I'm interested in why people play sci-fi games (or don't).
For me, a sci-fi setting is a bonus, or often the thing that first grabs my interest in a game. I'll naturally gravitate towards screenshots of nebula-infused starfields and laserbeams streaking through the void, but more important as to whether I end up playing it is the quality of the game (the strength & execution of the storytelling and/or the game mechanics).
(p.s. I know there are rather a lot of 'which XYZ do you prefer' posts around at the moment, but this is something I've also posted on a number of other gaming, sci-fi and other forums and I'm hoping to share the results to see if there is a difference depending on where I poll. Since there is no poll option on these forums (or I'm too noob to find/use it), for reference, here are the poll options (though you don't have to stick to just these when answering):
- I like all sci-fi; games, books and films
- I prefer games with a sci-fi setting, but it's not vital
- If the game is good, I play it. I don't care if it is sci-fi or not
- I don't play games or don't like sci-fi
Update: Here are the results from all the forums.
There are some more details on my blog http://www.crystallinegreen.com