I want to make it clear that I didn't intend to insult or smear EndlessJourney when I pointed out his sexist statements. I was pointing out the hypocrisy of saying you're not even remotely sexist, and then following that statement with one that's blatantly sexist
. I don't think sexism is really a positive thing, but it is part of human nature. I tried to subtly hint at this when I called myself a sexist. However, his ridiculously comical overreaction just brought out the troll in me. It's like that song:
Johnny Cash on vocals wrote:
The troll in me
Is caged by frail and fragile tubes.
Restless by day, but by night
Rants and rages at the noobs.
God help the troll in me.
I may not be fully clear here, so let me give an example of what I mean. If a new parent chooses to dress their baby girl in nothing but pink, that would be sexist, but ultimately harmless. However, if that same parent made a big show of boasting about how non-sexist they were, then immediately showed me the frilly pink dress-up dolls they got for their daughter, I'd call ******** on their claims.
Enough of that. Back on topic:
In general, I'd like a lot more options for the characters we can choose. Maybe I want my hume to have a beer belly, a greasy and shaggy beard, and a permanent scowl. Maybe I want him to be a skinny nebbish. Maybe I want butch woman with a buzzcut. This is all before getting into the fact that everyone in XI was either caucasion or goofy fantasy creature. I don't think that the character choices in FFXI were so much sexist as they were looksist. It was just pretty white girls and prettier white boys.
This is understandable, though, especially for a game on the PS2. Since every different body type requires another model to be designed for every piece of gear in the game, the choices can't be endless. This means that, practically, any body type that is used by less than, say, half a percent of the population represents wasted labor on SE's part. Since these can't be removed from the game once they're in, I can't blame them for being conservative here.
The question, then, is how popular would a butch female race actually be? I don't know, and I assume that SE has better data on this subject than I do. I'm gonna guess that there'd be enough people who would make such a character to justify the development cost for it, simply going by the popularity of such characters in other games. Which is to say, not the most popular, but not so rare that it's a surprise to see one.
Besides, how many pretty-boys do we really need?
I hope that they include highly customizable faces, at least.