Do you find it difficult to play a protagonist that doesn't align with your self?

Do you find it difficult to play a protagonist that doesn't align with your self?


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Musing_Wombat

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I find it difficult to play games with a female protagonist. It's harder to insert myself into the role, I suppose. I do actually read and such so maybe that's a part of it. I really do play the games "for the articles."

One of the chloe games had a male protagonist for a chunk of it and I was enjoying it well enough (kind of an old game, at least a few years iirc fake family maybe?) and part way through, after a fair chunk of content it was a swap to chloe as the protagonist and I lost interest. Book of Lust does something similar in that you're switching protagonists throughout it.

I always find it offputting. I wish I didn't because it'd open more games for me to get into.
 
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I find it difficult to play games with a female protagonist. It's harder to insert myself into the role, I suppose. I do actually read and such so maybe that's a part of it. I really do play the games "for the articles."

One of the chloe games had a male protagonist for a chunk of it and I was enjoying it well enough (kind of an old game, at least a few years iirc fake family maybe?) and part way through, after a fair chunk of content it was a swap to chloe as the protagonist and I lost interest. Book of Lust does something similar in that you're switching protagonists throughout it.

I always find it offputting. I wish I didn't because it'd open more games for me to get into.
I guess Im different than a lot of you. I also actually read and I play the games for the story as much as the art. But ive never "put myself into the role" in the way some of the community seems to. I read it like I would a book. I'm an outside viewer of the life of these characters, following along. I don't see the character as myself, and I don't put my own name in the "name your character" box. I make up names if I feel like it or go with the default. I still get super immersed in the story, the same as I would while reading a normal novel. But I dont see myself as the character. I never have.
 
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I don't like to play games where the MC is too passive or actively resisting advances absolutely killing the potential for sexy scenes to happen.
 
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I usually don't mind but I can't stand being a pushover in games without a way to get rid or reverse it.
 
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I guess Im different than a lot of you. I also actually read and I play the games for the story as much as the art. But ive never "put myself into the role" in the way some of the community seems to. I read it like I would a book. I'm an outside viewer of the life of these characters, following along. I don't see the character as myself, and I don't put my own name in the "name your character" box. I make up names if I feel like it or go with the default. I still get super immersed in the story, the same as I would while reading a normal novel. But I dont see myself as the character. I never have.
It is really interesting the different points of view with the role of the MC for each one. In my case i do put my name in the MC name box, but i dont care if his personality dont match with mine, i only care about feeling like i am with the girls. Something like that lol
 
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I guess Im different than a lot of you. I also actually read and I play the games for the story as much as the art. But ive never "put myself into the role" in the way some of the community seems to. I read it like I would a book. I'm an outside viewer of the life of these characters, following along. I don't see the character as myself, and I don't put my own name in the "name your character" box. I make up names if I feel like it or go with the default. I still get super immersed in the story, the same as I would while reading a normal novel. But I dont see myself as the character. I never have.
Do you enjoy things that are strictly VN more than games which have gameplay or sandbox elements in so much as they play more like books or stories than games?
 
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I don't self insert, even when the game has a character creation feature. If it does, or at least a skin color change, I'll role play a little bit, but not too much.

I'm not big on more niche fetishes because of that. A lot of titles don't align with me as a person and for the most part, I'll simply ignore the work. I have no desires to play titles out of my comfort zone.
 
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Do you enjoy things that are strictly VN more than games which have gameplay or sandbox elements in so much as they play more like books or stories than games?
Good question. I think it depends, really. If the writing and the story is good enough and I get heavily engaged in it, I love a straight VN. However, I do love the game play elements in most of these games too. I like to explore sandbox style, find secrets, play minigames if they're not annoying or too tedious to do, build relationships myself through gameplay, make my own choices for the characters to push the story in a way I want etc. So I wouldn't say I like any one more than the other. I think my preference leans slightly more toward the gameplay interactive aspect though. Its more engaging which means its easier for me to be immersed in the story and world.
 
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Can't stand playing a male protagonist that is genuinely evil, or a female protagonist that is too slutty. Other than that, it's all fine.
 
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Sometimes but the idea behind role-playing is to play another role as someone else not yourself.
 
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Not at all. Part of the fun of playing these is to step into another person's life for a bit. I used to have a hangup about taking the dark path in a game, and now I'm the opposite and always favor them, if offered.
 
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I can't accept to play female protagonist too at first
but when I played my friend's daughter, there is a chance to decide girl's action
and i suddenly understand "play female character role would be like..."
just insert yourself into character who is the one banging woman will be fine
 
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Kinda.
I know nobody can make my glorious and vastly superior self in a video game.
Being godlike in personality(And quiet arrogant)

I general speaking can deal with most mc.
As i dont do drug or drink i cringe when my mc does.
Or when he talk about how much he loves moms massive tits(just dont give mc opinions of its own)
I however hate idiots with a passion and nothing kills my desire to play faster then moron mc's.
 

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If the MC is illogical in his/her decisions or actions then I get annoyed. If I can't put myself in their shoes to understand why or how, I'll get frustrated enough to stop playing. The worst for me are the easily angered/offended MCs, or if they're extra dense. That applies to real life, too.
 
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I don't care about gender or age, I adapt well to different personality types, most of the times the key is how well written the story is. Of course there are themes and kinks I like more than others, but I don't need the mc to be "me" (far from it!).
My only peeve is I need agency. I hate games where things happen to the mc against their will. Even if they "like it". Specially those female mc games that consist on degrading and hurting the mc. I can enjoy corruption stories, but I need my mc to enjoy and look forward what happens to them.
 
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Generally I would say no. There are situations where I just don't like reading a game from the protagonist's perspective because I don't like the protagonist but those are individual games.
 

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I guess Im different than a lot of you. I also actually read and I play the games for the story as much as the art. But ive never "put myself into the role" in the way some of the community seems to. I read it like I would a book. I'm an outside viewer of the life of these characters, following along. I don't see the character as myself, and I don't put my own name in the "name your character" box. I make up names if I feel like it or go with the default. I still get super immersed in the story, the same as I would while reading a normal novel. But I dont see myself as the character. I never have.
THIS^^^!!! Like, I am fully aware how people like to "put themselves" in the character/MC/protagonist of the story they are reading, but I've never really experienced that in my years of reading/playing VNs or even reading sex stories.

For me, it's the same as what Gorionl wrote. What gets me off, though, is the situation per se (if that even makes any sense). It's like watching a movie where you just go in for the ride and see where the story takes the characters. This is actually why I sometimes like reading/playing games with female protagonists, mainly because you are seeing it in their POV. One example is the game A Wife and Mother. You are basically front and center as you watch her becoming more and more corrupted by the choices you make and you get to see her inner monologue as well.
 
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