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Links to the online questionnaire were publicized at well-known websites that catered to MMORPG players, such as the Lore, Stratics, and IGN Vault networks, over the period of 5/17/02 to 5/30/02. Players of EverQuest, Dark Age of Camelot, Ultima Online, Acheron's Call, and Anarchy Online were asked to participate. A total of 3407 responses were collected. Of these, 1990 were EQ players, 572 were DAOC players, 603 were UO players, 134 were AC players, and 107 were AO players.

These stories were solicited using a fairly open-ended question: "Tell me about a memorable experience you've had in the game. This experience might be good or bad, moving or infuriating, or it made you realize something important. It might have to do with someone you met in the game, or a particular interaction with an individual, or an unforgettable experience in a group, or even someone you play the game with in real-life."

These stories are presented verbatim except for minor spelling corrections.

Because of the low response rate of AC and AO players, their responses were excluded in the data used to plot the Gender / Age Range charts presented below. In addition, responses from DAOC and UO players were weighted to reflect the known proportion of current subscribers - around 400k for EQ, and around 200k for DAOC and UO. This was to prevent the data from EQ players to heavily skew the outcome because the proportion of EQ respondents was much higher than the known proportion.

Copyright, July 2002, by Nicholas Yee.
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