As I explore what connects the real world to the world of videogames, I have found some compelling bits of information on why we are so drawn to videogames instead of real life, and a lot of it has to do with the characters we play as. While I have yet to clarify my position on why, exactly, individuals find so much more freedom and achievement playing as fictional characters, I suspect that it has something to do with the potential to get more done and a lack of judgment by other people. Thoughts on this?
The real reason I am writing is because I want to know what types of people gamers manifest themselves in in the videogames they play. Do you usually adopt a character that you share a gender identity with? Do you pick a character who is most similar to you or do you go with someone completely different? Why do you think this is?
If you do choose or customize a character that looks like you, what features do you make sure your avatar has that represent yourself? For example, the clothing might be less important to you than the eye color, or the hairstyle. For example, if I have a choice, I always pick a female character with as many triats of mine as possible because I like to feel like I am part of the game. What do these important representations tell you about yourself? I am curious to know what people see in their avatar that empowers them in a way that the real world does not.