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So, why do some guys choose female mains over male?

#321justdontaskPosted 11/12/2012 2:57:01 PM
like the TC said, who im too lazy to quote right now, i play games for fun, and if i can choose my characters sex, im gonna pick male because im male... but if it makes the main character a girl, or the first character i play as, im gonna stick with her as long as possible... why? well, im used to it making the first character you play as a good character to use, and because they are usually the main character... i like FF13 and 13-2, both main characters are female, and i make them my party lead as much as possible... but in FF12, i dont make my team Fran, Ashe, and Penelo, because none of them are the first character you play as and get to keep... i stick with Vaan as my party lead unless hes dead...
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#322AldathPosted 11/12/2012 3:17:13 PM
Ok, I only pick ladies when I can actually create them... 90% of the time I play is with a guy character by the names Kato or Aldath, but when I finish a game (say, Saints Row 3, Skyrim or Monster Hunter) I pick a girl as part of the replayability factor... plus you can feel much more of a loner by making your dream girl in hot armors n_n;
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#323Ertrick36Posted 11/12/2012 4:22:05 PM
krasimir_sb86 posted...
I always play as a male character if I have the option to choose.
What I learned from this topic is that 90 % of gamers play games to stare at the ass of their character... o.O If you like staring at asses so much go watch some porn or at least go admire some real girl's ass ,not a computer generated model . It' s just weird !


I run into too goddamn many mods for Oblivion and Fallout 3 where there are either naked models of women or fully animated prostitution. The only reason I finally actually got the naked models is because there were some kick a** outfits that I just had to get. There was also this collection of outfits I got where some of the outfits were... skimpy. Seriously, why is everyone trying to turn video games into virtual porn when there are porn videos of real (not computer generated) people. I don't really necessarily get attracted by computer generated people unless they actually have good character development (I guess I'm part of the 10% that isn't into porn? :l ). Before I turn this into an argument about porn, I'm just going to say that porn is best left off the games (yes, even if the actual game designers/developers put it in, it's a little bit kooky for me).
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#324TheTrueNubPosted 11/12/2012 4:43:05 PM(edited)
Mostly because it's fun. I comfortably play games as either gender.

I'm comfortable enough with my sexuality to be able to play as a female and still get engrossed in whatever I'm playing.

Also keep in mind that gender =/= sex.

And for the most part women in games are pretty and very appealing. Why would you not want to play as something that's appealing?
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#325UilnslcoapPosted 11/12/2012 5:30:46 PM
Mostly just so it's something different than typical. Chicks are cool, and you rarely play them in videogames. Only ones I can think of that aren't a gender choice at the beginning (that is to say, things like FemShep don't count) and are at least halfway respectable are Alex Roivas in Eternal Darkness, and...oh, wow, that's really it (and nearly all the other characters you play are men, though she's the main heroine). Samus and Lara are all right, I guess; they at least have some vivacity (even if Samus barely counts 'cause she doesn't talk...never played Other M, and apparently that game took away a lot of her bad-assedness). Never played a Resident Evil game, so can't speak to Jill Valentine. I'm looking over my list of games that I love, and I see some co-protagonists that are cool but hardly groundbreaking (Kazooie in Banjo-Kazooie, Dixie in Donkey Kong Country 2, Farah in Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, Mona in Max Payne 2, most of those are playable). Chell (Portal) has no character, so that doesn't count either. I don't usually like RPG's, so that cuts out a number of options too. This just goes to show that I almost never play a female in a videogame, so if I get the chance, I'll take it.

Also to stare at the eye candy...I don't care if it's simulated. I'm married and over 30, and I'll stare at some pixellated T&A, you betcha. I'm aware this is somewhat at odds with the other, more cerebral half of my reasoning.
#326Devilman_AmonPosted 11/12/2012 5:39:15 PM(edited)
It was easy to superimpose some sort of "badassness" in Samus since she never spoke so, really never had a personality. So you imagined her as a badass in your mind since the game didn't really narrate her for you. limitations of said old game hardware and all...
Prime series just carried that mystique over mainly because....well most Nintendo characters don't really speak much anyway....Link, Fox, Kirby, Yoshi, Mario etc.
Nintendo games try to stay away from narration for the most part and focus strictly on gameplay...
Thats what people didn't like about Other M because now she had a personality and a voice and it was different from what people drew up in their minds.
I didn't mind though...I still felt she was still tough yet human. Something that Ripley from Aliens was, which Metroid heavily borrowed from anyway...

But rarely do Japanese (men) write women that way anyway due to somewhat dominate sexist old school mentality...


A cool female character made in Japan that I like is Serene (sp) from The Last Story for Wii. She was badass but loud mouthed and crass about it with no regrets. Especially when she's had her beer...
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#327UilnslcoapPosted 11/12/2012 5:49:49 PM
Devilman_Amon posted...
It was easy to superimpose some sort of "badassness" in Samus since she never spoke so, really never had a personality. So you imagined her as a badass in your mind since the game didn't really narrate her for you. limitations of said old game hardware and all...
Prime series just carried that mystique over mainly because....well most Nintendo characters don't really speak much anyway....Link, Fox, Kirby, Yoshi, Mario etc.
Nintendo games try to stay away from narration for the most part and focus strictly on gameplay...
Thats what people didn't like about Other M because now she had a personality and a voice and it was different from what people drew up in their minds.
I didn't mind though...I still felt she was still tough yet human. Something that Ripley from Aliens was, which Metroid heavily borrowed from anyway...

But rarely do Japanese (men) write women that way anyway due to somewhat dominate sexist old school mentality...


A cool female character made in Japan that I like is Serene (sp) from The Last Story for Wii. She was badass but loud mouthed and crass about it with no regrets. Especially when she's had her beer...


Meh, you could draw something onto Samus in Metroid/Super Metroid, but Prime rolled her out as a badass directly. The intense stares, the choice to make her freeze frame run toward the final boss, etc.

I'll grant you that you can project anything you want on a lot of silent protagonists, but Wind Waker's Link and Metroid Prime's Samus have a bit more character than, like, Gordon Freeman or Chell.
#328Devilman_AmonPosted 11/12/2012 5:57:09 PM
Uilnslcoap posted...


Meh, you could draw something onto Samus in Metroid/Super Metroid, but Prime rolled her out as a badass directly. The intense stares, the choice to make her freeze frame run toward the final boss, etc.

I'll grant you that you can project anything you want on a lot of silent protagonists, but Wind Waker's Link and Metroid Prime's Samus have a bit more character than, like, Gordon Freeman or Chell.


I'm not taking much stock in a "stare" and an action is an action.

plus.....Gordon Freeman? lol. He was supposed to be an 'everyman' why even make the comparison there....
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#329KaliestoPosted 11/12/2012 6:37:54 PM
I can't argue the fact there's alot of disturbed people in GameFAQs...had my share over the years.
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#330Emerald_MeliosPosted 11/13/2012 8:08:02 AM
Jx1010 posted...
Choosing a female main in a video game is the same thing as playing with dolls instead of action figures


That doesn't mean much since action figures are dolls.

Unbridled9 posted...
2) Why is being female worse than being a Argonian? Seriously. What is it about being a human that happens to be a woman that is, somehow, much worse than being a lizard person from an entirely different species that only barely humanoid that functions in an entirely different culture? Would you rather play a murloc than a human female character JUST because the murloc is male? Is your sense of immersion tied to your genitals?


That's the most puzzling part of this: if they can't stand to play as human female characters because of "immersion," then how could they play as a non-human entity?