Men Like FPSs, Women Like RPGs, Study Finds

I like RPGs more, though, and I’m pretty sure I’m a man. I think.

Posted By | On 29th, Oct. 2014 Under News


A new study has come out that has established that, statistically speaking, men seem to like first person shooters, while women like role playing games. What this says about me, a man, who prefers role playing games to shooters, I have no idea. Probably that, scientifically and/or statistically speaking, I am a woman.

The latest study out of SuperData Research has shown that women are now the largest demographic group playing RPGs, while 2 out of 5 MMORPG players are also women. Which sort of goes against the traditional fat, Cheetos guzzling basement nerd stereotype that people get when they think of PC gamers.

The report also gave us a breakdown of the age of the players playing MMORPGs.

“Players between 18 and 30 account for 50% of the US MMO audience,” said SuperData in its report. “These players represent the largest age group, many of which started playing MMOs as children, during the segment’s early years, and have continued into their adulthood.

“This generation is expected to expand the older markets as they age since they are the first generation to have grown up with MMOs.”

So much for RPGs, single player or online. For shooters, the breakdown is equally interesting, if a little predictable, with 66% of the players being male, and the rest being females.

Check out the full study for more interesting statistics, including a breakdown of demographics across PC and consoles.


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