I’ve always played male characters. Never really thought about it in any depth, I suspect it’s on the grounds that I am male and therefore so are my characters. I don’t think all males should only ever play males. I just didn’t think about playing a female character. I know a number of males who play female characters, but I don’t think I know any females who play male characters – they seem to almost exclusively play female characters. Of course its possible some people out there I assume to be male are in fact female and my theory goes up in flames. Regardless, I’m sure a psychologist could read all sorts of interesting things into the whole scenario.
Recently, I server transferred my Death Knight and faction changed from Alliance to Horde at the same time. When you Faction change you get to choose the new race and a new appearance. The human DK with the crew cut hair and square jaw turned into a Blood Elf female. I’ve no idea why. But I suddenly decided I was going to have a female character.
I think she looks pretty good for a character ( I can’t really say the same for my Undead Rogue – at best he looks functional and mean). Perhaps this will be a new trait for me, freeing off my inner-male repression and instead contemplating on my characters’ respective hairstyles and whether they should have earrings or not? But then again…. maybe not. Looking at the basic female templates on the Horde side, I can understand why someone would play a Blood Elf or a Troll. But as for Taurens and Undead, I just don’t see it. As for Orcs, is there really any difference between the sexes? The only reason anyone plays an orc is for racial bonuses or simply because they want one of the ugliest characters in the game without sinking to the depths of being a gnome.
I’d love to have a proper rationale behind the urge to suddenly play a female – this seemed like excellent reasoning to me. I just never thought of it. Perhaps that’s why my first character grinded so much solo – he was just too damned ugly to be grouped with.