I’ll admit it. I can be an altoholic when it comes to MMOs, and I spend a great deal deciding how will each of them look and what armor will they wear. You see, while I like to consider myself a person capable of focusing on the inside, I do want to make sure my characters look awesome according to certain criteria. But what could those criteria be?
How original is it?
For many years, I hated having female characters that looked like your typical, sexy warrior or mage found everywhere, so I tried very hard to stay away from that. Phantasy Star Online provided me the opportunity to create certain female mage (or Force, as they are called in that game) that I simply called Jess.
To many players, a character like Jess would have been a joke character, to the point that I was called names (you can imagine which kind) just because she was chubbier than the average character. As I played other MMOs, I tried to replicate this plum, colorful girl, which at some points was impossible due to the limit of some games’ body build selection. Jess isn’t the only character I have tried to replicate; Aster has now become my main choice when I need to create someone.
Can you relate to it?
I’ve heard a lot of people complain that they can’t relate to X or Y character in a game, and that’s something that never bothered me. If I cared about a video game character, I did in the same way I cared for my favorite literary or movie characters. I didn’t need to have a personal connection or something to relate with them to like them. However, that changed after I played Dragon Age. I decided to remake my female mage (called Jess, unsurprisingly) into a male elf after finding out I could romance people of the same sex. For the first time, I started making decisions based on what I would do if I was the hero instead of how I think the hero would react. This changed my perspective on character creations, to the point that I rarely create female characters for the sole fact that I can’t relate to them. Well, not completely at least.
How good does it look?
Touching the subject of boys who play girl characters, a very common response is “If I am going to look at someone’s ass for hundreds of hours, I’d prefer it was a woman’s. Is that a shallow, if valid view? I already mentioned that the few girls I make try to stay away from the typical sexy avatar, but the truth is that most of my male characters are pretty boys, and if I can get them shirtless AND fight for battle, I’ll go for it. And I like it that way.
In the end…?
In the end, the avatar you create is yours and yours only. It doesn’t matter the reason you choose to make your character look the way it looks, as long as you have fun with your character. Do you want to make it look like you? Go for it. Do you want to make it look like your favorite sayan? Go for it. Do you want to make a character as different from you as possible for the experience? Go for it. Do you want to make a sex symbol that distracts you more than it helps you fight trolls or aliens? Go for it. You don’t care about your avatar and just want to kill trolls or aliens? It’s your gaming experience! Go for it. Just have fun