Curious cat here -- How do WoW players (or all gamers in general) feel about playing with the opposite gender? Does playing with the opposite gender affect gameplay at all?
This is for research purposes only.
Few years ago I wouldn't care about it too much and generally I opened characters based on how it "felt right" to me. For example I'd pair Elf ranger as female character. But after some time that I played with guildmates I realized how many dudes open female characters with the rationale of "I want a character that I enjoy looking at", nice booty/chest etc. There's nothing wrong with that, just I kind of found that weird, and so ever since I made it my life mission to open only male characters just because.
As a guy, most girls (not all girls) lack the competitiveness and skills that a video game requires, for many they only play to keep up with the current trend. Many females are getting better gears, stronger abilities, and ranks higher than what they suppose to have (boosted) due to the help of their Boyfriend, friends or even random simp players... So when the female who was “boosted” played with random players on high rank/level they may have the gears, abilities, and rank to play but there is a shortfall in their skill level and game knowledge that makes the game even harder because the other players have to make up for the game knowledge and skill deficit that the other "girl player" is lacking which makes the game overall hard and demoting players with such high level skill to a much lower rank...
PS: this is based on real life events
PS: the opposite may also be true for guys in a female’s perspective (vice versa)
I think gaming performance stems from a person’s level of competitiveness. Generally, men are more competitive than women but there are other factors that could influence gameplay. A gamer’s passion also plays a role. The more passionate you are about a game and the more eager you are in winning, the more competitive you become despite the gender of your opponent. Same goes for the other end; lack of passion and enthusiasm could decrease one’s gaming performance. So I think one’s passion and interest play more of a major role in gaming than gender. Personally, the sex of my opponent does not influence how I play the game.
Most females I have met in videogames only caused drama (this doesn't just apply to WoW, also games like Diablo 2 and DotA). Either because they were the GM's or some officer's GF and wanted special treatment or because they were the only girl in the team and wanted special treatment. Sadly, because almost all girls I've met through gaming were like that I've grown suspicious of "gamer girls". I really prefer to play with men.
In my opinion, playing with the opposite gender doesn't really affect gameplay at all. It all comes down to the skills of the player regardless of gender. Usually, I find that most guys tend to be good at video games because that's what they do most of the time whereas girls can also be good at video games if they spend the same amount of time guys spend playing video games. The more someone puts in time into playing the more they get better.
According to my experience, most females lack the knowledge for most games that are competitive such as League of Legends or Dota. An example would be a pro team of females in League of Legends named Vaevictis Esports has lost all of their games without winning a single game during LCL and has been awarded as the fastest team that has been kicked out of the roster which defines that men are just a different species when it comes to competitive games. Most of the time I wonder how or why some gamer girls are in a highly competitive rank that lacks knowledge or mechanics. Maybe it's one of the rare gamer girls that have the ability to compete with other highly skilled players or most likely a boosted bonobo that have been carried by their boyfriends or male friends that are just god at the game, but we'll never know because the world is full of mysteries. Stardew Valley, Minecraft, or any sort of game that are less competitive has their purpose and that purpose is to keep the gamer girls away from the game that is most likely for men. By all means, gamer girls could play any games that are competitive as a result of ruining other players' experience unless some people are playing for fun and does not care to lose which is me because of a really bad experience towards playing with a couple protecting each other delusional's back, knowing the fact that the girlfriend is pure crystal clear water boosted so she might as well play Roblox maybe it will ease the difficulty.
I just realized I misunderstood the question, but I guess anyway I won't have much of an input since I usually didn't get to play with women that much anyway. So excuse me for missing the point on the first time.