First, I started thinking about my own character history. Was there a pattern to how I create characters in RPGs like Dragon Age or Oblivion? Yes it turns out there is: I always create a guy ... and the guy is always hot. It doesn't matter if he looks like me or not, but he has to attractive and kinda gay looking. Sort of like this:
|Both of these Dragon Age characters are extremely gay.|
I think when creating a character, most people will just pick their own gender. I think playing your own gender in games like these, really help immerse you into these worlds. It makes you feel as if you are actually running around slaying dragons and whatnot. At least for the first playthrough. I know that I'll usually mess around with characters on subsequent playthroughs because those playthroughs tend to be less serious for me.
But what about characters you don't make, but you choose? At least for me, when there are pre-built characters to choose from, I choose the female like 90% of the time. Lets take a look at fighting games for example: Here are characters who've I've mained in fighting games: Chun Li (3rd Strike), Cammy (SF2, SF4, CVS2), Jigglypuff (Smash Melee), Roll (Tatsunoko vs. Capcom), Athena (CVS2), Dizzy (Guilty Gear), and Marth (Smash Brawl). Wow ... the only guy on that list is Marth, and he is usually mistaken for female...
|Easily my main in any Street Fighter she is available in.|
|Maybe I play as Daisy all the time because she is so hot.|
Well what about pen and paper RPGs? In our last DnD campaign, not a single player played as the opposite gender. Interestingly enough, the only gay player in the group (besides me) was playing a gay character. In regards to my DnD history, I tend to alternate between male and female, however my most iconic character and the character in which I have played the most, was female (yayay Anri!). In fact, most of the us back in the Gord era had at least one iconic pen and paper RPG character which we played a lot. All of them were male ... except mine and Jason's. Coincidence?
I honestly feel like my sexuality has dictated somewhat the characters I play in games. This is just me though, I don't want to make generalizations for games of either orientation as a whole. I am curious as to what characters you guys play. Have you noticed any patterns in the characters you choose in games?