Playing different gender characters
I’m totally fine with it. Many people pick what they pick purely based on Aesthetics. For example, in most people’s opinion, female Night Elves offensive and omni cast animations are much better looking than the male’s animations. The girl balances delicately as she casts and throws out spells like throwing a basket-ball. The male’s animations look like they’re trying to singe their fringe off (offensive) or are in serious need of a chiropractor (omni).
My own personal team of characters is 3 female, 6 male. I made the choice at the time of creation based on what I thought worked. Some people take offence at others character choices, whether it be for race or gender reasons. I don’t pick female characters because I think I’m a girl, or have a deep desire to be one. I pick them based on how they look compared to my other options available.
In most games for consoles that involve choosing a character, you will have a set of predetermined figures whose story you follow. Sometimes the game requires you to play as a the brawny male lead, sometimes as the courageous female heroin. Just because one picks that character to play as, doesn’t mean it undermines anything about said person. Similarly, just because one chooses to play as Male Troll Tank over a Female Troll Tank is a decision entirely up to you. The female trolls have somewhat bizarre and limited tanking animations, whereas the males have wild swings with their long arms. One may be more comfortable with either.
I went out and did some research on this (gasp) and will quote a few opinions from the MMO-Champion forums, showing the how people think differently when they come to pick their character.
For a few reasons. The first is purely for variety. The second is because I think some gender/class/race combos favour either male or female. The third is for gear; I’ve never been a fan of armour on male trolls so my shaman is female.
I think of a name first. If it’s a female-sounding name, I create a female char, else a male one.
I was gonna write a story about how much I disliked looking at a man in a dress who was clearly on steroids. But instead, I will stun you all with the following comment: “I made my Mage a girl, because I can.”
I grew up as a kid in the 80s, I had enough male protagonists in my media (books/tv/movies/video games) to last a lifetime. Nowadays I generally pick a female character for style purposes. I think the only male characters I have at the moment are undead, blood elf, and maybe a tauren. The steroid-junkie look just doesn’t do it for me.
In general, females have the better casting animations, males have the better melee animations. I pick gender based on the class I’m rolling.
So there you have it. An often used argument is ‘I don’t like to play as the guys because they have huge bulging muscles and look ridiculous.’ A rather interesting inverse version of that is one a past girlfriend of mine used. She always played as male characters; male Tauren, Blood Elves and Trolls. When I questioned her on this, she replied that the females in the game all look hyper-sexualised to her, and she’d rather have an avatar that looked powerful and interesting rather than something scrawny with a massive chest. I think that’s fair enough.
Just play what you like to play! It’s as much your decision as what clothes you put on in the morning. Your avatar is not you, and people assuming everyone who plays a girl is a girl and guy is a guy obviously hasn’t been a MMO player very long.