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.