Gender Switching in Online Gaming with Jennifer Stromer-Galley

Gender Switching in Online Gaming with Jennifer Stromer-Galley


Recently we had a paper that just actualy just came out on “Gender Switchers”. In Second Life and World of Warcraft we rented an island in Second Life and build an entire town and then in this town we set up a murder mystery. And people in groups of three or four had to come togetner and work as a team to solve this murder mystery working through this town and we did a very similar experiment in World of War Craft in a level 80 city called Dalaran witch is a neutral city. and in that neutral city both horde and alliance can be there because we wanted players from both groups to work through our quests. And If you are a World of Warcraft it matters if your horde or alliance. Players basically down load this add-on and then they can play through this quest. And the add-on creates overylay basically. On top of the World of Warcraft game, so we can deliver clues, our own information and again it was sort of a mystery that players had to work through. And we recorded everything they did.
The chat that they had with their team members what they wore, what they touched, any combat that they were in. If they collected items we recorded all that information as well.
With the experiment we wanted to predict real world indicators based on virtual world behaviors.
So could we predict age, education, gender, leadership propensity, and social conformity?
A quarter of the men play female avatars and only like 7 women play men avatars. So you’ve
got men who are playing their gender, woman playing their gender and the men who are switching
and playing the oppisite gender. And we looked at their movements, talk, and what we found
is that they’re men that play male characters with a certain set of features profile. They
communicate in particular kinds of ways. Shorter messages, more action directives They jump. Women, play female avatars are
more likely to emote, so emoticons get used, “lols”, “:)”, “!”. Men who play female avatars communicate like woman but they move like men. So that one of tells. So one of the things is men jump…even when they are playing female avatars. So if your in WWC and you see a jumping woman avatar…it’s a dude.


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