that its survey of over a thousand gamers show that a gamer’s age — though not gender — can influence whether he or she goes for the light side, dark side, or the morally ambiguous side in an RPG. It turns out that 80% of players go for the good or gray side in games, and the older you are, the more likely you are to lean that way. “Two things are happening with age,” Embaugh explains. “Older gamers are less likely to pick the Dark/Evil option, and they are much more likely to have a strong preference for playing a specific faction.” He posits that younger players go for the “evil” side as they score higher on motivations relating to competition, destruction, and power.

Of course, this research isn’t necessarily MMORPG-centric; you might argue that MMO players are more likely to take their friends’ selections and the permanence of a faction selection into consideration, whereas it’s much less a commitment to “go evil” for a playthrough of, say, Mass Effect 3. You might also argue that MMORPG “factions” are frequently written to have no true light or dark side once you dig down into the lore, as in World of Warcraft or WildStar. MMOs definitely complicate the question! So let’s do our own poll and see how our audience sorts out. We’ll be using the same age bands as Quantic!

How old are you and which MMORPG factions do you go for?

  • I am 13-24 and prefer light/good factions (4%, 20 Votes)
  • I am 13-24 and prefer morally ambiguous factions (7%, 36 Votes)
  • I am 13-24 and prefer dark/evil factions (3%, 14 Votes)
  • I am 13-24 and have no preference (3%, 14 Votes)
  • I am 25-34 and prefer light/good factions (16%, 87 Votes)
  • I am 25-34 and prefer morally ambiguous factions (12%, 63 Votes)
  • I am 25-34 and prefer dark/evil factions (7%, 39 Votes)
  • I am 25-34 and have no preference (8%, 45 Votes)
  • I am 35-44 and prefer light/good factions (9%, 49 Votes)
  • I am 35-44 and prefer morally ambiguous factions (6%, 30 Votes)
  • I am 35-44 and prefer dark/evil factions (7%, 38 Votes)
  • I am 35-44 and have no preference (5%, 25 Votes)
  • I am 45+ and prefer light/good factions (6%, 32 Votes)
  • I am 45+ and prefer morally ambiguous factions (3%, 16 Votes)
  • I am 45+ and prefer dark/evil factions (4%, 19 Votes)
  • I am 45+ and have no preference (3%, 14 Votes)

Total Voters: 541

Loading ... Loading ...

No posts to display

newest oldest most liked
Subscribe to:
jeremy2020
Guest
jeremy2020

The question is phrased poorly imo. It says which do you prefer, not which do you play. I generally prefer a different faction then I play a lot of the time. For example, DAOC, I preferred hib or alb over mid. I *played* mid because it was the less populated realm and generally attracted a certain type of player for PvP.

Same with most MMOs. I prefer one faction, but play on the faction that is likely to be underpopulated. 

That used to mean the “Evil” faction, but the last few years it has seemed to mean the “Good” faction a lot.

GoldenHornet
Guest
GoldenHornet

I have no preference because I roll all the alts.
I never could understand players that only play one character, or only play one faction. I want to see the whole game, not just half of it.
I guess it’s because my first MMO was City of Heroes.  How can you not play all of the powersets. I had over 50 alts when the lights went out.
In SWTOR I have at least one of every advanced class. 
I want to play all of the stories and try all of the playstyles.

Zubeneschamali
Guest
Zubeneschamali

There should be an ‘I play whichever side has the cooler looking armour’ option. Because that is how I usually pick. But in this instance, I’m a middle aged morally ambiguous biddy.

SwobyJ
Guest
SwobyJ

I’m 26 and while I go for Morally Ambiguous, I tend to favor the ‘Good Side’. However, I will try to RP it as Problematic Doubting as possible.

In SWTOR I went Republic Light Side Consular, but that was only because the Dark Side writing for it seemed bad. My Empire main alt was a Light Side Agent and much more fun (and not just because of the ‘better class story’).

In RIFT my first main was Guardian, while I wasn’t playing it as a fanatical/pure/etc member of the faction. This kinda works, but I had to abandon and then eventually deleted that main because I had to shift over to Defiant. I find I do like Defiant more, but if they were more regularly blatantly like, say, the ancient Eth, the more selfish history of the Kelari, or the possibly further defiant Bahmi of the past(?), I wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much. I do like being a good guy. I just want to determine what that ‘good’ is.

When I play a bad guy, I want to be a bad guy. But my view of bad tends to be different than how many games depict it. Less ‘muahaha they did that!’, more ‘wow, this is really happening…’. The kind of thing where blowing up Leia’s world is nothing compared to the previous change from the Republic to the Empire. Back to RIFT, I’m fine with them being the more virtuous faction – but really because there’s SO many examples of how their search for virtue has so many flaws. They’re pure and good, indeed, I believe that – but constantly, when you look for it, on the edge of very quickly falling headfirst into corruption. Compared to the Defiants that are more ‘real’ and just ‘deal with it’ (purity, corruption, all things to study and work with).

quark1020
Guest
quark1020

I guess I go for the “Grey” side. To me, its not about what is what is good or evil, but what I can get out of a particular choice and if its worth going against my moral code. I’m certainly not against vengeance-murder in games (and ONLY in games), but I see little reason to burn down a homeless shelter to get to my target.

I remember my friend complaining about the dark side choices in SWTOR. He wanted to play a “cold and efficient” bounty hunter and was assuming he would end up leaning dark side. Not only was being “efficient” not really dark (dark side in Star Wars is more chaotic evil than just evil), but had problems finding holocrons that he could equip that didn’t have deep light or dark requirements.

If there’s one thing I appreciate about wow is how there is really no straight “good or evil” when it comes to their playable factions.

Izzy Moreno
Guest
Izzy Moreno

Light side.

Not because I’m a goody two-shoes, in fact I’m a colossal bastard.

But the Dark sides are always full of frustrated oily teenagers who think being evil means that you have to bore those around you to tears about their tragic upbringing – real and/or in game – and that being dark & broody means that you have to be constantly whining.

Apollymi
Guest
Apollymi

BryanCo My first inquisitor was light.  The one I’m working on now is full on dark, baby, and she’s eeevil!  lol

Apollymi
Guest
Apollymi

I’m 45+ and choose dark/evil factions.  Actually, I like to play opposite whatever that faction is.  If I’m in the “evil” faction I like to play light and the other way around.  Of course, that really doesn’t mean much in a game like SWTOR (or at least not yet).  They shoehorn us into the story line and those moral choices we make really don’t make that much difference in the end anyway.  But its fun to shake up those do gooder NPCs when you go against whatever light cause they’re championing.

Morpayne
Guest
Morpayne

Horde, Villians on DCUO, Empire in Swtor, Dominion in Wildstar, and I also tend to play as Germany in WW2 themed games. What can I say, the golden boy factions make me sick.
GO BOLTONS!

BryanCo
Guest
BryanCo

Pure dark and pure light are boring.  Bring on the gray!  And I’m in the old fogey age range.
If I had to chose a pure side I’d go light all other things considered.  Being evil for the sake of evilness just doesn’t feel natural the way it’s usually done.  SWTOR, for example, my agent and warrior are both ruthless, but for largely pragmatic reasons.  Neither would go out of their way to be cruel.  My inquisitor I made the choice going in to be completely psychotic because that’s pretty much required to go full dark.