Friday, 23 September 2011

Gender Choice In Games


First off, a disclaimer: I mean no offence here, especially to transgender people, I have a friend who's transgender and I'd like to think that I'm open minded, and that I'm going to handle the subject in a mature way, and also that she thinks that. So if you find yourself offended, then my deepest apologies, it was most definitely not intentional. 


Okay now to the actual post. Beersecules left a comment on my Fable post (yes that was AGES ago, but I had other things to post that I didn't want to hold off) "You should do a whole post on guys who play female characters! Its an important issue!". This post is for you. 


Now, I can find it kind of odd when boys play female characters. But there is such a thing as a good reason for it, but first, the creepier aspects. When I was playing WoW, about 80% of the female characters I knew turned out to be guys, some were gay, some were just weird. Like the guy who told me that he did it because he wanted something good to look at. Let me tell you, the world of world of warcraft is actually quite a pretty place, I also wouldn't want to be distracted by staring at my character every few seconds lol. 


Now, the more good reasons, would be transgender people (this is why I made the disclaimer, and apologised before I even started typing, I should come with a disclaimer really). I think in cases like this it can be a really good thing. I've talked before about games being an outlet, and for trans people playing the gender they know they really are, it's good for them. Of course, if this happens, it isn't actually a guy playing a girl I guess. Either way, it can be a good thing :) 


My only problems with it are when I think I fell for someone who was actually a guy who wanted free things, and managed to string me along. I've always wanted to try something like that myself personally, and I do have experience at pretending to be a girl (don't ask) sometimes I think I can pull of being a girl better than being a boy too. I also find myself completely forgetting it's a guy at the other end. I end up being more flirty and cutesy with them, because I totally forget it's a guy. Not that I wouldn't flirt with a guy anyway. Who am I kidding I wouldn't unless I was in a gay bar, and Jesse does keep meaning to take me to one. They have bubbles, glow sticks, and cage dancing, it's all I've ever wanted. 


In summary, if you're going to play as the opposite gender, it will weird me out a bit sometimes, it can get creepy, but sometimes, there are good reasons to do it. On a sidenote my bosses boyfriend (where I work is run by a gay couple) is ALWAYS a female character in games. He even paid real money for an in game sex change once. There is a female on Facebook with his name, and it's not like he has a androgynous name. He's called Barry lol. I've asked him about it but he denies all knowledge. He also insists he has no desire to become a woman. I don't really know what to think about that. 


I really hope I've handled the subject of transgender people in a way that won't offend them. I might have been forgiven before but there are some lines you can never walk back over once you've crossed them.

44 comments:

  1. Interesting topic and I'm sure no one was offended! :) Aha that's true about the WoW thing, most guys want to play a hot girl LOL

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  2. I play a female Shepard in Mass Effect. Reasons: Superior Voice Actor and Lesbian Romance. I rarely play females in any other games that has a gender option.

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  3. @Shaw I chose male but I can't deny femshep is hot. If you like lesbian relationships go play DragonAge lol, errybody be gay for errybody.

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  4. I think people should experiment a bit if they want. It's would be kind of a life lesson to learn what it's like to be the opposite gender.

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  5. I have to say, it freaks me out when a guy dressed up as a girl looks prettier than a girl. I get jealous. And angry

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  6. When playing games where you can choose genders I always pick female. Like in Tekken (I think) I played as this Chinese girl fighter who was so cool. And in Eternal Champions I always played as Jetta or Shadow lol! I guess I just felt more comfortable and natural. Though I have no problem playing games that have only male protagionists like Sora in Kingdom Hearts lol

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  7. I don't like playing as a girl, because this "strong woman" concept that modern movies and games throw at me all the time is less plausible than the existence of sharktopus and it kinda ruins my suspension of disbelief. :/

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  8. @Hazel It helps that Sora is cuter than most male protagonists :P

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  9. @Bob Sharktopus definitely exist :(

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  10. Mark: Sorry to burst your bubble, buddy. :(

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  11. whatever! being female rocks! ^_^

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  12. I don't even think it's relevant? haha

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  13. oh! btw, I'm Ken in tekken! and sometimes, xiaoyu! ^_^

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  14. nah. It's Jin. hahahah! my bad :D

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  15. Oh, I actually play Makoto and Chun in Street Fighter, but that's an exception, since that game has no story worth mentioning and because their playstyle fits me.. :)

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  16. always a male char in wow p:, but i'll probably play Female Demon hunter in diablo 3. goddamn she's hot

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  17. It's more about RPGs when I think about it actually. I sometimes play with girl characters in other games, where it doesn't really matter.
    It's fun to play a girl in MMO, because you can get a free stuff from pervs and foreveralones. :)

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  18. I don't know if this is disturbing or not. What sort of things DO you do as extracurriculars?

    Some people giving tips for character design suggest that if you make a male character, base it on what you want to look like, and if you make a female character, on what you'd want to date. Basically assuming that every GIRL on the internet is a Guy In Real Life. And completely ignoring the trans* people

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  19. I don't know how it works in WoW, but when I was playing Diablo II, I would usually play as my Sorceress or Amazon, because fuck it, shooting fire and throwing spears owns. Having "something nice to look at" is fucking creepy though.

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  20. Fun topic and it's nice of you Mark to be so considerate towards transgender folks.
    Got to agree about that gender part usually doesn't matter in games where you only do fighting, or alike. For me, in TekkenTT I used to pick whoever had most fun techniques in my opinion, and characters used to be guys usually (as girls are, or at least used to be, made weaker and more boring in many games.)

    However, in Warcraft it felt quite different. You kind of get to know people and name they have chosen and appearance, those are what you identify them by in initial basis. Meaning: when you think about certain person, you think of him/her as their character first and after that comes rest of the stuff you have learned about that person.
    As long as people are honest about being guys behind their female chars it's fine. Not all are weird nor gay because of that.
    I have also tried to make guy chars in there, but for some reason it didn't work for me to stay on them too long before deleting them again. Probably because wow is more roleplaying game after all, more than one would like to admit perhaps... and guess I just didn't feel guy enough to cope with male chars for longer time. Yet, have met couple of ladies claiming they don't mind playing guy chars, and don't mind guys thinking they are guys also. Hmm. Think it has more to do with attitudes and experimenting and such, and not necessarily matter of being trans/gay for that. Just experimenting with being something different than usual perhaps?

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  21. Hmm.. interesting.

    I think, there's nothing wrong with guys playing female characters in games. My brothers use Julia Chang or Ling Xaioyu on Tekken4. And I enjoy playing Hwoarang or Paul Phoenix. No biggie.. I have no idea about Warcraft, though.. Never played the game. loser much? yeah.. lol.

    I had a Facebook friend. He's a guy, but in his profile, he's a girl. We became close as I shared some secrets and asked for advice and such (I really thought he's a girl).. he's a good friend, though. In the end, he confessed and told me the truth. We just laughed.. Just shrugged it off. :) He deactivated his account months later for reasons I don't know.. I miss him..

    Lol.. anyway, sorry about the share. :D Good day, mark.. :)

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  22. @Leah Nothing wrong with sharing :) It's a nice story to remember, and it's a shame you lost touch with him :( But you can still smile over the happy things :)

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  23. @Mark
    I mind-farted big time on Dragon Age. Actually, I played male in both Origins and 2. Romanced Morrigan in Origins and HATED the female player character voice actor in 2. I think lesbian romances are hot, but I wouldn't do that unless I was genuinely interested in the character I was romancing. Might do a Leliana run for Origins in the future.

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  24. @the Rambler Every man on the internet is a man, every woman is a man, and every child is an FBI agent. Prove me wrong. It is a shame trans are overlooked sometimes, but I know one who aims to change that lol. She says "Why is it gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender? I should come first, being trans is way more awesome". Or something to those effects.

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  25. @Anonymous I know a trans person and the last thing I would ever want to do is piss her off ^^ I don't mind playing as a girl when a girl is the main character, or in fighting games if they happen to be the kind of fighter I like, but typically those kind of games don't have guys behind the girls wanting free things :P Like I said though it was one of the times being poor really helped me out as I could never afford anything to buy ha.

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  26. Some of my friends who I've played MMO's with choose to be female characters; I've always chosen male characters myself, I don't think it's a big deal either way, just personal preference I suppose.

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  27. I always use Orchid on Killer Instinct. :P

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  28. I think most of the time there is no hidden psychological reasoning behind when someone plays a character of a different gender than themselves. To me its the same as choosing to play an alien or an elf.

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  29. To each his own. I wouldn't do it i guess. Unless i was trying to get free stuff, thats a pretty valid reason hahahah
    I guess i played as Peachy on Mario Kart a few times though.

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  30. The internet is full of people pretending to be things they're not, we all know that there are those who do that for the wrong reasons.
    But there are many people out there who use it for an outlet for all sorts of 'good' reasons, I think as long as you are not harming or scamming anyone then it doesn't matter.

    We all learn to play pretend when we're little, the internet lets people carry on doing that as adults - nothing wrong with a little escapism.

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  31. Yay! You made this a post!

    I agree with everything you say in it too! Double Yay!

    I once worked with a girl who told me her boyfriend played a female character in EverQuest (yes I'm that old) so that people would give him free stuff!

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  32. Good post!
    When me and all my friends played WoW there was only 1 out of 7 of us that went female character.. He was a female blood elf called ShadowBabe, it's safe to say we took the piss out of him.
    I know some people play female spartans in Halo because their character is smaller and harder to hit o;

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  33. I think it's odd to play the opposite gender. The point of a role-playing game is to project yourself isn't it? To picture *you* throwing fireballs and such.

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  34. I think guys like to be female characters because they get to "own" boobs. Or at least touch themselves.

    Do the avatars have this function on WoW?

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  35. If I play as a female character in a game it's so I can hit on guys in hopes they give me free stuff.

    Otherwise I'll stick with my male guy. Really tempted to play as Redhead Shepard in Mass Effect though...

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  36. I usually play as a female character but that's because I never project myself into the character. Instead, I treat her more like a daughter that I have to raise and take care of.

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  37. @Lord Phrozen That is a good view to have but I'd just end up worrying more about being hurt and killed :P Though if that results in less death that could be a good thing.

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  38. Female Shepard kinda creeps me out. Somehow, whenever I try making one, the eyes come out bloody weird.

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  39. @Rohan92 I don't think people are really looking at her eyes though :P

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  40. Some games I play, I like the females. Sometimes they're quicker, smoother, or have advantages that males don't. In Champions Online, I make some really kicking females that they make awesome costumes for. I always think that every female character is a guy, unless they prove otherwise by being beside me and logging in to the character.

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  41. @Shockgrubz I question every single female character I meet. Every damn one. I'm glad you decided to check out an incredibly old post.

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  42. It's funny 'cause I've never really given this any thought. I do have to say that I personally, being a girl, tend to go for a female character, without psychoanalyzing the reason behind it. Now, this doesn't actually really apply because I hardly ever play online games other than stuff like Runescape or Maple Story (though that's a long time ago), and in most games I do play, the characters are none-malleable. But now that I think about it, I can definitely understand what the problem would be. x'D.

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    1. Well as a girl it's fine for you to play as a girl, please keep doing it :P I don't think there's any deep reason behind you choosing to play a female character, being all female and all.

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