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2014-05-13 07:52:42 PM
I think this is actually a bit more interesting than it may seem on the surface. Yes, there is the fact that you'll be looking at your avatar for hours on end, so you'll want to make them enjoyable to look at. But in many games in which you design your avatar and will be using it for tens (hundreds? thousands?) of hours, you also begin to identify with it as an extension of yourself, in a sense (a facet of yourself? an idealized facet of yourself?). So, I have to wonder if this is still the case here. Perhaps the gender-bending doesn't extend to verisimilitude from an learn-ed, outsider perspective... but it still may be an extension of the player's self-identity.  And not simply a convenient means of looking at a nice ass for hours at a stretch.
 
2014-05-13 08:25:07 PM
So people get paid to study stuff like this.
 
2014-05-13 08:31:48 PM

RodneyToady: I think this is actually a bit more interesting than it may seem on the surface. Yes, there is the fact that you'll be looking at your avatar for hours on end, so you'll want to make them enjoyable to look at. But in many games in which you design your avatar and will be using it for tens (hundreds? thousands?) of hours, you also begin to identify with it as an extension of yourself, in a sense (a facet of yourself? an idealized facet of yourself?). So, I have to wonder if this is still the case here. Perhaps the gender-bending doesn't extend to verisimilitude from an learn-ed, outsider perspective... but it still may be an extension of the player's self-identity.  And not simply a convenient means of looking at a nice ass for hours at a stretch.


Not everyone projects themselves into their video games in some sort of philosophical sense. Some people just want to do a couple quests, kill some dragons, and take an arrow in the knee. That's why My Little Pony or Everyone is Naked mods exist. It's for the lulz.
 
2014-05-13 08:35:14 PM

RodneyToady: I think this is actually a bit more interesting than it may seem on the surface. Yes, there is the fact that you'll be looking at your avatar for hours on end, so you'll want to make them enjoyable to look at. But in many games in which you design your avatar and will be using it for tens (hundreds? thousands?) of hours, you also begin to identify with it as an extension of yourself, in a sense (a facet of yourself? an idealized facet of yourself?). So, I have to wonder if this is still the case here. Perhaps the gender-bending doesn't extend to verisimilitude from an learn-ed, outsider perspective... but it still may be an extension of the player's self-identity.  And not simply a convenient means of looking at a nice ass for hours at a stretch.


I would be interested to know what genders female gamers use and why.  As a female myself, I tend to prefer female avatars not only because I identify with females more, but (especially with games that have story involved) I find female voice acting generally superior in quality to male voice acting.  Not always, and I have been known to choose a male character if he has good voice acting, but in general.
 
2014-05-13 08:48:39 PM

Ambivalence: RodneyToady: I think this is actually a bit more interesting than it may seem on the surface. Yes, there is the fact that you'll be looking at your avatar for hours on end, so you'll want to make them enjoyable to look at. But in many games in which you design your avatar and will be using it for tens (hundreds? thousands?) of hours, you also begin to identify with it as an extension of yourself, in a sense (a facet of yourself? an idealized facet of yourself?). So, I have to wonder if this is still the case here. Perhaps the gender-bending doesn't extend to verisimilitude from an learn-ed, outsider perspective... but it still may be an extension of the player's self-identity.  And not simply a convenient means of looking at a nice ass for hours at a stretch.

I would be interested to know what genders female gamers use and why.  As a female myself, I tend to prefer female avatars not only because I identify with females more, but (especially with games that have story involved) I find female voice acting generally superior in quality to male voice acting.  Not always, and I have been known to choose a male character if he has good voice acting, but in general.


I think it doesn't help that male avatars are usually ugly.

Video game females are thin, with good looking armor. Males are all linebackers with ugly, chunky equipment and too many spikes.

Give me a swashbuckling, Errol Flynn looking avatar in a jaunty pirate outfit, and I will choose him over the chick. But I don't want to be Slab Bulkhead.
 
2014-05-13 08:50:43 PM
If I have to play third person, then staring at the female form is my preference.

/of course, staring at the female form is always a preference
//*slap*
///I'll stop staring now
 
2014-05-13 08:56:50 PM

doglover: I think it doesn't help that male avatars are usually ugly.

Video game females are thin, with good looking armor. Males are all linebackers with ugly, chunky equipment and too many spikes.

Give me a swashbuckling, Errol Flynn looking avatar in a jaunty pirate outfit, and I will choose him over the chick. But I don't want to be Slab Bulkhead.


I admit, I LOLed.  But you're right.  Male avatars tend to be pretty ugly, even when you can customize them.
 
2014-05-13 09:06:04 PM
Fark needs avatars.
 
2014-05-13 09:25:01 PM
I once had someone say to me, of my female WoW character, "Why are you playing a girl? What are you, gay?" I said "Hey, I'm not the one staring at a dude's ass for hours at a time".

/csb
 
2014-05-13 09:59:35 PM

RodneyToady: I think this is actually a bit more interesting than it may seem on the surface. Yes, there is the fact that you'll be looking at your avatar for hours on end, so you'll want to make them enjoyable to look at. But in many games in which you design your avatar and will be using it for tens (hundreds? thousands?) of hours, you also begin to identify with it as an extension of yourself, in a sense (a facet of yourself? an idealized facet of yourself?). So, I have to wonder if this is still the case here. Perhaps the gender-bending doesn't extend to verisimilitude from an learn-ed, outsider perspective... but it still may be an extension of the player's self-identity.  And not simply a convenient means of looking at a nice ass for hours at a stretch.


nope
not at all
in NO WAY is my avatar an extension of ANYTHING about ...
the CLASS that I play is ... but not the avatar

I only skimmed the article.
Did they point out that PART of the reason for picking a female skin was that the make skins are HIDEOUS ?
 
2014-05-13 10:00:47 PM
I run under the mistaken belief that female avatar hitboxes are smaller. In multiplayer, I also think their usually smaller frame means a slightly less chance that an enemy will see you. Plus it's always kinda funny when a female avatar humiliates a male one.

Voice acting can also make a difference. I played the Mass Effect series as a female because her voice actor was superior. Same with Dragon Age 2. Even though I never played that game again because the game sucked out loud, she was a good voice actor.
 
2014-05-13 10:03:22 PM

RodneyToady: But in many games in which you design your avatar and will be using it for tens (hundreds? thousands?) of hours, you also begin to identify with it as an extension of yourself, in a sense (a facet of yourself? an idealized facet of yourself?).


I disagree. When I make a character in a game like Skyrim or Fallout or Mass Effect or Torchlight or whatever other games I play that are pretty much RPG with character creators that allow female characters, I'm not making an extension of myself or a projection of myself; I'm making a character in a story, and many times that character will start to take on a life of its own including me making decisions in the game because they fit the character and the character's morality rather than my own. First time I played Mass Effect, I made the mistake of choosing what I wanted or choosing the obviously "good" option regardless of whether or not it fit the character I'd created, and about halfway through the game, I found myself getting bored because my Cmdr. Shepard seemed fake (yeah, yeah, I know, fiction). I restarted the game and played letting the decisions more or less follow what I saw of my Cmdr. Shepard's personality, and suddenly she seemed much more real (or at least in character).
 I tend to create female characters when the option is available for two reasons: 1.) yes, they are more pleasant to look at, and I tend to play in 3rd person POV in games that allow it. However, more importantly... 2.) I find that I am much more interested in playing / creating their stories. A female Commander Shepard is far more interesting to me than a male one (not to mention, in this case, the superior voice acting). A female dragonborn is much more interesting to me than yet another male dragonslayer type. And so on...

Anyway, my point is, whatever my reasons for usually creating characters in games which have character creation (female or otherwise), the character being an extension or projection of myself is not one of them. I create the characters to see what kind of story they make.
/I do have a weakness for strong female leads and I tend to love stories with such characters. My current sci-fi crush is Honor Harrington
 
2014-05-13 10:22:39 PM

Ambivalence: RodneyToady: I think this is actually a bit more interesting than it may seem on the surface. Yes, there is the fact that you'll be looking at your avatar for hours on end, so you'll want to make them enjoyable to look at. But in many games in which you design your avatar and will be using it for tens (hundreds? thousands?) of hours, you also begin to identify with it as an extension of yourself, in a sense (a facet of yourself? an idealized facet of yourself?). So, I have to wonder if this is still the case here. Perhaps the gender-bending doesn't extend to verisimilitude from an learn-ed, outsider perspective... but it still may be an extension of the player's self-identity.  And not simply a convenient means of looking at a nice ass for hours at a stretch.

I would be interested to know what genders female gamers use and why.  As a female myself, I tend to prefer female avatars not only because I identify with females more, but (especially with games that have story involved) I find female voice acting generally superior in quality to male voice acting.  Not always, and I have been known to choose a male character if he has good voice acting, but in general.


did they ASK the people that they studied?
While the jumping and running about is pretty interesting, it was also pretty obvious.
We all know people who run around frenetic, we never need to ask what gender they are, we just assume that it is a guy until we learn different.

Same for the "girls" who talk about sex and bodily functions all the time.

/yes of course, there are exceptions to ALL stereotypes, your point? exceptions do not disprove the generalization. didnt say EVERYONE who does A is B. But if you were going to bet, which way would you bet?
 
2014-05-13 11:16:33 PM

namatad: did they ASK the people that they studied?


Ever watch House, M.D.?  His philosophy was "Everybody lies."  Also, "It's not lupus."  But that's not important right now.

Anyway, social psychology (which this study pretty much falls into) is mindful of that philosophy, and when possible, doesn't just "ask" the subjects.  Though, in this case, it probably would have been a nice jumping-off point.

First reason: social desirability.  Many people like being helpful, and will give the answers they think the researchers want to hear.  Other people are assholes, and will provide the answers they believe will either be garbage, or actively fark up the researcher's study.  Both can be a problem when it comes to data cleaning and analysis.

Second reason: if people know why they're being studied, it can make them self conscious, and that fact in and of itself can distort the subjects' performances, and give you crappy data.  This generally goes by the name of "the observer effect."

When doing research with people, be it academic/psychological, or polling, or marketing research, "asking people" is far from guaranteed to lead you on the right track.  It's not always guaranteed to be wrong, either.  It's rarely simple.
 
2014-05-13 11:23:57 PM

PreMortem: Fark needs avatars.


I'm on it

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2014-05-13 11:42:49 PM
Because the male armors are generally terrible for cloth* and plate wearing characters.  Seriously, compare male draenai pally gear to female.  Giant shoulderpads of ridiculousness, or decent looking gear.

*Except for my drawf male pvp char, amaninadress, of course
 
2014-05-13 11:45:10 PM
Back in the days I MMO'd (I got better) I used to play both male and female avatars- but I was usually a healer and I always seemed to gravitate to female avatars for healers, while the DPS were male.  Probably says something about my psyche.

/Played Forsaken in WoW, so it wasn't like it was much to look at either way
//LoTRO was a lot more picturesque
 
2014-05-13 11:45:21 PM

fusillade762: I once had someone say to me, of my female WoW character, "Why are you playing a girl? What are you, gay?" I said "Hey, I'm not the one staring at a dude's ass for hours at a time".

/csb


I had a random guy say he wanted to stick two in my pink one in my stink in general chat.  My guild was highly amused...the GMs were not.
 
2014-05-13 11:48:59 PM
I remember playing the original Diablo as the archer.  I like archers.  Well, the only archer you had was the female one.... and people would hit on me and often call me gay when they found out I was not really an athletic, red-headed vixen with a bow and a stack of firewall scrolls in real life.
 
2014-05-13 11:54:43 PM
Who stares at their character's ass the whole time? I'm usually busy looking at the world around me or the action in front of me.

I'm one of those "extension of myself" players. I have facial hair because it looked good on my Saints Row character. Although I have been going the route of making my characters look like a totally different version of me lately. My GTAO guy is decked out with long, shaggy, curly hair, a scruffy beard, and ratty surfer clothes.
 
2014-05-13 11:57:03 PM
I'm a female who always plays female characters if I can.  I make them as pretty/sexy as I can - maybe because I myself don't look that way in real life, who knows.

However, I will say, one thing I like better about female characters in some games is that their run feels a lot "lighter."  When I run around as a male character it feels heavy to me because the character is bigger and bulkier.  When I've had to move my husband's characters in WoW for instance, I don't like the feel of it.  It's all an illusion I know, but it's a psychological thing that bugs me.
 
2014-05-14 12:03:59 AM

PillsHere: I make them as pretty/sexy as I can - maybe because I myself don't look that way in real life, who knows.


My sister does that. She makes her characters look like the biggest hoochie possible.
 
2014-05-14 12:08:25 AM
Warrior women are also unusual. You want something a little unique, you pick a female.
It may also fit the class theme - I picked a female Tauren Druid because I was playing as a healer, and I just felt that a female fit that theme better.
I also collect slutty looking transmog armor for my blood elf pally (or my friend's BE pally). That is purely for ogling, and also to catch other players eyes.

I'm thinking that men on the whole get more deeply involved in these games. I think women buy into the social aspect more; that is more real to them. Many men I know tend to get lost in a bit of escapism, so they may feel freer to experiment as being different characters and not feel like their character has to represent themselves.
 
2014-05-14 12:12:15 AM
I remember back in the days of Starsiege Tribes,  everybody played as a female because the female character model was significantly smaller than the male character model, making it harder to hit.  It was rare to see somebody playing as a male.
 
2014-05-14 12:24:36 AM
Response to headline: Well farking DUH.  I've said the same thing freaking a decade ago.
I choose female characters in games, single-player or MMO (and assuming male-female stats are equal) because given the choice, I'd prefer to look at a female ass jogging between quests more than a man's.  This is no goddamn surprise, Drs Romero.
 
2014-05-14 12:31:41 AM

fusillade762: I once had someone say to me, of my female WoW character, "Why are you playing a girl? What are you, gay?" I said "Hey, I'm not the one staring at a dude's ass for hours at a time".


Everyone uses that. I liked to respond by asking if they wish a pretty female face was looking back at them in the mirror instead of a male one. I mean, who wants to look at a male face? Only gay people, obviously.

And it's not even that i have a problem with guys playing as girls. I just don't like the weak justifications. And the same argument is used with guys who only watch lesbian porn, because they get upset when they have to look at another guy. The way i see it these people are probably closeted bisexuals who can't deal with their feelings towards men. It's 2014, you don't have to hide anymore.
 
2014-05-14 12:37:43 AM

J. Frank Parnell: Everyone uses that. I liked to respond by asking if they wish a pretty female face was looking back at them in the mirror instead of a male one.


You know what the difference is?  Some of us do not identify ourselves as the character we're playing.  Some of you obviously do.  That's why the "hurdur, are you gay?" questions are patently retarded, and do more to show the mental issues with the person asking the question than anyone else.

No, I am not this cartoon character in the game, nor do I wish to be that.  I'm playing a goddamn game.  What are you weirdos doing?
 
2014-05-14 12:38:58 AM
I almost always pick female avatars in games because male characters are usually voiced as grunting meatheads and I hate that sort of thing.
 
2014-05-14 12:39:00 AM
It's funny because there's an online game I still play that some co-worker introduced me to.  One of my co-workers (who was male) changed his character's gender to female because he figured out that other players would do him lots of favors and give him things because they thought he was female.

I still play it, but only because I'm in a grudge match with one other player, but given the game stats, I can see a possible advantage:

There are currently:
3,927 total players
3,652 male
274 female


Yeah, it's not a very popular game.  There aren't even 4,000 players?  I don't even know how they're counting that.  Going by user ID numbers, it seems that over the course of the game a whopping 12,000 or so people have signed up for it.  Of course a lot of them were spammers.
 
2014-05-14 12:39:11 AM
When I play a character, I want it to be an extension of myself, plain and simple.

I am male, so therefore I chose a male avatar. I am also a cat, hence my Khajiit assassin.

Anything different would be weirdgay.
 
2014-05-14 12:45:16 AM

MorePeasPlease: When I play a character, I want it to be an extension of myself, plain and simple.

I am male, so therefore I chose a male avatar. I am also a cat, hence my Khajiit assassin.

Anything different would be weirdgay.


THIS!
When I found out Samus was a chick I threw up for three hours and died
 
2014-05-14 12:45:21 AM

PillsHere: I'm a female who always plays female characters if I can.  I make them as pretty/sexy as I can - maybe because I myself don't look that way in real life, who knows.


Agree.  I do enjoy slutting up my female characters, only if it fits their role (a Twi'lek Bounty Hunter in a dancer's outfit makes sense when you think about it).  I also dress them in things I would not wear, even if I were statuesque.  Pinks, neon colors, etc.  If I'm out saving the world, I'd want to look fabulous doing it while throwing fire and lightning.

spamdog: Warrior women are also unusual. You want something a little unique, you pick a female.
It may also fit the class theme - I picked a female Tauren Druid because I was playing as a healer, and I just felt that a female fit that theme better.


Interesting.  In my WoW days, most of the g-IRLs I saw ran Blood Elf or Troll females, or Dranei, Night Elf, or Human females.  Those are closer to an idealized female figure, as opposed to Tauren or Gnome.

What I also found interesting is the number of guys who were creeped out by guys playing female avatars.  The ones I asked said that guys who run female toons, in their opinions, are pervs.

In SWTOR, with the large selection of customizable, revealing clothing, I have found a pretty sure way of telling a guy playing a female avatar: slave bikini or dancer's outfit on female character, and same on their female companion.  If only one is dressed in revealing attire, it's harder to tell.
 
2014-05-14 12:52:46 AM
My main in WoW was a female NE for almost five years. The reason I played a female was quite simple, really, she was the next up. See, I've had this long standing rule that every game I play that allows me to select a sex I play the opposite of whatever gender I played before. Since the MMO I had played before WoW (for about six months) was male I started a female for WoW. I had no idea that I'd wind up playing the game for that long.

MorePeasPlease: When I play a character, I want it to be an extension of myself, plain and simple.


See, and I have never felt that way, not in three decades of gaming. Why would I want to enter a fantasy world and be myself? Sounds stupid to me.
 
2014-05-14 12:55:55 AM

Duck_of_Doom: What I also found interesting is the number of guys who were creeped out by guys playing female avatars. The ones I asked said that guys who run female toons, in their opinions, are pervs.


It's a dichotomy in the male population.  Some of them invest themselves personally into their characters, hence they must choose male toons to represent themselves, and think doing otherwise would indicate some kind of LGBT thing.  Others lack this emotional attachment and see the character as nothing more than another game element to make use of, and so free themselves to choosing a wider variety of toons without any kind of personal innuendo.

I find it very telling to see what side of this divide people take.
 
2014-05-14 12:59:28 AM
Just WOW?

When playing mario kart, I choose princess peach in biker leathers.
 
2014-05-14 01:00:36 AM
When I picked troll-mage horde, It was an extension of myself in avatar form. I like to troll and I think I have magical skillz

/not really :(
 
2014-05-14 01:03:32 AM

SquiggsIN: Back when I was addicted to WoW I had characters of all the horde species of both genders. (and max level of every class)  I guess I never identified myself as any of them because it is a farking game!


Yes, These types of articles bug me because they represent what I call the "over-psychologization" of life. Everything has a psychological angle if one is a psychologist. It doesn't mean that what the result is something that is meaningful or even interesting. There are a lot of methodological flaws in their research but the biggest flaw is simply that whatever they find actually has any meaning. I can't find any. It's just the promotion of salaciousness under the guise of psychology.

RodneyToady: But in many games in which you design your avatar and will be using it for tens (hundreds? thousands?) of hours, you also begin to identify with it as an extension of yourself, in a sense (a facet of yourself? an idealized facet of yourself?)


That isn't the way the mind works. Whenever people say stuff like this I ask them to locate a study that demonstrates that this is inevitable. They can't because its not true.
 
2014-05-14 01:04:35 AM
I have found that other players were nicer to me and gave me free stuff when I played as a female.
 
2014-05-14 01:06:03 AM

MorePeasPlease: When I play a character, I want it to be an extension of myself, plain and simple.


I want the opposite. I create characters that make for interesting narratives. I don't treat games as an extension of my life or self, I treat them more as a movie where I get to control what happens. Maybe I want to see a bad-ass female dark elf go on a bow-and-arrow rampage through the countryside to get revenge. Maybe I want to see a Han Solo archetype-guy running around a ridiculous and contrived fantasy world. I want to be entertained. The last thing I want when I'm playing a game is to be me.
 
2014-05-14 01:06:24 AM

worlddan: See, and I have never felt that way, not in three decades of gaming. Why would I want to enter a fantasy world and be myself? Sounds stupid to me.


Try reading my entire comment.   :)
 
2014-05-14 01:07:01 AM

Uakronkid: I want the opposite. I create characters that make for interesting narratives. I don't treat games as an extension of my life or self, I treat them more as a movie where I get to control what happens. Maybe I want to see a bad-ass female dark elf go on a bow-and-arrow rampage through the countryside to get revenge. Maybe I want to see a Han Solo archetype-guy running around a ridiculous and contrived fantasy world. I want to be entertained. The last thing I want when I'm playing a game is to be me.


Try reading my entire comment.   :)
 
2014-05-14 01:09:13 AM

worlddan: That isn't the way the mind works. Whenever people say stuff like this I ask them to locate a study that demonstrates that this is inevitable. They can't because its not true.


It's true for a few.  And generally, whoever is saying these things has found one or more people who this fits for and are attempting to write their next bullshiat thesis on it and apply it to a more general population.
 
2014-05-14 01:11:30 AM
I read about this back in 2005.
 
2014-05-14 01:12:16 AM

MorePeasPlease: Uakronkid: I want the opposite. I create characters that make for interesting narratives. I don't treat games as an extension of my life or self, I treat them more as a movie where I get to control what happens. Maybe I want to see a bad-ass female dark elf go on a bow-and-arrow rampage through the countryside to get revenge. Maybe I want to see a Han Solo archetype-guy running around a ridiculous and contrived fantasy world. I want to be entertained. The last thing I want when I'm playing a game is to be me.

Try reading my entire comment.   :)


Oh, I did. :)

I know the point you were trying to make. The thing is, with that sentence I quoted, you summed up what the group of people I want to respond to were trying to say much better than they were actually saying it.
 
2014-05-14 01:14:41 AM

ReverendJasen: worlddan: That isn't the way the mind works. Whenever people say stuff like this I ask them to locate a study that demonstrates that this is inevitable. They can't because its not true.

It's true for a few.  And generally, whoever is saying these things has found one or more people who this fits for and are attempting to write their next bullshiat thesis on it and apply it to a more general population.


For the ones that's true for, identifying with their character is generally a symptom of some much broader issue.
 
2014-05-14 01:14:44 AM

darkjezter: I remember back in the days of Starsiege Tribes,  everybody played as a female because the female character model was significantly smaller than the male character model, making it harder to hit.  It was rare to see somebody playing as a male.


Ahh yes, I too remember those days.  Our group of players frowned severely on that sort of gaming the system. If you wanted to roll in the female armor, you'd damn well better be able to prove you were a woman.  Of course, I also played Shifter, which repurposed the male and female armor shapes for certain new armor classes.  Arbitor armor always was female shape, for example.

doglover: I think it doesn't help that male avatars are usually ugly.

Video game females are thin, with good looking armor. Males are all linebackers with ugly, chunky equipment and too many spikes.

Give me a swashbuckling, Errol Flynn looking avatar in a jaunty pirate outfit, and I will choose him over the chick. But I don't want to be Slab Bulkhead.


No kidding.  A lot of games are awful in that regard.  Second Life (if you can call it a game) is probably one of the worst, where it takes significant editing to make a male character with anything under a three foot shoulder span and a neck that's not wider than your thighs.

On the other side of it, the Saints Row series does an amazing job at providing character customization.  You can be the gigantic meathead if you want, but you can also be a thin wispy guy, or an effeminate guy, or a big huge fat guy.  Hell, you can even crossdress.  You don't have to be Slab Bulkhead.  Or Punt SpeedChunk.

/Rip SteakFace
 
2014-05-14 01:15:17 AM

MorePeasPlease: worlddan: See, and I have never felt that way, not in three decades of gaming. Why would I want to enter a fantasy world and be myself? Sounds stupid to me.

Try reading my entire comment.   :)


I did. Are you trying to suggest that you are not actually a cat?
 
2014-05-14 01:30:13 AM
So guys who do this with undead female avatars are admitting they're necrophiliacs?

/used to have an undead female main
//is male
///didn't do it to look at someone's ass
/no, really
 
2014-05-14 01:30:50 AM

MorePeasPlease: Try reading my entire comment. :)


To be fair, maybe they thought you were a furry.
I got a smile out of it, anyway.

Anyway I found it strange that only 23% of males are OK with having a female avatar.

From what I've seen, the majority of males in these games are happy to play as females. Is this 23% number the percentage of males who picked a female character just for this experiment? Or the percentage that have at least one female character? I'm guessing it's the former, and the percentage who have at least one female character is significantly higher.

I also think people claim that their character is an "extension of themselves" because that's just an easier concept to verbalize. The reality of it might be more complicated.
One kind of experience I have in WoW is when I'm playing solo and walking around, occasionally there will be a good camera angle of my character standing there with sword or staff, looking stoic, on a mountaintop, or alongside my oddly-shaped allies. And for a moment I feel invested in the character; feel as though this Orc really did climb this mountain. It's a strange nebulous feeling of realness, but it's only momentary. It feels good, though.

I swear I'm not high all the time.

One thing I'd like to see is a breakdown of this by types of player. You know, PVE, PVP, casuals and solo players, hardcore raiders.
 
2014-05-14 01:34:48 AM

PreMortem: Fark needs avatars.


What would be awesome is a single "portable" avatar that could represent you on any site anywhere on the web.

/no more worrying about losing a favorite character if the game site goes belly-up.
 
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