Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (John Walker)

AAIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEE!

It would be a fool who ignored the power of Maple Story. However, we arguably weren’t fools for not troubling you with the news of a MapleStory 2 last month. At that point Korean publishers Nexon had only put up a useless teaser site. Now there’s a trailer to make something of a more useful announcement.

You don’t care about MapleStory, you say? Sure, it’s not exactly core RPS material. But we should be interested it in anthropologically, if nothing else. This is a game that’s seen over 67 million players, and earned more than $300m before it was even famous. It’s a phenomenon, no question. And now it’s got a really stupid CGI trailer, complete with dubstep.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (John Walker)

AAIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEE!

It would be a fool who ignored the power of Maple Story. However, we arguably weren’t fools for not troubling you with the news of a MapleStory 2 last month. At that point Korean publishers Nexon had only put up a useless teaser site. Now there’s a trailer to make something of a more useful announcement.

You don’t care about MapleStory, you say? Sure, it’s not exactly core RPS material. But we should be interested it in anthropologically, if nothing else. This is a game that’s seen over 67 million players, and earned more than $300m before it was even famous. It’s a phenomenon, no question. And now it’s got a really stupid CGI trailer, complete with dubstep.

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Kotaku

Obama Crushes Romney in Ohio (Among Players of Maple Story)President Barack Obama basically annihilated Mitt Romney in a new poll in the key swing state of Ohio. Too bad for Obama that the vote only involved players of the online game Maple Story.


It's not going to be that easy, Obama.


Nexon, the creators of Maple Story ran the third of three polls of their players to see whether they preferred Mitt Romney or Obama. The President earned the vote of 6,512 players in the U.S., according to a press release from Nexon PR. Romney got 1,873 votes. That enabled Obama to win this one 78%-22%.


Most real national polls have the race just about tied, and much of the coverage of the election has centered on Ohio's presumably pivotal roll in tilting the Electoral College toward Romney or Obama. Most Ohio polls show Obama up as a slight favorite but not by the crazy margin in the Maple Story count.


Romney fared so miserably in the game that he only won Alabama, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and Wyoming. He tied in South Dakota. A modern Republican Presidential candidate not even winning in Texas or Alaska? Madness.


Clearly there's a liberal bias here, but all Nexon is saying in terms of demographics is that "a large number of MapleStory players are between the ages of 18-29 with more than 40 percent being female." Yep. And a very large number of them like Barack Obama.


Click through the poll results yourself. If you're a Romney person, you're not going to like it. The map is pretty much all blue.


Product Release - Valve
MapleStory is now available on Steam!

Welcome to the world of MapleStory, where a cast of unique characters can’t wait to meet you, where a portal to adventure hides in every trash can and phone booth, and where you and your friends can customize your characters however you like.

Steam users can also now grab the MapleStory Starter Pack and get a head start on the competition!

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