Representations of Diversity in Games (2017) survey

Quantitative Data

We're working on analysing all of the responses we received, and will be providing access to some more quantitative data shortly!




Analysis




Method

The Representations of Diversity in Games survey was made in February 2017, and remained open for one week (7 days). We released the survey on a Monday evening, and it quickly spread (with the help of key contacts) to a range of audiences, to ensure a broad sample. Although the diversity or scope of a sample is less important in qualitative studies than in primarily quantitative studies, we were pleased to find a diverse range of people completed the survey (based on the demographic data we sought and information regarding where participants found the survey URL).

In the week the survey was open, we received 6,010 responses. However, some of these had to be discounted (due to duplicate responses or obvious trolls). Approximately 200 responses were removed from the data, with this number varying slightly for individual columns (as some participants seemingly gave troll responses for some questions but acted sincerely for others). The conditions for how we determined what is classed as a troll response were recorded and may be available upon request.

The survey contained a combination of qualitative and quantitative questions, for the purposes of establishing demographics (particularly in terms of sexuality and gender, due to Queerly Represent Me's focus on these aspects) and having key data to use for comparisons / correlations. The qualitative data in each column is gradually being categorised using the constant comparative method of qualitative coding, and the resulting categories are being used to find further correlations. We have divided the data into several data sets, so that we can easily analyse within and between them.


Representation

  • How often do you think about whether there are people similar to you (in terms of gender, race, sexuality, body type, etc) in the games you play? (scale of 1-5)
  • How often do you think about whether there are people from a range of diversity groups (including those you don't identify with) in the games you play? (scale of 1-5)
  • Do you consider it important to represent diverse identities in games?
  • While considering your answer to the previous question, please explain why / why not.

Character creation

  • What details would make you love a game's character creation screen / system? Why?
  • What is an example of a character creation screen / system that you love? Why?
  • What details would make you dislike a game's character creation screen / system? Why?
  • What is an example of a character creation screen / system that you dislike? Why?

How important do you consider... (scale of 0-3)

  • Diverse sexuality options
  • More than one gender option
  • More than two gender options (including nonbinary genders)
  • Diverse pronoun options
  • Diverse race / ethnicity options
  • Diverse body type / size options
  • Options for involuntary skin markings (blemishes, freckles, scars, etc.)
  • Options for voluntary skin markings (tattoos, piercings, etc.)
  • Options for visible chronic health conditions / disabilities (vision impairment, loss of limb, wheelchair use, etc.)
  • Realistic graphics

Bonus question:

  • Do you consider it important to be able to play as a character similar to yourself (in terms of gender, race, sexuality, body type, etc.) in games that have character creation screens / systems? Why / why not?

Sexuality

  • Do you identify as having a sexuality OTHER THAN heterosexual/straight?
  • How do you describe your sexuality? What term/s do you use?
  • What is your favourite representation of diverse sexuality in games? Why?
  • What is your least favourite representation of diverse sexuality in games? Why?
  • How do you feel when / if you see your own sexuality depicted in a game?
  • How do you feel when you see other sexualities depicted in a game?
  • Is there a game character who feels most like you in terms of their sexuality? If so, who?

Gender

  • Do you identify as being a gender OTHER THAN cisgender?
  • How do you describe your gender? What term/s do you use?
  • What is your favourite representation of diverse gender in games? Why?
  • What is your least favourite representation of diverse gender in games? Why?
  • How do you feel when / if you see your own gender / gender identity depicted in a game?
  • How do you feel when you see other genders / gender identities depicted in a game?
  • Is there a game character who feels most like you in terms of their gender? If so, who?

Queerness

  • Which of the following diverse sexualities, genders, and relationship structures would you most like to see represented more in games? (Please select up to 5 responses)
  • Are there any games released in the last twelve (12) months that you feel feature particularly positive or negative representations of diverse identities? If so, what are they? Can you share some details?


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