The present study examined the relationship between players’ personality characteristics and their online behaviors, including character faction, class selection, and game play in the massively multiplayer online role playing game the World of Warcraft (WoW). Data were collected from 205 WoW players who participated in an online survey that included the Big 5 Personality Inventory (Extroversion, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, Emotional Stability and Openness to Experience) and portions of the California Personality Index, as well as original questions pertaining to WoW (Goldberg, et al. 2006). Statistical analysis showed that although there was not a significant relationship between player personality traits and their class or faction selection, there were significant relationships between personality traits and engagement in player versus player game play.
Mosley, Ian D.
"Personality and Character Selection in World of Warcraft,"
McNair Scholars Research Journal:
1, Article 12.
Available at: http://scholarworks.boisestate.edu/mcnair_journal/vol6/iss1/12