Nexon America released its final presidential preference survey of MapleStory players with Barack Obama being preferred by 78 percent of those voting in the online poll in the US. There were 8,385 votes tallied from players in the US in this survey which ran from November 2 to 4, and Obama was preferred by 6,512 players while challenger Mitt Romney collected 1,873 votes.
Players outside of the United States also made their voices heard, and their vote, tallied separately from the votes from players in the US, saw Obama favored by 88 percent of the participants.
The poll had Romney favored by players in Alabama, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming, while Obama was the huge favorite in "swing states" such as Ohio, Florida and Wisconsin.
This is the third poll of players from MapleStory on topics relating to the presidential election. Three times players were asked who they preferred as president, the first time was in early September and October followed by this weekend's poll. In total, 34,605 MapleStory players in the U.S. and 20,225 players from outside the US, voted in the two polls. Domestically, Obama was preferred by 63 percent of the participants in both polls with Romney picked by 37 percent of the participants in both polls.
Additionally, starting on October 24, MapleStory had more than 110,000 players participate in the in-game "Election Quest" event where players participated in election-themed events. The "Election Quest," which continues through Election Day, was headlined by two in-game presidential candidates, Stew representing the Democrats and Cole representing the Republicans. Stew and Cole, inspired by late night comedy show hosts in the US, saw a divergence in preference from the web-based polling that took place. While the Obama, the Democrat, was favored in the web-poll, Cole, the in-game Republican saw nearly 8,000 more players participate in his quest compared to Stew, the in-game Democrats, quests.
For many of Nexon America's MapleStory players, this is the first election they can vote in. A large number of these online gamers are between the ages of 18-29 with more than 40 percent being female.
"This has been a fun event for everyone and the reaction from our players has been beyond what we had hoped for," said Han Sol Kim, a member of Nexon America's MapleStory production team. "We are excited about the prospect of having helped our players understand how the election works as well as giving them an outlet to let their voices be heard."
MapleStory is a free to play online computer game that can be found at: http://maplestory.nexon.net/ .