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Poll: Do you play male or female characters?

IG-88IG-88 GrandosPosts: 143Member

Since MMO´s let us enter an alternate reality and be what we normally not are, heroes, villains etc i was wondering what gender you enjoy playing, since you have a free choice.

 

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  • ReizlaReizla AlkmaarPosts: 3,300Member Uncommon

    Poll missing... And it's been here more than once already...

    Also, not every MMO allows you to choose between male/female. Some MMOs have a race/gender/class lock. Take a look at TERA, where Elin are only female and Popori are only male Same for Lord of the Rings online where all dwarfs are male (yes, they do pop out of the ground when they are born :p) and a lot of Asian F2P MMOs have a rather class/gender lock, where mages * rogues (archers) are mainly female and the warriors, tanks and healers are male.

    But to answer your question, where possible I'll make a female character. It's the one thing that I have to look at constantly when playing, and then I'd prefer to see something I REALLY like :p

    ...see you've added the poll while I wrote my reply ;-)

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  • ArglebargleArglebargle Austin, TXPosts: 1,415Member Uncommon
    I don't get why anyone cares.   I always play both, especially when the costumes are widely different. 

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  • sanshi44sanshi44 BrisbanePosts: 1,088Member Uncommon
    [miod edit]

    When i choose gender i think what i want this character to be general my Melee characters are usualy male and my range characters are usualy female. It realy come down to what i want this character to be.

  • IG-88IG-88 GrandosPosts: 143Member
    I find female characters more dynamic in clothing etc, even if mine never dress very sexy.
  • immodiumimmodium ManchesterPosts: 1,578Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Arglebargle
    I don't get why anyone cares.   I always play both, especially when the costumes are widely different. 

    I also roll both. I always roll a male on a RP server though.

     

    TBH in most mmo's the males look as girlie as females so it doesn't really matter.

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  • UngetuemUngetuem WolfsburgPosts: 5Member

    For me, it Depend´s heavily on Class... Tank for me, is everytime an Male...an Melee DD = Male ... Mage = Female 

    An Archer/Summoner etc., i could play as both... and Heal Classes are everytime Female for me... 

     

    Dunno why...but that´s how it is^^

  • VonatarVonatar PraguePosts: 672Member Uncommon

    Ultimately who cares? MMOs are supposed to be role playing games, so people enjoy playing whatever role they fancy.

     

    I mostly play male characters except where there is a different experience to be had playing a female character (e.g. the Black Widow speech options in Fallout 3), and sometimes I will roll a female if the male character models aren't to my liking (like Norns in GW2).

     

    Males playing female characters have probably picked up a bad name from people doing so while also pretending they are female IRL, or people who say they like to look at the sexy pixels, or people who say they can flirt and get free stuff. But, of course, this hardly applies to everybody.

     

    I like to look at it this way - how is playing a female character in an MMO really any different from writing from the perspective of a female character in book?

  • ignore_meignore_me Apple Valley, CAPosts: 1,987Member
    Chose last option interpreted as, Don't know what the difference makes. I play both. Some games have stupid looking male models and great looking females. I can identify more with males but if they look like goons I will make a female.

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  • ZierrityZierrity tonsbergPosts: 230Member Uncommon

     

    For me, it all comes down to how my character looks. if I'm unhappy with the customization options for male characters, I usually roll female and vice versa. Then there's what looks best for different classes, what role I think fits the story, (if a story driven game), et cetera, et cetera.

    I rarely think about what kind of "ass" I'm staring at, as for me, it's basically a bunch of pixels :P 

    The only thing thast ticks me off, is if a MMO don't give me the option of choosing for myself, (Gender locked classes for example).

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  • immodiumimmodium ManchesterPosts: 1,578Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by AzurePrower

     


    Originally posted by dynamicipftw
    IMO it is kind of weird and homo-erotic when men play with other men. 

     


    Serious question. But do you wear a hazmat suit 24/7 so you don't touch yourself?


    Because I see the male characters I play in online games as a representation of myself to add to the immersion. In single player it doesn't bother me because I'm playing the character of some one else's story and not chatting to others on a personal level.


    Insecurities aside. I see those who play female characters as a presentation for themselves in online games like they feel they should have been born a woman on a subconscious level.


    There should really be a professionally done psychological study for this phenomenon. It would be an interesting read.

     

    I totally disagree with the red. The only way I would actually think like that is when computer games are like the Matrix, you can't tell the difference between it and reality.

    The reason people pick female or male is becuase they can. There's no unwritten rule to say you can't.

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  • toddzetoddze no where, OKPosts: 2,155Member

    I play male characters and will always make males. Why because I try to make my characters as close as I can to make them look like me. (Sometimes I may bend it a little and give him hair, but most of the time they are bald. ) I see my character  so to say as me in a virtual world.

    I personally dont get why a guy would play a female. To me that seems just like a boy playing with barbies. Its not healthy.  It seems some likes the look of female's I fully understand that, But i think its rather perverted to play with a female so you can stare at pixilated T&A all day. There are much better free options on the internet to get your deprived fixation off on.

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  • NikopolNikopol The ZonePosts: 626Member Uncommon

    I don't see characters I play in a game as a representation of myself. They're more like fictional characters I create, which - surprise surprise! - they are.

    So it's not much different than writing the female protagonist of a story.

    Myself, I may play both, depending on what sort of character I want to create at that moment - that in turn depending on lore, class, race, etc... I guess it's likely I've up to now created more male characters, but I've played a lot of female ones as well.

     

  • MickleMickle Evansville, INPosts: 119Member Uncommon

    For many years I always played a male.  Then one day a friend of mine was playing a female.  I asked why and he told me this.  Would you rather look at a guys a$$ or a females a$$ while you play?  I now play a female.

    Also, around that time, I read that female characters get stuff for free.  I have found that to be true.  I have been given many items for free just because i looked good.  They could hear me in vent and knew I was a male but still gave me free stuff.

     

    I will always play a female character for those two reasons.

  • immodiumimmodium ManchesterPosts: 1,578Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by toddze

    I play male characters and will always make males. Why because I try to make my characters as close as I can to make them look like me. (Sometimes I may bend it a little and give him hair, but most of the time they are bald. ) I see my character  so to say as me in a virtual world.

    I personally dont get why a guy would play a female. To me that seems just like a boy playing with barbies. Its not healthy.  It seems some likes the look of female's I fully understand that, But i think its rather perverted to play with a female so you can stare at pixilated T&A all day. There are much better free options on the internet to get your deprived fixation off on.

    I think thats the difference between you and I. You see MMORPG's as virtual worlds, where as I see them as games. Me picking a girl in an mmo is no different than me picking the top hat in monoply. There's no deep subconscious reasoning behind it.

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  • dynamicipftwdynamicipftw Arrow, ALPosts: 207Member
    Originally posted by AzurePrower

     


    Originally posted by dynamicipftw
    IMO it is kind of weird and homo-erotic when men play with other men. 

     


    Serious question. But do you wear a hazmat suit 24/7 so you don't touch yourself?


    Because I see the male characters I play in online games as a representation of myself to add to the immersion. In single player it doesn't bother me because I'm playing the character of some one else's story and not chatting to others on a personal level.


    Insecurities aside. I see those who play female characters as a representation for themselves in online games like they feel they should have been born a woman on a subconscious level.


    There should really be a professionally done psychological study for this phenomenon. It would be an interesting read.

     

    It depends how you see the character you play. If you see yourself as them then it's fine if men play men I guess. If you see them as an actor in a movie/story you are watching (my case) then men playing women is fine.

     

    From my experience kids, newbies and RPers usually fall into the first category. Experienced MMO players / hardcore players / PvPers fall into the second.

  • ReizlaReizla AlkmaarPosts: 3,300Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by immodium

     Me picking a girl in an mmo is no different than me picking the top hat in monoply. There's no deep subconscious reasoning behind it.

    Very well spoken!

    I started playing female characters from day #1 I started to play MMORPGs. Lineage II was my 1st MMO and I wanted to pick a male char first, but their animations are so ...sissy... so I picked a female one instead. From that day on I decided to play female in every MMO/game I'd play it I was given the choice.

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  • immodiumimmodium ManchesterPosts: 1,578Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Reizla
    Originally posted by immodium

     Me picking a girl in an mmo is no different than me picking the top hat in monoply. There's no deep subconscious reasoning behind it.

    Very well spoken!

    I started playing female characters from day #1 I started to play MMORPGs. Lineage II was my 1st MMO and I wanted to pick a male char first, but their animations are so ...sissy... so I picked a female one instead. From that day on I decided to play female in every MMO/game I'd play it I was given the choice.

    When I first started playing MMO's I did the usual "Make this toon look like me". I honestly thought everyone did that TBH. Now, I tend to pick female.

    However I never used to role a toon on an RP server. When I did I actually found it to be very creepy. When grouping up with male toon's they'd always compliment me on my healing skillz. They did not thank anyone else through the dungeon, just me, the only female. :)

    Now I roll male on RP servers. It did make me wonder though if I was female, would that sort of behaviour make me want to role a male?

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  • KaeriganKaerigan None Of Your BusinessPosts: 689Member
    Most main characters in games are male so I like to switch it up a bit I think by choosing to play as female characters in MMOs or in games where they give you a choice (although I've been playing as male Shepard in Mass Effect...)

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  • QSatuQSatu WarsawPosts: 1,735Member Uncommon

    I'm male and I play only male characters. It happened only 2 or 3 times when I made female characters b/c I couldn't stand how bad armours looked on males. Usually designers put more work on females.

    I treat my characters as representations of me in game, so I want other players to "see" me as me if you understand what I mean =P

  • IcewhiteIcewhite Elmhurst, ILPosts: 6,403Member
    Ah, text-based rpgs...no wireframe models to get hangups over.

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  • VesaviusVesavius BristolPosts: 7,643Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by QSatu

    I treat my characters as representations of me in game, so I want other players to "see" me as me if you understand what I mean =P

     

    This is valid. Different people relate to their avatars in very different ways. Some see them as themselves, some don't.

    I personally don't see my character as myself, I don't RP in MMOs (I only do that in PnP games). My character is in no way a representation of me. Sometimes I play males, sometimes females... whatever looks and feels coolest to me in that particular game based on it's design and overall tone.

    I find it dissapointing that guys playing as females in a game is noteworthy or discussion worthy in 2013 though tbh... I would have thought it was something that people had dealt with by now and gotten over.

     

  • AzureProwerAzurePrower AustraliaPosts: 1,508Member Uncommon


    Originally posted by dynamicipftw
    Originally posted by AzurePrower   Originally posted by dynamicipftw IMO it is kind of weird and homo-erotic when men play with other men. 
      Serious question. But do you wear a hazmat suit 24/7 so you don't touch yourself? Because I see the male characters I play in online games as a representation of myself to add to the immersion. In single player it doesn't bother me because I'm playing the character of some one else's story and not chatting to others on a personal level. Insecurities aside. I see those who play female characters as a representation for themselves in online games like they feel they should have been born a woman on a subconscious level. There should really be a professionally done psychological study for this phenomenon. It would be an interesting read.  
    It depends how you see the character you play. If you see yourself as them then it's fine if men play men I guess. If you see them as an actor in a movie/story you are watching (my case) then men playing women is fine.

     

    From my experience kids, newbies and RPers usually fall into the first category. Experienced MMO players / hardcore players / PvPers fall into the second.


    The difference is. The 'characters' you 'play' are serving as avatars of yourself when speaking to others online.

  • ReklawReklaw Am.Posts: 6,478Member Uncommon

    In MMORPG's I mostly play male characters.  In SWG I knew and played with several female characters (played by men) Never really gave it a real thought as too why I choose male characters apart from trying to immerse myself into the game world as my alter ego, but also because this is a roleplaying genre where you can play as you please regardless your own gender/race or what ever.

    With singleplayer games the female character might be the main character and I enjoy them as such.

     

  • XerenixXerenix BPosts: 235Member

    Depends on game.

    in SWTOR, i choose by the voice actor which in my experience the female actors is way better than the male ones.

    Any other mmo, i first pick male then female for alt then male for the next and so on.

     

  • CalmOceansCalmOceans BergenPosts: 2,273Member

    I mind and don't mind that males play female characters.

    When they use their mic it creeps me out. Here you have this fragile doll casting magic and suddenly there's this burling deep manly voice that says ***what's up guys****, such an immersion breaker and so so annoying.

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