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Stereotypes are an unstoppable force of human nature. In today's Player Perspectives column, MMORPG.com writer Isabelle Parsley takes on the issue of stereotypes in the MMO world. See if you agree with her assessments and then add some thoughts of your own in the comments section.
Many MMO-stereotypes arose in the early days of the industry, some of them created by a weird mix of the pen’n’paper legacy and internet anonymity; so for instance, “girls don’t play RPGs” merged with “there are no girls on the internet” and became “all the female avatars you see are played by (socially inept and desperate) men.” I’m constantly surprised at how long that particular stereotype is taking to kill, though it does at least seem to be slowly but surely dying; it’s difficult to maintain a patently ridiculous stereotype in the face of so much evident contradiction.
Read more of Isabelle Parsley's Player Perspectives: The Slippery Slope of Stereotyping.