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First, I would like to say thank you for participating.
Second, I would ask everyone to be honest about their gender in the poll. As a developer, I want to not only appeal more towards female gamers, but I want to be fair to them. The Video Game Industry often caters towards young men, while ignoring female gamers so they can maximize profits. Sexism abounds in the industry, in both the workforce and in who games are catered towards. Even this website is flooded with advertisements that are almost always half naked little girls, so obviously this is a problem in gaming and marketing culture as well as the industry and developers.
My game features a lot of potential choices for player races. However, the more models and equipment that have to be created per genre, the fewer overall choices for races or factions.
For example, if funds allowed me to have 10 models with equipment, I could have 5 races with the option to be male or female. Or, I could restrict gender and have 10 races.
Obviously, it is a no-brainer to include females for all human races. What I want to survey, is the appeal of the less attractive, often unpopular choices of gender in races. Like the following:
Females often being nowhere near as fierce as male counterparts, even for a species that is suppose to BE fierce:
Or without, still being considered by many as the "least played race/gender combo" in WoW
Or if it's not unpopular enough, making it even MORE unpopular!
Female Dwarves with Beards
As a gamer, would you like to see male/females of every single race? Even at the expense of additional playable content entering the game?
Should developers avoid gender entirely if they can, or odd races like a Yeti-monster, or would it ruin immersion when thinking "Where are all the Yeti-Mom's?
I am especially interested in any female MMO gamers, as they are the group I'd like to hear from the most. Second being male gamers who always play females in MMO's, Third being people who sometimes do. Least of importance would be people who couldn't care less about female character choices, but I would still like to hear what they have to say- as it still effects them! Developer resources are NOT infinite.
So what say you? Female Orcs and Dwarves? What about female monsters or monster-like races? Sexism, boobage, or realistic portrayal of women?
Heck, you can even talk about unattractive male champions or unpopular races like Ratlings, or any race that may not be the most popular (which is always Elf, Dark Elf, Blood Elf, Night Elf, Elven Elf, Elfy Elf, and Wood Elf Elf Elf Elf Elf.)
I do not know exactly how to form this poll, so I am sorry if the choices are not perfect.