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Results from first day of Questionnaires on Gender Bias at Gamers Haven

by Hawke Robinson published May 04, 2013 12:55 AM, last modified Aug 22, 2017 04:20 PM
This sample was taken at The Gamers' Haven in Spokane Valley, Washington. I will be adding the results to this page as I work out the calculations. Here is some initial data (I will be updating this specific page), I will comment on this page when it is updated....

This sample was taken at The Gamers' Haven in Spokane Valley, Washington, USA.

Below is the raw data compiled but without analysis, percentage calculations, or commentary. Those items will come later.

I will provide an analysis and commentary in coming days. I welcome others' thoughts and constructive comments for now. I did not have enough copies for all participants at the location (it was a much larger turnout than I expected). For future samplings I will try to encourage ALL participants available to complete the questionnaire.

 

 

Description F M
Observed approximate number of gamers at Gamers Haven, approximately 13 37
Number of female gamers that agreed to complete questionnaire 12 --
Number of male gamers that asked to also complete questionnaire. -- 2
Total number of questionnaires completed 12 2
Question 1 - Activity(ies) they participate in.
-- --
CCG - Collectible Card Games 9 2
CYOA - Choose Your Own Adventure 7 1
CRPG - Computer-based Role-playing Game (solo/offline) 8 1
LARP - Live-action Role-playing 1 1
MUSH/MUD 0 0
ORPG/MMORPG - Online RPG 7 2
TRPG - Tabletop RPG 9 1
PBM/PBEM - Play By Mail/Email 1 1
Wargaming 4 2

Question 2 - What is your perception of gender bias or discrimination

against women by the gaming industry overall?

(Rulebooks, artwork, game options, and other commercial products)

-- --
No Answer Provided 0 0
I do not participate in this activity 0 0
There is not any bias/discrimination 4 0
It exists, but it is not widespread 3 2
It is widespread, but subtle and difficult to detect 1 0
It is widespread and readily apparent 4 0

Question 3 - What is your perception of gender bias or discrimination against women from male gamers in the Tabletop RPG community?

-- --
No Answer Provided 0 0
I do not participate in this activity 2 1
There is not any bias/discrimination 3 0
It exists, but it is not widespread 2 1
It is widespread, but subtle and difficult to detect 4 0
It is widespread and readily apparent 1 0

Question 4 - What is your perception of gender bias or discrimination against women from male gamers in the Live-action RPG community?

-- --
No Answer Provided 0 0
I do not participate in this activity 6 1
There is not any bias/discrimination 1 1
It exists, but it is not widespread 1 0
It is widespread, but subtle and difficult to detect 3 0
It is widespread and readily apparent 0 0

Question 5 - What is your perception of gender bias or discrimination against women from male gamers in the online gaming community?

-- --
No Answer Provided 0 0
I do not participate in this activity 3 0
There is not any bias/discrimination 1 1
It exists, but it is not widespread 2 0
It is widespread, but subtle and difficult to detect 3 0
It is widespread and readily apparent 3 1

Question 6 - What is your perception of gender bias or discrimination against women from male gamers

in the CCG community?

-- --
No Answer Provided 0 0
I do not participate in this activity 2 0
There is not any bias/discrimination 3 2
It exists, but it is not widespread 2 0
It is widespread, but subtle and difficult to detect 4 0
It is widespread and readily apparent 1 0

Question 7 - What is your perception of gender bias or discrimination against women from male gamers in the overall gaming community in general?

-- -
No Answer Provided 2 0
There is not any bias/discrimination 1 1
It exists, but is not widespread 6 0
It is widespread, but subtle and difficult to detect 2 0
It is widespread and readily apparent 1 1

Question 8  - Do you believe you have ever been denied an opportunity to participate in a game because of your gender?

-- --
No Answer Provided 0 0
Never/Don't Know 6 1
Once 2 0
Rarely 3 1
Sometimes 1 0
Frequently 0 0

Question 9 - Do you believe that other gamers have ever refused to participate in

a gaming activity with you because of your gender?

-- --
No Answer Provided 0 0
Never/Don't Know 9 1
Once 0 0
Rarely 2 1
Sometimes 0 0
Frequently 1 0

Question 10 - Are you aware of anyone that has ever been denied an opportunity

to participate in a game because of their gender?

-- --
No Answer Provided 0 0
Never/Don't Know 7 0
Once 0 0
Rarely 3 2
Sometimes 2 0
Frequently 0 0
Question 11a - Have you ever personally experienced any of the following: -- --
No Answer Provided 4 1
Gender-bias 6 1
Gender-specific derogatory comments. 6 1
Sexual harassment. 5 1
Question 11b - at any of the following activities/events -- --
No Answer Provided 4 1
CCG 5 0
Gaming Conventions 1 0
LARP 1 0
MUSH/MUD/ORPG/MMORPG 4 1
PBM/PBEM 0 0
Tabletop RPG 3 0
Wargaming 1 0
Stated interested in participation and provided contact information. -- --
No Answer Provided 0 0
Yes 6 1
No 4 1
Maybe 2 0

 

I haven't compiled the ages or zip code information yet.

The survey was designed to be as short as possible, since everyone was in the middle of gaming, otherwise I would have had very few respondents.

They were informed up front about the topic (so that I meet ethics requirements), the level of confidentiality of personal information while the aggregate publishing of data.

Every attempt was made to keep the conversation prior to questionnaire completion as short and succinct as possible..

Those that indicated they are willing to be included in future studies can be included in much more detailed, larger scale, longer questionnaires, with much better controls.

Though there are always more ideal approaches to try to increase "blindness" and controls in any study, for now, since I am the only person doing this.

Though I did not list "other" in the report (because it was zero), the questionnaire did have an other option included for gender..

 

Hawke Robinson
Hawke Robinson says:
Aug 13, 2015 01:27 AM
Hawke Robinson says:
May 10, 2013 02:36 AM
Have acquired another (though small) set of data. Have more on the way over the next few weeks. These smaller sets I will post later until have a little larger sampling (though will still release them in the 10's, rather than waiting for the hundreds or thousands). The productive feedback is appreciated.
Hawke Robinson
Hawke Robinson says:
Aug 13, 2015 01:27 AM
Hawke Robinson says:
May 10, 2013 02:48 AM
Yes, they are all small, I meant relatively small. :-) The second set is only 5 people. Have a few more this Friday. Will post when have at least another 10-15 more at a time.
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