Is a Manly Woman! (MemberZone)
This discussion seems to never end. One group that are males playing female characters are called raging homosexuals, the other group who are males playing male characters are called raging homosexuals.
"I don't want to look at a guys ass the whole time!"
"Why do you look at the ass in the first place?!"
"You can't not look at the ass!"
"I'm not looking at the ass right now!" etc. etc.
However, this whole discussion is pointless, much like any discussion gamers have. The reasons are simple and I'll try to make them ever more simple for you. It goes like this:
There are two types of players:
1. Immersionists: Basically they put themselves IN the game. That is to say, they become their avatars. If you'll permit me a pop-culture reference; "Their avatars are a projection of their digital self".
They simply can not play a character that's a different gender from themselves because the immersion would go right out the window. Males can't play females simply because they're not female and making a female character would not be "them" and vice-versa. And they actually don't see the proverbial "ass" because it's like looking at your own ass, entirely pointless and damn near impossible.
2. Controllers: Here's the switch. Controllers are able to play anything because they play every game as they would a strategy game. That is to say, they control the character who does not represent them but rather is just a character in its own right who they "control" and "guide" throughout the game-world. They usually have a mass of alts as well used for various tasks within the game (professions, mules, grinders etc.). An immersionist may also have those but not often and not as many. They do spend some time looking at asses and various other "lovely pictures", no judging.
These are the two basic different players. Let us expand:
- Male playing a female in FPS games - the answer to this is actually simple, most believe female models have smaller hitboxes thus are harder to hit. That's it. Although if you're grasping at straws like these perhaps FPS games are just not for you, try instead:
- Playing a female in MOBA games - Considering there is virtually no character customization and the characters are "named"(No fighter, rogue etc. but rather Bob and Mildred) one simply plays it as a strategy game thus MOBA games are mostly played by "Controllers" while "Immersionists" can usually be found in RPG games.
- Female playing a male character - This is either because she doesn't want to be bothered by puby little kids, the game doesn't offer a female version or she wants to pull the "Sims", if you've ever seen a female play Sims you'll know what I mean, it's like a small theater of psychological horror.
Now if you don't go under any of the above categories... well... you have bigger problems which require the sort of help I am simply not equipped to offer. Naturally the vice-versa mechanics apply to the above categories, females can also be Immersionists and Controllers.
That's it. That's the whole wisdom and trouble behind this argument. You don't have to agree with each other, mostly due to the fact that you make each other uncomfortable, but at least now you'll understand the reasons. That's all from me. Enjoy the proverbial ass. Later.
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so each day we have a group of people teasing one member to have fun or get rid of real life tension.even some moderators are not an exception some times even they are a part of the group.
managing such wide range of different players with different backgrounds and different cultures needs older and more experienced moderators .a 20 years old girl cant really handle it as s/he is still involved with her/his own emotions rather than being logic.mods are selected from members and actually this is one of the worst points in game as a player cant stay neutral in their judge.
Ill always pick a female char if there is no gender restriction. The only explanation i have for this (in my case) is because i played the last years so many male chars. I grow up with the classic NES. Playing with a female char back then was nearly impossible. Enough breastmuscles seen over the years, bounce the boobs babe. lol
Anyway this is the main reason i think.And again no offense.
and, I like to use female characters in games
I'm just not sure about this Immersionist thing though. I always play a female character for a whole load of reasons (of which habit is no doubt one by now!) but am still somewhat of an Immersionist. See I think you have to distinguish 'digital self' from 'rl self' - that's one of the joys of the net as a whole let alone MMORPGs. If you are an old white guy like me then it can be highly enjoyable to play as a young black woman. I am sure not playing as my rl self but a fragment of my 'digital self'? Yeah a bit I reckon.
But whatever floats a boat is fine with me.
Anyways iam neutral in this things, if you want to make a female, good for you, if you want male, right, Its just a games, that dont make you IRL...
While this argument has reared its ugly head for far too long, I guess I'll throw my .02 in. If you've seen my First Look Videos you already know that I roll both male and female toons. The reason? I don't have one most of the time actually. Sometimes the armor looks better on one or the other, sometimes the stats are influenced by this choice, and sometimes it was what came up by default when I picked the class and I ws too damn lazy to change it! In my opinion, play the way you all want to and I'll play the why I want to, that's the point of the game anyway, and if someone wants to throw sexual slurs at me in game since I'm a femal toon, I guess I'll go curl up with my wife and watch "The Notebook". :)
Thanks for the discussion Nox! :)
If it's cartoony I generally go male since I don't like looking at a little 2d maple story type of female. If the game has marriage systems and so on I generally go male unless I need to make alts.
For the "realistic" mmo's I'll look more so at the armor and body type. What do I find more appealing? Is it the huge guy with impossible sized muscle or a more acceptable size? Are the female armors more streamlined and appear better than the general blocky guy ones? And simply do I find the female model with armor attractive to look at or not. So usually I end up rolling female characters with the occasional guys depending on the class's armor.
Now when it comes to gender locked games I couldn't care much it's whatever class happens to have the skills I enjoy using the most.
in some other they just looks different ... for exp in Global Agenda male char look awesome ..
but in lets say Guild Wars fem char looks awesome .. and i play like 8 or event more hours a day .. so looking on male behind whole this time ist kinda weird for me
while in others open worlds games like APB or DC Universe i want to look scary ..so i play with big male char ...
it all dependence on game and graphics that this game provides .
male character called Susan or Betsy
female character called Thomas or Richard
PS: The right word for men playing as females should be Drag Queen, just sayin :P
But I don't know why this discussion is going on, seriously. I think the group which opposes this, has been framed to often by going on an ingame relation, only to find out they've been "dating" a guy. That's just sad, who'd have a relation on a game. Believe me, they're in a large group. Since I know the amounts of the so called "friends" invites ingame.
And if that's not the case. Then why do they care. They have nothing to bother, since they don't need anything regarding their gender, ingame or IRL. So, I seriously can't think of any reason why this discussion is going on. Except for the "relation-scam" problem. Which makes the problem shift to: Why the hell did you have a (serious) relation ingame... (I know there are some games that support relations and stuff, though I'd pick a male then)
i think i m more into the Immersionist side.But we all end up rolling into a female character from time to time ...to stare...
i play girl chars sometimes but i go for armor looks as sometimes Female chars get better looking armor
Also Female chars that dont say what sex irl get Items/gold etc free from noobs trust me i have goten soooooo much from this lol (to all those that say Gay. is it gay that i dont have to spend 2-3hrs my REAL LIFE farmin when can get free xD)
To know if a Fem char is Real Fem ask to speak on TS or else it a guy
I role play a lot of female roles on my drama classes but that doesn't make me homo.