Mass Effect 3 players prefer male Shepard

BioWare reveals 82 percent of all gamers played male hero in spacefaring action RPG; soldier most popular single-player class.

BOSTON--Mass Effect 3 players prefer a male Shepard. As part of a PAX East presentation today, BioWare revealed that 82 percent of gamers played a male Commander Shepard in the game.

BioWare also shared a range of other statistics for Mass Effect 3 during the panel today. According to the developer's data, the soldier was the most used single-player class at 48.7 percent.

In addition, the developer said 64.5 percent of Mass Effect 3 gamers played Paragon, while the remaining 36.5 percent played Renegade.

The Mass Effect presentation is happening now. Additional information will be added as it becomes available.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Ninjafemme
Ninjafemme

Their survey doesn't actually target everyone that played the series, just the people they had surveyed because more than 18% of people/fans have played as FemShep, just look around on the net. It's like people trying to say that 90% of video game consumers are male, which is far from truth nowadays. They had intended or expected more people to play as MShep which was why they modeled the character after Mark Vanderloo and had the realistic trailers, ads etc. while when they finally realized more and more people enjoyed the femshep they had the contest of what hair color/style the FemShep poster girl should look like, but never had her originally modeled after anyone and not as realistic ads or trailer for her. I wish they have given more options for the character. I've played through both FemShep and MShep thru the trilogy and still prefer FemShep but to each their own.

Osteoporozis
Osteoporozis

I played three times male, and my last playthrough was female... the voice actor was much better IMO.

dyze
dyze

Big surprise..  most bioware games are designed for multiple playthroughs, so the other titles probably saw more people trying both male and female roles, where as the ending of me3 probably discouraged most from re-playing it.  Since what's the point? when we didn't see any effects from our choices, and the end was multiple choice?  there really wasn't any point in trying.. in so, most probably went with their "main shep" to simply finish the story, and so there'd be a lot of male and paragons. 

also, apart from in me1, the male voice work fits the character a lot better then Hale's work. From 2 and up, she just goes to butch and just sounds bored..  It's kind of like each session they recorded with her was 5minutes before closing time, and all she wants to do is go home. 

iowastate
iowastate

just because some of the nitwits here annoy the hell out of me with their provincial attitudes I will play this game from the start again as a black female Shepard.

Raegus
Raegus

I played as a female Shepard since I couldn't play as a black Shepard

Enforcer246
Enforcer246

Male Shepard is more meme-worthy. Female Shepard, the voice acting sounds forced.

Aminal_basic
Aminal_basic

Her looks may have been left up to us but you can only do so much with that base.  There was not a really good base to start with ( my opinion) so there was no way to have her really looking good..  The best you could do was a bit higher than plain!

Raven_1981
Raven_1981

hmmmm, is this a way to tell fans that for the movie if we ever get one, we are going to have a male shepard, well for me that kindda sucks, I played as femshep, and I was hopping to get a strong female character, oh well, I have this feeling that it could suck big time, did you guys hear about the person who is writing it........

how can they say its going to be special with a bad writer on board

I hope that for the next ME game we get more attention to the female character, if they want something new and fresh like they say that they want to try

bjornborgue
bjornborgue

Female Shepard's face seems to have been created with the game's character creation tool whereas male Shepard's was modeled after a real person. That was one of the reasons I selected him, he felt more real (I'm not one of those folks who thinks of the main character as a projection of themselves).

michaelsgreat
michaelsgreat

For all you fellas who play as a male: FemShep has a waaaaay better voice actor. Male Shepard sounds kinda dorky, but Jennifer Hale (if I remember correctly) makes Shepard sound like a renegade soldier who could kick your ass... So it's worth a playthough as a woman just to hear a different voice actor, IF you care about the story that is.

June-GS
June-GS

Although I play both, I always prefer the female Shepard. Her sassiness is just way cooler IMHO. So I guess that means I'm in the road-less-traveled 18%? Well, I'm perfectly fine with that.

DarthLod
DarthLod

I don't. My ME character is female. I always choose to create females. And, why does it matter anyway? Stats dont make good games btw.

Bray209
Bray209

So these statistics tell us that the majority of gamers are: Heroic....Male......Soldiers!.

Not sure if that's good or bad to be honest.

TBear7130
TBear7130

I was just happy I could get a non-haole Shepherd. Screw the whole sexism thing, you can almost always play a female, but almost never can you play something beyond a shade of caucasian.

How many Shepherds where "non-white" males? "Minorities" may actually be a larger group than just women. Psshhhhh. How myopic.

BAT
BAT

I'm a proud member of the 18% minority!

thekatcan
thekatcan

FemShep all the way. Both Paragon and Renegade. As is female it is nice to play a female in games. With that said have no problems playing as a man in games.

Riddick123
Riddick123

I played all male, both paragon and renegade on 4 separate play thrus for the different options.  I always saved Ashley in 1 however.

Aminal_basic
Aminal_basic

I played the Female all but 1 time playing from mass 1 to 3 and I played paragon 4 times renegade 2.  I think if they made the female a little better looking more would have played it as a female

LukeWesty
LukeWesty

Since ME3 came onto PS+ I'm playing through it again and gone female and modelled my character on Jess Ennis, Sheffield pride. lol

vicke32
vicke32

[spoilersdonotwork]It's because of immersion[/spoilersdonotwork]

ShamusZ3R0
ShamusZ3R0

I expected it to be pretty even tbh, I see a lot of people playing FemShep in Youtube videos and I play FemShep myself, purely because I can. Didn't really take people doing the quick-start option into account.

daviz88
daviz88

never played as RENEGADE before because i don't have the stomach for it ,infamous 1&2 on evil is bad enough let alone renegade especially looking at the renegade responses.

Mickleohb
Mickleohb

Renegade FemShep is so badass. Really good voice acting. MaleShep just sounds like too much of a nice guy to me (probably becaues I'm used to playing him as Paragon).

daviz88
daviz88

all this female Shepard is better or male Shepard better is just a stupid argument look i have played as both and the only difference is perspective ,and choice to use either depend on your person.

hugoadan
hugoadan

i've played with both of them, but i just prefer femshep because of her awesome voice acting.... and i always makes her lesbian cause i don't wanna see her getting laid with any of the male NPC's, hahaa!

Anachronizer
Anachronizer

Came across this from a blog where the blogger accused Mass Effect players of being "sexist"? So if I'm "male" and I pick a "male" Shepard that makes me a "sexist"? So then the developers are sexist too for including an option for a "male" Shepard. Also all the websites with webforms that have the option of "Male" in the question of Gender/Sex. Never realized manhood has become such a pariah.

joey07311984
joey07311984

Hate to break it to you, but this is data uploaded to bioware servers from people playing pal. I prefer male shepherd because femshep sounds too dikey, it's too distracting. To each their own, but you're wrong on this.

BlackFeathers
BlackFeathers

@Enforcer246 It depends on how you made her look. The way my shephard looks matches her voice perfectly. Male shephard sounds like a robot lol

Nick_Fury_Shine
Nick_Fury_Shine

@Aminal_basic There is a thing called modding, just to put it out there. Also it would be unreal if she looked like a stick and had a widowmaker that is as big as her and still carry it.


Bumblebee1138
Bumblebee1138

Both Female and Male Shepards got equal attention from game creators. Most games simple choose Male Shep over FemShep simple as that.

Ailith
Ailith

@bjornborgue I have yet to see a player created male Shepard that looked good though, where as there are hundreds of great looking player made female Shepards. It's a trade off I guess.

DecapitatedOrc
DecapitatedOrc

Agreed! I've tried playing as a male Shepard but I've never gotten very far as that emotionless voice just irritates me after a while. Doubtless the voice works for some people but I can't get into playing a character who sounds like he's reading from a sheet. Hale's voice acting sounds more natural and charismatic.

frozenux
frozenux

@Bray209 There is no good or bad here.I don't get why people want to turn it into "what's is the best gender or way to play a ME game".It all comes down to personal preference which is subjective.Whenever someone else decide to play male or female or a way different of yours is inconsequential to your own experience playing the game.If the statistics somehow clashe with your own idea of how the game is best enjoyed,what....a.....tragedy.....but guess what? there are millions of people out there with a mind,like and dislikes of their own.

QueerGamersXist
QueerGamersXist

@TBear7130 just gotta point out the logic here... People of color as a group (or white people for that matter, or any racial or ethnic group) CANNOT have more people than all women (of any race) as a group, simply for the fact that EVERY RACIAL GROUP IS ROUGHLY HALF WOMEN. it just doesn't work, sorry.


i'm with you half way though. don't "screw the sexism [argument]," how about pair the push for more female representation in games WITH the argument for more PoC in games (after all, both challenge  the obscene over-representation of white dudes in games /everything...). how about some women of color fronted games!

daviz88
daviz88

you play as female Shepard for that?

WhiteStormy
WhiteStormy

@Anachronizer Don't forget that all boxart and promotional materials depict male Shepard, so Bioware themselves are sexist.

StinkySkunkGirl
StinkySkunkGirl

@Anachronizer It's just some idiot blogger and their deluded opinions. They're not sexist, they just want to play a guy because they want to. In most cases, it's because they're a guy. You know that, I know that, but that blogger of yours is a moron who has probably convinced themselves that their opinion is fact. Just make sure you don't reply, attention only feeds people like that.

ABakedAlien
ABakedAlien

thats horrible. I am ashamed of myself gamespot. please just delete this comment and not my account if you find this offensive. Im from Kazakhstan so we have different opinions about women then you guys do in america. please forgive my ignorance. 

Bray209
Bray209

@frozenux @Bray209  

Chill out mate :) , I never intended to sound like I'm taking shots at peoples personal preferences :) , I'm not demonizing anyone for having different ways to enjoy games than my own.

My post was intended as a lighthearted jab at the "shooter" genre, where nearly every game has macho male soldier types saving the world. 

As for it being good or bad?, well, I feel that most younger gamers are getting sucked into these shooters and not trying out other genre's, variety is gaming's greatest gift and we should be promoting that to the next generation, Instead of feeding them more of the same, A bit like trying to get your children to incorporate fruit and veg into their diet's.

TBear7130
TBear7130

@QueerGamersXist @TBear7130 I take equity far too seriously, but...

My poorly made point was, the article, it focuses on male and female as some evidence of lack of diversity, when I was just trying to point out there are other minorities that are underrepresented beyond females. I am just tired of each minority class only looking to increase their own representation.

Problems with prejudice and game markets go beyond female representation and if you only talk about the under-represented women, you are neglect all the other minority groups.


ie Women are under-represented and we don'care about even discussing other minorities. So in my poor way, I say screw the sexism argument, it's about fair representation of everyone, not one class.

Darrius_Cole
Darrius_Cole

@QueerGamersXist @TBear7130 

Actually you are a bit off on the math.  If caucasians of  all nationalities make up 20% of the world population, then people of color will make up 80% of the world population (because it is composed of both men AND women) whereas women will be somewhere around 50%.   The group "people of color" or for that matter "white people" includes both men and women, while the group of women is obviously, just women.