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Do you play as your own gender, the opposite, or both in TES games? I know a lot of people like to play as both for role-playing purposes. With TESO being an MMO, will you play as your own gender, or does the fact that this is an online game not matter to you?

Personally, I play as both male and female characters in TES games, and I don't think TESO will be an exception. I've never had a problem with playing a female, despite that I'm a male.


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I other games, I tend to play both genders. But on TES games, I always play as my own. I dont know why! Perhaps on TESO I will make an exception for a secondary character, who will just serve the history of my main one.
But I think, in my intention to full RP, I will use just one character and no other.
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i have a tendency of playing male character as my main, i just can relate to them better, also i tend to play burly melee classes and men are just more fit for those. I do however pick a female Hero on a secondary Character, mostly for rediculous builds such as my two hander wielding Altmer woman in Skyrim.

oh yeah, Fhynrood, hopefully you are less annoying here.
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I tend to make female characters mostly, in part due to simple preference (NOT related to the hind quarters of my character thank you very much) and also due to there simply not being enough powerful female figures who don't rely on sexuality in the gaming world.

However, for TESO, as with most MMOs I've played, I'll be making both male and female characters.
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(August 1st 2012 03:04 PM)Eyil Wrote:  I tend to make female characters mostly, in part due to simple preference (NOT related to the hind quarters of my character thank you very much) and also due to there simply not being enough powerful female figures who don't rely on sexuality in the gaming world.

I've noticed that's one of the major points people make when they defend 'why playing a female character isn't bad'. I guess it's valid, but I always find it funny when that is pointed out.


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(August 1st 2012 03:17 PM)Tecca Wrote:  
(August 1st 2012 03:04 PM)Eyil Wrote:  I tend to make female characters mostly, in part due to simple preference (NOT related to the hind quarters of my character thank you very much) and also due to there simply not being enough powerful female figures who don't rely on sexuality in the gaming world.

I've noticed that's one of the major points people make when they defend 'why playing a female character isn't bad'. I guess it's valid, but I always find it funny when that is pointed out.

My female characters tend to be lacking in endowment from both the front and the back, so it usually gives the player little to look at. Plus, there's always the armour and clothing that obscures that area of the character. :P
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As i a sexist i have to say i do not mind any male playing a female Character. I couldnt be arsed less with powerfull females.

i figure if id be a woman id be an asshole, why? because its alot easier when youre a woman.
I loathe the "female armor" threat because i feel its beeing unneccasary, there is a simmilar thread on the DotA forums regarding oversexualisation. Seriously i dont think any ugly, fat or otherwise socially repressed woman can relate herself to a more ugly, fat or socially repressed character. Most people tend to, either make a totaly different Character, or an idealized version of him/herself.

Especialy women are prone to this. I mostly dont make an "attractive" character. Not because i can relate better to an ugly slob (because i am awsome, at least thats what i tell myself) but because i dont feel that its neccasary, but hell if my male character is wearing a conan esque revealing outfit, i dont give a damn.

the only time it realy annoyed me was tera, because it looked stupid. Thats the one thing where id have to agree with people on oversexualization. I wouldnt want my female Character running around in high heels. Thats just silly and it makes no sense.
But when it comes to the hot amazon type, most women i know that actually play games, wich is not a large percentage of the women i know, have a tendency of not minding it.
Because they want to have a sexy character, thats actually more the problem of the society teaching them a wrong self imagine and all the blah di blah but its not video games responsibility to teach them otherwise.
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Regarding female armour, I just think that there's a time and a place. Women can be very attractive without showing everything to the world, and indeed, sometimes it really is about what you don't show that can make a woman incredibly sexy. Consider a woman who never shows anything below her chin, she's always armoured up whenever someone sees her. Then you suddenly see her exposing a shoulder or something of the sort. It can be a lot more powerful than a woman who's just throwing it around from day one.

If you've played Mass Effect, look at Tali. Not a single part of her is ever revealed in-game, which makes her an extremely fascinating, mysterious and alluring character. The idea of what could be - what you imagine to be underneath - is more attractive than what would be if she showed everything. It's just such a shame that she turned out to be some stupid photoshop-based space elf.

Practicality plays a big role in armour too, of course, but I figured that I'd appeal to the motives of the average male gamer.

And I'd say that male characters in barbarian loincloths are more about a power fantasy for men rather than a sexual fantasy for women. :P

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I readed the article you posted Eyil. is VERY interestng.
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I can agree with that. Still you shouldnt overdo it.

Basically the threat on the DotA Forums is just some woman having self imagine issues. If you look at the Heroes from DotA 2 hardly any of them has overly exposed skin or anything else impractical, besides akasha and shes some kind of SM demon so its justified.

Then she went on on how there are ugly males and no ugly females, wich is retardet since there is broodmother (wich is an ugly spider) and spectre (Wich is an ugly i dont even want to know thing) wich are both female.
"but they are not human" welp. Thas usually the point where i get mad.
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You shouldn't really overdo it either way. I've not really played DotA or DotA 2, so I can't make any judgement, but exposed skin is fine by me, up to a reasonable amount. Even better when they are matched by male characters with exposed skin in a sexual (rather than powerful) way, for balance.

I think games would indeed benefit from female characters of a variety of levels of attractiveness - at least then there's some gender balance and not every female character is a generic pretty-face. The point that these people make about the broodmother and spectre not being human (I just googled them) does really ring true - one is a giant spider and both are designed to look pretty monstrous. I think the point they were making is that there are no female characters that are "normal" ugly, or just plain.

While I don't agree that every female character should be unattractive of that the selection of female characters should be have a vast majority of plain or visually unappealing characters compared to one or two attractive women, it would be nice to see a couple of grizzled, muscular and scarred humanoid female characters among the selection.
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well it just sounds hypocritical to me. The male Characters in most games fall into 2 categories: Sexy or Monsterous. Besides in TES as there everyone is ugly.

But with females we got to have normal looking ones? Its a game, and i dont care. TES generaly did a good job at this. But in dota imean come on, its about flashy heroes that stand out of the crowd. To me this woman just has self image issues, and its not the game industries job to fix that.
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Well, you can have a heroic looking woman without her being prettied up. And I wouldn't say that those two categories are sufficient for describing male characters - there are plenty of older, grizzled male characters with the big beards and the warpaint and the big muscles. Female characters rarely get such a look. A heroic female could look quite similar - scarred, short hair, big muscles and a strong nose.

Look at Aveline from Dragon Age 2. She doesn't look particularly sexy or prettied up, but to me she looks heroic - especially compared to the more typical female hero you might find. She looks capable.

And I have to contest your notion of the complaining woman having self image issues. Not every problem brought up by a woman can be related to her hormones or PMS or she thinks she's fat, etc. Some women (and indeed, men, as I'm demonstrating) would just like to see a more heroic, less sexual female figure. After seeing your millionth busty waif in a boobs and butt pose holding a giant sword in her metal bikini, it gets frustrating.
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i would too. But im into that kinda thing, so i just flip that notion on its head dont i?
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I roll characters of all genders. It depends on what I think is fitting to the class and story of the character. This holds true in PnP, single-player RPG and MMOs. My most favorite Shadow Run character was a high-class hooker with a monofilament wire inside of one of her finger tips. She got the special jobs done.

And for variety reasons, since male and female animation, clothing and VO is different. So my second character usually is of the opposite gender of the first.

And wether you're a girl or g.i.r.l., for some strange reason, people will act more polite and helpful if there's a female avatar around.


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