I'm male and going to play male. I made a female warrior in GW1 because I did not like the look of male warriors. I might make a female asura or sylvari though, since that won't make me look and feel like a freak as much (a)
And then there's this......SpoilerIf you choose the Norn story point "lost Heirloom" at character creation, it will lead you to a personal storyline involving the Kodan,
Male, cause im male to!:O
I wonder if these numbers hold up across MMOs... 60% of male respondents play female characters. 80% of female respondents play female characters.
I mostly play male unless I don't like the look. For example, my Norn will be female since I don't like the no neck look of the male.
The ratio would also probably depend on the type of game. Warcraft, for example, has different servers to suit different purposes, including roleplaying servers. Wildly speculating with no actual data to back this up, but I wouldn't be surprised to find a closer alignment between gender of the player and gender of the character on roleplaying servers. For RP you're pretending to be that character, and it's generally easier if you can have something in common with them. Of course there will be differences due to real world versus game history and things like shooting fireballs from your fingertips, but I imagine that a male player would generally be more comfortable roleplaying as a male character.
I do find it funny how agitated people can get about the subject, though. Not referring to anything in this thread, but on other forums I have seen people accuse players of being perverted deviants for having characters that didn't match their gender. Among other absurdities. But I ramble.
I have no intention to make any male characters for Guild Wars 2. But I may change my mind later.
Seriously though, one point of playing a fantasy game is to be able to do stuff you can't in RL. That means for me that I generally don't play my gender, my race, and often not even my personality.
I tried to play male characters, but it rarely works. I made a WoW male cow for example, but all I could see was a hairy back. The head was hunched so I didn't see it, and the body was occluding everything that was in front of it. I like the character during creation, but it was terrible during gameplay. So I rerolled female.
I'm also not a fan of bulky no-necks, and a fan of slender agile looks. I find they rarely manage to capture that in males.
You'll get no ridicule from me. Not only did I play on roleplaying servers on WoW (unfortunately long after getting a few characters to max level on a normal PvE server, I should have started on an RP server, the people were a lot nicer all around), but I also had mostly female characters. I am not actually a role player, but did come up with decent back stories for most of my characters so that I could decently interact with random roleplayers if I walked past on the street. And many of those characters had personalities that were nothing like my own.
I never thought it odd to consider the idea of roleplaying a gender that you are not in real life. But I do think that it would be overall more common to play your own gender rather than the opposite. I may be wrong on this, after all it's still wild speculation.
Clearly you're into furries.