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Guys, Do You Play Differently When Controlling A Female?

Let's go beyond the standard female protagonist discussion for a minute.

I have no problem with them and I never have. Do I believe it's wrong to force a certain gender into a game simply for the sake of political correctness, despite the fact that it doesn't fit with the theme or narrative at all? Nope. See, I actually support equality, not any of this illogical, hypocritical affirmative action garbage.

But I've never shied away from games with strong female characters. In fact, in all forms of entertainment, female characters tend to be my favorites; hell, my top 3 literary characters are all female. And I loved the revamped Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider reboot. Lo and behold, a real female and not a Barbie Doll! And the more we see realistic characters - both male and female - in gaming, the happier I'll be. All fiction can use caricatures and exaggerations for the purpose of satire or flat-out comedy, but we should have a balance.

That all being said, I'm wondering if guys actually play their adventures differently if they're assuming the role of a female. I've heard some say they're more careful; i.e., they aren't as aggressive and they don't take as many rash chances. Is it the instinctual male protective gene kicking in? Perhaps. To take that to another level, what if the woman we're playing as wasn't physically attractive? Does our protective instinct wane a bit? And are we even noticing how we're approaching the gameplay when we play as a female?

When playing Tomb Raider, I can honestly say I don't think I approach it any differently than if I was playing Uncharted with Nathan Drake. And it's because that once I get started, I almost completely ignore the sex of the character. I'm focused on other things, after all. I'll notice the gender during story scenes, of course, but in the midst of a firefight, I really don't acknowledge the difference at all. If I think I can charge someone and take 'em out, I'll do it; doesn't matter if I'm using Lara or Nathan. For me, it's just a respect issue: If you're out there in this mess, I expect you to be capable of dealing with it, regardless of sex. If you can do it, fine. If not, you can't be out there. Simple.

Hence, if Lara is out there battling away, she should be able to handle it and so, I push her as I'd push any dude. What about you?

Tags: gaming culture, video game heroines, girls in games

2/4/2016 9:41:52 PM Ben Dutka

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Ather
Thursday, February 04, 2016 @ 10:15:07 PM
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Nope. I play the same. If I can choose the hero options over the villain ones when it comes to game choices, I'll do that. Guy or Girl. It's about being a good character for me. otherwise, I play as I normally play, guy or girl. Or animal, robot, etc.

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smileys_007
Thursday, February 04, 2016 @ 11:35:03 PM
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It's not a problem for me. It's nice to play as a female hero sometimes on games, especially if the female character is super awesome just like the game that I'm playing right now, Life is Strange. Max Caulfield is just simply an amazing female heroine for me. ^_^

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, February 05, 2016 @ 12:39:03 AM

I love her too, though the last name ripoff of Catcher in the Rye kinda grates on me as an author.

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Gamer46
Thursday, February 04, 2016 @ 11:39:22 PM
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Nope, don't play any differently.

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shaytoon
Friday, February 05, 2016 @ 12:03:15 AM
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i dont see genders when i play video games. i treat them all equal and push their limits. if anything i encourage and appreciate it when women get thrown into the mix.

in fact, when i played blops3, my main was battery. she is the most badass of the specialists that fit perfectly to my tune.

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shaytoon
Friday, February 05, 2016 @ 8:07:53 AM

also, if i end up having an option to choose the sex. i tend to go male.

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Rogueagent01
Friday, February 05, 2016 @ 12:10:08 AM
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I play the same regardless of what my characters are, also if i have a choice of sex i always create female characters no matter what i'm playing.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, February 05, 2016 @ 12:38:14 AM
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I like to play her as a bitch. One that can be reasoned with and isn't necessarily evil, but yeah, a bitch that causes damage and pisses people off. That works best in RPGs of course. I don't think it's possible for me to play Tomb Raider any different than Uncharted except that I'll spin the camera around to check her out and take some awesome pics.

Always prefer female characters unless it's like Fallout where I like to pretend I'm me, and I can't see the character anyway (1st person is only way to go.)

Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 2/5/2016 12:38:23 AM

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Breadlover
Friday, February 05, 2016 @ 1:16:03 AM
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I realize that when I was younger, I'd tend to play around with the in-game camera more than I should when playing a female character... ehehe..

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BlinkBoy
Friday, February 05, 2016 @ 3:30:50 AM
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I don't think a female or male character impact how the game is played for me, it is a lot of times better emotions and story with a female character involved, but that is the writers and animators job to convince me of.

Gameplay is not something that me as a player could change because a female character was there.

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JackieBoy
Friday, February 05, 2016 @ 3:36:11 AM
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Of course! I look at the bottom when she runs. I spin my camera around to see all the round details:)
Is there any other way to play a female character?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, February 05, 2016 @ 10:44:14 AM

LOL

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daus26
Friday, February 05, 2016 @ 6:05:07 AM
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Definitely not for me. Imagine doing that in fighting games lol.

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frostface
Friday, February 05, 2016 @ 6:45:27 AM
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I like to play as a woman character from time to time as I have a thing for bada** strong women. It's why I rate Sarah Connor in Terminator 2 and Ripley in Aliens franchise as my two most favourite all time movie heroes of all time.

Also I find I like to check my butt out more.

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ethird1
Friday, February 05, 2016 @ 8:16:53 AM
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I jump up and down to see her boobs bounce. Camera angles for the win.

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Underdog15
Friday, February 05, 2016 @ 8:57:35 AM
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For me, it started with a lot of earlier RPG's rating female characters as having higher intelligence and spirit stats for women and male characters having higher physical attributes. (See FF:Tactics for example)

I always preferred to be a magic user, so I ended up creating a female character that I've stuck with from game to game. I guess I just got comfortable with female leads ever since.

Aside from that, I just really like good characters, male or female. If they're interesting as "people", chances are I'll like them.

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newchef
Friday, February 05, 2016 @ 9:18:20 AM
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i dont play differently for femles but i noticed i play differently when playing as a kid. Whether a serious game or something already childish. Like playing Last of Us*spoiler* as Ellie i noticed i tried to not kill people cause i felt kinda bad about making a 14 year old do that

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, February 05, 2016 @ 10:43:18 AM

I was sort of eyeball rolling when I saw with what EASE she started killing in The Last of US. The later DLC does make it make more sense but that didn't exist at the time.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, February 05, 2016 @ 10:42:16 AM
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It's sort of lame typecasting in Western games that the female character is always an agile lightweight guerrilla fighter. Only in Japanese stuff will you find a 100 pound girl swinging a sledgehammer and punching like Tyson.

-Just sayin

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Nerull
Friday, February 05, 2016 @ 11:36:18 AM

Don't forget the guys that pick up swords bigger than their entire body with one hand.
Good ol' Japan, after all why would a game have to worry about physics?

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Godslim
Friday, February 05, 2016 @ 2:36:45 PM

Looking at you tryndamere!

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BikerSaint
Friday, February 05, 2016 @ 2:31:52 PM
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If given the choice, I always go with the female, (since most games don't let me).

While I will always make her a #1 bad-ass, I'll also make her quite feminine for whenever that need arises too(example: all of my ME Fem-Shepard's).

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Godslim
Friday, February 05, 2016 @ 2:36:14 PM
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Nope I kill everyone equally.

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JonnyR
Saturday, February 06, 2016 @ 11:20:27 AM
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Of course not, the sex of a fictional character has no bearing on how i play a video game. i play according to the rules dictated by game mechanics, just like everyone else.

Unless its an RPG where game mechanics are expansive and allow for a large variety of play styles you can play however you like with the character you create.

Games like Tomb Raider and Uncharted? the characters are highly defined as are the worlds they inhabit and the situations you as a gamer find youself in, usually gun fights. the idea you would approach gameplay differently "because vagina" is a wholey silly notion.

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