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I'm a Male and I prefer Male Leads.
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Kyuu694
post Sep 30 2009, 05:40 PM
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i like LIGHTS.
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What is your gender and what is your gender preference for a Main Character?
Tell us your gender and discuss why do you prefer Male/Female lead laugh.gif

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post Sep 30 2009, 05:56 PM
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I like main characters that are well thought out, developed, and are good for players to "get". Gender is the last thing on my mind.
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Moururi
post Sep 30 2009, 06:09 PM
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Gonna agree with Fandaxu.

I fit somewhere in the middle of both genders, though i'm slighty biased towards a female character, i don't really care. As long as they're well written.
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Celianna
post Sep 30 2009, 06:20 PM
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You didn't add the 'I don't care' option.

I'm female, but would play any gender, unless it's one of those 'choose your gender!' like Harvest Moon or Pokemon game.
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BigEd781
post Sep 30 2009, 06:20 PM
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Sorry ladies, but I can't stand female leads. That is one of the first things that I noticed about FFXIII, and I don't like it.

That said, Terra in FFIII was a good character, but the structure of that game was a bit different.


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Kyuu694
post Sep 30 2009, 06:24 PM
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i like LIGHTS.
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QUOTE (Celianna @ Sep 30 2009, 06:20 PM) *
You didn't add the 'I don't care' option.

I'm female, but would play any gender, unless it's one of those 'choose your gender!' like Harvest Moon or Pokemon game.


Ahh, alrighty then XD I'll add that option.
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Malexos
post Sep 30 2009, 06:46 PM
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I'm a guy...
Technically, I don't care what gender a main character is, as long as they're a well-made character.

ALTHOUGH-- if it's a choose your gender game, I'll most likely play as a male.

Also, female leads usually suck in commercial games for some reason...they're either mindless sex objects or....okay, so they're almost always mindless sex objects XP, and when they're not brainless whores, they're sure to be poorly thought out/overdramatic....wow, FFX-2 falls into all three of those categories!

Terra is one of the only good female leads I can think of at the moment...

OH! And Amaterasu in Okami, but she's a wolf-goddess thing, and a silent protagonist... so that doesn't really count XD

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BigEd781
post Sep 30 2009, 06:48 PM
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QUOTE (Malexos @ Sep 30 2009, 11:46 AM) *
okay, so they're almost always mindless sex objects XP, and when they're not brainless whores, they're sure to be poorly thought out/overdramatic....


Wait, are you saying that there are real life women who are not whorish, emotional basket-cases?!?!?!


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post Sep 30 2009, 07:35 PM
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I'm a male and I DO prefer female leads (provided they are as less psycho as possible tongue.gif ) KoTOR's Bastilla is a great female lead (considering that the PC doesn't say a single word as is mute lead) Elly (Elhaym Van Houtten) is a great lead for Xenogears (you can't put her in any level that's not the same as Fei's, considering the game is about THE TWO of them) and when I play Pokemon I play as female and that's not for any funny business.

I dunno, I like female leads. I guess there's more room to make them an emotions wreckage than with guys wink.gif


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post Sep 30 2009, 07:39 PM
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I don't care what sex the lead character is as long as they're well developed. However, I kind of have to agree with BigEd and Malexos as well. It seems that a lot of RPG game developers don't know how to write a good female character even if their life depended on it. :/ At least there are some good female leads here and there- like Terra and Lenneth

Yeah, Amaterasu doesn't count as she is deliberately written to be genderless in the game.


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Astel
post Sep 30 2009, 07:49 PM
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I'm sorry to say that i don't like female main characters. For me, main characters are all about identification with the player, and i have a hard time trying to identify myself with a female character.
Maybe the best option is to give the player the chance to choose the gender of the character, but that works better with open-ended games.


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Sen?
post Sep 30 2009, 08:59 PM
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I don't really mind the gender of the main character, though I really have to consider who are my audience and why do they want to walk in his/her (main character) shoes.


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BigEd781
post Sep 30 2009, 09:00 PM
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Astel pretty much summed it up for me. When I play a role-playing game, I always name the main character Ed (make fun of me and you are banned). I just cannot identify with a female character.


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Celianna
post Sep 30 2009, 09:08 PM
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I'm proud to say that I'm a girl and have no trouble identifying with male characters. Some of my favourite main characters are male.

I also like to name my characters (it's it's possible) to 'God', hilarity ensues when some NPC is like "... it's .. GOD!! O___O")
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Sen?
post Sep 30 2009, 09:21 PM
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I'm pretty much like Celianna though quite the opposite. (Not the naming though xD)

I quite agree though that most female leads become poorly-thought out, lots of skimpy revealing clothing out there to compliment that supposedly sexy-figure which I dislike in characterization, they're just becoming shallow archetypes. (That's why I'm having an fat ogre as a leading lady, no joke)

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Getdizzy
post Sep 30 2009, 09:22 PM
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In a game with a set main character, I really don't care whether it is male or female. As long as it fits the story.

Oddly enough though, when playing a game in which I get to pick, I almost always pick female.
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Bleud
post Sep 30 2009, 09:24 PM
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Hmm...as a male, I could care less what gender the main character is. I do have preferences though...

For males: It's has to be a hero who isn't slightly retarded and goes around asking questions like he was born yesterday. And hopefully one that doesn't resemble a chick. Those really annoy me.

For females: Big tits and a fat ass: these would be things to avoid. Most likely she's a sex object for teenage boys and lonely old men. They try to counter it by making her super smart or something, but it usually backfires. If the main character has something covering her chest and is not reading a book upside down, it's a step in the right direction for me.


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Astel
post Sep 30 2009, 09:55 PM
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About female characters in general, i have nothing against strong women like Ripley from Aliens... however i'll stay away from anything resembling Lara Croft or the Charlie's Angels.


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Xalidir
post Sep 30 2009, 11:14 PM
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i'm a male, but i don't give a crap about who is the main character, as long as the character is developed beyond an archetype. in the Great Kingdoms, i have a female as the main character, but if i could make her have a 3d look, she'd be covered almost head to toe in armor (as she does in Soulcalibur III, but that's different)

i agree with both Ed and Astel on the whole stereotype for the female. i can't stand seeing a skanty cladded chick going up against the evils of the world. my girls are like Joan of Arc (fully armored), unless it's part of the character.

i have no objections to playing a female character, but i will avoid games where the girl is skimpy outfitted. to date, i regret ever getting Final Fantasy X-2. i can't see Yuna, who was a priestess and summoner, going Lara Croft like she did. 10-2 was obviously an attempt to get the raging hormoned teens to play it.

as i stated, i'd rather have a girl covered from head to toe if she's going up against an armada. i cannot, and will not, see ANY of my own females wearing nothing less than the provisions they need (one reason i hated some of the outfits in World of Warcraft).

all in all, it just boils down to preferences. if i ever make a pick your gender game, or played one for that matter, unless i'm making my main character (which will always be named Justice), i'd end up making either Cadyna or Justine, depending on what class i have available. i'm very fickle about that, as i've developed my characters beyond the archetypes of their respected classes. hell, in Champions of Norrath, i made a female High Elf cleric cause clerics in that game were paladins, to an extent.

for me, i need to have a comfort level with the character. and depending on what i see with the character, i either stop playing or restart with a new name. i'm incredibly fickle with that

that's the end of my small rant, i voted, and my preferences is don't care really, as long as the character is developed beyond the archetypes.


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post Sep 30 2009, 11:35 PM
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I couldn't say I have a preference. Although, I can't think of a game with a female lead off the top of my head that I would place as one of my favorites. It seems like generally female leads, especially in non-RPG's, are really badly done. But it isn't an immediate turn-off for me.

If it's a choose your gender type game, then I generally choose male, but if playing as a female affects the story in some way I'll usually go back and play again as a female. I enjoyed Mass Effect a lot more when I played as a girl actually.

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