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Yesterday, Dragon Age: Inquisition stats about how many dragons have been killed were interesting, and gave me a reason to share some of my tips and tricks for killing the dragons scattered around the world. Here’s a new infographic, but I’m rather surprised by it.

According to the infographic, 68% of inquisitors created have been male. I really do find this surprising considering the majority of people I’ve spoken to about their experience with the game have played with female inquisitors. I’m on my second play through and both of my inquisitors have been female. The majority of videos that I’ve seen also include female inquisitors – it’s all quite surprising to me that there are so many secret male inquisitors. I guess it’s just for all those players who want to romance Cassandra.

I find it weird how much more open-minded PC gamers apparently must be considering their tendency towards female inquisitors. It’s rather amusing to me that Xbox One is the most misogynistic console. The PS4 appears to be a bit more woman-friendly than Xbox One, but I’ll relate that to people wanting pretty pictures of ladies and we know how out of focus Dragon Age: Inquisition looks running at 900p compared to 1080p.

I haven’t seen videos of Dragon Age: Inquisition on old generation consoles. Does it look bad? That game is so gorgeous on PS4 and PC, I think I’d be far too sad to see it downgraded so far on the older consoles. Also, I’m amazed that they would be able to fit so much content on the old generation consoles – the world is massive and filled with all kinds of quests and decisions. I can’t imagine that the older consoles can handle that much information. Either way, I’m glad the older generation players are letting a female character rule the world – I’m just surprised at how many are choosing male inquisitors. Don’t most people play with female Shepard in Mass Effect? Why is it different for Dragon Age?

Have you been playing the game? What have your inquisitors been? My first inquisitor was a female dwarf rogue. This time, I’m playing as a female Qunari mage.

Last Updated: January 16, 2015

88 Comments

  1. Admiral Chief

    January 16, 2015 at 10:03

    Now this is interesting

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    • Kromas Votes LAG WCMovie Event

      January 16, 2015 at 10:10

      Not really. PC Master Race know how to RPG. πŸ˜›

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief

        January 16, 2015 at 10:21

        That is a given, it was just interesting to see the “nextgen” console figures

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    • HairyEwok

      January 16, 2015 at 10:25

      It sure is… One would think there would be more female chars made because the higher number of players are male and there is a extra relationship storyline being female. But then again this game doesn’t have boob physics so yeah.

      Reply

  2. Mandom (Umar)

    January 16, 2015 at 10:07

    I don’t know, if I have a choice I always play as a male. Only because I can relate to the character better that way and I like playing as a male. Could just be people like playing a men also?

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    • CAE9872

      January 16, 2015 at 10:09

      Yeah me too when given a choice although I do like going back and trying a female character on playthrough 2 up e.g. Borderlands I want to play as Siren; and ONE day play as the female mage character in Demon’s Souls.

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      • Mandom (Umar)

        January 16, 2015 at 10:13

        Well Borderlands was different, she was a unique character. I picked here because of her powers. In these games, the gender options are , well for the most part, inconsequential and is more related to personal preference

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        • Hammersteyn

          January 16, 2015 at 10:13

          Loved the Mechromancer in B2

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          • Mandom (Umar)

            January 16, 2015 at 10:14

            Loved her design! Looked so awesome

      • Matthew Holliday

        January 16, 2015 at 10:18

        borderlands doesnt count.
        you dont work through romances in borderlands.

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    • Matthew Holliday

      January 16, 2015 at 10:19

      i struggle with female playthroughs. In mass effect, I ALWAYS ended up romancing Liara, because the idea of romancing any of the male crew was oddly disconcerting.
      the more I got into mass effect, the harder it became to romance a bro…

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      • Mandom (Umar)

        January 16, 2015 at 10:21

        Yeah, it always boils down to personal preference. I personally don’t feel it has anything to do with being open-minded. If I’m playing a 70 hour RPG, I wana play as someone I feel comfortable/enjoy playing as.

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  3. Frik van der Hewerskink

    January 16, 2015 at 10:07

    Two Inquisitors, Both male.

    I have not met a single person that has created a female Inquisitor as of yet.

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    • Dutch Matrix

      January 16, 2015 at 10:10

      Pleased to meet you! (I did!)

      Reply

    • Kromas Votes LAG WCMovie Event

      January 16, 2015 at 10:11

      Here. Also Female Shepards all over.
      Also 6 Female toons on WoW cept my main.

      I like to stare at a female figure while I play. πŸ™‚

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    • Kensei Seraph

      January 16, 2015 at 10:15

      Hi, you can call me Kensei Seraph and I have created 3 female characters and 1 male.

      Reply

  4. Blood Emperor Trevor

    January 16, 2015 at 10:07

    Usually, like with ME, I tend to play male first play through, then female if I replay it.

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  5. ToshZA

    January 16, 2015 at 10:07

    10/10 would female again.

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  6. Hammersteyn

    January 16, 2015 at 10:13

    I hardly ever pick the female gender. Especially RPG games. I want to have a hulking monster with a huge weapon decimate enemies. Like Conan. People pick female characters in FPS games though. Smaller avatar means smaller target. though the head size are still the same so that doesn’t save them from headshots

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    • ToshZA

      January 16, 2015 at 10:18

      I actually always pick a female. I just can’t relate to that ‘big brawny’ stereotype at all. And let’s be honest, they’re either ‘do you even lift bro?’ or ‘hey baby, I’m god’s gift to women’.

      Urgh.

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      • Hammersteyn

        January 16, 2015 at 10:19

        But Conan πŸ™

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      • Kensei Seraph

        January 16, 2015 at 10:20

        I remember the male character’s body shape from NWN.
        Guggh it was horrible.
        Like a downwards pointing triangle with legs and arms.
        The female characters at least looked human.

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    • Matthew Holliday

      January 16, 2015 at 10:24

      overcompensating for something? πŸ˜‰

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      • Hammersteyn

        January 16, 2015 at 10:27

        I have small hands :/

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    • Dutch Matrix

      January 16, 2015 at 10:26

      To be honest: I always went for the burly male stereotype myself. Then Mass Effect happened, and the promise of Lesbian Alien sex was dangled before me.
      Then Jennifer Hale happened. And boy, did she ever impress me with Femshep’s amazing, amazing character.
      Ever since then, I have fallen in love with the strong female character.

      Reply

  7. Matthew Holliday

    January 16, 2015 at 10:15

    The master race: open minded and tolerant.
    said no Dota player ever.

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    • Kensei Seraph

      January 16, 2015 at 10:18

      Hey, I played DotA and Dota 2 and I was open minded and tolerant.
      Although… maybe that’s why I stopped playing?

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      • Hammersteyn

        January 16, 2015 at 10:18

        You and the five other people that were

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        • Kensei Seraph

          January 16, 2015 at 10:24

          I was lucky if there was more than 2 tolerant and open minded people in a game, including the other team.

          Although I did teach one guy to be tolerant and open minded.
          I just hope the lesson stuck.

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    • Admiral Chief

      January 16, 2015 at 10:22

      Bwahahahaha

      Reply

  8. Kensei Seraph

    January 16, 2015 at 10:16

    If I’m going to be spending hundreds of hours staring at the rear end of a character I want it to at least be a rear-end I can appreciate.

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    • Captain JJ Saga

      January 16, 2015 at 10:18

      They don’t allow you to model your own arse though, sadly. ;P

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      • Kensei Seraph

        January 16, 2015 at 10:18

        I’ve never seen mine so I can’t really say how good it looks.

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        • Captain JJ Saga

          January 16, 2015 at 10:19

          Good point. Maybe I’m overconfident and then I end up stuck with something that resembles Hellboy’s forehead.

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          • Kensei Seraph

            January 16, 2015 at 10:20

            Lol.

    • Travi the Batman

      January 16, 2015 at 11:14

      Considering the amazing environments DA:I has, you spend all your time staring at a butt? Shame on you, sir!

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      • Kensei Seraph

        January 16, 2015 at 15:15

        After running through the same area for the 80th time I’ve pretty much gotten bored of the scenery and just stare at the centre of the screen.

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  9. Captain JJ Saga

    January 16, 2015 at 10:17

    Master Race, leading the race to equality. πŸ˜‰

    Reply

  10. Captain JJ Saga

    January 16, 2015 at 10:18

    I really have to get this sometime. I wonder how many updates my Origin is going to need by now. That client is covered in digital dust.

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      January 16, 2015 at 10:19

      Same here, if it’s in the second hand bin by now.

      Reply

      • Captain JJ Saga

        January 16, 2015 at 10:20

        Origin has decent sales every now and then though.
        I’ve never bought anything from there, but it’s nice to see them trying so hard.

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        • ToshZA

          January 16, 2015 at 10:21

          I bought the entire ME collection for R150. It was a steal. Plus I got DA:O and Dead Space for free on their “On the house” section.

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          • Captain JJ Saga

            January 16, 2015 at 10:23

            I also got DA:O and the Wing Commander series for free. I got Dead Space 3 for free with my last gfx card. So the only thing on my Origin account that I actually bought is SimCity, and it was disappointing enough.
            That ME collection is looking very appealing though, especially since I haven’t played it yet.

          • ToshZA

            January 16, 2015 at 10:24

            Man, I’d already played it all on console, and I’d been dying to get the trilogy again. No matter how many times, it’s still worth another play through. Love it.

          • Dutch Matrix

            January 16, 2015 at 10:36

            PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do yourself a favor and go and get it…

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            January 16, 2015 at 10:37

            If I remember correctly the ME collection doesn’t include ME3 DLC – they’re still ripping you off for that. Stupid Bioware points.

          • ToshZA

            January 16, 2015 at 10:39

            Eh, it’s a fantastic game without the DLC. And I prefer the original ending too.

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            January 16, 2015 at 10:42

            I’ve never bought it. I was okay with the ending, it was a bit anti-climactic but not bad. They only released the updated ending after I finished playing as well – felt no interest in another play through.

    • Kensei Seraph

      January 16, 2015 at 10:21

      Surprisingly Origin seems to have a pretty decent update system if it’s left alone for a while and you’re expecting it.
      It’s the surprise updates that are annoying.

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      • Captain JJ Saga

        January 16, 2015 at 10:24

        SimCity has the worst updates. They don’t tell you how big it is so you have no idea whether you will be able to play in 20 minutes or 3 hours. Pisses me off to no end.

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    • Blood Emperor Trevor

      January 16, 2015 at 10:22

      70mb update. Always. I log in every month or 2 to add whatever free game they have to my library. One day I might actually download one.

      Reply

  11. konfab aka derp

    January 16, 2015 at 10:22

    I would have chosen to play as transgendered Krem just to have another Jennifer Hale experience.

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  12. Captain JJ Saga

    January 16, 2015 at 10:28

    I don’t think I’ve ever opted to play as a woman where I had the option. I tend to like creating a character resembling me just a bit. For immersion and all.
    The fact that I play as Coach in Left For Dead 2 doesn’t quite fortify this claim though.

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    • Brady miaau

      January 16, 2015 at 10:31

      Nah, I want a charater far away from me. Besides, nearing 40, a bit of boep, unfit, lazy does not a hero image make

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      • Captain JJ Saga

        January 16, 2015 at 10:32

        That’s where the muscle sliders work for me πŸ˜‰
        That said though, I love playing as non-human characters.

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        • Brady miaau

          January 16, 2015 at 10:33

          I do not, as a rule, like dwarfs or hobbits and orcs as player characters for me. I am old School AD&D, even D&D rules I know.

          Human or Elf. That is sort of it.

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          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            January 16, 2015 at 10:35

            If only basic options were available I almost always went human. I used to love the chance to play weirder races, like thri-kreen once.

          • Brady miaau

            January 16, 2015 at 10:37

            I am still biased because in original D&D rules, elfs did have a class but were just fighter mages. So I tend to go that route with an elf, in games.

            And it is amazing how many games, even DA:I, uses principles of character creation stemming from D&D and AD&D. Such as the human “non specialist” and so forth.

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            January 16, 2015 at 10:38

            Yes that’s true. I guess because they all use that as the starting point for their own systems.

          • Captain JJ Saga

            January 16, 2015 at 10:42

            I just can’t do that other race (forgot the name) in DA though. Just not my thing.

          • Kensei Seraph

            January 16, 2015 at 10:45

            Quanari?

          • Captain JJ Saga

            January 16, 2015 at 10:45

            Yes. That. They seem like they should look more badass than they actually do.

          • Kensei Seraph

            January 16, 2015 at 15:16

            Agreed.

          • Captain JJ Saga

            January 16, 2015 at 10:35

            I don’t play as dwarves or hobbits either. Orcs I still will though. Skyrim…Khajiit or Orc. Dragon Age…Elf.

          • Brady miaau

            January 16, 2015 at 10:36

            Oh yes, but Khajit. Cat people. Come one. Has to be done!

          • Captain JJ Saga

            January 16, 2015 at 10:37

            Haha. I agree.

          • ToshZA

            January 16, 2015 at 10:38

            I call my friend Lizard Butt – his name rhymes with Argonian. hehehehehe.

  13. Brady miaau

    January 16, 2015 at 10:28

    A friend is replaying as male just for Cassandra, yes. I will not replay for a good long while, thank you very much. Is a lot of fun, but play through now and later play again when several DLC’s are out.

    I always play woman, if given the choice.

    Not that I have finished yet, either.

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  14. Kensei Seraph

    January 16, 2015 at 10:28

    A friend showed me his elven male character and I keep mistaking it for a female…

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    • Blood Emperor Trevor

      January 16, 2015 at 10:30

      Male elves get mistaken for female all the time, just like female dwarfs get mistaken for males.

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      • Admiral Chief

        January 16, 2015 at 10:30

        It’s the beard…

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      • ToshZA

        January 16, 2015 at 10:30

        Had one or two awkward encounters I take it?

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        • Blood Emperor Trevor

          January 16, 2015 at 10:31

          Not for me. *cough*

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      • Captain JJ Saga

        January 16, 2015 at 10:32

        Listen to Trevor, she knows what she’s talking about.

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  15. Uberutang

    January 16, 2015 at 10:33

    3rd person games I always pic female. If I have to stare at an ass for 100hours, it is going to be a shapely female one.

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  16. Dean

    January 16, 2015 at 10:44

    I think they’re picking males so they can be with Dorian. Who wouldn’t want some of that ego inside them.

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    • Don

      January 16, 2015 at 10:48

      thats egotastic πŸ™ lol

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  17. Don

    January 16, 2015 at 10:46

    First playthrough as a male mage on normal so i can explore & enjoy, then second playthrough as a female warrior. the second playthrough i always set it on the hardest & play as a female! so i can show these mutha fudge packers who is the badass female in all thedas! πŸ˜‰

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  18. Don

    January 16, 2015 at 10:47

    ps any update on the new patch? i couldnt finish my solas friend mission coz of the bug that prevents it!

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  19. Johann

    January 16, 2015 at 10:56

    Well my first playthrough on DA:I was with a male Dwarf, I don’t know the female dwarfs just feel wrong. Second playthrough atm is a female elf.

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  20. RinceThis

    January 16, 2015 at 10:58

    I’m confused, where are the stats saying PC is more balanced?

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    • Captain JJ Saga

      January 16, 2015 at 11:01

      PIE Charts
      NOT FOR EATING

      Reply

      • RinceThis

        January 16, 2015 at 11:32

        So are they saying that the PC players are just getting the games the Xbox 360 and PS3 have? *RUNS

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        • Captain JJ Saga

          January 16, 2015 at 11:57

          TouchΓ©

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  21. Travi the Batman

    January 16, 2015 at 11:12

    Really, Zoe? Just couldn’t resist?
    “Xbox One the most misogynistic console”. Well I did sensibly chuckle when I read it. Good show.

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  22. Lardus-Resident Perve

    January 16, 2015 at 11:58

    I would create a male…to romance Cassandra. What was cool in DA2 was my femHawk could romance Isabella. I mix the genders and races on my RPG characters if I have the choice. ME I have 2 males and 1 female. DA1 I had a male warrior human, Elf female rogue, male Dwarf warrior. DA2 only finished with my femHawk. I mix it to see those slight changes in dialogue and experience. Bewbs

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  23. Tom Krager

    January 16, 2015 at 13:43

    Well this article brings a few thoughts to mind . .. first is, who cares? I mean, this whole gender in gaming conversation has gotten so old t me. I really don’t care what most women think about their representation in gaming. There happens to be real world issues in 3rd world countries that should require our attention first. Secondly, why the use of the word misogyny? Where does hating women come in to this at all? Thirdly, Do women ever play as male characters? Cuz I often play as female characters and I always wondered if women play as males . . .

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    • Rags

      January 18, 2015 at 19:23

      I guess(hope) she does not understand the meaning of the word. Its such an incredibly badly written piece overall. What on Earth?

      Reply

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