...Or is it indirect defiance...?
-one Google search later-
...Both work here.
Okay, so as you guys well know, I put up a poll last week when I had finally gotten my hands on a copy of Mass Effect, asking whether i should play as Shepard or Femshep, and though the results are clearly as follows...
...I'm actually going to play as Femshep. Now, since gameplay is unaffected by character choice, the choice boils down to a handful of reasons. The first being stated by ~crusnikjab
in response to the poll itself.
After reading ~crusnikjab
's comment, I decided to look into the voice acting thing and see if I agreed. Long story short, after browsing through forum posts from multiple websites discussing the topic and watching a video on YouTube comparing "The Normandy Speech" by both shepards, I find I agree with ~crusnikjab
. There's something about the way Femshep delivers her lines that I like better than Shepard.
The second reason I'm going with Femshep is removing myself from the picture. See, every time I play a male character in one of those RPGs that allows for character creation, my first instinct is to make him look and act just like me. And since I generally try to avoid conflict (the thing that makes video games fun), I wind up not having a lot of fun playing as...myself. (Besides that, Drew Shepard doesn't exactly roll off the tongue.) If I play a female character, I have the freedom to do whatever and be whoever I want, since I'm no longer limited by the ego telling me, "It has to be like you because you are amazing!"
The third and final reason is minor, but if I think about it, it does have some effect on my decision in one of these situations. See, I put a lot of emphasis during character creation on making the character look good. Sure, I'll only be looking at the back of their head most of the time, but I guess it's sort of the principle of the thing. Besides, I'll see their face in cutscenes, and I don't want to have to avert my eyes every time one of those comes up. Now, with males, I have no idea what looks good because I never think about it, so it's harder for me to make a good-looking guy (that doesn't wind up looking like me. See "bloated ego" above). As for the fairer sex, I know what I think looks good, and it's easy for me to translate that into character creation.Tl;dr
(didn't think I'd need one in this journal)
Thanks for voting in the poll, eveybody; I appreciate your opinions, but screw you guys. I'm gonna be Femshep!