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IRL gender vs Gender in games?

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  1. 1. Gender selection

    • Male IRL, Male ingame
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This is something I've always wondered and only hear people talking about it in snippets, so I want to ask this forum:

 

When you play a game with character customisation, do you pick your own gender or go with the opposite? And why do you make the selection you do?

 

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5 minutes ago, Arika S said:

When you play a game with character customisation, do you pick your own gender or go with the opposite? And why do you make the selection you do?

I pick a female character if that's an option, simply because it's much easier to relate to them then and thus feel slightly deeper connection to the game. That said, having to play as a male character isn't any sort of an enormous issue for me, it's just slightly less preferable.


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I tend to pick female characters, i have an easier time with styling. I tend to spend quite a while in character customization if i have the chance too and the girls usually just come out better in the end. Also sometimes the options for guys are just really fucking bad or incredibly far from what i want for my character which forces the choice a bit. Sometimes its just the class that decides it, like in BDO where the classes are gendered so if you want to play a sorcerer for example you have to be a girl.

 

I dont care much for what gender my character ends up being as long as they come out as what i wanted them to come out as in the class i wanted them to be. My bard in FFXIV is a dood because he came out how i wanted him too but both my BDO characters are girls because of class choices. in MC i use the "female" model for my skin because it ended up better with the skinnier limbs lol


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I usually pick female characters.

I'll fully admit I love cute things.  Generally when it comes to character creation, it's easier to make cute women than men. Most games, the men are big hulking muscle men, like Gears of War or any military shooter.

 

If I can make cute boys though, I do, like in Splatoon, I switch a lot from female octolings and inklings to male ones, cause they're all adorable.


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Don't really have a preference. I can immerse myself into character of any gender. Or none. I sometimes pick female characters coz they look nice and I want to feel pretty :)

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I don't usually pick a character based on gender.

Fighting games it's more about the move set I like.  My KOF team is usually like Terry/Mai/Andy[or one of the guys from Ikari Warriors].  Mortal Kombat I swap between Kung Lao, Liu Kang, Scorpion, Subzero, Kabal, Katana, Sonya, Cassie, and a few others.  Tekken I prefer Kazuya or Devil Jin.  DOA I use Kasumi, Ryu, Ayane.

 

In hack and slash games like Ninja Gaiden I personally prefer Ryu and Rachel, but Momji is kinda annoying to me in the Sigma games.

 

RPGs and open worlds I usually make a mix of gender characters with different theme crap to them.

 

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I don't mind either but usually pick male.

 

I notice no females are picking male characters. SEXISTS SMH.

 

 

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Usually female

 

I suppose i have a easier time styling them and the outfits can be more interesting (And admittedly more revealing at times)

 

I suppose it's just the beauty i see? ?‍♂️ I like shooting women more IRL than guys as a photographer as well

 

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In third person games If I'm going to be staring at a character's butt for hours, might as well be a cute butt.

 

In first person games : Doesn't matter.


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I'm a male that uses male characters since I feel weird using a female, it feels unnatural and the view is distracting.

 

My male friend would frequently use female characters (and act like one) though so he could solicit items, get boosted and other advantages.

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I go for cute characters, and more often than not, they be of the female persuasion.


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I'm male and I've played both male and female characters. I'll usually go for male characters because it feels a bit more immersive to me, but in a few cases I preferred the female designs and thus chose them.

 

To give you an example, the Sun and Moon Pokemon games were a case where I played as a female character. Mainly because I felt like the male ones all didn't give me an option to represent myself in the way I wanted to, anyway. Plus, the female characters get more and (in my opinion) better customization options.

 

For MMOs and games with very detailed character creation (Skyrim and the like), I'll usually go for a male character instead.

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I like to pick female cuz I can put cute dresses on them 


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2 hours ago, Trik'Stari said:

I don't mind either but usually pick male.

 

I notice no females are picking male characters. SEXISTS SMH.

 

 

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If you can't tell, that was a joke.

 

Joke or not, there's lots of dudes picking women, so the whole argument can go to hell. There's a few guys out there that pick female because "they see less wahmen in vidya games."

 

I generally don't care and just go straight for picking male, but in every game I've seen that lets you choose, at most it's a difference in romance options, and I've never crushed on a male game character enough to be a female to sleep with them.

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Weirdly enough, I don't play that many games with customization, and even those tend to have classes locked to certain gender


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49 minutes ago, JZStudios said:

Joke or not, there's lots of dudes picking women, so the whole argument can go to hell. There's a few guys out there that pick female because "they see less wahmen in vidya games."

 

I generally don't care and just go straight for picking male, but in every game I've seen that lets you choose, at most it's a difference in romance options, and I've never crushed on a male game character enough to be a female to sleep with them.

Sorry Alistair, you'll remain forever celibate.

Funny story, I ALWAYS play female Revan in Knights of The Old Republic.

 

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Specifically so I can kill Carth. That whiny little bitch.

 

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Male, I play as male. I try to get as close to myself as I can within 20 seconds. 

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Which means a preset with just eyebrows, eyes, and hair as custom. 

 

I prefer having genders in games as long as there isn't a "ladykiller" or "black widow" passive. 


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15 minutes ago, Trik'Stari said:

Funny story, I ALWAYS play female Revan in Knights of The Old Republic.

 

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Specifically so I can kill Carth. That whiny little bitch.

 

I've played DAO and ME 1 and 2 and discovered I really don't like Bioware games. I appreciate Mirandas backstory... ahem "back story" in ME2 and the characters in DAO were all pretty good and I liked the party banter, but the gameplay sucks, the stories are pretty lame, predictable, and full of cliches, and the worlds themselves were very uninteresting.


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14 hours ago, Arika S said:

This is something I've always wondered and only hear people talking about it in snippets, so I want to ask this forum:

 

When you play a game with character customisation, do you pick your own gender or go with the opposite? And why do you make the selection you do?

 

I listed “other” because I don’t limit myself to one gender while playing a game.

 

I’m male, obviously, and I tend to play the male character on first play through. Typically my first character is modelled after myself (assuming character generation - although more accurately, an idealized version of myself). It’s also usually the “light side/good/canon” play through, assuming it’s a game with choices. 

 

Afterwards I almost always go back and play as a female. 

 

10 hours ago, Trik'Stari said:

Funny story, I ALWAYS play female Revan in Knights of The Old Republic.

 

Spoilers for anyone who has been living under a rock their entire life and not played the best Bioware game ever made:

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Specifically so I can kill Carth. That whiny little bitch.

 

Oh man - Cathy is a whiny little bitch. 

 

Plus Dark Side KOTOR play throughs are hilariously amazing. Some of the dark side choices are just too funny. 

9 hours ago, JZStudios said:

I've played DAO and ME 1 and 2 and discovered I really don't like Bioware games. I appreciate Mirandas backstory... ahem "back story" in ME2 and the characters in DAO were all pretty good and I liked the party banter, but the gameplay sucks, the stories are pretty lame, predictable, and full of cliches, and the worlds themselves were very uninteresting.

Respect your opinion - personally I love BW games. KOTOR and DAO are some of my favourite games of all time. 


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35 minutes ago, dalekphalm said:

Oh man - Cathy is a whiny little bitch. 

 

Plus Dark Side KOTOR play throughs are hilariously amazing. Some of the dark side choices are just too funny. 

Respect your opinion - personally I love BW games. KOTOR and DAO are some of my favourite games of all time. 

I'm not huge on the click on enemies and see who does more dps and has more health to win mechanics. And while I enjoy lighting an orphanage full of puppies on fire to please Morrigan for some fun back at camp, the world and story were too bland to get past being stuck in the mage tower for the second time. I honestly don't know how you're supposed to get past that. I had the same issue forcing myself to play through The Witcher 1 and just having to save scum reload fights and do exactly the same thing until I managed to win for reasons I don't understand.

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1 hour ago, JZStudios said:

I've played DAO and ME 1 and 2 and discovered I really don't like Bioware games. I appreciate Mirandas backstory... ahem "back story" in ME2 and the characters in DAO were all pretty good and I liked the party banter, but the gameplay sucks, the stories are pretty lame, predictable, and full of cliches, and the worlds themselves were very uninteresting.

Honestly I thought the storyline behind DAO was amazing. Then they completely fucking ruined it by going off topic in the sequels. What with the whole "injustice for mages reeee!" stories.

 

Mainly I'm pissed I didn't get to learn more about Morrigan and what she intended with my child carrying the soul of a dead, corrupted god.

1 hour ago, dalekphalm said:

I listed “other” because I don’t limit myself to one gender while playing a game.

 

I’m male, obviously, and I tend to play the male character on first play through. Typically my first character is modelled after myself (assuming character generation - although more accurately, an idealized version of myself). It’s also usually the “light side/good/canon” play through, assuming it’s a game with choices. 

 

Afterwards I almost always go back and play as a female. 

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5 hours ago, TetraSky said:

In third person games If I'm going to be staring at a character's butt for hours, might as well be a cute butt.

In the words of Jack from Achievement Hunter playing GTA 5:

"if I'm gonna be staring at the back of a character, it might as well as be animated ass."

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