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Wondering why men play female characters?

DibdabsDibdabs FelvershamPosts: 2,604Member Uncommon

This.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvtC3RIbQlE#at=22

Why would I want to look at the ass of a male character?  :D

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  • KyutaSyukoKyutaSyuko Irving, TXPosts: 250Member Uncommon
    I typically play female characters because they look cuter and typically have nicer looking armor.  So in other words I play female characters for the eye candy.
  • YalexyYalexy BerlinPosts: 1,053Member Uncommon

    When staring at the screen for hours, lookin g at the backside of my character I'd rather watch a female backside.

    Additionally, devs tend to spend more time designing females aswell. They generally look better in every game. Better faces, better armor, better animations, etc.

  • AyulinAyulin Mt marion, NYPosts: 334Member

    The 'main' character I play through all MMOs goes back to Neverwinter Nights (the Bioware/Atari version)

    It was originally going to be a male Elven Warrior. However, not long after starting to play, I realized how horribly the male characters were animated. They ran, literally, like they had to take a dump. It was horrible. Females, on the other hand, were animated beautifully. So.. I switched over to a female character.

    One of the PW's I played on in NwN was a RP server, and so I did a kind of "RP lite". I didn't try to full on RP a female character, but I injected personality to my character that were personality-based - certain quirks, etc - not gender based. I could have played either a male or female character and it wouldn't have made a difference.

    I grew to really enjoy that character and created them on every NwN PW I played. So, when I made the jump to my first full-blown MMO (you could call NwN my "gateway drug"), I decided to bring that character with me. And so, on pretty much every MMO I play, I have the same character, same name, same race (Elven when available) and same class (Warrior, or similar), with black hair and, when an option, green eyes. I've only deviated from that when a given option wasn't available, or I didn't like a given MMO's incarnation of it.

    That's the story in a nutshell for me. And that's literally all there is to it. It's amazing how many times people will try to put me on the defensive, though, about "why a dude is playing a female character". It simply doesn't matter to me, because my character on-screen is not representative of me as a person. I don't believe I'm a female Elven Warrior when I'm playing a MMO, any more than I believe I'm Lara Croft when playing Tomb Raider, or Samus Aran when playing Metroid, etc...

    I think some people read way too much into it, personally.

     

     

     

  • Jean-Luc_PicardJean-Luc_Picard La BarrePosts: 3,549Member Uncommon

    I don't give a shit about what "some" people think about playing opposite gender characters...

    I play females when the models look better than the equivalent male models, which is sadly quite often.

    To use the most popular game as example, in WoW I had:

    Female night elf - both female and male humans - female gnome - male dwarf - no undead (all ugly) - female troll - male tauren - no orc (ugly too) - female and male worgen - female draenei - no goblin (utterly ugly) - no panda (ugh...).

    I still played the starter areas of the races I didn't want to play any further just to see them though, and then deleted the character.

    It's all about personal preference about how the characters looks like, nothing else. And I think it's the same for everybody.

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  • Teh_AxiTeh_Axi HalifaxPosts: 380Member
    Originally posted by Dibdabs

    Why would I want to look at the ass of a male character?  :D

     

    Why are you so distracted by a doods ass?

  • Alber_gamerAlber_gamer RomePosts: 557Member Uncommon
    I find more disturbing why humans play orcs or elves, when they could be playing humans.

    My opinion is my own. I respect all other opinions and views equally, but keep in mind that my opinion will always be the best for me. That's why it's my opinion.

  • ArakaziArakazi OxfordPosts: 889Member
    Originally posted by Alber_gamer
    I find more disturbing why humans play orcs or elves, when they could be playing humans.

    This is why I always go troll.

  • DoogiehowserDoogiehowser ParisPosts: 1,873Member
    Nice video OP..lol!! image

    "The problem is that the hardcore folks always want the same thing: 'We want exactly what you gave us before, but it has to be completely different.'
    -Jesse Schell

    "Online gamers are the most ludicrously entitled beings since Caligula made his horse a senator, and at least the horse never said anything stupid."
    -Luke McKinney

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  • AnthurAnthur StolbergPosts: 686Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Alber_gamer
    I find more disturbing why humans play orcs or elves, when they could be playing humans.

    I find it more disturbing that humans play humans (which they are 24/7 anyway obviously) instead of trying something new. ;)

    @OP Thx for new screen saver. Who is chasing her ? ^^

  • WaterlilyWaterlily parisPosts: 2,973Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Yalexy

    Additionally, devs tend to spend more time designing females aswell. They generally look better in every game. Better faces, better armor, better animations, etc.

    That's because most  designers are male and they have studied women from when they were 15 year old boys. They know what looks good on a woman, but they're not aware what a male needs to look good.

  • JemcrystalJemcrystal Champaign, ILPosts: 1,552Member Uncommon

    I'm a gay male who plays male chars.  Since this thread was to show off a youtube vid I'll back at you and show off my youtube vid.  It's a tasteful documentary nothing as fun.  The subject of this thread seems to have focused on how poorly male chars are created.  To that I would say I appreciate sims 2 with phallus mods and blur unrendered (non mmo) and Aion as top tributes to male rendering.

     


  • Quazal.AQuazal.A PrestonPosts: 498Member Uncommon

    I play both Male & Female in every mmo i have the following

     

    Quazal < My Main male account/toon

    Quazaline < My Main female account/toon, I have backstories created for them both, Basicalyl brother and sister, then the story fits around what ever game im playing

     

    So for me little bit of role-play but role play out of game not ingame, 

    This post is all my opinion, but I welcome debate on anything i have put, however, personal slander / name calling belongs in game :) were of course your welcome to call me names im often found lounging about in EvE online.
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  • RzepRzep warsawPosts: 716Member Uncommon
    If a game has decent customisation I usually make my first character male, try to make him look similar to me. If the game has piss poor options I just go for female.
  • DibdabsDibdabs FelvershamPosts: 2,604Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Jemcrystal

    I'm a gay male who plays male chars.  Since this thread was to show off a youtube vid I'll back at you and show off my youtube vid.  It's a tasteful documentary nothing as fun.  The subject of this thread seems to have focused on how poorly male chars are created.  To that I would say I appreciate sims 2 with phallus mods and blur unrendered (non mmo) and Aion as top tributes to male rendering. 

    It does seem not a lot of thought goes into the models for male characters.  I thought WoW's were awful - all weird chunks and blocky angles.  Some other games make them weirdly androgynous. 

  • Dagon13Dagon13 Posts: 269Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Jemcrystal

    I'm a gay male who plays male chars.  Since this thread was to show off a youtube vid I'll back at you and show off my youtube vid.  It's a tasteful documentary nothing as fun.  The subject of this thread seems to have focused on how poorly male chars are created.  To that I would say I appreciate sims 2 with phallus mods and blur unrendered (non mmo) and Aion as top tributes to male rendering.

     

    Very funny and enlightening video, I didn't realize this was even a topic.

    As for playing female characters, I used to use the butt argument but I never really understood why until I saw one of Bill Burr's stand up routines.  He sums it up nicely in the last minute or so. 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=LJ4_qpMRPAc

     

  • KBishopKBishop tracy, CAPosts: 205Member

    Who... cares?

    Why do women play male characters?

  • aspekxaspekx Brandon, FLPosts: 2,167Member
    Originally posted by KBishop

    Who... cares?

    Why do women play male characters?

    typically to avoid sexual harassment.

    "There are at least two kinds of games.
    One could be called finite, the other infinite.
    A finite game is played for the purpose of winning,
    an infinite game for the purpose of continuing play."
    Finite and Infinite Games, James Carse

  • KBishopKBishop tracy, CAPosts: 205Member
    Originally posted by aspekx
    Originally posted by KBishop

    Who... cares?

    Why do women play male characters?

    typically to avoid sexual harassment.

    Thats really taking an eronious leap of faith. Where do you have any evidence to support this? That would also call into question why men play women as they realistically should be sexually harassed

  • aspekxaspekx Brandon, FLPosts: 2,167Member
    Originally posted by Jemcrystal

    I'm a gay male who plays male chars.  Since this thread was to show off a youtube vid I'll back at you and show off my youtube vid.  It's a tasteful documentary nothing as fun.  The subject of this thread seems to have focused on how poorly male chars are created.  To that I would say I appreciate sims 2 with phallus mods and blur unrendered (non mmo) and Aion as top tributes to male rendering.

     

    excellent vid, thanks for sharing that.

    "There are at least two kinds of games.
    One could be called finite, the other infinite.
    A finite game is played for the purpose of winning,
    an infinite game for the purpose of continuing play."
    Finite and Infinite Games, James Carse

  • aspekxaspekx Brandon, FLPosts: 2,167Member
    Originally posted by KBishop
    Originally posted by aspekx
    Originally posted by KBishop

    Who... cares?

    Why do women play male characters?

    typically to avoid sexual harassment.

    Thats really taking an eronious leap of faith. Where do you have any evidence to support this? That would also call into question why men play women as they realistically should be sexually harassed

    first of all, i will admit that my evidence is the kind being gathered here, anecdotal. so deny the evidence in this thread and deny my evidence at the same time, but for this particular argument it would be hard to pick and choose.

     

    secondly, i fail to see how this calls into question why straight men playing female characters dont get sexually harassed. males ingame are almost never subjected to sexual jokes, rape jokes, male genital references, references to sexual acts performed on or against a woman. and all of this can be had in public chat channels as well as voip.

     

    compare this to the experience of male characters who are almost never subjected to a barrage of /tells requesting sexual favors, complimenting their 'looks' (as odd as that may be), or their real name. and of course the list goes on. (this part i know from playing female toons.)

     

    [sorry edited b/c i left out part of the first sentence of the second paragraph.]

    "There are at least two kinds of games.
    One could be called finite, the other infinite.
    A finite game is played for the purpose of winning,
    an infinite game for the purpose of continuing play."
    Finite and Infinite Games, James Carse

  • KBishopKBishop tracy, CAPosts: 205Member
    Originally posted by aspekx
    Originally posted by KBishop
    Originally posted by aspekx
    Originally posted by KBishop

    Who... cares?

    Why do women play male characters?

    typically to avoid sexual harassment.

    Thats really taking an eronious leap of faith. Where do you have any evidence to support this? That would also call into question why men play women as they realistically should be sexually harassed

    first of all, i will admit that my evidence is the kind being gathered here, anecdotal. so deny the evidence in this thread and deny my evidence at the same time, but for this particular argument it would be hard to pick and choose.

     

    secondly, i fail to see how this calls into question why straight men play female characters dont get sexually harassed. males ingame are almost never subjected to sexual jokes, rape jokes, male genital references, references to sexual acts performed on or against a woman. and all of this can be had in public chat channels as well as voip.

     

    compare this to the experience of male characters who are almost never subjected to a barrage of /tells requesting sexual favors, complimenting their 'looks' (as odd as that may be), or their real name. and of course the list goes on. (this part i know from playing female toons.)

    Well, I guess we can take this thread in good faith, however at the same token, I have about 10 close female friends all of which who play female characters, and none of them have even so much as given a hint of having a problem for playing a female character and in some cases have actually gotten things because of it.

    The point of that was the assumption that females play male characters to avoid sexual harassment. This infers that the problem is the female character. Unless you meant something else, that is what I am gathering. From that concept, I deduce that the problem is the female character, to which I ask why men aren't having that same problem.

    Conversely, I've played female characters for many years and have never even come close to getting so much as a random tell from anyone, so while I don't doubt the validity of the statement, I do question the amount of it.

    I don't disagree that women are subject to inappropriate behavior targeted specifically towards them though

  • TorvalTorval Oregon CountryPosts: 7,214Member Uncommon

    It's an rpg.  I play whatever race, gender, class, and role combos fit the character I'm creating.  I don't do it to look at ass or anything else like that.  I do it because there is a character there I want to develop.

    My first female mmo character wasn't like that though.  My first mmo was Lineage with open pvp.  My female dark elf was for PK because there are a lot of naive mmo boys who think gender matters.  It was so easy to take advantage of that.

    After that, it was all about the character stuff though, just like the sp rpgs.  If I ever play a full on pvp game (or server) I still always roll at least one female character because gullible mmo boys haven't changed at all in 15 years.

     

    edit: about the sexual harassment stuff above:  I do get way more creepy chat and stuff when I'm on a female character.  It's creepy and why I have no remorse screwing those tools over.

  • AkulasAkulas GoldcoastPosts: 1,617Member Uncommon
    Random selection

    This isn't a signature, you just think it is.

  • SanguinelustSanguinelust Plainfield, NJPosts: 801Member Uncommon
    You are already playing with electronic dolls, so why not make them girl dolls?image
  • GorweGorwe Ald'RuhnPosts: 2,474Member Uncommon
    Because female curves are extra sexy compared to male bumps(?) ;)

    Nah jk. I play whatever fits the concept of the character. But to think that females = supports(what MOBAs and sometimes even MMOs think) is just...ARGH! It is true that females look even graphically better(textures etc) compared to males. The moment I notice that is the moment I exit the game. If the game can't control itself on such a tiny aspect, what hope do I have for advanced concepts like new forms of combat/questing/etc?

    I guess this is offset by bro-factor of games such as 40k, GoW or various shooters.
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