Submitted by RaidensRising 1415d ago | opinion piece

Why do you choose a female character?

A look at some possible reasons why male gamers would choose a female character over their male counterparts when given the choice. (3DS, Batman: Arkham City, Mass Effect 3, PC, PS3, Saints Row: The Third, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Wii U, Xbox 360)

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zerofourseven  +   1415d ago
Its just a matter of choice, it isnt wrong to play as the other sex
Tanir  +   1415d ago | Well said
I pic a female character in fighting games because they are faster

and in a game like saints row, or elderscrolls etc I pic a girl sometimes because well.......if i have to stare at the back of a character for 20+ hours it may aswell be a womans whether it be a 3d render or not.

always vote female backside over males!
DarkSymbiote  +   1415d ago
Playing as a female is fine but please don't use that same old tired excuse.
nix  +   1415d ago
I believe in women empowerment and I like it when I'm the one empowering her. q:
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Getowned  +   1415d ago
Exactly Tanir :P bubs for truth.

Most of the time I play as a guy in games where you can make your own charactor because I like to make my charactor look like me and run around with a huge giant sword that is 2x bigger then I am because Real men carry swords bigger then they are.




"It was too big to be called a sword. Massive, thick, heavy, and far too rough. Indeed, it was a heap of raw iron."-Berserk


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JBaby343  +   1414d ago
Gotta agree with Tanir. Women are naturally more pleasing to the eye whether in real life or in games so I'm more inclined to choose them over males. Both are fun to use though and switching between male/female provides a good change of pace.
NoobSessions  +   1414d ago
Any RPG I normally pick the guy, just case it feels more right. But in fighting games, normally the girls tend to me more fast and/or badass, or I just like them better.

Example: Noel from Blazblue. Her special involving ramming you with like 200 bullets from a gattling gun out of nowhere
The_Nameless_One  +   1414d ago
I usually play a female because I have no desire to look at a man's ass for that long. LOL
Foxton01  +   1414d ago
Recently picked a female high elf in Skryim.
I wanted to make a really evil mage with black eyes, dark makeup and black hair. Female simply had better options for this.
Tonester925  +   1414d ago
*Shakes Head* Drooling over a female body made on a computer? That's like watching Hentai. Sick World.

If I have a choice in the game then it will always be a male character. Especially if you are able to create your character. Then I would always try to make myself. If i was a female then i would pick a female.
CrescentFang  +   1414d ago
@ Getowned I like the way you think ^_^
Lord_Sloth  +   1414d ago
Guess you're not too comfortable with your sexuality then, are ya.
Tony P  +   1415d ago
On a personal level, I pick males because I can invest myself in the character more. Also, it's very awkward to get romance dialogue options with male NPCs.

On a design level, I feel it really doesn't matter. Beyond a romance option, it's not like anything in any game is set up to cater uniquely to anyone but males so who cares?

You're basically playing the male version with a woman skin anyway.
iJihaD  +   1414d ago
I just Don't wanna hear a guy MOANING all the time if i got hit. ^^"
AAACE5  +   1414d ago
For me its simple... I like girls, like to look at them, they are entertaining!

I believe others see it the same way, however, there are people who pick characters based on who they wish they could be.

Usually if someone picks a big hulking guy, they have an inferiority complex in real life. Or if a girl picks a tough chick, same thing.

There are too many psychological reasons for this too explain.
vickers500  +   1414d ago
When are our homework assignments due, professor?
Lord_Sloth  +   1414d ago
Not every1 selecting the same gender has an inferiority complex, ya know.
thetest  +   1414d ago
Probably because that's about as close as I'll ever be to a female.
Dark General  +   1414d ago
I never used to play with female characters until a few times I played with my father in fighting games when I was a pre teen. I wondered why he would always choose women in whatever he would play given the choice and he said "Well they have to be in the game for a reason right, why not try them out?". After that once I got back into fighting games I picked a female character just to see how they play and she played extremely finesse which matched my style. Ever since then I'll try out female characters to see how they play since they usually require more finesse compared to the male characters.
Sanetoshi  +   1415d ago
I think for a game like Skyrim the gender gap in terms of who's playing it is fairly small. It's a big release and it's not marketed in a way that targets men specifically. Statistically, the woman audience for video games is a lot bigger than it is often given credit as being.

That aside, the reasons given for why men might play as women in these games seem to be pretty accurate, with the exception of the escapism bit. It seems to misunderstand the perspective of trans women somewhat, though it's nice in that it recognizes how this freedom in a game would appeal to them.

The only other thing I'd say is it's not necessarily a chance to view things from the perspective of women, because of who's writing the stories, who the stories are being marketed to, differences between real world behavior and video game behavior, etc. The sentiment that it allows players to experience a story through the eyes of someone who does not necessarily reflect themselves is true, however.

Anywho, good article about an interesting topic.
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Nate-Dog  +   1415d ago
Depends on the type of game for me, if it's something like an RPG where I can choose freely what gender my character is (and therefore can customize them too) then I'll usually try both sides of the coin to see what differences there are (unless it's an extremely long game which takes me months to get through, although I might at least try it and see if I can continue it on). Of course I'll usually go with a male character first since I'd feel I could relate to them better / make a somewhat realistic version of myself in-game, but that doesn't mean the playthrough with a female character would be of much less value.
PhoenixDevil  +   1414d ago
Sorry for picking you out individually but this is something that always annoys me when I personally play games like Skyrim, Dark Souls where you make your own character - this character I make I have no interest in the slightest, I suffer from simply not caring about my character, yeah I level them up equip them with weapons teach them skills in order to destroy enemies, but through all the dialogue options, important choices that are made, dramatic events that happen I still feel that my character is a shell and totally disposable

Maybe its because I generally prefer JRPGs where the characters have personalities and voices and feelings that mean something and then I just level them up with the skills how I want to play, I find that combo brings a lot more immersion to what I'm doing and more importantly why, throughout the whole of Skyrim I have felt massively underwhelmed about what I'm doing and why when I'm supposed to be the amazing dragon born but it just feels like there's nothing there

This turned from a quick question into a wall of text, but back to the point do you think its just my approach to playing skyrim or that these form of games are just less immersive?
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Nate-Dog  +   1414d ago
Heh yeah I know what you mean, there is a sort of distance you can tend to have from your character at times in games like that, I finished Fallout: New Vegas a few weeks ago but I never really had any connection to my character. I tried to make a version that looked similar to me, failed, and after taking a massive break with the game of a few months, the type of decisions I made in the game completely changed so I don't even know what sort of character I was particularly left with, but sometimes that can be the fun of things because you really do have the power to completely make and/or break everything yourself as opposed to always having one thing or another always pre-determined.

I've played Mass Effect a number of times (aswell as ME2) which is sort of a mix of both, obviously nowhere near as open-ended as an Elder Scrolls or Fallout but which still gives you some big choices and I have always felt really immersed in my experience. I suppose sometimes the openness of a real RPG like Elder Scrolls games can make you feel a bit far away from everything (at least that's how I have become detached from Fallout games where I play something like 10-20 hours and then get bored and leave it for weeks if not months) and that sometimes things are just too wide open.

But it's just what you like yourself really, you shouldn't feel like you "have" to prefer something like Skyrim to something like Mass Effect because it's more of a raw RPG, if you prefer to have something that gives you a bit of freedom but which for the most part carries you along like in a linear game then you should just embrace it and enjoy it really. As for your approach to games like Skyrim well I feel the same way as you really, I try to get engaged with my character but sometimes feel as if I can't as much as I'd like but I try and not let it dull my experience.

Sorry if that didn't really answer your question lol, I'm still a bit of a newbie to the real RPG myself to be honest!
PhoenixDevil  +   1414d ago
It was a great answer thanks :) yeah Mass effect is a good example of mixing both, though from the demo I wasnt too blown away by Mass Effect 2s shooting but may have to pick it up sometime, but its an interesting topic I'm actually about to go play Skyrim cause I saw some awesome conjuration spells being used and the advantage of such an open ended game is that chances are I can just go to wherever and learn it so I'm just gona go have some fun with that :) thanks again
Aloren  +   1414d ago
You shouldn't play mass effect for its shooting mechanics. It's decent, but not what should draw you to the game. If you get the chance, try playing through ME1 and 2, you might end up being really surprised of how immersive it is. In no time you'll start talking about "your shepard".

Alpha protocol is also a good mix... it may look dated, but once you get into it, it's a pretty interesting game in an unusual setting for a RPG(kinda short too)
Pikajew  +   1415d ago
The Pyro is my favorite class in TF2. Sometimes you prefer to use them
JsonHenry  +   1415d ago
I never choose a female unless for some reason the female has a special ability I like better. And in most games the female is just a skin with no differences to speak of so I always choose a male.
ShaunCameron  +   1415d ago
Same here. I only choose the female character over the male character if it gives me an advantage in-game. But so far this generation that's been rarely. The only games I played as a female character are the ones where she was the main character.
morganfell  +   1415d ago
In both Mass Effect titles I chose a female Shepard because of an ability the male Shepard did not have.

She had a voice that didn't sound like Elmer Milktoast.

Before the release of the first game I heard the male Shepard say,

"I'll find a way to stop him"

and that just came across as the dorkiest, dweeb, slide-ruler-in-the-pocket-prot ector comment and I knew at that moment I could never go through an entire game listening to that grating voice in my head.

If I close my eyes during that part I see Sherman instead of Shepard. I expect any second Mr. Peabody is going to come in and correct him.
MariaHelFutura  +   1415d ago
Elmer Milktoast.

JadedWriter  +   1415d ago
That's practically the same reason why I picked FemShep as well. Jennifer Hale rocks in the Mass Effect series and pretty much every other game she is in.
cochise313  +   1415d ago
if the game is customizable I usually make a male character. I make a male character because I try to put myself in a game. the mass effect I make my shepherd look exactly like me. but I usually don't mind female characters.
theonlylolking  +   1415d ago
I almost never make my characters look like me lol
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chak_  +   1415d ago
I'd rather watch a girl's butt for X hours rather than a man's.

Just a matter of taste I guess.
Varodor  +   1415d ago
yes bro, good rear view our all
josephps3  +   1415d ago
It really is as simple as what Chak said. I'm a guy and find a women's body beautiful and attractive. I simply rather look at her jumping, climbing, running, crouching than a guy.

MGS4- I wish you could choose a female version of Snake because some of those camera angles get really close up to his ass. Why would I want to rub my nose up his ass, give me a women and I'd be sneaking around the whole game :P
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MerkinMax  +   1415d ago
But you still can't deny that Snake has a nice ass for his age. :P
MajorJackHoff  +   1415d ago
lol what the hell?
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JsonHenry  +   1415d ago
Seeing a skinny girl wielding a claymore and throwing her (lack) of weight around takes me out of the game. And even though it is just a game that isn't real to begin, it is unrealistic. I can see a game where stealth and the use of guns that being a female character would not take you out of the game.
WetN00dle69  +   1414d ago
Exactly the reason why i choose the female characters most of the times. In Saints Row 3 id much rather go streaking with a female character than with the male character.
CrimsonEngage  +   1415d ago
Dat Ass...
A-Glorious-Dawn  +   1415d ago
I read in new scientist that playing as a member of the opposite sex in a video game, one whom you find attractive, actually boosts confidence in most males...

can't argue with science...
BubloZX  +   1415d ago
When I'm playing a game I'm not thinking about sex appeal.....
A-Glorious-Dawn  +   1415d ago
obviously it won't be the same for everyone, and I think they mean on a more subconscious level.
faysal  +   1415d ago
sex appeal mate. we like to adore that ass and jigglies then a man chest lol :D
Psychotica  +   1415d ago
Because when I am driving it's always my hope to see a beautiful woman streaking...
Laxman  +   1415d ago
From what ive seen in my travels, its the really nerdy guys who rarely get laid who play as female characters when given a choice. They seem to get off on being a girl. Kinda closet homosexual I think.
Sanetoshi  +   1415d ago
Being gay does not equal wanting to be a girl. There is nothing wrong with either of those things, but portraying them as being the same is an offensive stereotyping of the respective groups.
Laxman  +   1415d ago
Hey, read your bible; there is something wrong with both of those things!
Imalwaysright  +   1415d ago
The bible has more than 400 000 errors from mistranlated words to invented stories. We cant rely on it.
Flavor  +   1415d ago
Did someone just invoke the Bible on why you should play a male character in a video game...
Drake117  +   1414d ago
Lol i have to agree with Laxman. Not on the bible or the gay part tho F-that. But it really mostly is the nerdy dudes who never get laid who play as females. They are the only ones who associate themselves sexually with a damn video game character. Prob do get off on being a girl.
GMDrops  +   1415d ago
What about games where you have the option to play as aliens or animals? Does that mean that you secretly hate humanity and want to be something else? If so, remind me not to trust you when the cats rise-up against us with their alien cohorts.
Tuxedo_Mask  +   1414d ago
Don't judge...

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BubloZX  +   1415d ago
Lol laxman!!!
MaxXAttaxX  +   1414d ago
Your travels? lol
How does playing as a female have anything to do with being a homosexual?
Do you know how many guys played/like the Tomb Raider games. And it's not because they're homosexuals.

Believe me, you can be married and getting laid everyday and still choose to play as a female character.
Not every guy feels the need to compensate(for something) by playing as a roided out badass.
leogets  +   1415d ago
Agreed would rather look at the female form than a dude.simples
CaptainMarvelQ8  +   1415d ago
In the end it's just a bunch of pixels
Hufandpuf  +   1415d ago
It depends on the game really. In mass effect, or saints row i play as a guy first. I like the action hero thing and dont really take chances or risks on my character because i want the most authentic experience. That doesnt mean the girl characters aren't as good. They just dont fit the role depending on the situation. I usually make a girl character after my first playthrough.
SageHonor  +   1415d ago
If the game gives us the option.. Why not?

I know I have female characters in Dragon Age and Mass Effect.. But my Canon playthroughs are Male.
GMDrops  +   1415d ago
IMO it might also depend on your relationship to the character. Do you think you ARE the character or do you think you GUIDE the character? In some RPG's the character refers to the player to notify their conditions. If, a man playing as a female character were absurd, it would then be equally absurd for “most” gamers to believe that they are actually beefed-up muscle-clad males. Play what you like- and stop getting turned-on by other people’s character choices (then you won’t have to wonder if they are gay).
TotalHitman  +   1415d ago
I like a to play as a character that I can relate to. Lara Croft I cannot relate to.
misstrix  +   1415d ago
As a female and RPG fan I am surprised that we're expected to want to choose female characters. I guess because i've been playing since the 90s when female characters did not really exist I just got into the groove of choosing a male character. Even when given the choice I pretty much never choose a female character. They're often substantially physically weaker and just less appealing to look at.

Just out of interest, why do male gamers think we would automatically choose a female character just because we're female? My boyfriend had also assumed this and was surprised that all my character choices are male!
InTheLab  +   1415d ago
99% of games feature a male protagonist. Playing as a female character is a nice break from the norm. My first character in Skyrim was female for no real reason aside from changing things up. After playing your thousandth hulking brute, it's nice to do something different.

The only game I cant roll a female character is WoW. Just too creepy to be talking to someone, then have that awkward moment in a group where some dude won't leave you alone because he thinks you're a woman.
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GMDrops  +   1415d ago
*Looks at watch* 42 mins? tsk, tsk.
I've had that happen in on-line games. Sometimes the guy won't leave you alone cause he thinks that you are gay. Cool if you are interested in men (kind of a bad play), not cool if you are being a bully to someone who is different.
But like I said above: Play what you like- and stop getting turned-on by other people’s character choices (then you won’t have to wonder if they are gay).
Tdmd  +   1415d ago
It might seems as an old tired excuse but it really is not: I just like to look at something pretty or sexy while I'm doing all the killing. Simple as that. Have you seen female characters from guild wars? Or Lineage 2? They're gorgeous and might dress very provocatively. It's just graphically appealing. Given an option between male and female, the only times a chose male are when the female models do not look good or when their animations are poorly done (like in dragon age origins or dark souls, for instance).
fr00ty-wizenhymer  +   1415d ago
I choose female characters purely for role-playing and/or lore purposes.
dcortz2027  +   1415d ago
I always choose a male character. I'm a man!
InTheLab  +   1415d ago
You're not a resistance fighter from and alternate universe that's overrun with aliens either.
Tuxedo_Mask  +   1414d ago
Not yet...
Skizelli  +   1415d ago
I choose a female because they're more appealing to look at, and there's something attractive about a strong woman (I'm not talking about muscles here). If you'd rather stare at a dude's ass for hours on end, all power to you. I don't make characters as an extension of myself, so I can see why it looks odd to some people. As long as you're not pretending to be the opposite sex online, I don't see a problem with it.
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AngelicIceDiamond  +   1415d ago
As of lately The only game I've played a female character in was Mass Effect actually, I started with her in the first one and I intend on finishing it with her in the in the last one. I believe in the female empowerment.
Da_Evil_Monkey  +   1414d ago
In games where I create a character I play myself, and therefore I play as a male character, for my first playthrough. After that I role-play other characters, including female ones. Especially in games like Mass Effect where the experiences is quite different.
hadouken007  +   1414d ago
Give me something sexy to look at
Rashonality  +   1414d ago
i love beauty...and woman are beautiful

besides, there's sexier than a strong woman, but not from hollywood's perspective...those guys perspective suck
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smashcrashbash  +   1414d ago
It really make no difference to me but I am glad if they give me a choice. People say why have a female character and I say, 'Why not?'
N311V  +   1414d ago
When I'm playing an RPG if given the choice I always choose to be male. When put in different situations by these games I like pretend that's me there, what would I do. I have considered playing ME as a female but not in the same way, my plan there is to create a character rather than be myself, for some reason I want her to be a real bitch. I have no problem playing as a female lead, it's just not something I've ever done in an RPG.
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