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#1 Posted by Csaint (144 posts) -

Doing a comprehensive case analysis study about video game publishers. It's very elementary so don't mind how "inaccurate" this data might end up being. I just need an overview of my fellow GB'ers opinion on one problem, for "science" (not really):

Match each publisher/developer to the age segment you perceive it "usually" makes games for (first age that pops to your mind when you read the company's name). Each publisher can be associated with only one segment, but the same segment can have multiple publishers.

I understand this is a very biased poll with a lot of discrepancies, but please bare with me.

PublisherSegment
EAChildren
ValveTeens
Activision BlizzardYoung Adults
UbiSoftAdults
Square Enix

Eg:

EA - Children

Valve - Young Adults

Activision - Teens

UbiSoft - Children

Square Enix - Teens

Thanks in advance~

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#2 Posted by Bourbon_Warrior (4569 posts) -

Yeah........nah

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#3 Posted by AlexW00d (7317 posts) -

@Csaint said:

PublisherSegment
EAEveryone
ValveEveryone
Activision BlizzardEveryone
UbiSoftEveryone
Square EnixEveryone
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#4 Posted by SmilingPig (1370 posts) -

EA- Young Adults

Valve- Young Adults

Activision- Teens

Ubisoft- Young Adults

Square Enix - Teens

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#5 Posted by Aetheldod (3914 posts) -

Valve-Adults

Ubisoft/EA-Young Adults

Square Enix-Actvision Blizzard Teens

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#6 Posted by Danteveli (1389 posts) -

grasshopper manufacture = psychos

atlus=otaku

koei=people with atention disorder

tecmo=boobmaniacs

as for age I will go for adults with money

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#7 Posted by Csaint (144 posts) -

@SmilingPig: @Aetheldod: Thanks guys, as silly and out of place as this post has been, I'm afraid I'm about to pass a deadline here and am desperate for those 10 votes.

Appreciate the insight!

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#8 Posted by Neferon (269 posts) -

EA - Everyone

Valve - Adults

Activision-Blizzard - Young Adults

Ubisoft - Young Adults

Square Enix - Teens

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#9 Posted by MikeGosot (3237 posts) -
@Csaint said:
PublisherSegment
EATeens
ValveTeens
Activision BlizzardTeens
UbiSoftTeens
Square EnixTeens
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#10 Posted by Zor (741 posts) -

EA/Activision/Ubisoft/Square - Young Adults

Valve - Adults

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#11 Posted by AhmadMetallic (19302 posts) -
@Csaint  said: 
PublisherSegment
EATeens
ValveYoung Adults
Activision Blizzard Acti = Infants / Blizz= Young  Adults
UbiSoftTeens
Square EnixTeens
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#12 Posted by Dixavd (2277 posts) -
PublisherSegment
EATeens
ValveYoung Adults
Activision BlizzardChildren
UbiSoftTeens
Square EnixYoung Adults
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#13 Posted by laserbolts (5506 posts) -

Don't mean to be a smartass but all of them make games for everyone so i'm going to go with that.

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#14 Edited by Csaint (144 posts) -

@laserbolts: Being a gamer, I obviously agree, but try to tell my professor that...

@Neferon: @MikeGosot: @Zor: @AhmadMetallic: @Dixavd: Thanks, duders.

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#15 Posted by CastroCasper (1466 posts) -

I would switch around Valve and Ubi maybe. To me, it seems like the larger crowd for Valve are fans from the start. And Ubi kind of seems to be trying to get the attention of "teens". I think?

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#16 Edited by DonutFever (4006 posts) -

EA - Teens (Children would be crazy, they make so many goddamn shooters).

Valve - Young Adults

Activision - Teens

UbiSoft - Children

Square Enix - Teens

I think it's telling that I associated so many with teens.

@MikeGosot said:

@Csaint said:
PublisherSegment
EATeens
ValveTeens
Activision BlizzardTeens
UbiSoftTeens
Square EnixTeens

Haha, the first thing that popped into my head was to do this.

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#17 Posted by SexyToad (2939 posts) -

I play them all...

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#18 Posted by Justin258 (13943 posts) -

PublisherSegment
EATeens
ValveAdults
Activision BlizzardTeens
UbiSoftTeens
Square EnixTeens

I can't say that I agree with this. It's far too general

Being a gamer, I obviously agree, but try to tell my professor that....

Can't you try to explain to your professor that each of these companies publishes (not develops) a large variety of games? Valve makes everything from Portal 2, which is A-OK for everyone, to Left 4 Dead, which really isn't, and they're the least varied out of that list. Then there's my issue with labeling a game like Rayman Origins as a "Kid's game". Yeah, it's very much appropriate and appealing to kids, but it's still very fun for anyone to play.

And yes, some of these publishers also have some internal development teams - Square Enix makes Final Fantasy, for instance. Still, a whole lot of properties around them are so varied that you can't peg them into one age group. It's just far too broad.