The Daily Grind: Do you ever pick a human skin tone other than your own in MMOs?

    
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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?

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Dibs

I had a dark skinned Chanter in Aion, back in the day.

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I started creating black characters (like me!) some time ago. It’s spooky how few others you run into. The hair options are usually trash. So, if I’m not recreating late DS9 Benjamin Sisko, I’m probably playing a white guy that looks one of the archetypal pop media studs I can think to imitate.

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elenie

Yes, I do this all the time. I’m white but love brown/black/other skin tones where available and most often make characters with rich brown skin and dark hair (that said, I also avoid playing humans wherever possible). My main in TSW was Korean (though certainly customization options for Asian looking chars could have been better).
This is something that I do check up on before buying, as well. I love games with a wide range of different characters.

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Rolan Storm

Drow skin/hair tones sometimes.

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Ardra Ventax

i always make a character that looks as much like me as possible.

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ardfz

I looked through my characters in SW:ToR, and I couldn’t find a white-skinned person amongst them. The only human in the fold is a dark-skinned woman. Others are red, green, gray or blue aliens.

For my main I usually stick with the darkest blue hue if possible, I just like blue skin tones. Unfortunately they are impossible to meet in real life. Maybe one day changing a skin tone might be as easy as dying hair is nowadays.

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Brown Jenkin

Soooo I’m not a white person…. thus with disturbing frequency human skin tones like my own just aren’t an option. In answer to the original question, that rarely stops me from playing games so yep I play characters that aren’t my skin tone all the time, though I would note that when there’s the option for brown/black characters I pretty much always take it just in case some developer somewhere is looking at user statistics to justify inclusion.

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Ernost

Always.

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Taelon “Great Bird” Boot

Im Sicilian, so I typically opt to pick either whitish or a slight tan for my characters. I also tend to make them look grim, tired and tired rather than conventionally attractive or anything. Always dark circles under the eyes.

Basically I go for a real life look. No, Im not goth, I’m just tired. It goes without saying I exclusively play male characters. I feel odd making my avatar anything else because I feel like they’re supposed to be an extension of me into a virtual world, (and it’s also why I can’t really efffectively roleplay, I can’t imagine being anyone other than myself)

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MissLlamaness

Though I look like someone who has never actually seen the sun, in games I tend to go for medium-dark or dark skin tones.
To be honest, the main reason really is just that I think that it looks nice.

There are still a lot of MMOs, especially eastern ones, that don’t offer darker skin tones options, if any at all.
Many of the anime-style MMOs that do have darker skin tones haven’t designed the faces to fit this, giving the face light borders around eyes or the mouth. It really frustrates me, as it makes me feel like I have to stick with a lighter skin tone.