Real genders choose fantasy characters: Class choice in world of warcraft

Nicholas DiGiuseppe, Bonnie Nardi

Abstract


Gender stereotypes inflect discussions about character choice in World of Warcraft (WoW), an online multiplayer video game. We interviewed 47 players, 33 males and 14 females, about why they chose their characters. We found the stereotypes contained a grain of truth as stereotypes often do, but that they mask interesting dimensions of gender in character choice.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/fm.v12i5.1831



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