Diablo III,is this just a gender RPG?

During the past few weeks my Facebook wall was completely full of posts and pictures about Diablo III, so I started to look around and I realized that also  game shops had posters about this topic. But I started to think about it when my friend also started the countdown for Diablo III. At this point I was really curious and I started to play Diablo I and Diablo II.

Diablo is an action game with role-playing game elements and action. It was produced by Blizzard Entertainment and the first version was published 1996. Its success is due to the fact that it gave way to a new subgenre of action: RPG.

And now, after 12 years they finally published the third chapter of this saga. The most interesting thing is that, as in all the role-playing games, you can basically choose your classes and your character. There are three principal classes: the warrior is the most physically able of the classes; the rogue, very quick and sensitive; and the sorcerer is expert in magical practice and spells. The monk and another female character the bard were added later.

Diablo is set in the Kingdom of Khanduras in the world of sanctuary, an imaginary medieval world. The player runs through six levels, below the town of Tristram where it faces Diablo. The levels are developed in a monastery built many years ago to accommodate Diablo prison.

The character learns the long struggle between good and evil, a war without end. The combatants of the forces of good, the Seraphin and Angels, fought against the demons of hell who live in the Underworld.

I played Diablo and I realized that it is a very good game, most of all if you like role-playing games. So I asked some Diablo fans why they really like this game and they told me that basically everyone likes the role–playing games, that it is very fascinating and the graphics are very good. It is also very popular because people never know if they can trust the other characters and this makes the game more and more real.

It’s true that most of the player are male. I suppose that is because it is an action game and is not so “girlish”, is not what the girls are expected to play but is a very interesting game even if most of the characters are male characters. It is also possible for the girls find themselves in some powerful figures. The point is why are there so many differences between male and female games?

Is this a cultural facts or biological one?

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2 Responses to Diablo III,is this just a gender RPG?

  1. Marou Cote says:

    This is an interesting question: why are there so many differences between male and female games?” We cans imply go all the way back to the newborn shop. There’s pink stuff for baby girl, and blue or green for maybe boy. The sexual identity is determined by the color and after that by the toys (barbi, G.I joe). If at this very young age the children already are separate by the game they play, it’s normal that when they grow up, they will continue to want what they were use to have. That’s why i think it’s more a cultural factor than biogical one.
    But there’s some exeption. My little cousin, a young girl of 18 years old, is one of the biggest gamer I know, LOL, Wow, Diablo, no matter the game, the device (X-boxe, playstation, Wii), she knows everything about everything. I ask her why she love those games, and her answer was quite interesting: “I like the chanllenge and the community online, it’s a way to make friend all around the world… The only problem is that now my friend are more virtual than for real” She once met a guy on this a X_boxe game ( don’t ask me witch one I can’t remember -.-‘ ) but still the guy was older than her but in the end they only saw each other to talk about the game, and that’s the moment when my cousin realised that the game was taking most part of her time, she then quite the guy and most of her online game at the same time, now she do life role play game… Witch also more associated to boys than girls… But yet it’s still a matter of culture And that’s maybe where i wanted to go with my intervention following your post. Girls can enjoys rpg, but it’s more a question of culture, family context, extern influence…

  2. apalmgre says:

    Connected to the second last question you pose, one could ask:

    Are there many differences between male and female games? What is a female/male game? Who decide this?

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