Most Japanese College Students Haven't Played Final Fantasy 

Actually, 70.3 per cent of those who replied said they hadn't.

NicoNico reports that MyNavi polled 401 male and female university students (200 men and 201 women) in Japan and asked them if they had ever played a game in the Final Fantasy series. And how did they reply?


119 students (29.7 per cent)


282 students (70.3 per cent)

What reasons did the students give for saying why they'd never played a Final Fantasy? Some include:

  • "Because it's a genre I'm not interested in."
  • "I've never really had any interest."
  • "Because it doesn't look fun."
  • "Because I wasn't allowed to play video games at home."
  • "Because I don't really play video games."
  • "Because my parents were totally against video games. Personally, I really haven't played that many video games."
  • "I was interested but haven't had the chance to buy one [a FF game]."
  • "I was a little interested, but it looks difficult, so I haven't played it."
  • "I don't have a game console."

Seventy per cent is a big number! But let's not be negative. If you flip that, do you think thirty per cent of those polled saying they had played a Final Fantasy game is impressive?


    Most Japanese College Students Haven't Played Final Fantasy

    Polls 401 students...

    Declares "Most japanese college students".

    Shit, I should go to Amish country and poll 400 Amish about their lifestyle and declare "100% of caucasians travel around in horse and buggy every week" just in order to continue the misleading title trend.

      So part of me is thinking, all the other students where playing video games and didn't do the survey. 400 is a pretty low number, and you know it has to be one college, not a few of them.

      Even if "most Japanese students haven't played Final Fantasy", I need to ask the question...


      The whole parents not letting them makes me wonder which colleges they went to for their polling.

      Totally agree.

      According to Wiki... "In 2010 more than 2.8 million students were enrolled in Japan's 778 universities"

      There are more universities in Japan than students involved in this poll.

      You could safely say "Most Japanese college students SURVEYED IN THIS POLL haven't played Final Fantasy." But that's about it.

      You may as well declare that the entire world's population is Japanese because everyone involved in this poll is Japanese?

      Last edited 24/05/16 11:03 am

      Eh, that's not really how sample sizes work. You seem to implying you need to reach a point of critical mass where you've polled a significant amount of the population you're testing to get an accurate poll - that's not correct. Instead what's important is that your sample is a good representation of the population, ie your sample should include students from each college proportional to their overall representation in the population (among many other considerations).

      For example, the federal election polls are typically conducted with a sample size of 2-3k, out of Australia's population of ~24m, and the error margin is something like +/-3% (that is if your results are within 3% of eachother, you can't say for certain it wasn't just an error).

      Your Amish example is a good example of sample distribution, but your complaint about 400 students is not related to it.

        It is a good example when taking into account how many students currently reside in the education system which results in a blanket statement. A student body as large as 2.8 mil actually needs approx 5800 (approx) for a decent sample size.

        Last edited 24/05/16 12:13 pm

          No, it's not a good example at all, that's my point. If you get an a +/-3% error margin by only using 3k/24m of the Australian population with a well distributed sample. It stands to reason that 400/2.8m would also have a similar error margin. Simply put, the fact that there is only 400 students in the poll has nothing to do with why it's inaccurate. If the sample only came from one college, that's the problem.

          Just saw your edit that added in the 2.8m reference. I'm not sure how you got your 5.8k figure, but it looks wrong to me.

          Using this calculator you could get a confidence level of 95% with a 5% margin of error (fine for a casual poll) with ~400 students.

          It's the sample distribution that's critical here.

            You may also want to chill a little on all this. I have little to no inclination to get into an indepth discussion on a bashcraft article. Especially one that started off with a joke.

              Aye, carry on :3

                On any other article sure.... but a BASHCRAFT article!!!!

                We're both better than that :3

    Most Japanese students? I think you mean most made up students.

    how can you write an article with such a low count in votes? seriously? you re-read and thought, " Yeah thats totally most of japans college students" jesus....

      This is pretty typical survey reporting for Japanese magazines and stuff actually. They do this all the time. Tiny snap polls that they then extrapolate ridiculously far. You pretty much see something like this every other week in Famitsu.

      See my other post, 400 is a large enough sample size. The problem is if the sample isn't representative of the population (ie only from one college).

    Well, when you consider that when FFX came out, most current college students would have been at most eight years old, and there hasn't been a good single-player FF since then, it's not that surprising.

    I don't know why this is being reported this way. 30% is a phenomenal conversion rate.

    This article seems to assume that because people are Japanese they must have a higher chance of playing Final Fantasy. I help this statistic encourages the author to tone down their stereotyping.

    Edit: I kind of contradict myself there, if 30% of phenomenal, then there is some truth to the stereotype. But the article is written like it's surprising that 100% haven't played FF.

    Last edited 24/05/16 12:20 pm

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