The Daily Grind: Does gender play a role in your MMORPG class selection?

    
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The Daily Grind: Does gender play a role in your MMORPG class selection?

We’ve been covering Nick Yee-founded Quantic Foundry’s game analytics research as it’s fleshing out the Gamer Motivation Model, which seeks to create a modernized personality chart for gamers. This week, Quantic wrote that in its recent survey of over a thousand gamers, it could conclude that at least in first-person shooters,

“A higher proportion of male gamers preferred aggressive, close range tactics when compared with female gamers. Stealthy, long-range encounters on the other hand are preferred by a larger proportion of women compared to men. Interestingly, both groups were consistent in having the stealthy approach as the most popular answer, followed by close range tactics. An ‘in-between’ approach was the least popular answer with both men and women.”

(There’s much more to the post, including charts and responses by age, so have a look.)

I wondered whether those data might apply to MMORPG players as well. After all, some MMOs can also be played first-person or at the very least in chase-cam mode. As someone who’s played tanks, healers, and ranged in probably equal measures by now, I certainly don’t fit the profile. How about you? Do you think your gender influences your chosen MMO roles and classes?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!

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Zariarn
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Enju J Zariarn Jarin

Enju J
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Enju J

Zariarn Jarin
Your gender, not the character’s gender.

Bannex19
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Bannex19

Except there were no knights, princesses or sorcerers. There were drab uninteresting characters with half assed backstories. The princess became a general, the Knights were nowhere, the sabers were in it for 8 secs. All I saw was a girl power movie and a mad little twilight boy kill his dad for virtually no reason.
Chewbacca was the only character in the movie with any real emotion. It was a political statement with some starwars thrown into it for the kids.

schmidtcapela
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Line with more hugs Bannex19 
Let’s not forget the knights, princesses, the evil emperor, sorcerers, a magic-like energy, ghosts/spirits… Heck, there are even dragons in the scenario.

This is why Star Wars is sometimes called “Sci Fantasy”.

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Line with more hugs

Bannex19
A Star Wars movie that is not SciFi? You don’t say. That’s the entire concept of it, hence the sabers.
But as usual, it oppresses the white man, but you’re totes not one, and the black hero “acted whiter than lando”, yadda yadda.

Don’t forget to complain on Reddit about the evil “SJWs” that are Georges Lucas and Disney.

Okiee Napalm
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Okiee Napalm

I’m nonbinary, and my favorite characters to play are always hybrids who can successfully do damage and support the party some at the same time so I’d err on the side of “yes”, haha.

FeveredDreamer
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FeveredDreamer

I definitely fall into the up close and personal stereotype, I pretty universally play melee characters while my wife tends toward magic characters or archers.  Meh, I’ve never put much thought into it, but even in D&D I avoid the magicky types.  The only time I really think on the gender of my characters and make decisions based on that issue is when there are gender locked classes, bleh.

Zariarn
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Jarin Zariarn  The end of Bree’s article ends with a questions.  It reads: 
“Do you think your gender influences your chosen MMO roles and classes?”

Leninja
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Leninja

The differences don’t appear to be that large, so I would take this with a grain of salt. It’s also worth noting that the selection of roles is very limited in the survey.

I think being female has affected my class selection a lot. When I started playing MMOs I was still a kid, and I deliberately chose classes that were melee, because most of the female gamers I knew were healers and mages. I rolled a female gnome warrior in WoW just to mess with people who said girls couldn’t tank (and that gnomes were not a good choice for a warrior, which was true). 

As I got older I branched out, and now I prefer fast melee classes that have few defenses. However, I am a total altoholic, so I always have one character of each class now, and I have to play them all, otherwise they get lonely.

cures
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cures

I recently switched to female chars as a male player. i can’t say why. i guess its just a more pleasent view to me.