Queer Representation (2016) survey

Quantitative Data


Favourite Representation of Sexuality in Games 31% - Dragon Age series
10% - Life is Strange
9% - Mass Effect series
Favourite Representation of Diverse Genders in Games 17% - Dragon Age series
13% - Undertale
7% - Fallen London & Life is Strange
Favourite Representation of Relationships in Games 27% - Dragon Age series
12% - Mass Effect series
9% - Fallout series & Stardew Valley
Favourite Use of Pronouns in Games 20% - Undertale
18% - Dragon Age series
17% - Read Only Memories
Favourite Character Creation System in Games 17% - The Sims series
15% - Fallout series
14% - Saints Row series




Qualitative Analysis




Additional Writing / Presentations




Method

The Queer Representation survey was a qualitative survey conducted in May 2016. Its purpose was to obtain preliminary data that would inform the creation of Queerly Represent Me, as well as indicate research areas for further academic study. Some of the quantitative data (derived through the constant comparative method of coding) and qualitative analysis has been made available online, as well as the further writing that these preliminary results informed. This survey also led to the creation of the Representations of Diversity in Games (2017) survey.

The Queer Representation survey was open to participants for two (2) weeks, and had 158 participants. It primarily enquired about representations of sexuality, gender, and relationships, and asked participants to discuss their favourite and least favourite examples. It asked the following questions:


Favourites

  • What is your favourite example of representation of sexuality in a game, and why?
  • What is your favourite example of representation of gender in a game, and why?
  • Which game has your favourite example of a 'relationship management' system (i.e. a game where the player-character can date and/or marry other characters), and why?
  • Which game has your favourite representation and use of pronouns in relation to gender, and why?
  • Which game has your favourite character creation screen/system, and why?

Least Favourites

  • What is your least favourite example of representation of sexuality in a game, and why?
  • What is your least favourite example of representation of gender in a game, and why?
  • Which game has your least favourite example of a 'relationship management' system (i.e. a game where the player-character can date and/or marry other characters), and why?
  • Which game has your least favourite representation and use of pronouns in relation to gender, and why?
  • Which game has your least favourite character creation screen/system, and why?


I also asked a number of general questions, allowing participants to share any additional thoughts that they may had regarding representation. Lastly, I provided the option for participants to tell me about their own sexuality and gender identity, as I was interested in seeing the way their representation priorities were influenced by their own identities.

If you have additional queries about the survey, or are interested in using our data in your own work, please contact us via email.