The Average Gamer

MMORPG psychology research

Lots of interesting research on the psychology of MMORPGs is over at the The Daedalus Project, by Nick Yee.

“Men are 3-5 times more likely than women to gender-bend in MMORPGs. The demographic that is most likely to gender-bend are men over the age of 25. We know that 85% of MMORPG players are male, so if you do the math, at any given moment, half of all female avatars are actually being played by men.”

From The Demographics of Gender-Bending.

Research is all cited, methods explained and critiques responded to, so it’s quite respectable and worth a look.