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11th Mar '17 12:08:34 PM Lemia
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* ''VisualNovel/MysticMessenger'' lets you choose which photo you want to use as your avatar and you can even use a photo of yourself if you want, but your character is still always depicted as a generic-looking brown-haired woman with no eyes in CGs.

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* ''VisualNovel/MysticMessenger'' lets you choose which photo you want to use as your avatar and you can even use a photo of yourself if you want, but your character is still always depicted as a generic-looking brown-haired woman with no eyes in CGs.[=CGs=].
11th Mar '17 12:06:35 PM Lemia
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* ''VisualNovel/MysticMessenger'' lets you choose which photo you want to use as your avatar and you can even use a photo of yourself if you want, but your character is still always depicted as a generic-looking brown-haired woman with no eyes in CGs.



* ''Emily Is Away'' is an "interactive story" that takes place entirely over AOL Instant Messenger, so naturally we never see what the protagonist (or anyone else for that matter) looks like. Nothing about your character's gender or appearance is ever mentioned, but it is defined that you start the story as a high school senior and end it as junior in college. [[HelloInsertNameHere You get to pick both a screen name and the first name or nickname Emily will address you as]] [[note]]or let the program pick one or both out or a randomized list[[/note]], and the dialogue avoids using third person pronouns or any other language that would imply gender. However, whether you pick a male or female name, your character is canonically attracted to females, since the plot has you romantically pursuing Emily and another girl named Emma at different points.

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* ''Emily Is Away'' ''VideoGame/EmilyIsAway'' is an "interactive story" that takes place entirely over AOL Instant Messenger, so naturally we never see what the protagonist (or anyone else for that matter) looks like. Nothing about your character's gender or appearance is ever mentioned, but it is defined that you start the story as a high school senior and end it as junior in college. [[HelloInsertNameHere You get to pick both a screen name and the first name or nickname Emily will address you as]] [[note]]or let the program pick one or both out or a randomized list[[/note]], and the dialogue avoids using third person pronouns or any other language that would imply gender. However, whether you pick a male or female name, your character is canonically attracted to females, since the plot has you romantically pursuing Emily and another girl named Emma at different points.
1st Mar '17 9:10:28 AM DefectiveGoldfishWhat
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* ''Fanfic/ABrighterDark'': Given that the [[VideoGame/FireEmblemFates original game]] allowed allowed players to create their own character, the author took pains to make the protagonist of this retelling as generic as possible. With some exceptions: Their name is Corrin, Corrin is female, and she has pale skin that is typical among Nohrians.

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* ''Fanfic/ABrighterDark'': Given that the [[VideoGame/FireEmblemFates original game]] allowed allowed players to create their own character, the author took pains to make as few assumptions about the protagonist of this retelling as generic protagonist's appearance as possible. With some exceptions: Their name is Corrin, Corrin is female, and she has pale skin that is typical among Nohrians.
1st Mar '17 9:09:19 AM DefectiveGoldfishWhat
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* ''Fanfic/ABrighterDark'': Given that the [[VideoGame/FireEmblemFates original game]] allowed allowed players to create their own character, the author took pains to make the protagonist of this retelling as generic as possible. With some exceptions: Their name is Corrin, Corrin is female, and she has pale skin that is typical among Nohrians.
22nd Feb '17 9:58:11 PM PaulA
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* Averted in several Creator/{{Infocom}} games, especially those based on licensed properties, such as ''VideoGame/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', where you are Arthur Dent; James Clavell's ''Literature/{{Shogun}}'', where you are John Blackthorne; and ''[[Franchise/SherlockHolmes Sherlock]]: Riddle of the Crown Jewels'', where you are Dr. Watson. In ''Plundered Hearts'', Infocom's venture into historical romance, you are clearly female. In ''Arthur'', you are the youngster who will be the legendary Myth/KingArthur.

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* Averted in several Creator/{{Infocom}} games, especially those based on licensed properties, such as ''VideoGame/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', where you are Arthur Dent; James Clavell's ''Literature/{{Shogun}}'', where you are John Blackthorne; and ''[[Franchise/SherlockHolmes Sherlock]]: Riddle of the Crown Jewels'', where you are Dr. Watson. In ''Plundered Hearts'', ''VideoGame/PlunderedHearts'', Infocom's venture into historical romance, you are clearly female. In ''Arthur'', you are the youngster who will be the legendary Myth/KingArthur.
21st Feb '17 6:16:40 PM PaulA
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** Arguably somewhat made diffucult in certain games due to the backstory. In ''The Witness'', you are a 1930s "gumshoe" private detective and a hostile female calls you "shamus" (a slang term for private investigator) at one point. Given the dated setting of this story, it would be unusual for your character to be anything but White and male. ''VideoGame/HollywoodHijinx'' makes it difficult to put yourself in the position of the player character given that the background story gives you a rich eccentric uncle and aunt that you may or may not have in real life. ''VideoGame/{{Infidel}}'' has pictures of the player character on the box and in the games feelies which clearly depict a White male. Last but not least, in ''VideoGame/AMindForeverVoyaging'', you are not even human, [[spoiler:you are a computer!]]

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** Arguably somewhat made diffucult difficult in certain games due to the backstory. In ''The Witness'', you are a 1930s "gumshoe" private detective and a hostile female calls you "shamus" (a slang term for private investigator) at one point. Given the dated setting of this story, it would be unusual for your character to be anything but White and male. ''VideoGame/HollywoodHijinx'' makes it difficult to put yourself in the position of the player character given that the background story gives you a rich eccentric uncle and aunt that you may or may not have in real life. ''VideoGame/{{Infidel}}'' has pictures of the player character on the box and in the games feelies which clearly depict a White male. Last but not least, in ''VideoGame/AMindForeverVoyaging'', you are not even human, [[spoiler:you are a computer!]]
21st Feb '17 6:16:11 PM PaulA
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** ''Jigsaw'''s predecessor ''Curses'' was very similar in its presentation, but without the romantic aspect involved, the question was not as urgent.

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** ''Jigsaw'''s predecessor ''Curses'' ''VideoGame/{{Curses}}'' was very similar in its presentation, but without the romantic aspect involved, the question was not as urgent.



* Averted in several {{Infocom}} games, especially those based on licensed properties such as ''VideoGame/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' where you are Arthur Dent. Or James Clavell's ''Literature/{{Shogun}}'' where you are John Blackthorne and in ''Sherlock: Riddle of the Crown Jewles'', you are Dr. Watson. In ''Plundered Hearts'', you are clearly a female. In ''Arthur'', you are the youngster who will be the legendary King Arthur.
** Arguably somewhat made diffucult in certain games due to the backstory. In ''The Witness'', you are a 1930s "gumshoe" private detective and a hostile female calls you "shamus" (a slang term for private investigator) at one point. Given the dated setting of this story, it would be unusual for your character to be anything but White and male. ''Hollywood Hijinx'' makes it difficult to put yourself in the position of the player character given that the background story gives you a rich eccentric uncle and aunt that you may or may not have in real life. ''Infidel'' has pictures of the player character on the box and in the games feelies which clearly depict a White male. Last but not least, in ''A Mind Forever Voyaging'', you are not even human, [[spoiler: You are a computer!]]

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* Averted in several {{Infocom}} Creator/{{Infocom}} games, especially those based on licensed properties properties, such as ''VideoGame/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' ''VideoGame/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', where you are Arthur Dent. Or Dent; James Clavell's ''Literature/{{Shogun}}'' ''Literature/{{Shogun}}'', where you are John Blackthorne Blackthorne; and in ''Sherlock: ''[[Franchise/SherlockHolmes Sherlock]]: Riddle of the Crown Jewles'', Jewels'', where you are Dr. Watson. In ''Plundered Hearts'', Infocom's venture into historical romance, you are clearly a female. In ''Arthur'', you are the youngster who will be the legendary King Arthur.
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** Arguably somewhat made diffucult in certain games due to the backstory. In ''The Witness'', you are a 1930s "gumshoe" private detective and a hostile female calls you "shamus" (a slang term for private investigator) at one point. Given the dated setting of this story, it would be unusual for your character to be anything but White and male. ''Hollywood Hijinx'' ''VideoGame/HollywoodHijinx'' makes it difficult to put yourself in the position of the player character given that the background story gives you a rich eccentric uncle and aunt that you may or may not have in real life. ''Infidel'' ''VideoGame/{{Infidel}}'' has pictures of the player character on the box and in the games feelies which clearly depict a White male. Last but not least, in ''A Mind Forever Voyaging'', ''VideoGame/AMindForeverVoyaging'', you are not even human, [[spoiler: You [[spoiler:you are a computer!]] computer!]]
17th Feb '17 4:50:11 PM Tyjohnson616
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*** You can find out Delta is a character that's only referenced in audio logs from before Rapture went to hell. However, the details of this character is kept vague outside that he's a man who went deep sea diving as an occupation for lost ships and planes and accidentally found Rapture by chance. It's even noted the name given may not be his birth name.


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** Also averted in Bioshock 2's single player DLC, Minivera's Den. You play a character who appears to be yet another Alpha series (Subject Sigma) like the main game. But you progress and find out that the character's name (Charles Milton Porter) and all about his life before becoming a big daddy as the DLC progresses. It even Ends with him seemingly leaving rapture as human again.


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** The Kickstarted Remake of the first game is promising a gender option, further allowing more elements of featureless protagainst/avatar status to fit the player's molding.
17th Feb '17 4:27:15 PM Tyjohnson616
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** ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' Also follow suit in some ways though it's tone down overall with initial customization to mainly just skin color differences. The clothing and hair cut options also come into play once you enter your first major city and are added on to. You however are reminded several times that canonically your character is at the set age.

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** ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' Also also follow suit in some ways though it's tone down overall with initial customization to mainly just skin color differences. The clothing and hair cut options also come into play once you enter your first major city and are added on to. You however are reminded several times that canonically your character is at the a set age.
17th Feb '17 4:26:18 PM Tyjohnson616
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** ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' Also follow suit in some ways though it's tone down overall with initial customization to mainly just skin color differences. The clothing and hair cut options also come into play once you enter your first major city and are added on to. You however are reminded several times that canonically your character is at the set age.
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