This mainly applies to Pokemon, but other games as well. I play through these games so many times that it's nice to change up my player character every once in a while.
I usually choose my own gender, but I guess there's no harm in changing things up and choosing the opposite gender instead.
Male because I'm a male man.
I usually pick my own gender, but after replaying the same game over and over again, I might chose the opposite, because I'm a badass like that. Ok, no, actually, it's just for the heck of it and to see if they changed any dialogue in some cases
Only in Black/White I choose female...
If you have read my comment, you know that I very much understand why that is. Yeah, good thing I have a real girlfriend, lest I pine over a girl who does not really exist...
Acctually its beacuse the manga...Black/Hilbert had a weird aditude and lifestyle,While White\Hilda had a better more busy personality...
And in Black version i choose male, not in White version
I used fem-Shep in Mass Effect, but I'm accustomed to using my own name for the player character in Pokémon games and it'd be a little weird for people to see a name that can only be male attached to a female sprite.
I normally go with male, but I'll sometimes switch things up for the sake of seeing dialogue changes, etc.
As attractive as I find protagonists like Hilda, I usually go with the male choice...
Unless it's something set in the canon of a specific universe (ie. male Revan), then my own gender. Female.
Randomnly. For Pokemon anyway.For others, I'm not sure. For Mass Effect though I always play as Female Shepard because her VA is very good. Nothing against Male Shep's VA though.
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I often choose the male character but it depends on how girly the female one are. If she are cool i can choose her. In pokemon i only find Leaf to more appealing over the male choice. Her design is my favourite of all playable characters. I have never played Crystal but Kriss could be a decent choice. I still don,t understand why they toke away Kriss and replaced her whit the worst playable character in pokemon ever, Lyra. I honestly hate her design. I hope they don,t do something like this again if they ever remake R/S/E. That would be awful. I am little feministic but again i still often choose the male character.
I liked the option when it was introduced in Crystal, and chose it out of novelty back then. After that, I just usually chose the female character because the design is usually better. In other games, I decide based on other factors. If the character is voiced, I find female voices preferable to male voices.
I change it up depending on the day. I almost never name them after myself anyway, usually sticking to manga color names for them so i feel no qualms about not playing my own gender.