Postmedia is committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion and encourage all readers to share their views on our articles. Other studies have shown that older and more experienced players are also more likely to have opposite-sex avatars. Conversely, some women prefer to play as male characters to avoid unwanted attention or harassment from other players. For others, it can be much like dressing in the clothing of the opposite sex. Livingstone tried to examine whether the act of gender-swapping was transgressive, but found that there were no easy answers.
'Gender-swapping' gamers: Why some men prefer to play with female avatars — and vice versa
For some, it can be an outlet for fantasy.
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The important thing for all gamers is to keep an open mind. On one hand, playing the opposite gender can increase empathy for the travails of the opposite sex. People connect to the story and if you take away that story for them, they can feel hurt.