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Old 21st Jun 2012, 6:16 AM DefaultDo You Play as a Boy or a Girl? #1
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In most first person-shooter games or games where you get character customization, you often get to choose what gender you want to play as.

Usually I play as a girl (since I am one) but I find that in some games, playing as a girl gets you...unwanted extras. I know that this is simply because most games (on console) are marketed towards male gamers, who'd probably rather stare at a girl's ass than a male one's, but I feel like I don't have that level of comfort where I just...play. It just feels so "in your face" you know?

Not that I find anything wrong with making my character a guy; in fact, I like seeing muscles, a handsome face and a nice, soothing voice. I just don't like that playing as a girl, your character becomes sexualized sometimes.

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Old 21st Jun 2012, 6:57 AM #2
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Way back in the day, when I used to play a terrible game called Maplestory, I knew a dude who pretended to be a girl to get free items. He'd flirt around with a bunch of desperate guys to get money and stuff >__>


I don't get the excuse some guys use, such as, "Well, if I'm going stare at an ass all day, I'd prefer to look girl's ass." I'm all like, err.... shouldn't you be concentrating on more important stuff? Like the surrounding environment? Or the monsters? Or the enemy players attacking you?

I'm pretty much indifferent on which gender I play as. Usually I'll just pick whichever one has the better looking armor.

(Unless one character model just looks plain awful. Like the female tauren in WoW.... Cows aren't supposed to have boobs-- they have udders. That's just weird).

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Old 21st Jun 2012, 7:27 AM #3
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I don't get the excuse some guys use, such as, "Well, if I'm going stare at an ass all day, I'd prefer to look girl's ass." I'm all like, err.... shouldn't you be concentrating on more important stuff? Like the surrounding environment? Or the monsters? Or the enemy players attacking you?.

I'm a female, and I usually play as either gender. And actually when I do choose a male character, that's my exact reason Well not as much about the ass as the eye candy, but still. I don't play FPS or MMORPG though.
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Old 21st Jun 2012, 9:07 AM #4
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I am a guy and it depends... If it's a RPG like Fable or something I always choose the guy, I don't know why to be completely honest. I just do
If it's a sports game like SSX I think I would lean on choosing girls more, they have better outfits.
When I'm playing TS3 my family is usually made up of just one young adult girl, and I focus on making her a celebrity and getting her a glorious career. I just think it's more fun playing as a girl in TS3, getting her all dolled up also girls' online CC is much more consistent that boys'.

My favorite games are racing games though, so it doesn't really matter which gender you choose when you're playing NFS The Run or stuff like that.

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Old 21st Jun 2012, 9:38 AM #5
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If the game gives me a choice, I usually pick male to start. but I will then go back and play as a female, as well. In some games, like, say, Fallout: New Vegas, there are some questlines that can be played out differently, depending on gender. Or in a game like Dragon Age, where your choice can influence the story in a major way. If the differences are merely cosmetic, and don't apply to stats or anything, I just pick the one that looks cooler.
Old 21st Jun 2012, 10:29 AM #6
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Always as a female if I get the option. I don't mind playing male characters (I've been playing Alan Wake and The Witcher, for instance) but prefer to play as female. One of the great pluses of discovering Mass Effect was the realisation that there was no maleshep (at least in my universe) and that gameplay with the real Shep wasn't altered for some stupid 'women would behave like this' notion.

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Old 21st Jun 2012, 11:16 AM #7
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Old 21st Jun 2012, 11:26 AM #8
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I usually play the first playthrough as a female, and then, the next, as a male, just to see the differences. But I prefer playing as a girl, it's just more... personal. :D

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Always as a female if I get the option. I don't mind playing male characters (I've been playing Alan Wake and The Witcher, for instance) but prefer to play as female. One of the great pluses of discovering Mass Effect was the realisation that there was no maleshep (at least in my universe) and that gameplay with the real Shep wasn't altered for some stupid 'women would behave like this' notion.


I know, to me, playing as Broshep seemed weird. I barely finished two playthroughs with him. o.o

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Old 21st Jun 2012, 4:55 PM #9
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If it's a sidescroller or something, I'd just pick the one that looks cooler, like when I played pokemon ruby, I always played the guy because his hair was cooler. If they actually look like people, I'll play either. I usually go back and play both if it's more than an aesthetic difference. More often than not, If I can customize it, it's going to be ridiculous as hell though. I loved making ridiculous burly drag queens in sr2, just because the cut scenes were hilarious. "These gangs have no idea who they're dealing with"

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Old 21st Jun 2012, 5:30 PM #10
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When I play MMOs I don't see myself as being in the game, I see the character on the screen as the hero of a story. So when I choose gender I think what would make a story that will amuse/entertain me. Sometimes the hero is male, sometimes female. But honestly I've more female characters in WoW than male because most of the male characters are ugly (like Misanthrope I play male taurens).

In the Sims for me is all about playing a family. So both and sometimes same genders make up my households.

When I play RPGs I tend to be the hero, so I play as a male. Though I did play Sheperd in Mass Effect as a female, it was more fun that way. I played both female and males in Skyrim. But the females were more photogenic, so they got more screenshots.

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Old 21st Jun 2012, 5:47 PM #11
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I don't mind playing either gender, but usually if I have a choice I'll choose female.
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Old 21st Jun 2012, 6:34 PM #12
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I usually play as a male. For instance, when playing lets say a game that only gives you an option of A boy and A girl (As in one or the other) And there are two players.

I pick the male, and my brother is stuck with the female. Muahahahha. >.>

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Old 21st Jun 2012, 7:02 PM #13
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I don't really play games where the females are "sexualized". I'm more of a T-rated gamer. And everything below T also...

Soo I play as a girl. Because I am a girl.

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Old 23rd Jun 2012, 11:12 AM #14
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I play as a guy, I just prefer it that way even though I'm a female. I identify more with male protagonists.


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Old 23rd Jun 2012, 7:02 PM #15
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Don't care, don't even think about it, I just play the game and if the character is the character then that's who I play as. Besides I don't believe in gender as a concept.

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Old 23rd Jun 2012, 9:00 PM #16
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Whatever looks the coolest, or has the coolest abilities. Usually it's male as I find the female characters can be a bit too sexualised or over the top. In recent games anyway.

I don't see "myself" in the character or see it as a person by itself. I have some friends who call their characters for her or him. To me it's just a it.

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Old 23rd Jun 2012, 10:43 PM #17
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I pick female, exclusively. I am a girl, and I've never felt the need to play as a male character (I only make exceptions for games like Mario and Legend of Zelda) so I have a female character. The games I play have attributes based on race, or they have nothing to do with what you pick, only how good your reaction time is, or how high your level is.

In the sims, it varies. It depends on what I'm trying to accomplish in a story/ upcoming video. If I need a male sim, I'll make a male sim. If I need a female sim, I make it. I know what they look like in my head, so it can be very different.

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Old 23rd Jun 2012, 11:08 PM #18
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bad ass/tough/cool/nerd/geek male characters than typical "boring" pretty/cute/hipsters female.

How odd. I play typical bad ass/tough/cool/nerd/geek female characters myself.

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Old 24th Jun 2012, 12:33 AM #19
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If it's a sidescroller or something, I'd just pick the one that looks cooler, like when I played pokemon ruby, I always played the guy because his hair was cooler.
This is how I go about it, too. I get a lot of flak from 12-year-olds on Xbox LIVE for playing as a female character in Halo. What can I say? Their male counterparts are just too damn bulky. I want someone that reflects my ladylike stature.

It is fun to mess with morons on LIVE, though. They see a female character and ask me to be their girlfriend. I respond with my deep Bubba voice and scar them for life.

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Old 24th Jun 2012, 2:08 AM #20
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It is fun to mess with morons on LIVE, though. They see a female character and ask me to be their girlfriend. I respond with my deep Bubba voice and scar them for life.


So evil.


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Old 24th Jun 2012, 2:49 AM #21
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I usually play as a guy because of the clothing. I'd play as a girl too if all the clothes could be worn by both genders! (Note: all the custom content I've ever made was converted to both genders no matter how girly or boyish)
Old 24th Jun 2012, 4:02 AM #22
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Quote:
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How odd. I play typical bad ass/tough/cool/nerd/geek female characters myself.


Sometimes I pick female characters too. Most of tough female characters I've seen in my games pretty much being "sexualized", doesn't really fit to my taste Kind of hard to find any other cool, nerd, geek, decent female character, since in my games the characters have been dominated by male
Old 24th Jun 2012, 5:24 AM #23
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I play as a girl because I am a girl but play as a guy if that is the only choice.

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Old 24th Jun 2012, 5:40 AM #24
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Well really it depends on the character/game. I take the time to choose carefully (check out stats, abilities, etc..) because I like to play characters that have a good variety while being able to inflict a good amount of damage as well. I don't usually care if I play female or male, so long as they have the right stats for me.

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Well, this seems appropriate.
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