In WoW I tend to play males more often because a lot of the female characters annoy me. Too-sexy death screams, too-skimpy 'armour', etc.
In City of Heroes I have a female hero because she's a me-avatar and totally not annoying -- there are huge options for faces, makeup, clothing or lack thereof, and body type, so I can make her the way I want. And I have a male villain because he's hot as hell.
But I will ordinarly choose male because in a lot of games their health always seems to be better...
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However, I usually play as female if it's 3rd person and you can see the character. I have a few reasons (yeah, I've actually thought about this before, I'm nerdy like that):
1. I am pervy. I like boobs. Even pixel boobs. Between the choice of being able to see boobs or not see boobs, I will always choose to see boobs.
2. I like dainty, pretty faces too.
3. I like a female hero. I like women who are smart, strong, and kick ass. I'm attracted to this in real life, and I like it in my game too.
4. I like underdogs. Women have to fight harder for promotions, equal pay, etc. Sexism is still rampant in our culture, so I see a female hero as an underdog.
5. In a 3rd person game, I just see my character as a character in a story and not as myself, so I don't feel like I want the character to be male like me.
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In my defense, that's not always the case. Take Saints Row the Third, in which I play a rough and tumble, three-piece-suit-wearing English gangster using the sliders from Hugh Laurie in SR2.
On the other hand, in Skyrim, I'm playing a female character. Sometimes, game content can make the difference--voice actors in Mass Effect games, for example, pretty much require I pick the female option.
I understand why some people would find oversexualized female player characters distasteful. For me it's less of an obstacle--I'm much more embarrassed for the obscene, over-the-top levels of violence we usually get in third person games. Though I guess I wouldn't have it any other way?
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If there is a character creator, I tend to create cheesy stereotypes. If some fantasy game for example has has goblins or gnomes, I would create the smallest possible female goblin warrior. Especially if there is pvp, so I can beat up stupid looking orcs. I will never get tired of that.
I prefer game worlds and physics that make sense (if it has gravity working upside down, thats fine, as long as it is consistent and everything seems to work according to that principle etc). But if a game has inconsistent physics and world, I tend to fully exploit it , having fun with how ridiculous it looks (like my example of beating up hulking orcs as featherweight gnome with my matchstick..ehh club) This also probably my way of not getting annoyed with ridiculous virtual worlds :p
One exception is World of Warcraft, where I play as both genders. Most of my characters are either undead female or goblin male, since those are my two favorite race/gender combinations
Originally Posted by BloodyScholastic
I'm female and I always choose the opposite gender. Male.
I choose male because I think my gameplay is related more to male, more likely to be like male players than usual female players. I'm not exaggerated myself, I think it is because I've spent most of my time in my home since I was in elementary school, nothing to do except playing games, watching movies, listening to music, rather than spending my time going outside with female friends.
I play all varieties of games FPS arcade, fighting on console games, strategy, adventures, challenging logic, puzzle... I'm an impatient player, wanted to hit the highest score and sometimes swearing bad words if I get lose lol. ^^
Because I'm straight female, I find male character (of course!) more attractive, as a bonus just like male players choose female gender for character customization to give them pleasure "sexy" sight, both equal right? In sims 1, 2, and 3, my characters I usually play frequently always be male. About 70% male and 30% female. I more likely to play masculine/bad ass/tough/cool/nerd/geek male characters than typical "boring" pretty/cute/hipsters female. That's why my avatar showing male sim, even tough you can see gender on my profile female
I agree completely! I have always played males. Nothing wrong with females (well, I am one!) but over-sexual and in general, I always seem to think the males look more badass.
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Originally Posted by pizza
I usually play as a girl, just because I am a girl. It does pay off to play as a girl sometimes because in my favourite game
I always chose the black widow perk so I could seduce Benny before killing him. Muahaha
Omfg! Sorry but I always ALWAYS thought you was a boy! Now I entered in your profile and realised I was wrong!
I always play a family in the sims which contains both genders. If is a classic game, I usually play as a boy because I am a boy.
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I will focus only on games that allow you to choose a gender of your character, as for me, pre-set character gender has no bearing on game enjoyment.
But back to SWTOR. When that thread appeared I actually went to the game and checked my characters. As I am an altoholic, out of my 13 chars, 6 are female and 7 male (checks math if actually 6+7=13). I checked my other games and, in most cases, more or less the same ratio holds true.
I wondered why around half of the time, I play as female characters despite me being incredibly handsome guy (or so I tell myself nudge-nudge-wink-wink). After pondering on that question I "discovered" that I have a slightly different attitude towards my character based on their gender. I can "see" myself in the game if I'm playing as a male char, however a female is "my" character, but *not* me. That may not be very clear... basically when I'm plying as a guy I'm making decisions based on "what I would do", when playing as a girl I'm deciding "what would that character do".
I think it goes back to the day when I played a bit of real RPGs. By real I mean p&p. Which means "pen and paper". Which means that a group of people sits around a table in a dark room and talk about their character/game. I could never play as a female then, always as a guy. With visualisation that comes with computer games it's easier for me to identify myself with a character on the screen.
Also I found out that my characters have somewhat different personalities depending on their gender. My males are usually more laid back, joking when possible, often flirty but with no real intention of "making out" with anyone. My girls, on the other hand, are more "down to earth", more serious, although still making fun of things from time to time, and perfectionist when it comes to romantic interests.
Of course I'm taking here about games that involve at least some amount of role-playing, if it's just pure action that we are heading for, I go for a "style" of a character rather than gender. That being said, I like girls
There is one more factor, visible greatly in Skyrim for instance. Quality and quantity of content. Generally there are more armours/clothes for girls than for guys. Also they are better quality. That is not a rule, but that's what I've noticed.
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Originally Posted by Axe Gaijin
MMORPG = Many Men Online Role Playing Girls :D
First time I've heard that term and I've been playing MMORPG's since 1996 starting with The Realm Online.
I'm a girl, I always play a girl. I play several MMORPG's actively and TS2 and TS3 are my only standalone games. Current MMORPGS I play are EverQuest II, Lord of the Rings Online, Star Wars The Old Republic, ArcheAge, Black Gold Online. Occasionally, I do play EverQuest, RIFT, Uncharted Waters Online and SimCity 2013.
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For my single-player games, it just depends on the mood I'm in and the type of character I want to play. Sometimes it's just random. All in all, it's about 50-50 whether I play a female or male character.
But there's something I do restrict myself to. In games where you have race options, I tend to play as a human. I don't play as Orcs or Khajiit (Elder Scrolls), for example. It's for several reasons, stat-based, look-related, etc. It's just harder for me to get into a game if I'm not playing a human. It makes it less 'real' to me. I wish it weren't so, but for me it is. I thought I would put this here because it is sort of related, I think.
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