Thai Gay Men’s Behaviors in Choosing to Use VDO Game Character Gender


It was found in the previous study on attitudes of Thai men choosing to use VDO game female characters that, through sexual desire, they placed emphasis on gazing at female characters’ bodies and their imagination revealing the desire to compensate for what they lacked in real life. However, from the researcher’s observation of Thai gay men’s behavior while playing VDO games and more survey, they tended to behave differently from straight Thai men in choosing genders of VDO game characters. This study, therefore, aims to do a survey study on behaviors of 20 Thai gay VDO game players. A close-ended and open-ended questionnaire was used to obtain data for analysis in comparisons with previous study and to include more various groups of Thai male gamers. Based on this survey results, 65% of the subjects chose to play a male character, showing their sexual preference taste and their appreciation of the male character’s figure. 20 % chose a female character, mainly due to their satisfaction with the character’s costume. 10 % chose female characters since they were satisfied with their femininity, while 5% chose a female character to make use of physical factors to gain more advantage while playing. These findings led to a conclusion that most Thai male gamers choose genders of VDO game characters that match their different sexual preference tastes. However, Thai gay gamers put more importance on attractive designs of costumes and playing factors than straight Thai men who pay attention to compensation in real life.

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Nathee Monthonwit, King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Thailand
Ophascharas Nandawan, King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Thailand

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Conference: MediAsia2019
Stream: Critical and Cultural Studies

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