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2012-11-09 09:36:01 AM
It is? That's basically almost every character I make in video games. If that's the case, then why the hell am I not an athletic, muscular, sex-charged guy, then?
 
2012-11-09 10:01:42 AM
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Reality

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2012-11-09 10:34:34 AM
I always play female toons, because I prefer that eye-candy over watching some buff dude all the time. Guess I'm farked.
 
2012-11-09 11:05:40 AM

The Onion is prophetic: I always play female toons, because I prefer that eye-candy over watching some buff dude all the time. Guess I'm farked.



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2012-11-09 11:32:18 AM

UberDave: The Onion is prophetic: I always play female toons, because I prefer that eye-candy over watching some buff dude all the time. Guess I'm farked.


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Yup... even in single-player games, like BL2 or Skyrim. I'm just lonely.
 
2012-11-09 11:33:53 AM
Reality has let me down for the last time.
 
2012-11-09 11:34:59 AM
I read the tagline as "sex-changed character"...
 
2012-11-09 11:35:40 AM
And Kirby fulfills all vore fantasies.
 
2012-11-09 11:36:46 AM

The Onion is prophetic: I always play female toons, because I prefer that eye-candy over watching some buff dude all the time. Guess I'm farked.


Came in to say the same thing. The sluttier the girl looks, the better.

I wouldn't call it "eye candy" though, so you still win on the "who's more farked up" scale.
 
2012-11-09 11:38:58 AM

Cythraul: It is? That's basically almost every character I make in video games. If that's the case, then why the hell am I not an athletic, muscular, sex-charged guy, then?


In the pixel world, we are.

So we will always have that.
 
2012-11-09 11:39:03 AM

The Onion is prophetic: I always play female toons, because I prefer that eye-candy over watching some buff dude all the time. Guess I'm farked.


Could be worse. I always play fat chicks.
 
2012-11-09 11:41:24 AM

UberDave: The Onion is prophetic: I always play female toons, because I prefer that eye-candy over watching some buff dude all the time. Guess I'm farked.


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i.imgur.com 

/be careful what you wish for!
 
2012-11-09 11:42:23 AM
Self-reported dick size varies by culture. There's your clue.
 
2012-11-09 11:43:03 AM
This is why all of my avatars are the God damn Batman.
 
2012-11-09 11:43:07 AM
Online avatars: The "Monster Trucks" of the gaming world.
 
2012-11-09 11:46:11 AM
Wait. So all the 12/yo boys that like to use the scantily clad, large breasted women characters aren't actually 12/yo boys? They're really scantily clad, large breasted women?
 
2012-11-09 11:49:30 AM
A big part of the reason I'm able to stay physically fit is because I don't spend hours playing video games.
 
2012-11-09 11:49:58 AM

The Onion is prophetic: I always play female toons, because I prefer that eye-candy over watching some buff dude all the time. Guess I'm farked.


csb:

Whenever I play an MMORPG, I always make one redheaded female human character. It's a tradition. More than 10 years ago, Dark Age of Camelot came out. My first character was a Scout. It was ok, but I thought it really needed a pet. So then I made a Hunter, which was like a Scout but had a pet, but I thought the pet was great but too squishy. Then I made a Druid, which was a healer with a pet. I loved that class. I hadn't expected to, so I had just randomly chosen its appearance. It was a redheaded Celt(human) female, but I stuck with it. Eventually, I moved on to newer games, but I always make a redheaded human female as a tribute to that awesome character. These days I'm casually playing GW2 and I have a redheaded female human Thief.
 
2012-11-09 11:50:45 AM
I always make the fattest, shortest avatar they allow.

I'm 6'5 and just under 200 lbs.
 
2012-11-09 11:51:36 AM
I play a Troll mage, so:

Any male gamer who plays a female character is a latent homosexual. Just stop playing, put on your tightest leather, and head down to the docks. You'll feel much better about yourself in the long run. And don't get me started on the "I'd rather look at a female body than a male body" argument - YOU'RE GAY!! ACCEPT IT AND MOVE ON!
 
2012-11-09 11:52:34 AM
Whenever possible, I play as a chick.

In fact, I'm always surprised when someone picks the male character in a game. I'm like, "Why would you play as the dude? He's not HOT!"
 
2012-11-09 11:54:20 AM
If I was a South Park character:
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South Park Avatar Creater
 
2012-11-09 11:54:43 AM

doczoidberg: In fact, I'm always surprised when someone picks the male character in a game. I'm like, "Why would you play as the dude? He's not HOT!"


Because it's a farking cartoon character and most people over the age of 14 just want to play and don't care if their character has boobies.
 
2012-11-09 11:55:02 AM

Captain Kickass: I play a Troll mage, so:

Any male gamer who plays a female character is a latent homosexual. Just stop playing, put on your tightest leather, and head down to the docks. You'll feel much better about yourself in the long run. And don't get me started on the "I'd rather look at a female body than a male body" argument - YOU'RE GAY!! ACCEPT IT AND MOVE ON!


And if you play a Tauren in WoW or a Charr in GW2, you're a latent furry?
 
2012-11-09 11:55:58 AM

doczoidberg: In fact, I'm always surprised when someone picks the male character in a game. I'm like, "Why would you play as the dude? He's not HOT!"


Neither are hot, because neither exist.
 
2012-11-09 11:58:16 AM
My most frequently played character right now is a 3 foot tall asura with self-aggrandizement issues. She's like an arrogant, bi-pedal ferret.
 
2012-11-09 11:59:48 AM
My default RPG character, somewhat lamely, is generally more or less myself. Slightly muscular white dude with short hair, generally a pretty nice guy.

As luck would have it, this is generally the default. I've never given a crap about Sims-type frills like customizing appearances, decorating a house, trophy cases, etc.

With the advent of more complex RPGs, they are generallly worth a second play through to get the alternate story line content. So using the same lazy methodology, I pretty much started just creating the opposite character for a second playthrough: A flamboyant evil female.

So anytime I've played a female character, it's been sexy and evil.


/paging Dr. Freud.
 
2012-11-09 12:00:33 PM
OK - so I'm shaped like Yoshi in Mario Kart. What of it?
 
2012-11-09 12:05:34 PM
So what does it mean when one's avatar is an often-furry shapeshifter? Because I've lost a little weight, but I attribute that to a change in diet and activity levels, not a predilection for slender cheetahs and border collies.

(Actually, the only real effect, I think, is that nobody can form a real mental picture of the real-world me based on my pixel appearance. I like it that way.)
 
2012-11-09 12:07:32 PM
I guess I'm seven feet tall, have a purple mohawk, blue skin and tusks.
 
2012-11-09 12:07:46 PM
Playing a female Asura Mesmer in Guild Wars 2.

Guess that means I'm transgendered, a midget, AND a furry. And yet, I have no doubt in my mind that there are websites that cater specifically to that demographic.
 
2012-11-09 12:08:12 PM

doczoidberg: Whenever possible, I play as a chick.


Yeah, usually I play most games as a black women with green eyes and a bob haircut. That's about as far from my actual appearance as you can possibly get.

I never really play SL, but I do have an avatar. Back when my wife was in college she had a class that convened in SL. Her digital media professor was on a mission to see how little he could do and still get paid. This was back in the day when you could still buy guns that would grief the hell out of people. I had the whole class in orbit with giant dongs stuck to their head in no time at all. I met her professor in person at graduation. He was far from being mad, he thought it was pretty hilarious.
 
2012-11-09 12:08:36 PM
Subby's headline writing career just landed him a $260,000 a year job with Alberto Culver.

'Cause that there is how "advertising" works
 
2012-11-09 12:09:37 PM

Captain Kickass: I play a Troll mage, so:

Any male gamer who plays a female character is a latent homosexual. Just stop playing, put on your tightest leather, and head down to the docks. You'll feel much better about yourself in the long run. And don't get me started on the "I'd rather look at a female body than a male body" argument - YOU'RE GAY!! ACCEPT IT AND MOVE ON!


That doesn't make any sense. I'm a gay male and I usually play hot, muscular, manly men avatars because I like to play my video game and masturbate at the same time.
 
2012-11-09 12:13:24 PM

Cythraul: Captain Kickass: I play a Troll mage, so:

Any male gamer who plays a female character is a latent homosexual. Just stop playing, put on your tightest leather, and head down to the docks. You'll feel much better about yourself in the long run. And don't get me started on the "I'd rather look at a female body than a male body" argument - YOU'RE GAY!! ACCEPT IT AND MOVE ON!

That doesn't make any sense. I'm a gay male and I usually play hot, muscular, manly men avatars because I like to play my video game and masturbate at the same time.


Such truth. If I were gay and into pixels I'd have male avatars for eye candy. I've got all female avatars.

Flirting with, and having cybersex with male characters in games is what makes me gay, not my female Avatar, and technically I'm simply a trap, not a queermo.

/but I have sucked dick before so...
//Sexuality is confusing...
 
2012-11-09 12:15:20 PM

Cythraul: Captain Kickass: I play a Troll mage, so:

Any male gamer who plays a female character is a latent homosexual. Just stop playing, put on your tightest leather, and head down to the docks. You'll feel much better about yourself in the long run. And don't get me started on the "I'd rather look at a female body than a male body" argument - YOU'RE GAY!! ACCEPT IT AND MOVE ON!

That doesn't make any sense. I'm a gay male and I usually play hot, muscular, manly men avatars because I like to play my video game and masturbate at the same time.


It makes perfect sense. He's saying they're gay and haven't accepted it yet, whereas you obviously have. It's their beard.
 
2012-11-09 12:16:21 PM

Captain Kickass: I play a Troll mage, so:

Any male gamer who plays a female character is a latent homosexual. Just stop playing, put on your tightest leather, and head down to the docks. You'll feel much better about yourself in the long run. And don't get me started on the "I'd rather look at a female body than a male body" argument - YOU'RE GAY!! ACCEPT IT AND MOVE ON!


Sorry, looking at troll-ass for 8 hours at a stretch is just not my thing.

YMMV, of course...
 
2012-11-09 12:20:52 PM
The same concept applies to photos sent in anonymous chat rooms too I am sure.
 
2012-11-09 12:23:53 PM
www.trojka.rs

Yeah, that's about right.
 
2012-11-09 12:29:08 PM
So I'm a petite elf girl?
/fap
 
2012-11-09 12:29:34 PM
Precession of simulacra.
 
2012-11-09 12:36:55 PM

Contents Under Pressure: I guess I'm seven feet tall, have a purple mohawk, blue skin and tusks.


Stay away from da voodoo
 
2012-11-09 12:42:52 PM
Well first of all 249 people is generally considered way to small a sample population to draw any real conclusions in a psychological or sociological study.

Second, what was the control population? Was there a group of hot skinny people who made fatty avatars and were overcome with the urge to move back into their parent's basements to sit on the couch and eat hot pockets?

Third, it's a game. As a gamer I'm so sick of doctors and psychologists and "experts" trying to analyze/demonize/whateverize gamers. Hate to tell you this, but lots of people just play video games for fun. Not so that they can have skinny avatars that encourage them to lose weight while they're cyber-stalking the neighbor's cat and preparing for the zombie apocalypse by stocking up on gold coins and diamonds.
 
2012-11-09 12:43:29 PM

fluffy2097: Cythraul: Captain Kickass: I play a Troll mage, so:

Any male gamer who plays a female character is a latent homosexual. Just stop playing, put on your tightest leather, and head down to the docks. You'll feel much better about yourself in the long run. And don't get me started on the "I'd rather look at a female body than a male body" argument - YOU'RE GAY!! ACCEPT IT AND MOVE ON!

That doesn't make any sense. I'm a gay male and I usually play hot, muscular, manly men avatars because I like to play my video game and masturbate at the same time.

Such truth. If I were gay and into pixels I'd have male avatars for eye candy. I've got all female avatars.

Flirting with, and having cybersex with male characters in games is what makes me gay, not my female Avatar, and technically I'm simply a trap, not a queermo.

/but I have sucked dick before so...
//Sexuality is confusing...


As a Second Life neko-trap who is at this very moment dragging some human ponies around who tend to sport tits AND a wing-wong, I'm getting a kick out of these replies....
 
2012-11-09 12:45:34 PM
Men who only create female characters are strange. I create male characters because:

1. I'm a heterosexual guy taking part in a ROLE playing game. I'm going to make a character I can identify with over the next 200 hours.
2. I don't get off on pixels.
 
2012-11-09 12:45:47 PM

cgraves67: The Onion is prophetic: I always play female toons, because I prefer that eye-candy over watching some buff dude all the time. Guess I'm farked.

csb:

Whenever I play an MMORPG, I always make one redheaded female human character. It's a tradition. More than 10 years ago, Dark Age of Camelot came out. My first character was a Scout. It was ok, but I thought it really needed a pet. So then I made a Hunter, which was like a Scout but had a pet, but I thought the pet was great but too squishy. Then I made a Druid, which was a healer with a pet. I loved that class. I hadn't expected to, so I had just randomly chosen its appearance. It was a redheaded Celt(human) female, but I stuck with it. Eventually, I moved on to newer games, but I always make a redheaded human female as a tribute to that awesome character. These days I'm casually playing GW2 and I have a redheaded female human Thief.


That's funny -- years ago I was playing UO on a private shard and grabbed a haircut. They hadn't implemented it right so they had to get the DMs to switch your hairstyle. By accident they gave me a short bright red haircut, which by astonishing coincidence was my hair colour at the time (RGB FF0000, it was 1999 give me a break.) I kept it and it just kept going as a long-time running gag. (Though not in real life, that would get expensive) "There's the rogue with the red hair..." and nobody could catch me despite everyone knowing who I was. (I had one of the first cable modems, so I could routinely outrun people on horseback.)

Ever since then I've tried to play a character with red hair, bright red. Or if that's not possible as red an outfit as I can find. (My X-Com team is all in colour 6, and they're all wearing helmets. I know that the helmets don't do anything but seriously, put on a helmet you asshole.)

I usually play stealth characters, I guess I feel like nobody notices I'm around. That's probably truer than I'd like to admit.
 
2012-11-09 12:48:23 PM
Reality: If you're enough into the game to care about how you come across online, that will motivate you to be a total loser in real life.
 
2012-11-09 12:54:43 PM

bikerific: My default RPG character, somewhat lamely, is generally more or less myself. Slightly muscular white dude with short hair, generally a pretty nice guy.


I'm guilty of this in Fallout (3 and New Vegas). The character generators comes surprisingly close to my actual face, so I end up with several variations on me. Good Me ridding the Wasteland of bad guys, Evil Me finding people who live alone and taking a flamethrower to them, Morally Ambiguous Me stealing everything he can get his hands on and obsessively piling all the kitchenware in the world at the bottom of a convenient gulch.
 
2012-11-09 01:01:04 PM
Y'know... Now I'm wondering how they'd interpret this avatar:

i48.tinypic.com

SL is full of fun absurdity, and they barely scratched the surface.

Also, yes, I do care about how I come across in SL, but it has nothing to do with my avatar's appearance.

/Although the slug in a dress look has led to some interesting conversations.
//And, naturally, one proposition for virtual sex.
///No.
 
2012-11-09 01:02:31 PM

Cythraul: Captain Kickass: I play a Troll mage, so:

Any male gamer who plays a female character is a latent homosexual. Just stop playing, put on your tightest leather, and head down to the docks. You'll feel much better about yourself in the long run. And don't get me started on the "I'd rather look at a female body than a male body" argument - YOU'RE GAY!! ACCEPT IT AND MOVE ON!

That doesn't make any sense. I'm a gay male and I usually play hot, muscular, manly men avatars because I like to play my video game and masturbate at the same time.


I suspect Captain Kickass is confusing being gay with being transgender. I could be wrong, but I think we may be dealing with that level of derp here. 

Do you remember Jodie Dallas (Billy Crystal) in Soap? That might be before your time. He wore a dress some of the time. That was what the popular conception of homosexuality was in 1970s America. Some people are still stuck in that decade.
 
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