Male and female players are equally excited about getting to content they haven't seen yet. There was a mild correlation with age. Younger players were slightly more likely to be excited about inexperienced content (r = -.11). A multiple regression with player motivations as predictors found a weak model (r-squared = .13) where the Discovery, Advancement and Socializing motivations emerged as the strongest predictors. The more a player enjoys exploration, socializing or leveling, the more excited they are about unexperienced content.
Just some remarks about the question: Would you sell your account for $200?
The answer no to this question can mean several things, and does not mean a player would never sell their character.
They could answer:
- No, I'm having too much fun right now to leave the game.
- No, I don't like selling characters for money
- No, I don't sell my character for $200 because he is worth way more then that.
So just saying this graph does not tell us that much really.
As for my opinion on selling characters, I always sell my gold and characters after I'm done playing a game, fetching a nice buck for the things I have build up playing. I did answer no on this question though, because my characters is worth more then $ 200 :)
I would bet that there would be a strong correlation between how long a person has played their character and how much money they would sell it for.
i am posting this after playing Runescape for 14 hours and now going to sleep before i play WoW,
i must agree with pual on some characters are worth alot more than $200,i have a 60warrior, 52rouge, +alot of 0-40s and if i wanted to i could get about $350+, that would pay for a new acount and more camecards to get back up to that.
I agree on the motivation for $200. If someone is not working, and they love their character, but really need the money, they may do it. More competitive players may say $200 is not enough.
As stated above, I think there are just too many factors of why someone may or may not sell their account for $200.
My motivation for not wanting to sell my lvl 60 Warrior... fully equipped with Epics and attuned/keyed to all the major lvl 60 instances... is somewhat different, and wasn't addressed here.
I've been playing WoW 20-40 hrs a week since Feb 2005. I've come to a point where I've realized I'm addicted and need to stop, and will probably be closing my account soon. However, I will NOT sell my account, despite its substantial monetary value.
Due to the amount of time I've invested, my character now has a "reputation" on my server. Additionally, I've made a lot of in-game friends, I'm in one of the server's top raiding guilds, etc.
The thought of my character being owned and pioleted by a less-skilled (and potentially less likable) person really bothers me. When I leave, I want him to be remembered as one of the best tanks and one of the nicest people on the server. As such, I could never sell my account--unless I was offered an INSANE amount of money for it (in excess of $800).
Older players are more likely to be financially stable in real life. $200 is alot of money to a college kid, but not all that much to someone who has had a career for 10 or 20 years.
I know a guy who sold his paladin for 2k+ to some kid, he bought a new account about 3 months later, and realized the kid hadn't touched the old account, so he re-assumed ownership of his original character and has the second to play as well now.