Do you have a problem playing as a female main character?

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#1 majadamus
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No doubt the female lead role has been around quite some time in the video game universe. But, I know there are some out there that still don't want to play as a woman in a video game. Maybe they can't see themselves playing a female role because they can't picture a woman being a fighter. Maybe it's because they're use to playing as a male character it just doesn't seems too unusual. Or maybe it has to do with deep issues or insecurities that make you uncomfortable as a man that keeps you from playing as a female character.

I use Sakura now for Street Fighter IV. It's not only her cuteness that made me want to select her. She's a faster, but a weaker Ryu. See, I'm pretty comfortable playing as anyone or anything. Now I just got Final Fantasy XIII and it inspired me to post a thread like this since Final Fantasy games in the main series usually have a male lead role you would play as. I'm sure that some of the gamers out there probably didn't buy this game because Lightning is the one who's in the spotlight most of the time.

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#3 Chemical_Viking
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I often choose a female character over a male one. So as for having a problem, quite the opposite. My Shepard is much sexier than the one on the box.
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#4 Nevlim
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No. It's not like I will miss great games like Bayonetta and the Metroid series just because the main character is a women. I think thats stupid.
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#5 finalfantasy94
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You have to be retarded to have a problem playing a game as a female character. seriously there is no other ways to put it

da_illest101

Guess you can call me retarded. I only play with female leads sometimes most of the time I dont want to,but there are exceptions like ff13 and metroid. It all comes down to the gameplay.

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#6 SamGv
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In FF games the main character is always a guy so I think it's fine that a female got the spotlight for once.

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#8 deactivated-5967f36c08c33
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I have no problem with female protagonists.

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#9 sayonara89
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Nope
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#10 finalstar2007
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Not at all, i like it

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#11 tonyleo01
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Im fine playing as a female character as long as no other male characters trying to hit on me ala Mass Effect :P
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#12 Not-A-Stalker
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I prefer playing as a guy because... well, I'm a guy. I dunno. That's just how it is I guess? But I don't mind playing a woman. It's no big deal and doesn't make the game any less enjoyable.
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#13 illmatic87
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If you're going to play a game for a fair amount of time... might as well be looking at a females backside as opposed to a male one.
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#14 NanoMan88
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As long as she is not a whore like bayonetta or a ditz like Perfect Dark Zero. What happened to class of Joanna Dark from the original PD?

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#15 Shirokishi_
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I did for quite a while, then I turned 16 and got over it.

I just dont know why, but playing a game as a boob person just never sat well with me.....

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#16 ironcreed
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Of course not, I love women. Especially the kind that are hot and bad ass all in one.

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#17 Bus-A-Bus
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I dont like to play with female character and Lightning(FF13) just gets so much on my nerves that i barely can play game :)

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#18 BioShockOwnz
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Nah. Lightning is my favorite character to play as in FFXIII.

I loved Faith in ME.

Bayonetta in errr... Bayonetta.

Madison Paige in HR.

I dig strong lead female characters.

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#19 jun_aka_pekto
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With games like Tomb Raider? No. But, if I had a choice of being gal or guy, I prefer to be the guy.

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#20 planbfreak4eva
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You have to be retarded to have a problem playing a game as a female character. seriously there is no other ways to put it

da_illest101
i dont like playin with bayonetta, she is some ho and its a game thats trying to sell sex to kids...i dont mind playing with the one from heavenly sword or uncharted, but bayonetta girl just makes me disgusted
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#21 tagyhag
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Of course not, it's always a nice change of pace. Now if they could only do something about Lightning's personality. :P
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#22 Masculus
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I don't, though if I were to play a RPG where you are bound to save the world (like DA:O), i always like to make a male-fighter; i find that a female thief (for example) is not fit for the heroic type, i rather have a brave Knight as the savior and champion of whatever game i'm playing.

Though I am always suspicious of those who only play as female even though they are 'male'.

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#23 BioShockOwnz
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[QUOTE="da_illest101"]

You have to be retarded to have a problem playing a game as a female character. seriously there is no other ways to put it

planbfreak4eva

i dont like playin with bayonetta, she is some ho and its a game thats trying to sell sex to kids...i dont mind playing with the one from heavenly sword or uncharted, but bayonetta girl just makes me disgusted

She's actually a very strong and independent female protagonist. You do know that hyper sexual individuals exist, correct?

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#24 madmenno
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Not if they sparsely dressed :D Seriously.... no And yes you got to be retarded if you voted "yes" :D
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#26 Human-after-all
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Best shooter out-of-the-box ever had a female main (perfect dark) and best Final Fantasy had a female main (VI). Nope but FFXIII is fail.
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#27 vistamanV5
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Regardless of what kind of game it is... From Mass Effect to WoW.. I always choose to play a female... I figure if I have to stare at someones butt for hours on end it might as be a nice round supple females butt....

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#28 vashkey
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I don't really care. It's not like half the female leads act all that feminine anyway.
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#29 Mr_Cumberdale
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Yes. I get so nervous and shy playing one. I was scared of buying FFXIII because of it, but she doesn't look too girly. I didn't like the female characters in Lost Odyssey.
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#30 joshrocks2245
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Yeah because I'm a guy and I wouldn't really like to play as a female, it would make me feel weird.

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#31 DanteSuikoden
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Samus and Lightning are bad ass

Nuff said

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#32 BioShockOwnz
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Yes. I get so nervous and shy playing one. I was scared of buying FFXIII because of it, but she doesn't look too girly. I didn't like the female characters in Lost Odyssey.Mr_Cumberdale

Eeek. Seth Balmore is literally one of my favorite characters eva. She had a little bit of Alyx in her.

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#33 nachi_lobo
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absolutely no!!

Tomb Raider, Final Fantasy VI, X-2, XIII, Beyond Good & Evil, Metroid... all sublime games with female main character!

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#34 planbfreak4eva
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[QUOTE="planbfreak4eva"][QUOTE="da_illest101"]

You have to be retarded to have a problem playing a game as a female character. seriously there is no other ways to put it

BioShockOwnz

i dont like playin with bayonetta, she is some ho and its a game thats trying to sell sex to kids...i dont mind playing with the one from heavenly sword or uncharted, but bayonetta girl just makes me disgusted

She's actually a very strong and independent female protagonist. You do know that hyper sexual individuals exist, correct?

well she disgusts me. same as those avatar creatures, also disgusting me
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#35 MetroidPrimePwn
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Not at all. Samus has been one of my favorite characters since I was like 6.

And I honestly wish more third person shooters had female main characters.

If I'm going to be staring at ass the entire game, it might as well be female.

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#36 eveileb-ekam
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The problem with playing as female lead characters is that, most of the time, they are products of a very sexualised visual culture. That is what makes me uncomfortable, not the fact that they are female.

In fact, in games which allow character customisation, I often prefer to play as a female.

I think trends have changed in recent years, though, in regards to representation of women in videogames. Just looking at the development of Lara Croft proves that, though there is a long way to go.

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#37 eveileb-ekam
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All of the "if I have to look at an ass for an entire game, it should be female" comments ... very original, very classy. :roll:

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#38 Vari3ty
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I don't have a problem with it, it's just that the genre that features female lead characters (JRPGs) is one I don't care for.

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#39 Senor_Kami
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Gameplay > Gender
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#40 ErkiB
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Im a man, I want to be able to always be able to play as a male character that could represent me in a game....Guys who like to play AS girls in games are just....well...you know...
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Im a man, I want to be able to always be able to play as a male character that could represent me in a game....Guys who like to play AS girls in games are just....well...you know...ErkiB

So you disliked 25% of Heavy Rain?

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#42 eveileb-ekam
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Im a man, I want to be able to always be able to play as a male character that could represent me in a game....Guys who like to play AS girls in games are just....well...you know...ErkiB
So do you only go and watch films that have male lead roles? Or read books from only a male perspective? A lot of games arent about becoming the character, but instead are about experiencing a world and a story from a particular character's point of view. If that experience is interesting enough to be the product of a videogame, why would it be weird for a male to want to experience it? I love playing as Samus in Super Metroid. I love playing as Faith in Mirror's Edge. Does that make me... well, you know?
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[QUOTE="ErkiB"]Im a man, I want to be able to always be able to play as a male character that could represent me in a game....Guys who like to play AS girls in games are just....well...you know...eveileb-ekam
So do you only go and watch films that have male lead roles? Or read books from only a male perspective? A lot of games arent about becoming the character, but instead are about experiencing a world and a story from a particular character's point of view. If that experience is interesting enough to be the product of a videogame, why would it be weird for a male to want to experience it? I love playing as Samus in Super Metroid. I love playing as Faith in Mirror's Edge. Does that make me... well, you know?

A videogame is more interactive then a book or a film, alot more interactive, because you control him/her, in a movie or a book, you're essentially a bystander.
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#44 WAIW
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Bayonetta and Lara Croft are two games I'll continue to ignore because I can't imagine me playing as an oversexualized member of the opposite sex without laughing at myself

But all other video game women are playable

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#45 Senor_Kami
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Bayonetta and Lara Croft are two games I'll continue to ignore because I can't imagine me playing as an oversexualized member of the opposite sex without laughing at myself

But all other video game women are playable

WAIW
That's actually the point of Bayonetta. People are mistaken if they assume Bayonetta takes itself seriously. The only thing that isn't tongue and cheek and ridiculous is the quality of the gameplay. Everything else is SUPPOSED to be laughed at and not taken seriously.
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#46 Ibacai
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No problem whatsoever.
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#47 eveileb-ekam
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[QUOTE="eveileb-ekam"][QUOTE="ErkiB"]Im a man, I want to be able to always be able to play as a male character that could represent me in a game....Guys who like to play AS girls in games are just....well...you know...Sandvichman
So do you only go and watch films that have male lead roles? Or read books from only a male perspective? A lot of games arent about becoming the character, but instead are about experiencing a world and a story from a particular character's point of view. If that experience is interesting enough to be the product of a videogame, why would it be weird for a male to want to experience it? I love playing as Samus in Super Metroid. I love playing as Faith in Mirror's Edge. Does that make me... well, you know?

A videogame is more interactive then a book or a film, alot more interactive, because you control him/her, in a movie or a book, you're essentially a bystander.

I might control the character, but I am still strung along a story woven by the developer. Its all scripted, and bound to happen, and part of the fun of videogames is immersing yourself in that carefully constructed world. Insecurities over gender shouldnt come into that. In my head, I know I am controlling Samus, who has her own history and her own life that is distinctly seperate from mine. Im not suddenly going to feel weird as if I might become female because I am involved in that. It doesnt make sense.
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Im a man, I want to be able to always be able to play as a male character that could represent me in a game....Guys who like to play AS girls in games are just....well...you know...ErkiB
Finish the sentence. This should be interesting.
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#49 cowgriller
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In FF games the main character is always a guy so I think it's fine that a female got the spotlight for once.

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pft. barely.

@TC,

i have no problems playing as a female in any game. hell, i'm one of the few here who bought, played, and still owns Bullet Witch.

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#50 Jynxzor
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i dont like playin with bayonetta, she is some ho and its a game thats trying to sell sex to kids...planbfreak4eva
I guess the rating on the box is just for show amiright? M: for...munchkins?