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Character Creation in games

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Poll: Generally when I create a human(oid) character, I:

  • Total votes: 27. You have voted on this poll.
Create someone who is as close an approximation to what I look like in real life
 
6
22%
Create a character who is an idealized version of who I am
 
4
15%
Create a character that has the same ethnicity/ethnic features and same gender as me
 
3
11%
Create a character that is of a different ethnicity, same gender as me
 
0
0%
Create a character that is the same ethnicity, different gender as me
 
1
4%
Create a character who resembles another person (actors, celebrities, friends, etc)
 
0
0%
Create a hideous, deformed character for fun
 
1
4%
Go with a randomized or "official' (think Mass Effect's Sheppard) character
 
12
44%
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Character Creation in games

Hey everyone, I was wondering how you decide on how to create your player character in games that allow it, and what the thought process is behind it during character creation...
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I always go for making my character as close to actual appearance as possible. I find it makes the experience more immersive and personal for me. Apparently I'm pretty good at it and my friends all find it hilarious when I show up online or they come over and see whatever I'm playing.
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ReeGee wrote:
Mar 9th, 2017 3:30 pm
I always go for making my character as close to actual appearance as possible. I find it makes the experience more immersive and personal for me. Apparently I'm pretty good at it and my friends all find it hilarious when I show up online or they come over and see whatever I'm playing.
I don't like making someone who looks like me. There's enough uglyness in the real world. No need to add one in the virtual world too :D
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Opposite gender. Not enough badass woman kicking butt in video games.
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Official character; more authentic and canon IMO. All the dialog choices and plot are canned anyway.
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I generally tweak the stock characters a bit to have hair color and style similar to mine. That's about it.
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I used to care what the character looked like. But lately I've found the official or stock is fine. I might touch up the hair a bit and I usually play male.
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I use the official character when there is one.

For Mass Effect, I chose the official default male Commander Sheppard. I did not want to choose the female Commander Sheppard partly because
for games that have optional romances I did not like the idea of having dialog tree options where guys would flirt with you and you would have the option
to accept their advances.

For games that do not have an official character, whereby you have to create one from scratch, I try to make an decently good looking character.
Games like Demon's, Dark Souls, Bloodborne make that hard to do because the sliders need a lot of tweaking to make one of those.

I spend up to around 30-40 minutes messing around with the sliders or options before finalizing a character.
I also usually do not want to spend too much time customizing a character at the start of the game.

Some of my character creations by the game:


Skyrim Special Edition (PS4 Pro):

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Skyrim Legendary Edition (PS3):

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For FromSoftware's Souls series games, even if you make an ugly looking character, you can cover their faces up with helmets/decent looking armor anyway.
That's a reason why some people nickname it "Fashion Souls".

Demon's Souls (PS3):

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Dark Souls II(PS3):

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Bloodborne(PS4):

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Dark Souls III (PS4):

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Dragon's Dogma (PS3): tried to recreate Ashelia Dalmasca from Final Fantasy XII:

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Old article but for Mass Effect 1 through 3:

According to Bioware:

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011- ... as-femshep
http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/arch ... epard.aspx

82% of players played as a Male Commander Sheppard.
Therefore, 18% of players chose to play as a Female Commander Sheppard.

13% of players went with their respective default canon appearances.
Therefore, 87% of players customized their characters before starting the games.

When Bioware had the vote to let fans choose how the default Female Sheppard looks in Mass Effect 3:

The blonde FemShep (#5) won the character design choice by voters. Eventually the designers changed the final
canon Female Sheppard to have red hair, when ginger hair slightly beat out blonde in the 2nd vote to let the fans choose the hair colour.

http://ca.ign.com/articles/2011/07/26/m ... ontestants

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However, the final in-game model of Female Sheppard loosely resembled the winning pick (supposed to be Sheppard 5 with red hair):

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