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2012-11-09 01:08:44 PM  

cards fan by association: 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.


Different people play games for different reasons, and if you want your avatar to look like the kind of person you'd want to have sex with, fine.

That said, I'm a bit like cards fan by association here. There are certain types of avatar I just can't identify with. It's not quite as simple as "She looks exactly like me!" but there has to be ... I don't know .... a sort of connection. I suppose it says something about my self-image that I tend to go for characters that are exceptional-looking (thin or fat, short or tall, but not "medium"), in games that support that.

But race doesn't seem to matter. My avatar can be an elf or an orc or a Twi'lek and it doesn't "get in the way" of me being able to identify with her.
 
2012-11-09 01:10:18 PM  

Canton: Y'know... Now I'm wondering how they'd interpret this avatar:

[i48.tinypic.com image 697x672]

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.


Now favorited as "slug in a dress" for all time. For all time!
 
2012-11-09 01:20:23 PM  
Whereas every gamer knows "female toon does not necessarily mean female player," the visual female avatar does seem (in my experience) to result in being treated as if "player = female" unless you are highly familiar to the folks you group with (specifically guildies) or go out of your way to trumpet "player = dude."

I've found that when playing a female toon, I get groups from /lfg easier and treated with a bit more deference. I've had male toons as my primary for awhile, but if/when I finally get tired of EQ, I'll likely have a female main in whatever I move onto next if grouping is a necessity.
 
2012-11-09 01:25:13 PM  

Rindred: Whereas every gamer knows "female toon does not necessarily mean female player," the visual female avatar does seem (in my experience) to result in being treated as if "player = female" unless you are highly familiar to the folks you group with (specifically guildies) or go out of your way to trumpet "player = dude."

I've found that when playing a female toon, I get groups from /lfg easier and treated with a bit more deference. I've had male toons as my primary for awhile, but if/when I finally get tired of EQ, I'll likely have a female main in whatever I move onto next if grouping is a necessity.


Riiiiight...
 
2012-11-09 01:25:39 PM  

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.


I pick the smallest character available to reduce the hit and/or click box.
 
2012-11-09 01:30:43 PM  

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.


My SL avatar is a short feminine looking guy. Guess I'm REALLY farked.
 
2012-11-09 01:33:18 PM  

ciberido: cards fan by association: 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.

Different people play games for different reasons, and if you want your avatar to look like the kind of person you'd want to have sex with, fine.

That said, I'm a bit like cards fan by association here. There are certain types of avatar I just can't identify with. It's not quite as simple as "She looks exactly like me!" but there has to be ... I don't know .... a sort of connection. I suppose it says something about my self-image that I tend to go for characters that are exceptional-looking (thin or fat, short or tall, but not "medium"), in games that support that.

But race doesn't seem to matter. My avatar can be an elf or an orc or a Twi'lek and it doesn't "get in the way" of me being able to identify with her.


For me, the avatars I use are a tiny bit an issue of "pixel porn" (if applicable), but for the most part it's "I wouldn't mind looking like that", whatever the character I pick. Towering giant, svelt female, and anywhere in between... basically, the avatars I pick 90% of the time are such that if I woke up looking like that my only complaints would be over logistics like having to buy new clothes.

And for reference, I do make avatars that look like my real self too, but not often. I don't have any real complaints about my body (other than the new herniated disks I have), but if I'm allowed to look like ANYTHING why would I take the boring already-done-it choice?
 
2012-11-09 01:33:45 PM  

yukichigai: 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....


Never heard of a trap, what's that?
 
2012-11-09 01:33:48 PM  
As a dude who routinely makes chicks in MMOs I'm getting a kick out of the replies.

no, I'm not a peter popper, no i'm not strange. I just like how the humanoid chicks look in end gear over say an orc or a humanoid male. Actually, the Humanoid males in end-gear looks goofy imho.


Also, if you are so uptight about dudes playing chicks, you need to go outside you neckbeard.
 
2012-11-09 01:34:51 PM  
Always female 'toons

Who wants to look at a dudes a$$ for hours on end...
 
2012-11-09 01:38:09 PM  

stevetherobot: yukichigai: 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....

Never heard of a trap, what's that?


notsureifserious.jpg

/Trap means "Looks like a woman, but SURPRISE there's a penis."
 
2012-11-09 01:47:14 PM  

Mog32Kupo: As a dude who routinely makes chicks in MMOs I'm getting a kick out of the replies.

no, I'm not a peter popper, no i'm not strange. I just like how the humanoid chicks look in end gear over say an orc or a humanoid male. Actually, the Humanoid males in end-gear looks goofy imho.


Also, if you are so uptight about dudes playing chicks, you need to go outside you neckbeard.


In my experience the neck beards are the guys who exclusively make female characters.
 
2012-11-09 01:49:29 PM  

Gonad the Ballbarian: Always female 'toons

Who wants to look at a dudes a$$ for hours on end...


Someone who doesn't see any sexual appeal in an imaginary character.
 
2012-11-09 01:50:58 PM  

yukichigai: stevetherobot: yukichigai: 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....

Never heard of a trap, what's that?

notsureifserious.jpg

/Trap means "Looks like a woman, but SURPRISE there's a penis."


Oh, I thought those were called shemales.
 
2012-11-09 01:58:08 PM  

stevetherobot: yukichigai: stevetherobot: yukichigai: 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....

Never heard of a trap, what's that?

notsureifserious.jpg

/Trap means "Looks like a woman, but SURPRISE there's a penis."

Oh, I thought those were called shemales.


That too.

/You can call me what you want so long as you don't call me late for dinner.
 
2012-11-09 03:20:07 PM  
WoW...

us.battle.net

Steam...

media.steampowered.com 

Well, also these for WoW.

us.battle.netus.battle.netus.battle.net
 
2012-11-09 03:26:13 PM  
I was getting my ass kicked in Age of Empire 1 online (1998!). My brother pretended to be a girl and all the good gamers taught him strategies, which he then passed on to me.

/csb
 
2012-11-09 03:30:50 PM  

ciberido: 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.


I was wondering the same thing. 

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.

I'm not familiar with that show. I'm afraid it may indeed be a bit before my time. I remember the character who used to wear a dress in MASH all the time, though. But I think he was just claiming to be crazy.
 
2012-11-09 03:31:44 PM  

MadCat221: I read the tagline as "sex-changed character"...


Me too. And I tend to roll female toons (but not always). Not sure I like where this is going...
 
2012-11-09 03:47:58 PM  

cards fan by association: Gonad the Ballbarian: Always female 'toons

Who wants to look at a dudes a$$ for hours on end...

Someone who doesn't see any sexual appeal in an imaginary character.




Well OBVIOUSLY if said person actually existed, duh...
 
2012-11-09 03:54:52 PM  
Well let's see:

i1042.photobucket.com

Yeah, that looks about right.
 
2012-11-09 04:03:33 PM  
Short, fat, balding avatars represent! Stupid bloggy site doesn't show the guy itself, but here he is.

http://my.ddo.com/character/orien/aleivore/
 
2012-11-09 04:28:33 PM  

ciberido: Canton: Y'know... Now I'm wondering how they'd interpret this avatar:

[i48.tinypic.com image 697x672]

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.

Now favorited as "slug in a dress" for all time. For all time!


I am honored, sir!
 
2012-11-09 07:55:36 PM  
The Internet is a large, morally ambiguous, silly place. You should remember rule 16; there are no girls on the Internet.
 
2012-11-09 09:13:01 PM  

Detinwolf: I was getting my ass kicked in Age of Empire 1 online (1998!). My brother pretended to be a girl and all the good gamers taught him strategies, which he then passed on to me.

/csb


Back in EQ1, I noticed my wife was getting better prices on all of her auctions. I created a female high elf enchanter specifically for auctioning loot, and hiked my prices by 10%... sold out in one night. I kept increasing prices until the sellouts stopped, and a 20% price hike (over my original male character's prices) was about the limit.

Now that I've gotten over that "OMG can't be seen as teh ghey" bullshiat, my characters are usually about half female and half male. I tend to choose a character's appearance based on what I feel would look good with that character's armour and animations.
Right now in LotRO, I have:
Female: Human Warden (main), Human Captain, Elf Runekeeper
Male: Dwarf Guardian, Dwarf Minstrel, Human Burglar

I suppose the Dwarf characters could fit in either category, since there's no distinction between male and female dwarves in the game. On the other hand, any character with that much awesome facial hair MUST be male, IMO.

LotRO has its own issues in character choices, anyway...
Human: Several classes use "shout" effects for their powers (including my favourite, the Warden). The Human male shout sound effect is so bad it just makes my ears bleed. I swear, it sounds like the character is pissing himself rather than shouting defiance or rallying allies. The human female shout is bearable, if little else. At least she actually sounds pissed off.
Hobbit: The "waddle". I just can't take any character seriously when it walks like the stick up its ass is bouncing against the road on every step.
Dwarf: Pure awesome, including the shout effects. The Dwarves actually shout WORDS, not just inarticulate yelling. Charging into battle screaming "Baruk Khazâd!" or "Khazâd ai-mênu!" is just fun. Unfortunately, a Dwarf can't be a Warden or Captain (the two classes that shout the most).
Elf: It doesn't matter which gender you choose, the character WILL look VERY effeminate. Just go full-bore and choose the one that has actual breasts (albeit small ones).

Most of the classes' animations work equally well for male or female characters, but there is one in particular that just doesn't work for a guy. Prelude to Hope, the Rune-keeper's primary heal-over-time spell - the one you'll end up using from level 1 to the rest of forever - has the most "fabulous" animation I've ever seen in an MMO. Make your Rune-keeper a female Elf; it's the only thing that actually works with that animation.
 
2012-11-09 10:52:10 PM  
Can you even make nonathletic, fat avatars in games?

Even the morbidly obese character model in Saint's Row looks like he lifts weight constantly.
 
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