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It's been 10 years since I ran my first survey of online gamers, and a great 6 years running the Daedalus Project, but time has come for me to put the project into hibernation mode. A variety of inter-related reasons led me to this decision.

Over the years, I've looked into so many different aspects of online gaming that it's become harder and harder to think of new themes to explore using a survey format. Oftentimes, I'll think of a great idea and then realize that it was something I already looked into a couple years back. A lot of the areas that I could move into would require a much more significant effort and devotion of time. These include looking more rigorously into changes over time or delving deeper into many of the more qualitative issues. But unfortunately, time is harder and harder to come by now that I'm working full time.

Getting my PhD also meant being more disciplined about what I say and put out, and this had the effect over the years of putting more and more time into each issue of the Daedalus Project. As a personal project, the time it takes to run Daedalus began slowly to directly compete with time I could spend writing an academic paper among other things.

I'm still deeply interested and fascinated by the MMO space, but I think I came to realize that continuing the project would require more time than I could devote to it. It's for these reasons that I'm putting Daedalus into hibernation mode. Of course, all the data that has accumulated here will remain and comments will be left open, but there will no longer be regular data updates or surveys.

I look back over these 10 years of doing these online surveys and I'm deeply appreciative of every gamer who filled out my surveys (and there are over 70,000 of you who did), every person who sent me notes of support and congratulations, and especially those of you who have been participating and commenting on the project since my undergrad days and have helped spread the word in the gaming community. I really do mean it when I say that I couldn't have done it without you. I hope none of you think of the Daedalus Project as something I put together alone because it was something that we came together as a community and built over the course of 10 years.

To all of you who have been a part of this project, you have my sincere thanks and gratitude. And to all of you who venture into Azeroth, Norrath, and other lands, may your journeys be safe and your adventures bountiful!


Thank you for all of your work. Your curiosity and passion have been inspiring, and illuminating.

Posted by: Lunarius on March 9, 2009 12:55 AM

goodbye nick, i sure had fun with the short time i signed up here ^^
the information you provided gave me the edge in discussions over the good and bad aspects of MMO's, and that is something im gratefull for.

also, to quote you on your own text;
"Oftentimes, Iíll think of a great idea and then realize that it was something I already looked into a couple years back."

If somebody where to follow you in your footsteps for this project, you can encourage them into re-doing some of the survey's.
that way, you can compare the results with the older results, wich can conclude in some interesting results.
(like what music and popculture can be related to what kind of gamingstyle etc)

I hope that someday, someone like you, or prefered YOU, will continue this fun place of statistics.


Posted by: Filecreator on March 9, 2009 12:56 AM

It's been awesomely fun filling out your surveys and adding my lot to the mix.

It's sad to see it go into hibernation, but maybe some day it'll awake from it's slumber with more questions for all us nerds!

Posted by: Propane on March 9, 2009 12:56 AM

I'm sad to see this end. I've been a fan and been contributing to the surveys for about seven years now and I have to say I always got excited when I got an email saying there was a new survey! Best of luck to you in your other endeavors! Much love from Azeroth.

Posted by: Kenneth on March 9, 2009 12:57 AM

Congratulations on all your hard work and study in this area. Your research has been enormous fun and very interesting both to participate in and to read. I hope you might consider writing a book about your findings some day. Good luck!

Posted by: ZenMonkey on March 9, 2009 1:05 AM

Wow. I have been answering survey's since your second or third and I must admit I am surprised to hear you are stopping it just as the next generation of gamers is coming online.
I really thought you would begin to explore and make survey's being directed at families who play MMO's together.
How they structure their guilds? Does it hinder or help their gaming experience with other non-family members of their guild? Does it cause real life arguments, if so how often? Has the parent ever punished the child in real life for something that happened in the game? Who usually leads in groups, the parent or the child... etc... etc... etc...

Posted by: Jeanne on March 9, 2009 1:08 AM

Well done Nick

I have read and participated in your surveys for many years and always looked forward to the next.....
All the best mate for you for the future, whatever it may bring.

Posted by: Striyka (Scotty) on March 9, 2009 1:09 AM


Thanks for showing that MMORPGs are a place for studies and "real" work. It was always a great pleasure for me to be a part of this community and I was always feeling great to come back here and do a survey!

Thank you for all your work!

Greetings from the drunken dwarfisch ministrel, who can be found in the Pony in Bree (Middleearth)

Posted by: Joe on March 9, 2009 1:11 AM

Thank you for all your hard work! You're the one that got me into MMOs in the first place. :)

Posted by: Avona on March 9, 2009 1:11 AM

Thank you for your hard and amazing work over the years, Nick. I have always enjoyed participating in the surveys and exploring the results, while analyzing my own, changing results over the years of MMO playing. Thank you also for your help and encouragement during my diploma 5 years ago (incredible how time passes).

Best of luck with all your future projects!

Posted by: Manuel C on March 9, 2009 1:15 AM

Good luck with everything! Your surveys have been very intriguing.

Posted by: Thomas on March 9, 2009 1:25 AM

THanks for all you have done. I remember back in the good ol days in EQ when when word was given that "we" were being studied and how fascinated I was by it. Thanks! I have taken surveys on and off but have mostluy read your findings on how we have a MMORPGs has evolved.


Posted by: Brial on March 9, 2009 1:25 AM

Thank you for the wealth of information you have researched and studied over the last 10 years, Nick! Well done. I look to your research to help inspire me with my graduate papers and I am very inspired by your work. You definitely deserve a break! Wishing you all the best! :)

Posted by: Marjorie on March 9, 2009 1:25 AM

I'm sure I'm not alone in saying that the Daedalus Project has been an invaluable resource for many of us who take our gaming seriously.

Many people think of gaming (and hobbies in general) as a distraction from the realities of life, yet our hobbies are the one aspect of our lives that truly define us. Hobbies show who we are to a much greater extent than our work, because we usually work for a paycheck and it's unusual to find a job that we enjoy on the same level we enjoy the things we do outside of work. This is why hobbies are important, and why your website is important, not just as a hobby resource, but as an exploration of who we gamers are as people.

So, thank you for your hard work on the Daedalus Project. I hope you will leave the website available for all of us, and so that future gamers and game historians can revisit your amazing surveys and data.

Posted by: Ian Cooper on March 9, 2009 1:26 AM

By the way, have you considered hosting a forum? Every time I come to the site I think how great it would be for fans of the site to be able to discuss your findings and gaming in general. I've always thought that the one thing the site needed was a forum. If you added a forum to the site, it might be a way to keep the site alive even while it's in hibernation mode, and heck, it might inspire someone to pick up where you've left off.

Posted by: Ian Cooper on March 9, 2009 1:35 AM

Thanks for maintaining a site that has been a light in the dark when talking about online gaming. Your findings helped me understanding things that other did not care to explain or were interested into showing. Hope this hibernation stops someday, because new times are coming, with families going into games more often and together.

Said by a real life 50 something years dad whose younger son, 15 now (we're in 2009) is a battle leader in LOTRO's Middle Earth. And dad does not mind being leaded by his son because he is much more at ease within the dangerous lands of the fantasy.

I've been playing with my kids since they're born (the older is 19 now) offline and online so your readings have helped a lot to define online games.

Thanks for the good times and if ever you go to Midele Earth look for the Stanis family (Pontifax, Ferdlac and Adelacar) an hobbit family living in the Shire. We've been there since even before the game released. So family online gaming is thriving.

All the best

Posted by: Jose A on March 9, 2009 1:46 AM

I've loved the research you've done over the years on this subject. Thank you so much for putting so much time and effort into this! Best of luck to you :)

EverQuest II
Butcherblock server

Posted by: Lunazen on March 9, 2009 1:48 AM

Long time listener, first time caller... Thanks for all you have done in bringing legitimacy to the online community. I have truly enjoyed participating over these past years and will miss the hours I spend perusing the site each time a new survey was released.

May your seas be gentle, your winds be fair, and all your ports a welcome place.
Cap'n Ed

Posted by: Edrahil on March 9, 2009 1:50 AM

it's been a long trip, Since your 1st edition, I've answered and replied to the survey, and found that it was enlightening and informative, I wish you all the best in the future and welcome any future cosepondence or project updates

May your adventures in this our world be wonderful

Marcus Reid
Originally Ultima Online,Everquest 1&2, Anarchy Online, WoW,

Posted by: Marcus Reid on March 9, 2009 1:52 AM

I've been following and part of your surveys for almost the entire life of the Daedalus Project. I have always found them both informative and interesting. So to read you are putting the project on hold saddens me a bit. I will miss getting the emails informing me of a new survey or new findings being posted.
I wish you the best of luck in you professional and personal life. May both bring you happiness and success.

Posted by: meQal on March 9, 2009 1:54 AM

I've been following and part of your surveys for almost the entire life of the Daedalus Project. I have always found them both informative and interesting. So to read you are putting the project on hold saddens me a bit. I will miss getting the emails informing me of a new survey or new findings being posted.
I wish you the best of luck in you professional and personal life. May both bring you happiness and success.

Posted by: meQal on March 9, 2009 1:54 AM

I've been following and part of your surveys for almost the entire life of the Daedalus Project. I have always found them both informative and interesting. So to read you are putting the project on hold saddens me a bit. I will miss getting the emails informing me of a new survey or new findings being posted.
I wish you the best of luck in you professional and personal life. May both bring you happiness and success.

Posted by: meQal on March 9, 2009 1:55 AM

Thanks for all the hard work you put into this project! Good luck on your next hobby :)

Posted by: Navicerts on March 9, 2009 2:01 AM

Thanks for your work, it is/was really appreciated.

Take care, and all the best with your non-Daedalus projects. ;)

Carlo from Germany.

Posted by: Carlo Zottmann on March 9, 2009 2:04 AM

Goodbye! Fantastic effort. You've added a wonderful dimension to my gaming and socializing online in that you've made me think about the rationals and the behavior that I both experience and see. Best of luck with your next projects.


Posted by: Martin on March 9, 2009 2:05 AM

I have been following your project since 2004, since like most people here probably MMO's are to me a very interesting kind of entertainment. I saw a lot of recognizable issues here and although I regret that you stop, I wish you good luck with whatever comes next on your path..

Posted by: Nicole on March 9, 2009 2:06 AM


I'm glad I could be a part of your project. Congrats on the PHD and I hope you have many good years ahead. I'm almost 51 years old now (female), and still playing MMO's. I'll probably play until I die. LOL. Take care man and may your life be fruitful and happy.

Logan, Utah

Posted by: Winterelm on March 9, 2009 3:16 AM

Well, cheerio Nick, and thanks for a fascinating resource - I'm sure that even in its archived format it will continue to be of interest and use to both players and researchers alike.

I've been following this project since soon after its inception, and my virtual ears have always pricked up on getting an announcement of a new issue! However, I think you're right to leave this now, I was starting to feel as if you were reaching the limits of what was possible with this methodology.

I was wondering how you would be marking the 'closure' of this project? I'm sure you've considered this: 10 years of your work would make a fascinating book, I'd suggest casting around a couple of publishers to see who'd be interested. OK it's never going to be a 1,000,000 copy seller, but it would really give you the chance to tie things up properly and I'm sure that many of your long-term visitors, gamers in general and of course the research community in this area would really get into it.

The other thing I was thinking was about the way you've approached this topic: I can't think of another research project that has so involved its participants, gatekeepers and readers so intimately over such a long period, and I think it would be great if you could find a way to share your experiences with other researchers. There's much that's novel here in a 'meta-methodological' sense. Sure your actual research methodology isn't terribly novel or controversial, but I guess that in part that's because of who you're reporting to - the gaming community who are a very mixed bunch and for whom your style of descriptive reporting of results is spot on. It would be good to hear via the email list of any further publications etc.

Anyway, all the best for the future, and thanks again for such an engaging resource.

Alasdair GF

Posted by: Alasdair Gordon-Finlayson on March 9, 2009 3:30 AM

Thanks, Nick, for helping us grow up an industry! (And have a lot of fun with the studies, too!)



Posted by: Shava Nerad on March 9, 2009 3:31 AM

Thanks for all the hard work and effort on your part Nick. It's been an absolute pleasure to help.

Posted by: JThelen on March 9, 2009 3:53 AM

Wow I've been following this and filling out polls since my Ultima Online days.. It's been many years, and now that I'm 4 years into WoW, and now a mother, it feels like MMO's will still forever be a huge part of my life. It was great being able to help out even a bit in your studies, take care!

Posted by: MB on March 9, 2009 4:24 AM

I've been here since the beginning, seems like an age ago, and I've done my bit to get your research known out and about my gaming community.
It's been one heck of a ride and the information you've gathered has been an invaluable source of information for those people who are arguing the good fight how gaming isn't bad for you and how it engenders community spirit rather than breaks it down.
Good luck in the future and maybe in another 10 years time you'll revisit the project to see how much attitudes have changed.

Posted by: Louise on March 9, 2009 4:38 AM

I've been reading these reports for a long time, and have always appreciated the work you've done. Good luck Nick, and thanks.

Posted by: FlakAttack on March 9, 2009 5:39 AM

good luck with your academic career! maybe you can put updates on this site whenever you publish some new mmo-related material! :)

Posted by: mk on March 9, 2009 6:02 AM

I am very sorry that you've stopped your good work now. It will be problematic to find an other trustful and detailed source for information about MMOGs. Its a sad day for science, as I would put it.

However, good luck, Nick for all your future projects.

PS: But I think / hope that you won't stay long off these themes. It's like a guy who wants to retire and then discovers that his life is empty without his work. (Really hope so about your work here.)

Nico, Hamburg

Posted by: Nico on March 9, 2009 6:05 AM

Nick, thank you for all of your hard work. You've had an incalculable affect towards legitimizing 'game studies'.

Best of luck!

Erik Black
University of Florida

Posted by: Erik Black on March 9, 2009 6:15 AM

Thank you for all your hard work, and good luck in the future!

Posted by: Mike on March 9, 2009 6:18 AM

I have been following along and participating for nearly the whole run and it's been great. The Project has become a rich and fascinating data source for anyone interested in MMOs.

Posted by: xeno on March 9, 2009 6:21 AM

Thanks for your brilliant work, Mr. Yee! Enjoy whatever project you take on with your new free time.

Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Posted by: Max on March 9, 2009 6:32 AM

A great job, made very seriously about a new society behavior. It is a great responsability you took upon yourself, but you did a great job all the way.

I just hope your studies reach more professional ears. It sure can aid those who need professional help and also to improve this new media.

Posted by: Daniel from Brazil on March 9, 2009 6:33 AM

Your academic work ha made my academic work much easier. This is also my area of research and I wil consider the torch passed. Live Long and Prosper.

Posted by: Flameheart on March 9, 2009 6:35 AM

It's been a privilege to participate in your work over these many years, from my time in Everquest, EQII and now WoW. I wish you all the best, professionally and personally.

Posted by: Jendaani on March 9, 2009 6:40 AM

It's been a pleasure filling out all the questionnaires over the years. I'm sure all of this data accumulated over the years will help many people in the future. Data is always invaluable, especially since you are one of the pioneers of collecting this type of data. I'm sure many psychologists and psychiatrists will be calling on you in the future for your input on what makes us "mmo'ers" tick.

Good luck in your new dedication,


Posted by: Demora on March 9, 2009 6:54 AM

Thank you sincerely, Nick, for all of your effort over the past 10 years. I've enjoyed participating in the project and it's quite a legacy you leave. You've NO idea how many times I have used the research here to refute the idiotic comment, "women don't play MMOs," or some other equally ignorant misconception. I owe you one! :) Because being told you don't exist....totally SUCKS! Best of luck to you in your further life adventures.

Warm regards,
Justdruuit of Tanaris
Lilithania of Tanaris

Madiera of Everfrost
Concerto of Everfrost

and most recently...

Loreilia Foxburrow of Vilya (LotRO)
Elyrica Eventide of Vilya

Posted by: Lori on March 9, 2009 7:02 AM

One of the hardest tricks to learn and master is knowing when to take your bow and walk off stage. Congratulations; You've done well - Bowing out at the top of your game. You'll be a tough act to follow.

Thank you most sincerely for taking MMOs, and the players thereof, seriously. Thank you for the gifts of your skill, knowledge, insight, and resouces. May you never search in vain.

Posted by: Laird on March 9, 2009 7:22 AM

Let me add my thanks to all the others. I've found this project to be fascinating and informative and I'm note even a game developer.

I wish you all the best in everything you do.


Posted by: John O on March 9, 2009 7:23 AM

Thanks, its been a lot of fun and very enlightening to be a part of this all these years. Times have changed since UO, lineage and some of the others and I have enjoyed your take on this culture that has exploded in the last decade. Best of luck in your future endeavors.

Posted by: mandm413 on March 9, 2009 7:24 AM

Hi Nick,
The Daedalus project has added a great deal to my gaming exeprience by increasing my knowledge of who, what, where and why things are what they are. I love the analysis and finding out that my reasons for doing things are mainstream or finding out that I'm in the minority in the type of characters that I's just been fun!
So thank you for the fun and the knowledge and the credibility as well as all your time and effort. Safe hunts, my friend.

Posted by: Sue Hall on March 9, 2009 7:27 AM

I've been following and contributing to your work as for.. maybe five years now. It's been fascinating to me as a player, and invaluable to me as a MMO developer. Thank you!

Posted by: hsinclair on March 9, 2009 7:44 AM

Wow, it's hard to imagine that Daedalus won't be active. This has been an awesome resource for so many people. MMOs are probably the science fiction future come to pass, and I thank you, Nick, for your service in bringing intelligence, curiosity and great passion to the topic so that its science can be used for greater benefit.


Posted by: Yeshe on March 9, 2009 7:51 AM

You have built up an amazing body of work over the years you have been running the Daedelus Project. I have always been awe and amazed by it and have been thankful to contribute where I could.

Posted by: Joyce Bettencourt on March 9, 2009 8:05 AM

I think Daedalus was THE most quoted source of data in my master thesis on on-line gaming.

Thank you, Nick!

Posted by: Marty Griffin on March 9, 2009 8:21 AM

Dear Nick,

thank you very much for all the precious insights you have accumulated over time. Up to now, you are the only person in the field of academia that I know of who has devoted as much energy not only into understanding why we play, but also expanding our knowledge of who we are as MMO players. Your contributions are many and I believe they are particularly fruitful with regards to the first quantitative research approach in the field. You have not only aided me in my research but I'm sure many more students are grateful for your input. Thank you and good luck in anything that you plan to do in your future!

Posted by: Daria Kuss on March 9, 2009 8:34 AM

It's been so wonderful to see someone so dedicated do such great work on an often misunderstood hobby. Best of luck in your future endeavors!

Posted by: Rod Spellman on March 9, 2009 8:40 AM

Nick, we've written back and forth a little in the past, and thanks again for your work on this.

When I was struggling with understanding how MMO's could be so compulsive, back in 2000-2001, your work was EXTREMELY helpful.

I'm sure that others will follow in your footsteps, for as long as there are compelling games there will be compulsive players.

All the best,

Posted by: Bart (Bartolo) on March 9, 2009 8:41 AM

Nick, Thank you so much for helping to legitimize MMOG research. I will be drawing on your work and the contributions of so many gamers as I work on my dissertation. Should the Project come out of hibernation, I will be delighted to help in anyway I can.

Posted by: Leo on March 9, 2009 8:46 AM

Dear Nick,

Good luck in your future projects! Your site, surveys and information has been very interesting. I hope you had fun during the time you've been working in Daedalus.

Thank you!


Posted by: Monica on March 9, 2009 8:46 AM

Thanks for doing the Daedalus project for so long. I always looked forward to a new issue.

Frankly, I'm quite surprised that you seem to be the only psychologist who has studied MMO's so extensively. MMO's appear to me to be the perfect controlled laboratory to study human behavior, particularly considering the fact that direct experimentation has been difficult to do since the experiments of the 60's. I sincerely hope that Stanford encourages other students to pick up where you left off.

Thanks for your insight and good luck to you!

Posted by: Laura on March 9, 2009 8:49 AM

Thank you for all your work on this subject. I'm grateful to you for providing a place for well thought-out, non-hysterical research about what really goes on in MMOs. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

Posted by: Susan on March 9, 2009 8:52 AM

Thank you so much for exploring so many facets of gaming, good and bad. Your efforts are very much appreciated.

Posted by: energist on March 9, 2009 9:04 AM

Nick - Thank you for all the time and effort you put into the Daedalus Project. The results of your work have helped me give more productive feedback to developers of the MMOs I play.

I wish you great success in your future endeavors. I hope you never forget the gaming community when dreaming up future subjects of interest to explore.

Posted by: Betty on March 9, 2009 9:14 AM

Thanks for your work Nick, and good luck for things yet to come.

Posted by: Altherac on March 9, 2009 9:14 AM

You have done a great service for the the MMO genre. Thank you for all your effort and may yor career 'ding' many times :)

Posted by: Josh on March 9, 2009 10:09 AM

Your efforts and hardwork has paved the way for many who may not be familiar with MMOs, to better understand the workings of such a diverse world.

It is a pity to see such a wonderful library of information going into hibernation. Personally, I do look forward to reading more of your works in future!!

A big thank you for hosting such an amazing well of knowledge.

Posted by: Charlie on March 9, 2009 10:18 AM

Thank you for all of your hard work over the past years. I have enjoyed following your project and I wish you the best of luck!

Posted by: Xanetar of Norrath on March 9, 2009 10:24 AM

It's been great seeing that there was even enough interest to make these surveys and this terrific site!

Maybe some of us could put surveys together? Less serious ones of course, but we know we have an audience here on this site :D

Thank you for wanting to delve deeper into our brains!

Posted by: Zekiran on March 9, 2009 10:39 AM

Sir YEE,

Not very fond of statistics and sociology by nature, I found however in Daedalus THE spot where neither prejudice nor contempt was thrown to players we all are.
For that, I thank you.

Nilstilar THOREC

Posted by: Nilstilar on March 9, 2009 10:56 AM

It has been a pleasure working and reading this study. I want to particuliarly give thanks to you for showing/proving that females play MMOs.

Good luck in your future endevors both real life and virtual life.


Posted by: TheatreElf on March 9, 2009 10:57 AM

Thank you.

Posted by: Erik on March 9, 2009 11:02 AM

Thanks for your effort.
Now as World of Warcraft opened the MMO-Sector for the masses the surveys became less interesting as there started to grow multiple sources and news about that, but till then this site gave really unique information.

I wish you the best for whatever you do in your futue. :)

MMO Player since '00

Posted by: Kordanor on March 9, 2009 11:15 AM

Sad to see it put on hibernation. Thank you for all your work. I've enjoyed information.

Posted by: MxxPwr on March 9, 2009 11:15 AM

I am sad to see you go, but as many of us have been chanting in MMO's these 10 years - "RL > Games". Thank you for putting all this together and giving us so much insight into our gaming peers we would've never found on our own. You will be missed. I wish you the best of luck!

Posted by: Annie on March 9, 2009 11:33 AM

Thanks you.
I hope to see you back in the near future.

Posted by: Dajay on March 9, 2009 11:35 AM

Thanks Nick, and best of luck in the future.

Posted by: Steve M on March 9, 2009 11:54 AM

Nick, what a pleasure it has been to have your kindness, scholarly rigor, intelligence, and energy brought to bear on the lives and thoughts of MMO gamers themselves. Daedalus has set a high standard for serious gaming research, one that won't be easily replicated in the future, not least because it takes time and dedication to engage the gaming community in the way that you have. It's easy to see, from all the comments here from gamers, that you've built up a strong group of collaborators across many worlds!

Hope you still have enough time to play games, and look forward to reading your next work.

Lyn Jeffery
Research Director, IFTF

Posted by: LynJ on March 9, 2009 12:05 PM

Thanks Nick for doing this over the past 10 years! I've enjoyed reading and participating in this project all the years that I have. Good Luck to you with your career, life and many other good things you will do in life. Your data has helped me many of times with papers that I have written about MMOs. Can't wait to see what you write next.

Posted by: Tiffany T on March 9, 2009 12:17 PM

All the best.

I look forward to the time when you bring this out of hibernation!

Posted by: windezz on March 9, 2009 12:31 PM

Your research has been a wonderful source of enlightenment for me, and encouragement as well. As an older female gamer who has participated in your research of the Sony Everquest II community, I've greatly enjoyed the insights you've shared with the gaming community (which is ENORMOUS, as you well know). I've played Everquest II for over 5 years now, and have watched people get married in Norrath, get divorced in RL because of Norrath, meet in Norrath, marry in real life and announce the birth of their first child in RL - in Norrath). I know of one murder which occurred to a female gamer because of a jealous spouse (who did not play the game). The ramifications of this new form of global community are staggering to say the least. I'll miss your insights and updates. There is another research community now pouring over EVERY SINGLE in-game communication log that Sony has collected in all it's years of developing Everquest II. I wonder if they will be as generous and thoughtful to share with us gamers what it means to live in two or three virtual worlds/universes at the same time! Best of luck to you in your future endeavors my friend! I will miss you!

Posted by: Bonnie on March 9, 2009 12:34 PM

Your research has been a wonderful source of enlightenment for me, and encouragement as well. As an older female gamer who has participated in your research of the Sony Everquest II community, I've greatly enjoyed the insights you've shared with the gaming community (which is ENORMOUS, as you well know). I've played Everquest II for over 5 years now, and have watched people get married in Norrath, get divorced in RL because of Norrath, meet in Norrath, marry in real life and announce the birth of their first child in RL - in Norrath). I know of one murder which occurred to a female gamer because of a jealous spouse (who did not play the game). The ramifications of this new form of global community are staggering to say the least. I'll miss your insights and updates. There is another research community now pouring over EVERY SINGLE in-game communication log that Sony has collected in all it's years of developing Everquest II. I wonder if they will be as generous and thoughtful to share with us gamers what it means to live in two or three virtual worlds/universes at the same time! Best of luck to you in your future endeavors my friend! I will miss you!

Posted by: Bonnie on March 9, 2009 12:34 PM

Thanks so much for your work over the years. As a (now) 51 year old gamer, I used to think I was a weird bird. Being disabled, online gaming was my major source of social interaction during long periods. Besides letting me see that I was one of a LARGE number of 'older' gamers, your survey results also helped me chill out about the player types that used to really irritate (um .. infuriate might be more accurate)... anyway, I wish you great success in whatever field you take on next. Good luck in your personal life as well!

Posted by: Andrea A. on March 9, 2009 1:06 PM

what a beautiful good-bye. i always enjoyed partaking in your surveys. :3
thanks for all the interesting research over the years!

Posted by: Sam on March 9, 2009 2:28 PM

I think I was in on your very first survey and I've participated in most ever since. As has already been said many times over, thank you for your work. It has helped many people process why they continue to live out a part of their lives in a virtual world. Your work has also helped legitimize these worlds to the non-playing population. Congratulations on reaching this pinnacle of your project where you can take a well-deserved hiatus.

Posted by: Dave on March 9, 2009 3:11 PM


Gratz to You for RL-Lv-Ding (PhD)!
And thx for many years of enlightment and stuff to chat away with fellow gamers here in germany.

Posted by: Sebastian on March 9, 2009 3:49 PM

nick said: "Iím still deeply interested and fascinated by the MMO space, but I think I came to realize that continuing the project would require more time than I could devote to it."

I find it amusing (the situation, not you your self) that a researcher into MMOG's has said this, as many MMO gamers say this about their games when they leave :)

Safe travels Nick, and thanks for both some really interesting info over the years, and for treating games as a serious subject!

Posted by: Tinman_au on March 9, 2009 4:01 PM


For years of some of the most interesting information in cyberspace.

I know that if you ever call again, I'll answer.

Best wishes from Tyria.

Posted by: Lowet on March 9, 2009 6:21 PM

Thanks for all the hard work. This site has been so informative on the whole MMO genre, especially the parts dedicated to online addiction, parts of which helped me to finally unplug from WoW and get a real life and also to help others who seemed to be stuck in one virtual world or another. This is a truly monumental work and I wish more people could see the information contained within it. Good luck with your other endeavors.

Posted by: Bill Bradley on March 9, 2009 6:43 PM

I've always been interested in surveys and player breakdowns, and yours have always provided some interesting information to digest. It's been a pleasure to take part in this project.

Posted by: Tony on March 9, 2009 8:37 PM

Thanks for all the years of academic service to the gaming world! I only wish I had known about this project sooner; sadly, I've only experiences the last two years.

As an psych Undergraduate student approaching graduation next spring, I aspire to do *something* related to this work if time provides. I love it, I just need to find a job that pays me to do it! (after I eventually decide on and finish up my PhD)

Thanks for the advice you have given me in the past, and I wish you the best in your future endeavors.

Posted by: Jon Horry on March 9, 2009 10:33 PM

It was only recently that I stumbled upon your project while I was looking around for my research paper on video game addiction. I have to say that after I found it, I was ecstatic! Not just for my paper, but because it helped me understand more about MMO's and the motivations behind people who play them. As for myself, I've struggled off and on with playing WoW compulsively, but when I began reading I realized that there is something about the game that is drawing me to it. Something about my personality that I can't quite put my finger on.... If nothing else I have your work to thank for another chapter in my soul searching.

I love your project and am truly sad to see it put into hibernation. I can only hope that someday when I "grow up" I can do something like this.

Posted by: Giselle on March 10, 2009 12:28 AM

Thanks so much for all your work. You have helped me work my way through many college courses over the years. Your data has been a huge asset in countless ways.

You shall be missed.

Posted by: Astrina on March 10, 2009 1:08 AM

Thank you, Nick, for the good work.
It is a strange feeling that your emails about new surveys and findings will no longer drop into my mailbox from time to time, as they have been doing for so many years. Always with good questions making me look further into what I am doing, or bringing deeper and broader understanding from reading your results and not least from reading what other players have shared.

On a more general note, I want to thank you for your pioneer work resulting in MMO gamers and MMOs being better and wider understood.

I do not know how long I have followed your work, it must have been since soon after I started playing EQ in 2001 at age 40. (still do, by the way, same character too)

what remains to be said?

Fair winds and safe harbours to you.
Do not forget us.

Seafarer Saltwind
Drachenreiter Guild, The Rathe (Karana)

Posted by: BjÝrn Gunnar Bendiksen, Norway on March 10, 2009 3:25 AM

Thank you for the intresting surveys over the years Nick. Hope that all goes well with your Phd, and that hopefully you will start the Daedalus Project at a later date. I have taken all the surveys with a smile on my face. And I know the data you have gathered over the years have helped alot of other students and of course some gaming companies out there. And I am sure that it still will be a valuble asset to many in the future.

DAoc EU:
Felakin Lonewolf the Thane, Nazgul Guild on Midgard server Excalibur.

Neocron Online, Unguilded, Saturnus Server.

Felakin, Nazgul Guild, Shadow Moon on Alliance.

Warhammer Online, Nazgul Guild.

And so many other online mmo's that I have played over the years.

Regards from Patrik Holmqvist a.k.a. Felakin

Posted by: Patrik Holmqvist, Sweden on March 10, 2009 6:45 AM

Thanks for the great work. It looks like you touched a lot of us with your analysis. And good luck with your next project.

Posted by: Christopher Weeks on March 10, 2009 6:54 AM

Nick, you've always been the only person in the research field that I can think of that has always given the MMO community a fair shake. Some may say its because you are apart of this community, but that's not it. It's because you have a genuine want to find the truth and displace a great deal of lies that you find about us.

Also, I'm pleased that you have just suspended the project, instead of outright canceling it. Maybe later some day when you have your PhD, you can revive the project or even have someone take up its mantle.

The gaming community at large thanks you and your contributions, for proving we are not all teenagers that can only speak in leet, but a largely diverse group with varying backgrounds of education, age, and experience.

We all await the awakening of the Daedalus Project. Until then, Godspeed.

Ryan Wilson

Orla, Dwarf Warrior, Champions of the Dawn guild. Eonar US

Posted by: Ryan Wilson on March 10, 2009 12:17 PM

You actually did something I merely wanted to do (but was that lazy and ... hey, you did it better than i could possibly imagine.) ) I wish you to have this success and joy and .... in anything you start now with.

Posted by: Lami on March 10, 2009 12:34 PM

I don't remember when I started participating in the Daedalus Project, but it's been 4 years at the least. Always been a pleasure, I thank all those involved and hope to see it resurface in an even better form sometime in the future.

Posted by: Xasf on March 10, 2009 2:09 PM

I couldn't have gotten an A+ in english if it wasn't for this site, or won debates with people on the topic.. or a lot of things really. I'm sad to see this go down for a while, but hopefully it will awaken once more in the future and be better than ever.

Posted by: DocSpencer on March 10, 2009 5:51 PM

I will join the many others who have been reading & participating in your surveys for many years. I followed you from EQ to EQII and WoW and watched my email constantly in anticipation of a new issue. I'm sorry to see you go but wish to say Thank you so much for the enlightening stories over the years and wish you all the best in the future!

Posted by: Koldawne on March 11, 2009 1:32 AM

May the Force be with you, always.

Posted by: Obi Wan Kenobi on March 12, 2009 12:31 PM

I remember joining your project in my UO times. I never expected that it will see so much of my MMORPGs I have played in the past.
Now that your project is ending I am fulfilled with gladness that I was a part of it the whole time.

I wish you the best for the future and a safe journey.

Posted by: Ref, Germany on March 13, 2009 1:04 AM

I have to admit a little part of me is sad The Daedalus Project needs to go into "hibernation mode." But I know time is a harsh mistress and there is never enough of it. As time passes and new worlds emerge, I imagine you will find new questions to ask MMO players. When that time comes, I will be here again to answer your questions from my experiences. If someday you get a book out of all the information you have gathered, it will have a home on my bookshelf. Don't forget though that questions you had asked years ago may have different answers now. I wish you the best of luck in your new endeavors and to someday see you again.

Posted by: Kelli on March 13, 2009 12:34 PM

Thanks and take care. Enjoyed being involved in this over that past few years.

Posted by: Christy Grimes on March 13, 2009 3:11 PM

I too am sad too see this fun journey end. I've been taking part and filling out your surveys for as long as I remember, and yes, I am still a gamer, and always will be.

Best of luck to you..

Amocus - Everquest 2
Frelix, - Eve on line

Posted by: kyricus on March 14, 2009 9:39 AM

Sad to see you go

Posted by: David on March 15, 2009 9:06 PM

You've worked on this far longer than I imagined you would, so well done Nick! The surveys have been much fun and reading the results even more so. Thank you for being so creative, for sharing your project with us all, and I wish you much luck and fortune in the years to come.


Posted by: Dulcinea on March 17, 2009 5:09 AM

Nick, I will miss your fantastic academic work in this space! You are one of the very few in this area who do not have just a short glimpse into an MMO and then write huge papers of anecdotal analysis... you brought accountability, proper statistics, and most importantly, serious panel sizes to the academic research on MMOs, and for this, I couldn't thank you enough. I hold regular guest lectures about online gaming, and out of the 6 texts I recommend for reading, 4 were written by you (sometimes in cooperation with others). I have always been hoping that you would turn this into a full-time thing and run a proper longitudinal study on MMOs, and then release a best-selling book. Maybe the book idea will appeal to you at some point, I would definitely make it mandatory reading.

Good luck in whatever is your next challenge, I hope you will tackle it as skillfully and successfully as this one. Thank you for all your hard work!

Posted by: Sardionerak on March 18, 2009 7:20 AM

Fare thee well in all you undertake. It's been a fun ride. I look forward to someday stocking a book by the noted academician, Nick Yee, in my library.

Posted by: Niamb on March 20, 2009 7:27 AM

Thank you very much for sharing your findings with us over the years. I have enjoyed filling out the surveys and looking at the results. I wish you well with your future endeavors. :)

Posted by: Becky on March 20, 2009 9:52 PM

Hello Nick

I also have been with you since the first survey and we exhanged some interesting e-mails about a few of the more arcane statistical issues .

You have been arguably the first to seriously analyse the sociology and psychology of MMORPGs .
And your value was in the fact that you were YOURSELF a MMORPG player and thus you knew what you were talking about .
Back then , 10 years ago most of the "studies" about MMORPG was pseudo science delivered by people whou wouldn't know their Dooming Darkness from a double edged sword .
You brought much I think and you are no more alone now .

Ah , well , the world moves and we must move on .
The good old days of Everquest's youth and Nick Yee's first enthousiastic surveys are away but stay a good memory .

The journey has been profitable and no regret .
Fare thee well .

Tom from Paris France

Former Deadshade Darkweaver born in Ak'Anon , Norrath in 1999 .

Posted by: Tom on April 3, 2009 4:53 AM

Nick, over the years I've played in Norrath you've been a part of the learning experience. I first learned about your project on everlore and happily contributed from an early beginning.

As my life changed some bad some good it was all part of your surveys taking in to account many new dynamics with each survey. I was very pleased to hear about your PhD and knowing that it was truly based on something that has encompassed over 70,000 of us.

May your work continue as you educate the masses on both the positive and negative aspects of our interesting social networks. Your work has meant a lot to me and I've shared it with many people. Best of luck in future endeavors

Frozenheart (Tallon Zek)
Tanalos (Bertox)

Posted by: Frozenheart/Tanalos on April 13, 2009 5:07 AM

Years ago when I was still playing Everquest in high school I discovered this site. It's been one of the most fascinating gaming related reads on the web and a consistent source of intriguing humming and hawwing from me over every single issue.

Your impact here will be sorely missed, please make sure to keep us up to date on what you get up to working on in reality, if it's half as interesting as this it'll be worth subscribing to! :)

Posted by: Michael on April 13, 2009 10:57 PM

As an indie game developer this was interesting to say the least. your surveys allowed me to better structure my games.

From the Delta Star System, Nae

Posted by: Nae on April 21, 2009 1:46 PM

Great job that youve done so far and i hope you get the necessary means to continue the project in the future or find peole good enough to continue it.

Posted by: Anonymous on May 16, 2009 7:31 PM

Thank you for your work and the passion you put on it. Your surveys have been extremely valueble for me and an irreplaceable source of data for my degree thesis on WOW (two years ago.. time runs soo fast :)


Posted by: Giorgio on May 24, 2009 4:25 PM


Now that your quitting can I haz your stuffz?

Posted by: Dan on May 29, 2009 6:49 PM

Hey Nick,
I agree with everyone, it was great and full filling. And I am also sad that its coming to an end. =( But it was fun and you did a great job!!

Posted by: Business web design on September 8, 2009 9:02 AM

As an avid MMORPG player - thank you Nick Yee, it has been fun following and participating in this project for all of these years (I think I started getting involved back in medio 2002) while playing EQ1. Since then I have been through and answered you questions every single time, and has played almost all the MMORPGs ever since.

As a game researcher and Msc. IT in Computer Games. Thank you so much - this data have been so valuable during my education, and it has been easy diving into case studies along side with your data. It has been quite interesting meeting you on various conferences and to see some of your work there. Also your articles has been a great source of getting things to think deeper about, and has made me study more specific cases within certain areas.

As a computer games company owner / game designer and MMORPG developer - thank you so immensely much for all this wonderful data, that I currently use to enlighten investors, and to evaluate some of my design decissions.

Funny how things develop over time, I guess.

I hope to see another researcher rise to the occation with a new pool of energy and wits, so I can keep contributing as a passionate MMORPG gamer, research curious aspects of the MMORPG culture and use the statistical data as a game developer.

Best of luck to you Nick Yee!

Posted by: Anywind on October 20, 2009 11:56 PM

Heya, are the files somewhere in public? I'd like to amuse myself doing crosstabs and so,
Thanks in advance and hopefully you inspire yourself back to full-time daedalus ;)

Posted by: Drou on January 26, 2010 8:06 AM

Just wanted to thank you for all the work you have done over the years. I started filling out surveys for you almost 10 years ago when I was playing Everquest and have watched your work evolve since. You have compiled some amazing data. Great work! Good luck :)

Posted by: Yiliae on March 29, 2010 5:23 PM

Hi Nick - I have been browsing your work on and off for a few months now and I am sad to see you move on. I am a young researcher and while my research is primarily in the medical field, I think that your work is really interesting and I would like to take up some type of continuation of your work as a personal project. I'd appreciate it if you would contact me, or anyone else who is interested at

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