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Representing Yourself in Video Games - November 8th 2010, 02:29 PM

yeah.... this might get a little long, so if you're lazy, you can skip to the bottom for my question

I was sitting up last night thinking, and i got started on like... Role-Playing/Adventure games.

in those games, you can either customize your character (editing name, face, height/weight, traits and personality, clothing, etc.) or you actively choose what decisions they make (i'm talking like... eating/drinking/socializing)

don't ask me WHY i was thinking about this >.> cuz i don't know.

but, it raised an interesting question: Do people tend to make a character that reflects how they live/are in real life, or do they make characters that reflect how they WANT to be/live?

i personally think (and have observed) that people like to make either a ridiculous fake character because it's hilarious, or they make someone that looks believable, but is, in actuality, nothing like them. let's group these two together into one group: Type 1.

BUT, i also see some people who model their character after their every aspect (same hair, face, body type and shape, clothing, personality type, quirks) and when they play the game, they always follow a pattern in their mind: they must live a certain way, no matter what. if they mess up, they give up the game, or start over. let's call these Type 2.

of course, there's always a gray area between these two extremes <.<

while i was thinking about this, i noticed that my character tends to be a Type 2.
i always have a set of rules for my character, that i apply as i can (in other words, i apply based on the limitations of the game's customization):
1. It's always a guy.
2. He looks JUST LIKE ME (ugly, right :P)
3. All of his personality traits/quirks/methods are the same as mine.
4. he's Vegan. (as much as he can be, cuz who friggin knows what the people's clothes are made of xD)
5. he does not drink.
6. he does not smoke.
7. he does no drugs, EVER.
8. he has sex
9. he's kind to his pets, as well as wild animals (i don't include that in the Vegan category cuz most people don't consider Vegans to be nice to animals for some reason O.o so it's for emphasis)
10. he never talks to anyone if he can help it.
11. he's a little loose with his moneys
12. if at all possible, he always drives an SUV over a sedan or truck.
13. he always has awesome technology

and those aren't even all of them, but i got a little bored typing that haha

so, anyhoo....


to all THers, do you represent yourself in video games? or do you make up a fake persona?

i'm actually really interested to find out how some people respond.
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Re: Representing Yourself in Video Games - November 8th 2010, 02:36 PM

It depends what game I'm playing.

Sometimes I'll represent myself exactly and use the same hair colour, eye colour, etc. Other times I'll go wild and dye my hair all sorts of colours
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Re: Representing Yourself in Video Games - November 8th 2010, 05:08 PM

I like to make my Sims character the opposite of me because it's funny like I make it ugly, I don't know why I just think it's funnier because if I made it looking like me it would be like playing my life again and that would be weird. I don't think I'm making any sense but to answer your question I like to make my characters ugly and funny.

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Re: Representing Yourself in Video Games - November 8th 2010, 09:41 PM

I've never played a game that has that much character customization.
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Re: Representing Yourself in Video Games - November 8th 2010, 09:46 PM

i always make my game character look like me in games like that, and i always follow my personality and stuff like that
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