Welcome back! Today in Part II of my examination of the Inverse Rule of Gaming, I outline my research methods. Wait…you don’t remember what the inverse rule of gaming is? Well, I am here to help!
Inverse Rule of Gaming: The more female flesh and/or salacious images used to market a board game/table-top game/RPG/war game/etc., the more likely the game is poor.
If you need more information, check out Inverse Rule of Gaming: Part I — The Theory.
The first thing is to operationalize my variables.
Independent variable: Salaciousness — the degree that sex as represented by female flesh, sexual poses, sexual innuendo, etc, is depicted in the cover art of the product. This is an objective measure and your faithful narrator, me that is, is going to code box covers.
Here is the ordinal scale that I am going to use:
0 – No female representation at all
1- Female(s) depicted, but in normal/appropriate clothing
2 – Female(s) depicted with exposed flesh/nudity
3 – Female(s) depicted with/without nudity and in an alluring/suggestive pose
4 – Female(s) depicted in a pose that connotes a sexual posture or a great deal of flesh exposed
5 – Female(s) depicted in a pose that connotes pornography or sexual acts
Clockwise from top left: Indy Car Unplugged=0, One Deck Dungeon=1 (females, but all clothed appropriate for combat), Warlord: Sage of the Storm=2 (notice the breasts sticking out and unneeded skin showing), Android: Infiltration=3 (basically a nude robot), Tales of the Arabian Nights=4 (a lot of flesh and a sexual posture), Oral Sex! The Game=5 (duh!).
I will employ simple random sampling for my poll. How do I do this? Here is the method:
1- go to http://www.boardgamegeek.com
2 – Hover the cursor over “Browse”
3 – Click on “Random game”
4 – Obtain the “average rating” and determine the “salaciousness” of the art.
I intend to sample 100 games for my “early results” just to see if any association is present. I hope to sample 1000 games for my complete results.
Data Analysis Method
Given that the independent variable is ordinal and the dependent variable is interval and likely normally distributed (or a simple transformation can make it approximate a normal distribution), a One-Way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) would be the best associative method to use. For those unfamiliar with the method, check out the Wikipedia entry here.
Okay, that’s it for now until Part III – Early Results.
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