If we may tread lightly around the topic of race this morning, I’d like to ask an honest question to elicit honest answers. Assuming that you pick a humanoid race in an MMORPG to play, do you ever select a skin tone other than your own?
For me, I’ve occasionally walked in different shoes, but for the most part I stick with semi-swarthy skin tones that match my own. I don’t think of it as race so much as a healthy tan for adventurers, really. I did once play a Storm-like character (black skin, blinding white hair) in Guild Wars 2 for a while and rather liked her.
It is something I have wondered over the years. I know we have discussed picking different species or genders to play, but somehow it seems more difficult to choose a human race that’s other than the player’s own. I had a friend who was white but almost always picked black skin tones because he said he rarely saw people pick those in the character creators.
What about you?