All these discussions of gender and games made me consider how Schleiner’s assertion of Lara Croft as vehicle for cross-dressing fits into the more popular World of Warcraft series. I read a few different articles about who plays what gender and the consensus seemed to be that about 25% of guys play female characters, while only around 5% of girls play male characters. Given that more guys play WoW than girls, that is a huge disparity. If you estimate that there are only 1 or 2 girls for every ten guys on WoW, then about half of the female characters on WoW are actually men. Feel free to call me out on my math here (I am an English major…). This seems like a reversal of typical gender roles and seems to keep to Schleiner’s suggestion of gamers wanting to try on another gender without any real world consequences.