Nintendo’s Wii game system is a pretty neat thing. In addition to having inertial controllers and cool controllers like the guitar that comes with Guitar Hero III (see also Wikipedia), it also has the ability to connect to the Internet. One of the applications you can download for free from Nintendo’s Wii Shop Channel is the Everybody Votes Channel.
The Everybody Votes Channel allows you to register a Mii (basically a user profile with a customizable avatar) and then vote on multiple-choice questions that the Nintendo people publish. You can also predict how other people will answer. There’s even an option to suggest questions through some sort of vetting process.
Anyways, I checked up on it today and noticed the following interesting results:
Where do you prefer to watch movies? (Asked of Canadians)
Theater: 56.0% (male: 58.3%; female: 49.5%; National Prediction Accuracy: 72.1%)
Home: 44% (male: 41.7%; female: 50.5%)
Women will probably nod knowingly when they read this next one…
When lost, which are you more likely to do? (Canada)
Ask for directions: 58.2% (male: 52.7%; female: 73.1%; NPA: 63.3%)
Find it without help: 41.8% (male: 47.3%; female: 26.9%)
With the exception of people in NT, Canadians will ask for direction.
If you had a time machine, where would you go? (Worldwide)
To the future: 57.9% (male: 59.3%; female: 54.5%, WPA: 72.0%)
To the past: 42.1% (male: 40.7%; 45.5%)
And we Canadians appear to be more interested in the Queen than the Prime Minister, and not very many people will be surprised by this given the national prediction accuracy:
Would you rather meet the Queen or the Prime Minister? (Asked of Canadians)
The Queen: 71.5% (male: 67.1%; female: 83.5%; NPA: 78.3%)
Prime Minister: 28.5% (male: 32.9%; female: 16.5%)
Disclaimer: Of course, this is hardly scientific, but still interesting. 🙂