I think it depends on the game (and on my mood )
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On the other hand, I also have little trouble playing as a girl. This isn't really a suprise though, considering I identify myself as androgynous (emotionally speaking).
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As an exception though, when I make an MMO account (since they usually let you create more than one character on one account) I make both a male character and a female character.
I'll play both bishoujo games and otome games so I don't care too much either way.
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I have tried several times playing as male though (like in Pokemon or Harvest Moon) but still, I somehow get a bit distracted by the fact I'm playing not as female.
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But I don't really care either way... For Mass Effect, as in your example, I played as both XD
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If you are locked into the opposite gender though (depending on how hard I ship them) I'll usually play a girl.
Annnnd for stat purposes, I am a straight girl who doesn't mind BxB. O3O
If there's a choice, I usually play as the girl, though, just because
I'm a girl btw for clarification's sake.
If there's major story variation based on the gender/character you play as, I usually play as all the characters unless one (or more) of the other routes is a major turn-off personality-wise or story-wise.
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... However, as a gay girl, sometimes I do choose to play as male characters if there's a cool female love interest who only a male character can romance. I'm sort of spread all over the place-- GxB games/paths can interest me if I relate to the leading lady, BxG games/paths can interest me if the romanceable girls interest me, BxB only interests me if the plot/setting sounds like something I'd absolutely enjoy romance aside, and GxG is what I yearn for deep in my soul, and very rarely receive (especially since I'm profoundly bored by slice-of-life and that's the majority of GxG fiction)
Games without romance but with gender options, I always choose female. I choose female and then, if I have the opportunity and if it's that kind of game, I turn my lady into a thuggish melee powerhouse who wields improbable weapons. Yeeeah. BD
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To be honest, it's a pet peeve of mine if a game says CUSTOMISE YOUR CHARACTER!! and doesn't specify if that means I can be male or female, or if I get to choose what kind of beard I give my grizzled white guy.
I remember being the most excited kid in the world when I found out I could play a girl in Pokemon Crystal.
That said, it kinda made me realise how it's common for a game to have a customisable exclusively male character, but I can't think of a game where you can customise a female only character (Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, in fact I'd like to be proven wrong on this haha).
I also played some GxB otome games with female MC.
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