Hi there /lgbt/, I hope this evening finds you well!!! I'm currently doing a dissertation and would be infinitely grateful if you could give insight into one of my research questions. For those on this board that play online video games, I was just wondering which gender you choose to represent yourself in game and why?
Gay Guy who picks men because I think it is less likely for a women to survive a day in a zombie invested city, hold a Sweihander +5 or just be in the military. I also think some of the noises female characters make, for example while jumping, sound silly. It has nothing to do with me at all I am past being embrassed for playing the girl. Im just insensitive and priveliged.
male all the time, feels more immersive if you can imagine yourself as the character, also I would rather look at a big strong guy than a grill (who probably isnt wearing much clothing)
>sourcing data for a dissertation from a thread on 4chan
Are you stupid or something? Go make an online survey and distribute it to a sample who is less likely to troll you if you want any of your conclusions to mean anything.
That said I'm going to respond anyway because I'm bored.
I'm a bisexual male, and in RPG's I usually represent myself as male because I usually like to project myself onto my avatar. That said, sometimes I feel like playing a character with a personality that isn't mine, in which case gender is variable.
In games where your avatar changes frequently, like League of Legends, the gender of my avatar is not (consciously) a factor that influences my decision of whether or not to play them. I play the characters that I'm best at, some are male, some are female.
Gay guy here
I've played both. When I played WoW I usually played female characters but when I played Rift I only played male characters.
I didn't really have any particular reason, my main in wow was a human female though, all my other male characters in other games and such weren't human though, am I repressed mtf now?
Hopefully I'm not that stupid, i've posted this on a number of forums and boards over the inter webs in the hopes of getting a varied and unbiased response :)
Just thought it'd be nice to include 4chan as a source of data, and your point on trolling will be mentioned in my methodology.
That being said, thank you for all the input thus far! I really do appreciate it ^_^
oh well, might as well
Gay guy, playing mostly male characters (in diablo 3 I have actually one female demonhunter, and in wow I had one female mage and thats it). I pick male characters for immersion n stuff somehow I feel kinda uncomfortable playing a female character (no idea why)
Im a white mtf and I usually play a black male since there usually aren't very many choices such as clothing for females or black females don't exist. I usually pick a chocolate black color for skin. This makes it much easier for me to.blend into most environments especially woodland areas. I try to lay in dirt patches or against trees. If I had a voice I'd pick a black woman for the same reasons except it would represent a smaller character model and thus be more difficult to see. I also like the female models because most people pick makes and the makes trends to stickoutin someone's mind as a target or threat. I play tio many fps games.
female because in most online games the males are cartoonishly huge brick shithouses and I hate that
If they actually have physiques less muscular than a body builder, I'll play males, like blood elves or undead in wow for instance.
ftm and I use male characters, always. It just feels weird if I don't.
But if you mean in an online game where I interact with other people, I usually let them assume I'm a girl because my voice doesn't pass for shit.
There isn't a concrete title as of yet, I'm just probing the issues of gender in video games (mostly online VGs). My tutor has suggested drawing parallels with existing issues of gender/sexuality and how this has pervaded into the world of gaming. So far my 3 key topics revolve around
1) Gender and the reasoning behind gender selection
2) The attitudes and treatment towards female characters and homosexual/female gamers be it preferential treatment or one of hostility
3) The effectiveness of hyper-sexualising characters and models as a marketing tool to both attract and retain players
bi guy, I pick male 95% of the time because usually female characters look slutty. So far I've only picked fem on the Mass Effect series because of the superior voice acting, and the classic femshep line at the beginning of ME 2
(also I have a hard on for badass women)
MtF, in games where character isn't linked to gender like MMOs, RPGs or shootan games I play a girl because... well why not? In games where it is like fighting games I play whoever is the most fun
Far from an expert :)
And whilst it's true what you say about an empirical study, unfortunately i'm only an undergraduate balancing two jobs T.T
The scope/time/effort of conducting a truly extensive and representative study is beyond me lol. I'm not trying to revolutionise the way it's studied and/or perceived. Gaming just happens to be one of my few passions and due to it being a geographical dissertation, I chose to link it with sexual dissidence. Any criticisms/advice would greatly be appreciated!!
Human geography, final year. The course covers a wide array of topics ranging from economic development, marxism to things like neo-imperialism, health and gender. The 3rd year dissertation is pretty much free reign, like i said, i happen to choose the topic because it interests me.
MtF, I mainly go female in games which allow custom character creation so I can see an idealized version of myself in the game. While playing a female character I make decisions in the game which correspond with my personal morals/values. I'm mainly an intelligence or agility based character, follow the "good path" and play as legit as possible.
On the odd occasion I create a male character it's to roleplay a character with a very different personality and values; to take the evil route, kill whoever I please, exploit glitches and generally break the game.
If the game only offers pre-made characters I'll try them all and choose the one which suits my preferred play style. Gender is only a factor in which characters I'll try first.
I actually tend to switch between male and female, if there's a game where you cant change your character, i'll go with a guy most of the time, or if im just feeling "excited" at the moment. However, I also think a girl protagonist can look really cool, especially if its action/adventure
Haha it is pretty much Sociology+Psychology, with a healthy dollop of History on the side. Honestly, the nomenclature of social sciences is a bitch to explain :P
Will do friend, thanks very much for your time and input :)
Lesbian here. I choose female characters but it really bothers me if they're too sexualised/wear boob armor like in Tera, for example.
Since I put my female (real) name on my Steam profile a couple of month ago I get extra stuff when I trade items with guys, I didn't know that still happened.
I usually pick females in fighting games or moba's as they're usually small nimble characters who deal damage quickly while males are usually slow.
For RPG's I'm almost always male
It honestly depends on the game. If I think the girls look far more attractive than the guys, I'll play a girl. If the girls look ridiculous and silly, I'll play the guy. I usually end up making characters of both genders in the long run.
MtF here. I always pick female characters. There's a number of games I just don't play anymore because they force you to play a man. I have yet to find games that force you to play a woman.
I usually pick male characters. I don't know why I just always identified more with male protagonists more, because the female ones seemed to be more focused on the men they were interested in which bored me. Guys just seem more neutral.
Sometimes if I'm feeling like a stupid horndog I'll pick girls so I can watch them jump and stare at their ass lol.
Gay male here.
I nearly always play as a male if given the choice, but if I want a character based in magic, I always choose a female. The all-powerful witch story sounds so freaking awesome to me.
In RPG's almost all of my characters are straight (and married if given the option). Every now and then I'll make a gay male character but eh.
Male Bi here.
I pick male gender if I want to identify with the character - like a RPG like Dragon Age or some MMO with RP part.
If I want to just play for fun and I don't care much about my character, I prefer female character because somehow I feel more powerful with them, ridiculous I know (and most times you can't make a cute male character).
Masculine female here. Not sure if FtM, but I'm attracted to girls.
I play as a male character. I used to play as a female when I was younger but I'd naturally dress her up as a dyke anyway without even knowing since I hated being forced into flimsy "feminized gear" and always went with practical things (like heavy armor/gear etc). I also preferred neutral colors and didn't give a shit fashion-wise (in some MMO that I played, fashion was a significant community component).
I basically chose to play as female at first because I had a notion that I had to choose the girl character since I was one, but once I started playing as male things went a lot more smoothly. I was finally "normal" and just another guy and I wouldn't get shit for being a dyke (I already deal with that irl) so it made the social aspects of the game much more enjoyable for me. Also it would mean that I'd get to be a straight male and I enjoyed all the perks that came with that (teasing girls, having them flirt with me, generally being promiscuous, etc.)
One thing I noticed is that many of the female models in games don't look like me. I'm pretty androgynous in real life, with no curves, so staring at "my" tits and ass in game for hours made me feel really grossed out. Also some hairstyles that I'd actually wear irl were male-only. I experimented with switching to male for these reasons, but I found out that I actually really enjoyed the overall experience.
Also for alts, I tend to make lots of qt, oversexualized girls to serve me. Hehe.
Ftm and I mostly play guys but I dont make myself in games. I can't really immerse myself in a video game but it has nothing to do with my gender or anything. I just like making my own character and try to play it as he/she would. Like sometimes I want to play as some barbarian or some nice mage guy and I have a little story going on in my head to go along with the game.
I tend to play through multiple times too if there is different options for male or females such as Fallout NV can fuck Benny if you play as a girl and I wanted to exhaust more options I didn't have playing as a male.
MtF, generally prefer playing female characters in games where it makes no difference though I still use a few male mmo characters from when I was still closeted and worried what people might think if I made a female char. I don't really roleplay in most games so I tend to just think of my characters as an extension of myself, and as such it just feels more comfortable being regarded as a female in the game. I've also noticed that in online games the other players will nearly always assume you're male when playing a male char which bugs me a bit, but are less likely to jump to conclusions with female chars.
In games where you choose specific characters with predetermined abilities I generally just go for whichever I find most fun to play. I do still tend to lean slightly in favor of female characters though that might just be due to the fact that they tend to be the playstyles that I like (female characters are generally more speed/long range based while male characters tend to be more heavyweight/close-range in most games)
>I've also noticed that in online games the other players will nearly always assume you're male when playing a male char which bugs me a bit, but are less likely to jump to conclusions with female chars.
Yeah, I've noticed this too. Guys are guys and girls are G.I.R.Ls (Guys In Real Life).
Tbh though if I see an overly "sexy" but twink-ish male character and notice he speaks like a typical tumblr user, I can already tell from experience that the player usually turns out to be a female yaoi fan irl lol
If I could I would straight up pick the lesbian, I think it would rock to see a girl do all the shit guys do on screen, hell even some shit guys don't do, like walking over to that character that got shot and somehow had a way of saving its life.
A hard-carry that has been nearly nerfed into oblivion
If I can, I portray myself as a ruggedly handsome silverdaddy, because you'll find that people don't play as who they want to be, they play as who they want to fuck.
You're now aware of the reason attractive women feature in games instead of obese equality-whales.
Bisexual male. I typically play female characters, but also employ voicechat. For my own amusement, when I find myself in a new group I open up with text chat that's a bit cutesy and has the odd emoticon or two - before I break out the mic and give them my 1950's educational video man voice.