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#61 Merryem

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 01:28 PM

I have my heart set on Human Mesmer. I also love being the hipster in MMORPGs.

OTL OTL OTL OTL OTL OTL OTL OTL OTL OTL OTL OTL OTL OTL OTL

Oh well I love the Mesmer anyways.

#62 LordBlades

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 01:50 PM

Quite mainstream, as I'm going for a Sylvari Mesmer

#63 Sarosna

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 06:39 PM

Hipsters = pair of undies.

Asura Engineer so probably not the most wild card out there.

#64 smoelf

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 04:30 PM

I think I'm fairly standard when it comes to race class combos

Charr Warrior
Human Guardian
Sylvari Necromancer
Charr Ranger
Human Thief

At least so far. It might change.

#65 Devire

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 04:42 PM

Human thief, Sylvari Elementalist.  

Yeah...I'm drowning in the mainstream.

#66 ST4TICStriker

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 11:55 PM

Char Mesmer..........do I have to start doing hipster things now?

#67 Norseman

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 08:48 AM

View PostMr_Finesse, on 04 August 2012 - 10:18 PM, said:

Hipster baby...Asuran Ranger.

Anything Asura is hipster.

#68 sagasaint

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 09:20 AM

Hipster, apparently. norn necro, second least popular proff, second least popular race

Edited by sagasaint, 13 August 2012 - 09:21 AM.


#69 Rocky4686

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 09:23 AM

Mainstream! Human Mesmer all the way. (though the Asura I made for the stress test today was kittening adorable.)

#70 sagasaint

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 09:44 AM

View PostKorra, on 04 August 2012 - 05:53 PM, said:

Human elementalist... that makes me Korra. Deal with it.
Korra is extremly mainstream and unoriginal. Deal with it.

#71 Lupilin

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 09:45 AM

Charr Mesmer - Doesn't get more hipster than that I guess ;)

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 10:28 AM

Although the data might be a bit old, the results are interesting, but not necessarily surprising.
If something like this is done in the future, after launch, I hope it will also include gender.

I believe gender is a contributing factor in some of the choices, for both race and gender selections.

It looks like my stylin' human mesmer (male)  and my naturalist Sylvari necromancer (male) are "mainstream," and my human (female) engineer, sporting her monacle, is more rare, or "hipster."  (I wonder if she knows that, lol.)

#73 Korra

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 12:45 PM

View Postsagasaint, on 13 August 2012 - 09:44 AM, said:

Korra is extremly mainstream and unoriginal. Deal with it.

I think you droped this

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What if i told you i want my char to be mainstream? Also, Sagasaint, Most original name ever in the history of the internet.

Edited by Korra, 13 August 2012 - 12:50 PM.


#74 Kittkat

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 01:30 PM

Really mainstream, here. All my class choices are the second most popular per race, save my ranger. Who I was going to the have be a Sylvari, but then I thought that was way too obvious, haha. Guess I'll have to try harder for originality in the looks department!

#75 sagasaint

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 01:32 PM

View PostKorra, on 13 August 2012 - 12:45 PM, said:

I think you droped this

dont get the reference...

View PostKorra, on 13 August 2012 - 12:45 PM, said:

What if i told you i want my char to be mainstream?
I'd say it fits you like a glove

View PostKorra, on 13 August 2012 - 12:45 PM, said:

Also, Sagasaint, Most original name ever in the history of the internet.
yeah, I think that too. The fact that I never found anyone on any other MMO forum in 15+ years of gaming with a name similar to it, let alone the same, only corroborates my suspicion.



jeez, totally looks like I struck some BIG nerve...

Edited by sagasaint, 13 August 2012 - 01:33 PM.


#76 Red J

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 01:37 PM

View PostKorra, on 13 August 2012 - 12:45 PM, said:

Also, Sagasaint, Most original name ever in the history of the internet.

Oh, the irony.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 01:48 PM

View Postsagasaint, on 13 August 2012 - 01:32 PM, said:

jeez, totally looks like I struck some BIG nerve...

Mimicking someone's (humerously intended) remark like that stinks of sarcasm, which is usually used to ridicule someone (let alone adding to it with mainstream and unoriginal, which you clearly didn't mean positive). So whatever nerve you hit, you were aiming for it. Don't act all saintly, dear ;).

Anyway, back on topic! I switched from Human Thief to Human Mesmer as 5th profession. Does this make me suddenly as mainstream as they come?

#78 Korra

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:11 PM

View PostRed J, on 13 August 2012 - 01:37 PM, said:

Oh, the irony.
There's no irony. Read the other posts pl0x. He call me unoriginal, which i totally accept, but the name sagasaint is really not that original either.

Also

http://www.google.co...iw=1680&bih=959

Edited by Korra, 13 August 2012 - 02:21 PM.


#79 Korra

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:23 PM

View Postsagasaint, on 13 August 2012 - 01:32 PM, said:


I'd say it fits you like a glove






I guess i missed the part where being Mainstream is a bad thing. My bad

#80 sbbee

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:24 PM

While Gw2Census is by far the biggest poll, I also think that it's way too outdated and probably pretty off.
Keep in mind that people were submitting their characters LONG before we actually got to play the game. I think it was up before the mesmer was even released. Would be fun to see how it would change if they reset it and got everyone to submit their character again.

With that said I'm going for a Human Ranger, so pretty mainstream!

#81 Digital Danger

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:30 PM



I'm going to roll norn warrior just to be ironic cuz i'm so cool and original.

#82 sagasaint

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:39 PM

View PostKorra, on 13 August 2012 - 02:23 PM, said:

I guess i missed the part where being Mainstream is a bad thing. My bad
it isnt. I never said it was.

#83 JohnFireEye

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 04:52 PM

View PostMocha, on 13 August 2012 - 10:28 AM, said:

If something like this is done in the future, after launch, I hope it will also include gender.

I believe gender is a contributing factor in some of the choices, for both race and gender selections.

Well, gender is already included in the Census poll. Unfortunately, the Census' charts are not detailed enough to know the gender ratio for each prof/race combination. We can know how many charr are female, we can know how many Mesmers are female, but we can't know how many charr Mesmers are female...
I'll try contacting the Census' creator, see if we can get more detailed data because I'm also very curious about this.

View Postsbbee, on 13 August 2012 - 02:24 PM, said:

While Gw2Census is by far the biggest poll, I also think that it's way too outdated and probably pretty off.
Keep in mind that people were submitting their characters LONG before we actually got to play the game. I think it was up before the Mesmer was even released. Would be fun to see how it would change if they reset it and got everyone to submit their character again.

If I remember correctly, GW2 Census was indeed running before the Mesmer profession announcement (with a possibility to vote for the "to be announced" profession), but the poll results were reset afterwards. So the data we have here is all post-Mesmer announcement.
The data is likely a bit influenced by the excitement created by the announcement, but out of almost 30,000 answers, this influence can't be really big.
As I said, this data is interesting because of the huge number of answers, which makes it more likely to be close to the reality, but it's far from perfect for oh so many reasons. Also keep in mind that multiple characters can be submitted to the Census (I think it's limited to 5 per IP: the number of character slots we get without any upgrades), so it's not only main characters but also alts.


There's 29,864 characters on the Census now, and it keeps growing steadily. I'll update my document when it hits 30,000. I'm also working on some more graphically pleasing charts for each race and profession, hopefully they'll be ready by then!


Oh, and guys? Chill. I never meant anything good or bad with the hipster or mainstream thing. I made this for people curious about race/prof choices. Whether you make you choice based on others' choice, whether you try to be original or just don't care and make what you like best: it's your choice, and that's that.

Edited by JohnFireEye, 13 August 2012 - 05:02 PM.


#84 Sausajoooz

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 04:55 PM

Waaaah, Sylvari Mesmer! Im mainstream!

#85 Fredthelog

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 05:00 PM

My first five characters will be in this order:

Norn Guardian

Human Thief

Charr Necromancer

Asura Warrior

Sylvari Mesmer

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 05:04 PM

sylvari warrior

#87 Ohiky

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 05:16 PM

Mesmers have grown popularity. That really impressed me.

Edited by Ohiky, 13 August 2012 - 05:17 PM.


#88 HouseOfMirrors

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 06:04 PM

View PostJohnFireEye, on 04 August 2012 - 04:05 PM, said:

I was curious to know which race & profession combinations were going the most and least popular, so I created a spreadsheet with numbers and percentages. You can see it here. I hope you find it useful. I wanted to also add gender choices in the tables, but unfortunately, due to the limitations of the Census' charts, it's not possible to figure it out.


Thanks for the awesome spreadsheet, JohnFireEye. I hope you don't mind if I copied it to tweak it a bit. This shows which races are likely to "favour" or "dislike" certain professions. Your current spreadsheet doesn't factor in the effect of the inherent popularity of a profession or race, so naturally Human/X combos topped the charts. I thought it'd be interesting to see how much more/less likely you are to choose a profession if you choose a certain race.

The spreadsheet is good if you want to choose a specific race or profession, but you don't know if your choice is "mainstream" or "hipster" for that race/profession.

Clicky clicky for the spreadsheet.

What stands out? The obvious, tbh.

The most disproportionately popular profession choices for races (i.e. trend-followers) are:
-Engineer for Charr
-Warrior for Charr
-Warrior for Norn
-Engineer for Asura

The most disproportionately unpopular profession choices for races (i.e. hipster-bait) are:
-Mesmer for Charr
-Elementalist for Charr
-Warrior for Sylvari
-Mesmer for Norn
-Ranger for Asura
-Warrior for Asura
-Engineer for Sylvari

Suggesting to me that:
-Charr are possibly the least diverse race in terms of classes (predominantly Warriors/Engineers?)
-Norn are second in this regard (predominantly Warriors/Rangers?)
-Engineers are predominantly seen as compatible with Charr and Asura race choices
-Humans are probably the most "mixed" race in terms of profession choice
-Few races have strong tendencies to choose/reject Necromancer, although the Sylvari seem to like them
-Similarly, few races tend to over-choose/over-reject the Thief profession

Edited by HouseOfMirrors, 13 August 2012 - 06:11 PM.


#89 JohnFireEye

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 06:46 PM

View PostHouseOfMirrors, on 13 August 2012 - 06:04 PM, said:

-snip-

This is really nice. I was actually working on something a bit similar in purpose, but with charts (see here and here). I'd be happy to add your spreadsheet to my document when I update it, if that's alright with you (with credits, of course).

Edit: Stacked percentage charts here and here.

Edited by JohnFireEye, 13 August 2012 - 06:52 PM.


#90 Sylvare

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 09:16 PM

Sylvari elementalist or ranger. So i am pretty mainstream.





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