I always play Mass Effect as Fem Shep because she has the better voice acting and IMO sounds more Bad Ass.
Me too. I'm glad I first played as a Male Shep, because I find it hard to play as him again now I've heard a Fem Shep (it's not that the male voice actor is *bad*, but that in that role Jennifer Hale is so *good*.)
And in general when given the choice I play as the character I find most appealing, despite gender. If one gender has a better voice actor, I'll pick them. Or if one gender has an uglier model mesh, I'll avoid them. I'll also tend to pick character with a closer to normal body build, so I'll avoid both Beefcake and Boobzilla.
I read a study on kids gender choices in games in Super Mario Bros 2. The researchers wanted to see by how much girls preferred to play as female characters (and thus whether more games should have the option). In the test batch using girls, they found they did indeed prefer Peach by a wide margin. When did they did the test with boys however, they also found they vastly preferred Peach. Turns out the researchers hadn't considered how highly valued Peach's floaty umbrella powers were to platformer fans. ;)
Edit: D'oh! My early Mario ignorance is showing. Maybe I'm confusing Peach with Lemmings...
edited 12th Feb '11 8:54:05 PM by TrapperZoid