Who doesn’t like to create their own character in games? I for one take hours when creating my characters. When it comes to the freedom of character creation there are a few different ways players customize their avatars depending on what they value. For example, some players take hours to perfect the look of their virtual selves while others take little to no time at all. So what are the different types of character creators?
Let’s look at what differentiates players and how they create their video game characters.
First off we have the projecting kind. I belong to that group and we try to make our characters look like our real-life selves, or as close to it as we can get. This enables deeper immersion into the game since the players project themselves into the plot.
One could argue that it’s not as fun just creating yourself and in some cases, you’re correct… in a way. Creating yourself in a game can rob you of a certain freedom that a lot of video games offer. For example, when creating a character in Soul Calibur you can choose different races besides the normal mundane human, but if you create yourself you can’t choose a different race like the Malfested or the others. So even though it enables immersion there is a downside to it.
The most creative group are the ones who create whatever they want. A fat, old elf, with green hair and red eyes? Why not if you have the option to do so. For those players the deeper and more options they have for customizing the better. Some give their own creations traits, quirks and few go as far as to even role-play with their self-made avatars like in Grand Theft Auto 5. These players take advantage of all the choices available to create unique characters that cost time.
Then there are the idealists which is arguably the most common group. These players belong to that group that creates an ideal reflection of themselves. This could mean big muscles, cool clothes, new hairstyles, deadly weapons, and skills. The idealists will take the most time customizing until they are one hundred percent happy with their creation. Creating a better version of themselves enables a brief escape from their own realities and indirectly helps accept or even improve on their flaws.
The Eager Beavers
The last group on this list doesn’t care too much about character customization. They will hurry through the options so they can finally play the game. While they miss out on the fun of creating their own avatar, they ultimately save time in avoiding just that. Their focus is more on the game/gameplay itself than the look of their character.
No matter which group you belong to in the end we all love the choice of creating a character no matter how much in detail you go or not. What type do you belong to and how much time does it take until you are happy with your creation?