My main (a female Bosmer) is fairly representative of me in a way...
Nâmae Rin - Master Crafter's apprentice and sneaky little thief
I kinda know what you mean, in that I usually roll my eyes when I hear this uber-hetero reasoning, mainly because it seems so practiced and a little defensive lol. Why not just say you wanna play as a woman?
Because I would be lying. Male player, female toon - two very separate entities. I've never encountered immersion in a game to the extend that I actually felt that the toon reflect me.
If you assume that I'm genderbending because I'm playing with a female toon, what then do you make of people playing with orc toons ? I doubt that all the Khajiit players have a secret desire to be cats or to have tails.
Sure, you'll get players who create toons to reflect themselves. You'll also get player who create toons to reflect who they want to be, but who they're not (think skinny geek creating a muscled hulk). You'll get players who create toons reflecting an idealized version of the girl/guy they're hoping to someday hook up with. Then you'll also get players who create a toon simply because it looks cool, for the challenge of creating a pretty orc female (whole thread here about that) or because "this one loves the way that the Khajit speaks". Assuming that everyone else are creating toons by the same reasoning as you use is a very narrow thoughtset.
It's cool man, I didn't accuse you of genderbending. I was just spouting off about guys who justify playing a female toon by saying they'd rather look at a female ass all day, as if I as a guy playing a male toon enjoy the sight of his tushi. I'm not really that bothered by it though, it's all good
I probably should've made a male main char, tbh. Because staring at a female butt is not as nice as staring at a man's butt. -cough-.
I'm a woman and my main is female, though most players still assume I'm male IRL. I play solo mostly so if I ever chat, it's not for long and I don't bother correcting them.
Hahaha! Well if it's chocolate or cookies, I'll be going after those for sure.
The cookie jar at our office would love to testify at that, I think. xDD
How many men out there play as women -- and how many women play as men?
My main character is pretty much reflective of me, and is an older male. But I do have three characters that I play a lot, and one of them is female. I don't think of her as reflective of me, I think of her as a character that I am playing. But I must say -- it is quite amusing to watch how young male players (I'm assuming -- and if this post is about anything, it's about how assuming is dangerous) react and try to interact with me when they _think_ I am a woman! Some of them behave like complete fools.
There's a lesson in there somewhere....
:To assume is to fool oneself." -- Charlie Chan.