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What your character designs say about you

Your Commander Shepard may be a red-eyed hottie. Your Dragon Age dwarf may be a thickly-bearded freak of nature. But no matter how you customize an in-game character, your snowflake just isn't as special as you may think. We've broken down the ways players create their characters into five distinct categories. Not only have we labeled and defined these types, but with hours of research, we've determined the deeper, psychological meaning behind your sexy night elves, cat-eared Second Life avatars and Hitler Miis.


Above: So many choices! 

Disclaimer: The views expressed are neither GR’s own or anybody else's. They are completely made-up and have little to no connection with either how you design your in-game characters or actual psychology.


1. The Clone

Description: When creating the Clone, you are attempting to recreate yourself as accurately as possible. You'll always choose your own gender and race, if possible. Aliens, the Horde and anything vaguely un-human is not for you. If you're vertically challenged, your avatar represents that. Waistline's too thick? Present and accounted for. You might go so far as to pull out a mirror or photograph to get the height of your eyes just right.


Above: This is me!

Psychoanalysis: Surprisingly, recreating your physical attributes (assuming you can) does not make you a narcissistic pig. Leave that to the Dream type – the players that need to feel pretty no matter the genre. A well-adjusted childhood has led you to believe that you do not always need to look the best. You, with your incalculable number of flaws, are fine just as you are. Your uncanny desire to recreate yourself from head to toe should be an inspiration to us all.

All this said, be prepared to utterly fail at recreating yourself exactly if you happen to be particularly tall, short, thick, thin, or otherwise not-quite-average looking. Most developers take the “you can look like anyone you want as long as you could still pass for a catalog model” approach to character customization. 


2. The Dream

Description: Like the Clone, you strive to recreate a number of your physical attributes. But accuracy is not your goal. You prefer to highlight your best features while you faithfully ignore the ones you don't particularly like. Your Wii fit model is a little less pudgy, your Guild Wars warrior a tad more gallant. That wide gap between your eyes and your abnormally large chin just aren't necessary when constructing the game's protagonist. If you wanted real, you wouldn't be playing video games.


Above: This is me if I were a super model!

Psychoanalysis: To you, life is unsatisfactory, and you have little to no control over it. Whether this stems from constant female rejection, a mother who never said you're special, or that fateful day in gym class, you feel quite helpless. However, with video games, you have a godlike sense of control over not only yourself but the course of events to which you are subjected. To accommodate for this in real life, you might tend to exaggerate certain facts while neglecting to mention others. Some may call you a pathological liar. You prefer the term “imaginative story-teller.” Because of your wild stories, you are a god among men to your acquaintances. To your close friends... well, let's not fool ourselves. You probably don't have close friends.

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53 comments

  • xXgodlypunkXx - January 12, 2011 10:37 p.m.

    None of these really apply to my character creation. this was a good read though
  • Clovin64 - January 12, 2011 10:37 p.m.

    I like creating badass tough guy characters in character creation mode. That psychoanalysis bit sounded about right too. I like creating characters much cooler than myself. *sob*
  • Murderapolis612 - January 12, 2011 10:41 p.m.

    6. The Asian Description: You make yourself Asian. Psychoanalysis: None. For some reason it's just easier to make video game characters look like actual real human beings when you choose the "Asian" option. Also you are good at math.
  • BluesyFish - January 12, 2011 10:43 p.m.

    The Dream over here. I mean, why have no abs when a six pack is almost always the default? Like, I'm gonna go out of my way to not have abs? Charight.
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - January 12, 2011 10:49 p.m.

    I'm a mix of monstrosity and badass. I make the ultimate looking villain.
  • D0CCON - January 12, 2011 10:52 p.m.

    It depends on the game, but I usually end up creating myself. If it's saints row 2, it would be the monstrosity or if I'm going to do an evil playthrough in Fallout 3 I'll make my character look like the Joker (yeah, original), but in most cases it'll be me.
  • Crypto140 - January 12, 2011 10:53 p.m.

    Now is there a law that says I have to look just like me in video games. Mabey a smaller nose here and bigger muscles there, and I will replace every mirror in my house with a TV. Wake up in the moring, and say "Boy do I look sexy"! Who needs coffe when you look at "yourself".
  • FanofSaiyan - January 12, 2011 11:12 p.m.

    I could consider myself a mixture of The Dreamer, The Look-a-like and The Badass... I've made multiple characters in different Guitar Hero games that look like Super Saiyan Goku from Dragon Ball Z.
  • Markstone - January 12, 2011 11:12 p.m.

    This would make an interesting lesson in a basic psych class :D
  • mahabat - January 12, 2011 11:14 p.m.

    haha we made a way better conan then that! haha you know who can be made perfectly with the live avatar stuff is the Monopoly Guy, it's almost creepy how perfectly he can be made, almost like it was supposed to happen.
  • celticsfan645 - January 12, 2011 11:23 p.m.

    Im all over the place, so i probalby have multiple personality disorder. sigh.
  • HowdyCowboyCheesesBurger0911 - January 12, 2011 11:53 p.m.

    All things being equal i'll usually build a hot female caracter, unless gender effects my stats.
  • codzprc - January 12, 2011 11:58 p.m.

    7. The Hot Chick Description: In real life you're a guy, but create a ridiculously attractive female character. Psychoanalysis: You have good foresight. Given the choice between staring at some burly man-ass for hours on end* or the backside of an attractive heroine - the latter wins out. *only applies to 3rd person games.
  • LordRevan111 - January 13, 2011 12:11 a.m.

    how about the lazy... you know whoever picks the default model
  • Marz - January 13, 2011 12:15 a.m.

    Gamesradar employees: leaders, gamers, writers, love makers, therapists... you people amaze me.
  • Japanaman - January 13, 2011 12:19 a.m.

    Wow, am I stereotypical! 1. I made myself in Sims 1, every TH game, and PS Home. 2. I made myself better looking in every SDVR game out there. 3. I always make a monstrosity in every SDVR game out there. 4. My avatar is a look alike. 5. I make myself look like a BA in SDVR and THUG. But you forgot to mention cross dressers. I only play as short, female elves in PSO. Then again, that was the last character I picked after being horrible with every single character so I have an excuse. I'm goond with magic and being smaller makes you a smaller target. Of course, I did play as "Goth Girl" on THUG2 and people assumed I really was a girl. I just wanted to know if I could fool people and yeah, I guess I knew how to talk like a girl. But that was the only time, people!
  • Japanaman - January 13, 2011 12:23 a.m.

    I forgot to mention I made myself a BA in Guitar Hero: Van Halen so I could play with the legendary band. But I do make original characters. I made around 60 original wretlers for Smackdown, made a female archer in Guild Wars, and in Saints Row, I went wild. Part 1 I made a blonde haired boy band member with a white shirt and red tie who slowly evolved into a purple "Pretty Fly For A White Guy" dude during the course of the game. Because he looked so girly and slightly emo, I made him a girl in Part 2, but of course, she has slightly manly muscles and the same face, so she kind of looks like the dude she use to be.
  • Japanaman - January 13, 2011 12:25 a.m.

    My biggest complaint in CAP, CAWs, or whatever is side burns. Most games don't have them or the ability to choose length. The TH series is the only one that lets me choose full sideburns with a goatee. Most games only have half or really funky goatees.
  • batouyukinawa - January 13, 2011 12:33 a.m.

    It's just a humorous article. You can't quantify something as diverse, and intricate, as personality. I'd say in a broad stroke generalization sort'a way; this makes some points.
  • SirDinkleman - January 13, 2011 1:08 a.m.

    yeah i think 6 should be the asian, i made an asian clone of myself in mass effect. And hes paler than ever in mass effect 2

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