Young People's View on Gender in Video Games
At these years Game Developers Conference, Rosalind Wiseman and Ashly Burch reveled the results of their survey they took last year. 1,583 young men and women, took the survey. They aged from 11 to 18. 50 percent of those surveyed where male, 48 percent female, and 2 percent preferred not to answer.
Gender Preference in Games
When asked if they would be more likely to play a game based on the protagonists gender, most young men and women responded no. When asked which gender they preferred to play as, few boys said female. Most young men either had no preference or preferred to play as a man. The results from young women were similar. Most of them either had no preference or preferred to play as a female. Very few females preferred playing as a male.
Women in Games and Who is a Gamer
Most young men either agreed or responded neutral, when asked if females are too often treated as sex objects. Most high school aged girls either agreed or strongly agreed. While only 5 percent of high school age girls disagreed or strongly disagreed. Most middle school aged girls were neutral on the issue, but as a close second many agreed.
When asked if they identified as a gamer, only 35 percent of young women said yes. Of the girls that said that they did not identify as a gamer, more than half of them had played games in the last week. 69 percent of young men identified as a gamer. Of that 69 percent that identified as a gamer, over half of them believed that woman are treated like sex objects in games. 86 percent of those males that identified as gamers wanted to see more girls play video games.
© 2015 Alex Peterson VG