there's some weird disconnect for me being a dude and playing a female character, at least for my main.
Just to sate my curiosity, and flesh out the discussion in general: Do you (and anyone else
) feel the same disconnect when playing a game where the lead is specifically female? Like Tomb Raider's Lara Croft, for instance. Or, I don't know, Bioshock Infinite's Booker DeWitt for female posters. Also, do you feel games would be better, in general, if they all had a choice between male and female protagonists?
I have no issues playing a male character in an offline RPG, since I'm trying to find out a story about that character.
MMORPGs do reflect more of a personal self identity for me. Even though it's a "role playing game" it's just different - I don't role play at all in MMOs. I am who I am. Now, my XI character had some quirks and a unique personality that was exaggerated because it was funny (such as my enduring love of Elvaan paladins and my mad drunken pulling skills and drunk bard jokes in macros), but my core identity of my XI Tarutaru is me
, even though there's a back story I've built up within the world lore. (Catwho's real name is Taprara. Her mother is Rottata, the outpost warp NPC. Her father is Kenapa-Keppa in the Rhinostery. She has a twin brother named Tapra-Topra who is following their father's footsteps and wants to work in the Rhinostery. He prefers to stay at home and garden and go out into the field and harvest. She, on the other hand, was one of Shantotto's prodigy students just after the war, and it was to Shantotto's great disappointment that she spends more time on white magic and music than black magic.)
I guess I view MMORPGs as more of a character journey of self-discovery, not just story telling.