male gamers who create female characters, explain yourselves

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This gets brought up so often, I can't imagine anybody has anything left to explain.

I like strong female protagonists. I like playing as strong female protagonists.

Possible gender identity issues.

itchcrotch:
no i'm not confronting you, i too prefer female characters in games where you can make your own protagonist. i am a bit of a nerd and find it easy to roleplay, that is, lose myself in a fictional setting. so it's partly because i'm a man in real life, so why drag that into my role playing when i have the option to try out the otherside of the chromosome (okay, "roleplaying" is swiftly becoming the wronge choice of word here...) and i won't deny it's also partly because, well... i like girls.
femshepards armour is way better than male shepard's armour. why? cuz i can see femshepards bum!
so people? if your male and often favour the female option, why is that? don't be shy.

I liked lilith more. Is that a crime?

Is there really any OTHER reason besides the OBVIOUS one?

This baffles me as well. And honestly, I hate the threads that question it (I tried one once) because there are inevitably 2,314 dumbasses who respond "I'd rather look at a female ass than a male one."

Does anyone else appreciate just how stupid of an answer that is? If you have a girlfriend, coexist with females, or have an internet connection and can type the word "porn," video game decisions have no reason to be sexually oriented.

Additionally, what kind of a ADHD tool does one have to be to watch the ass of a character model instead of the dynamic environment or the crosshair? I don't think I've ever looked at an in-game character model's ass in my life. There's too much other stuff to watch in even the least engaging of games.

Anybody who answered anything like that needs to commit seppuku. You have shamed your family.

Oh, and OT: male gamers choose female characters because they always preferred cooking with mom to sports with dad.

im transgender. i physically look male but identify as female. thus, it only makes sense that i make a female character

I usually pick female characters because Im so sick of the usual buff and beefy guys that are in games. Female characters just look better with their clothes and looks. Nothing perverted in it for me but I rarely find games where I enjoy playing as a male cahracter if I have the choice.

There is the ever present better to look at. But the real reason is I find it easier to distance myself from my actual self and play a different character if my character is more different to me.

The_Vigilant:
This baffles me as well. And honestly, I hate the threads that question it (I tried one once) because there are inevitably 2,314 dumbasses who respond "I'd rather look at a female ass than a male one."

Does anyone else appreciate just how stupid of an answer that is? If you have a girlfriend, coexist with females, or have an internet connection and can type the word "porn," video game decisions have no reason to be sexually oriented.

thank you! i didnt want to say this, because i didnt want to be rude, but i was thinking it really hard.

I usually play through a game two times, once as a woman, once as a man, and try to experience the story differently. For example, in, say, Dragon Age, my female human noble ended up loving Alistair and pleaded for him to do the Dark Ritual to save him so they could live together. My male dwarf, meanwhile, underwent the ritual with a distraut Morrigan who had grown to care for him.

Basically, the story will treat you differently depending on how you roll gender, race, or class. I'd play as a woman for the same reason I'd play as an archer. It's a new way to experience the story.

itchcrotch:
no i'm not confronting you, i too prefer female characters in games where you can make your own protagonist. i am a bit of a nerd and find it easy to roleplay, that is, lose myself in a fictional setting. so it's partly because i'm a man in real life, so why drag that into my role playing when i have the option to try out the otherside of the chromosome (okay, "roleplaying" is swiftly becoming the wronge choice of word here...) and i won't deny it's also partly because, well... i like girls.
femshepards armour is way better than male shepard's armour. why? cuz i can see femshepards bum!
so people? if your male and often favour the female option, why is that? don't be shy.

I like dressing up the pwetty girl.

Really I think it is just that simple.

shadow_Fox81:
i think fallout 3 was the only female option a played and finished. i guess a female protagonist just gave more weight to the world, it felt like a richer gaming experience than the male option. I've since tried it other times and found it not quite as compelling. I tried a female character in fable two and that was alright but it didn't feel any different and the fable 3 female character seemed a shallower experience. so if there's an option i try both to see which is more compelling. Like in dragon age origins the female slum elf was very compelling because it was interesting, male slum elf not so much.

Also, Fallout 3 allows female characters the Black Widow perk, which is more useful and more interesting than LadyKiller, the equivalent for male characters, particularly at low levels when most of your enemies are human males and the major moral choice in Megaton can be affected.

I never do it for any pervy reasons really, just for something different.

Why not?

I don't read books that only have male lead characters, I don't watch movies that only have male lead characters, why the @#$%! would I play games that only have male lead characters?

When the game is largely the same, I tend to pick male.
When there are differences, even minor ones, it's interesting to see what's what.

Most of the time, it's meh ... except in Mount and Blade: Warband.
Playing a female toon in that game is freakin' awesome.

Tohuvabohu:
While I don't prefer female characters, I almost always end up making one eventually. I find it much easier to disconnect myself from a female avatar.

When playing as a male avatar, I almost always project myself through them. Even if I make a middle aged heavily scarred black man, I still project my own personality into them and it can be difficult to do especially evil things. I keep thinking "What would I do?"

But when playing as a female, I feel much more disconnected from my avatar, and feels as if she is her own character who makes her own decisions. In this case, it's much easier for me to think "What would SHE do?"
Especially in the case of ME2. It felt much more natural being a femshep renegade. Once you become especially corrupt and evil looking, it is quite a frightening look on a femshep

This is pretty much the only argument I can forward. My reasons are more or less the same really. Which is why I just can't bring myself to do Renegade stuff with Male Shepard in Mass Effect 2(šept the fun quick time ones. They're awesome.). Playing as the opposite sex however, gives me more... disconnection from my character. :3

At the most basic level it's because I like pretty girls. So given the option of looking at a man's backside or a woman's for the next 400 hours about half the time I'll go with the woman's. There's other matters as well. In some games the men are just ridiculously over muscled steroid addicts, in others you can keep a stable of characters so I'll mix them up for variety's sake. If however, it's a game like mass effect where romances will come into play I'll probably pick a male character.

The_Vigilant:
Anybody who answered anything like that needs to commit seppuku. You have shamed your family.

You advocate seppuku. Quitter.

itchcrotch:
no i'm not confronting you, i too prefer female characters in games where you can make your own protagonist. i am a bit of a nerd and find it easy to roleplay, that is, lose myself in a fictional setting. so it's partly because i'm a man in real life, so why drag that into my role playing when i have the option to try out the otherside of the chromosome (okay, "roleplaying" is swiftly becoming the wronge choice of word here...) and i won't deny it's also partly because, well... i like girls.
femshepards armour is way better than male shepard's armour. why? cuz i can see femshepards bum!
so people? if your male and often favour the female option, why is that? don't be shy.

It's usually because I want to role-play while passing myself off as a female online, or because I'm a pervert.

As a female gamer, I find it impossible to judge men who always make female characters, as I always make male characters. (Hell, I just started a new file on HeartGold, and not only am I playing as a guy, I'm determinedly catching all male Pokemon except in the cases where that isn't an option.)

itchcrotch:
*Snip*

Short answer: Boobs. Long answer: Booooooooooooobs. And dat ass.

More often than not, game developers don't consider doing both male and female stories right away. This leads to the game having little tidbits favoring male over female and the other way around as well. I've noticed that female story lines tend to offer a bit more emotional depth and tend to have cooler weaponry. The male side however has bigger explosions and more enemies it seems like. This is more likely to appeal to the gender.

I usually create a male character and then a female character, just to see what's different (and because if I'm changing up my playstyle for the second play-though I mind as well change that too).

Frankster:
But there is one game i played in particular which really opened my eyes to the roleplay possibilities of playing a female when its done right, twas a mod for neverwinter nights called "a dance with thieves" which could only be played as a female protagonist and the story and events really emphasized the gender differences that made roleplaying this character a real joy and a unique experience.

It's also worth noting that this being NWN, there was no ass staring that factored into my enjoyment of this character ^^ Actually come to think of it, this might be why i avoid female characters in mmos and 3rd person games where the ass is an issue: if i see a sexy female ass, i find it weird and it "stands out" for me, I take way more notice of it. But when I play a guy i don't notice there's an ass at all, I just look at the overall avatar and the cool heavy armor he has (i'm a heavy armor whore in most games)

That is one of the reasons I think that more games should differentiate between genders personally and don't like the idea that women in games should be just a different model and not differentiated in any other way. I think that females should gain a strength reduction and and an agility boost. I also think that characters in the game should react differently to each gender. (Not just have an opening line about "dancers are over there - oh wait" then continue as if you were a male.) Female characters should experience male chauvinism, and male characters should experience female "chauvinism". I would love to get a look into the other gender's perspective through this and I think it would be great for games as a whole but political correctness keeps this from happening. In games, women are no different than men and many people accept that as a truth. Despite the fact that women and men are seperated in virtually all physical sports and both genders have jobs that will make both genders generally look down on them for as well as many other differences in society.

I pretty much am on the same wavelength as you are but unfortunately, I notice whatever ass is put in front of me for whatever reason. I ain't trying to and it doesn't really do anything for me one way or the other but if I have the option over male or female, female wins out.

I like what you mention about the female characters though and being a blank slate too. That is pretty much how I go about it as well. When I run males, it is usually because the mold I plan to run, makes more sense and/or is more interesting from a male perspective to me.

So i have a hot piece of ass to looks at and keep me entertained while i do my second play through of a game.

KarmaTheAlligator:

busterkeatonrules:
The usual reason - I get to watch a woman's butt instead of a man's. Really. That's all the reason I need. I hit the "Female" - button instead of the "Male" - button when the game tells me to. Same effort, more enjoyable result. It's a no-brainer.

Yeah, that's basically the reason. If I'm going to look at my character for 100+ hours, I want to get some enjoyment out of it. It also helps get in character when choosing something completely different than my real self, although oddly enough most of my female characters are lesbians... Go figure.

yea most of the females characters i make are lesbians if i get the choice

The female ones look better - the male ones tend to suck (most MMOs for example!). However it depends. Sometimes I want a dude sometimes I want a chick.

itchcrotch:
no i'm not confronting you, i too prefer female characters in games where you can make your own protagonist. i am a bit of a nerd and find it easy to roleplay, that is, lose myself in a fictional setting. so it's partly because i'm a man in real life, so why drag that into my role playing when i have the option to try out the otherside of the chromosome (okay, "roleplaying" is swiftly becoming the wronge choice of word here...) and i won't deny it's also partly because, well... i like girls.
femshepards armour is way better than male shepard's armour. why? cuz i can see femshepards bum!
so people? if your male and often favour the female option, why is that? don't be shy.

PURELY because of a different experience. I never like to roleplay the same way twice, and a female just offers a different roleplay experience.

This will be ESPECIALLY awesome in Skyrim, what with the marriage quests and all.

TBH I chose FemShep in ME2 because I wanted to romance Garrus (and I heard the VO was better)

It depends. In Fallout (3 and NV) I generally prefer to be male, because I found that I can make my character look almost exactly what I want to look like. In Mass Effect (1 and 2) I found Mark Meer's voice incredibly annoying while Jennifer Hale pulls off a really suitable bad ass voice for femshep. I find it more interesting to be a woman in games than a man because while women are equally capable for heroic deeds than men, men have more often been depicted as heroes. Also, I have developed a character that I use in every game I where you can create your own - a tough but good hearted redhead namned Molly. If the game has replay value, I am more inclined to create a male character on the second play through.

i'm a male whole my live so i like to have fun and go as a woman in games besides seeing a girl killing and mauling everything around her is freaking awesome in games atleast not in real live .
the most distubing thing i had was that another gamer actually thaugth that i was a girl at first i was like eww but after a while i just laughd my head of

If im going to be staring at someones back for however many hours may aswell be a woman's

I mostly play my games (that let you choose sex etc..') more than once and why go for the same again? and of course it really is more fun to do something different not going to stereotype (think CoD...),,

my reason's for preferring female chars are threefold. first of i find it hard to identify with the characterization most male PC's get, they react in a way that i just wouldn't and that spoils immersion some what, with a female char i can get into what Her character would do and thereby get more immersed.
the second reason is that I've have three characters that i draw and write about, and of those three the most suited for a game environment is female, while my male character is so irredeemable evil i find it hard to play him in most games.
the final reason is mostly down to cosmetic appeal, i don't find men visually appealing enough to care about what armor they wear or customizing there looks, and most male Npc's voice acting just annoys me.
the exceptions to this are Jackie from the darkness, Markus from gears of war (the voice acting totally wins me over :P) and the deus ex series, i Loved being Denton.

Normally for role-playing purposes or because I've already played as a male, so I want to see if there are any differences (kind of like, getting as much out of the game as possible).

Usually when I'm making a RP character for any game, I go for an silver haired old fart (Think Cohen the Barbarian) in order for it to be even more hilarious when they save the universe and get the girl.

What the hell is wrong with me for staring at an old man's ass for so long!?!

because in mass effect 2 I realised I could make my character look like Angelina Jolie...nuff said

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