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Comic 116 - Theories

16th Mar 2013, 7:13 PM
Theories
Average Rating: 5 (2 votes)
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Clef 16th Mar 2013, 7:35 PM edit delete
Clef
#4 is NOT to be confused with this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTa9gW1TKpU

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ExPaladin 16th Mar 2013, 7:47 PM edit delete reply
Female characters never work for me. I cannot immerse myself into the game and its story if I have to pretend to be a girl.

Not even #4 is good enough reason for me to roll one. :P
Timber 16th Mar 2013, 8:00 PM edit delete reply
Personally, I'm a subscriber of the Maxim theory, and I'm not ashamed to admit it in the slightest.
Nikolai Kosev 16th Mar 2013, 8:13 PM edit delete reply
I think it should be n4 for most people.
But female chars just simply do not work for me. I can't remember a single time i rolled a female char and stuck with it.

Even when female has advantages , like smaller hitbox in FPSs or agile movements when you need a flag carrier.
I think all my chars i ever played was males (ofc where there is a choice, tomb rider has no choice:P).
octav3k 16th Mar 2013, 9:10 PM edit delete reply
If (when playing WoW) you're staring at your character's ass the whole time, you're doing it wrong :D
Firedaisy 16th Mar 2013, 9:10 PM edit delete reply
It could also be they just like how the character model looks or how armor looks on it, any attack animations etc. I know I play a male troll for my main even though I am female for the reason that I just like how male trolls look better. While I play my rogue as a female undead because the flips are so amusing! Female Orc warrior beause plate gear looks amazing on them "Asuming you wear a helm over dat face". I'm sure there are many reason people play the gender/race that they do.
TehDruid 16th Mar 2013, 9:31 PM edit delete reply
I'm the same as well, female irl and my main is a male troll. I also have a male belf(pally), but my lock, shaman and hunter and female(two cows and a forsaken).
Guest 16th Mar 2013, 10:33 PM edit delete reply
For me it's literally just a coin flip while I'm making the character ^_^
Rokas 16th Mar 2013, 11:37 PM edit delete reply
It was #4 for me. Totally.
DcSensai 17th Mar 2013, 1:19 AM edit delete reply
i choose door number four there. [even though number one made me a sad panda.]
Olania 17th Mar 2013, 1:32 AM edit delete reply
Totally the Maxim theory. Or as I put it, "If I'm going to spend hours a day looking at pixels in the shape of an ass, I'd rather it be pixels in the shape of a woman's ass."

Using Jyo for that one illustrates it well, since the majority of my characters are female Draenei.
Lackinganame 17th Mar 2013, 1:34 AM edit delete reply
Lackinganame
LOLZ
Thisguy 17th Mar 2013, 1:51 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, i'm probably The Maxim theory as well... or a variation of it at least. Like, why I like watching anime where the central characters are female, its not just about how they look, but how they act

Of course, I have a mix, while in my total of characters, I have only one more female than Male, to date, I have lvl capped 2 males 1 female. My main is a guy (human male, original)
Bloodraptor 17th Mar 2013, 6:08 AM edit delete reply
I dont roll female characters because their sexy bodies would be too distracting for me. At least rolling a dude, I can feel in the game, and I can at lest feel more of a bond with my characters that isnt some creepy sexual thing.
Kat 17th Mar 2013, 8:21 AM edit delete reply
I'm female. Of the 11 chars I still play, 4 are male.

One of my DK's, my only Horde char, is a male orc. I just like how they look over the females...plus I absolutely LOVE their dance! ♥

My hunter is a male dwarf, since it just seems more fitting for a male to be it (my pally is also a dwarf, and is female).

My lock is a worgen male (druid is worgen female), because I love their menacing "run", which seems to fit in with the dark characteristics of warlocks.

And my mage is a gnome male, mainly because I like how they look moreso than females, but only just.

So I suppose I subscribe more to #4 than anything else. :)
Berius 17th Mar 2013, 1:13 PM edit delete reply
Um yea, I never understood why people use #4 as a reason to roll a female toon. Why of all places are you looking at the backside of your character instead of, you know, paying attention to the game world itself?? Pretty sad...
TheMjohann 17th Mar 2013, 4:34 PM edit delete reply
I'll have to go with #5. Being a roleplayer i roll a female toon so i have to work harder to define the character and not just fall into the trap of being my own self as a character.
Sable Fable 17th Mar 2013, 6:22 PM edit delete reply
I'd rename the #1 theory. It's more "Pathologically Misogynistic" than feminist. I'm a feminist and don't make assumptions that every action performed by every male is with misogynistic intent, so that's kind of an offensive generalization. I suppose for most people it's what you most comfortably identify with when choosing a character's gender.
Clef 17th Mar 2013, 10:21 PM edit delete reply
Clef
Well, generalization is kind of the theme of this comic, heh. (obviously there are many more than just those 4 reasons)

Feminists accuse us of being "Pathologically Misogynistic" when playing female characters (and a few other choice words I cannot mention here), hence why I called it the "feminist theory". (heck, that's where I got the idea). They can get downright hostile over vent when the subject comes up.
Rokas 18th Mar 2013, 12:41 PM edit delete reply
You find it that comment offensive? What about those of us who find it offensive that ultra-feminists accuse us of theory one? And they do accuse us of that, you cannot deny that. So don't play that "I'm offended" card, because you're two steps behind the rest of us.
Spiritwolf15x 17th Mar 2013, 6:29 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, definitely #4 for me... XD
Adamantine 17th Mar 2013, 6:35 PM edit delete reply
what if I'm a girl rolling to play a male character? My "third main" was an orc male and I played him even more than my original main character.
Clef 17th Mar 2013, 10:26 PM edit delete reply
Clef
Well, considering that is the greatest "minority" in the game, its pretty much a null subject. In my years playing the game I only met one girl guildmate who played a male as a main. There were others that played male toons, but only because they had an army of alts and they clearly favored variety in races/classes/genders, but their mains were all still female.
anamiac 17th Mar 2013, 8:13 PM edit delete reply
anamiac
I don't think I'm any of these reasons... maybe #4? I hate most of the character models in the game because I don't know or like anyone in real life that looks like that.

My main is a female tauren druid. I rolled the character in Vanilla, and I don't like the male model very much... slouching men with 7 feet wide shoulders don't seem very realistic to me, but the tauren female body type is real (albeit uncommon, they have the same body time as the girls I knew in high school that did track, volleyball, and soccer).

Of course I've spent all my time in bear form anyway, but I didn't know that when I rolled the character.
Kangaar Foxfire 19th Mar 2013, 1:03 AM edit delete reply
For me, a lot from column 4, a lot from column 1, and a bit from column 3.

I originally played a male toon, and I got tired of looking at him. Might not have been as bad if I were playing in FPS perspective, but I found watching running female hips far more enjoyable than male hips. It's interesting that there's a term for it, because when people have asked why I play a female toon I've always answered exactly that phrase "If I'm going to be staring at the same backside for hours..."

From column 1, I enjoy watching a female toon fighting, working and dressing up (or undressing as the case may be). I've always been amused by the way a Tauren female as she's bending down to collect ore exhibits her right breast.

Column 3, the rebel. One time I met up in WoW with a female friend I knew from RL and she asked why I was playing a female Tauren. I replied "To prove that women and tauren CAN be engineers!". She said "I like the way you think.". Back then there was no Tauren engineer trainer, and no zep linking TB to Org, with the nearest Engie trainer being at Ratchet. Nowadays Tauren engies are a dime a dozen. :(
Amaxe 19th Mar 2013, 3:52 PM edit delete reply
I have about half male and half female ratio with my toons. I try to envision a persona when creating a toon and choose all appearance options (including gender) to match.
G.L. Sytnos 20th Mar 2013, 3:05 AM edit delete reply
I roll a female because Male Protagonists have been used so much that it has just gotten dull.
Clef 22nd Mar 2013, 8:54 AM edit delete reply
Clef
I take it you don't watch much anime, heh...almost the other way around there.
David F. 22nd Mar 2013, 1:00 AM edit delete reply
Personally, I roll male or female based on the character. There are a lot of races where I don't like the male model (human, orc, and draenei come to mind), and generally I'll pick whatever I feel best suits the character.
Zabam 22nd Mar 2013, 8:48 AM edit delete reply
Just wondering about #1, wouldn't that make somebody more of a sadist than a masochist? Or am I missing something?
Clef 22nd Mar 2013, 9:05 AM edit delete reply
Clef
Both words mean pretty much the same thing, except one is sexual in nature while the other is not.
Banshee 24th Mar 2013, 12:25 PM edit delete reply
No, they can both be sexual, or not. Sadism is deriving pleasure from *inflicting* pain, masochism is deriving pleasure from *receiving* pain. They are complementary, but in no wise are they the same.
DarQuing 4th Aug 2013, 6:27 PM edit delete reply
Most of my toons are female because I like looking a females (though it doesn't entirely work with druids since much of the time is spent in a gender neutral form). Horde-side especially has a posture issue (orcs, trolls & forsaken tend to slouch).
Guest 29th May 2015, 6:41 AM edit delete reply
*Facepalm*
That is NOT a Femmist theory. Femminists believe in equality between men and women.
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