Have you ever felt uncomfortable playing a character of a different skin color?

Spring-Loaded

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A companion thread to this older one.

Warning for people who don't like Extra Credits' host's voice — the video is about the game Rust and how players can't choose their race, leading into interesting circumstances in this online game.

Saw someone share this and it immediately thought of the classic GAF thread where users — indirectly and directly — showed they were uncomfortable with the notion of playing as a black character in the then upcoming GTA San Andreas. Iirc, some of those users are still around, and there are surely currently active users who feel the same, so here's hoping they chime in.

If you can answer "yes" to the thread title, you may be asked why. I'm curious whether people even realize they're bothered by something like this, let alone whether they'd admit to it or consider changing their attitude.

EDIT: Here's the GTA: SA thread.
 

kyser73

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I'm white and it doesn't bother me - skini colour, sexual orientation, gender etc, but I can see why if I were BAME/POC or a woman how playing Generic White Hero Guy could get a bit wearing after a while.
 

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This thread will be hell for whoever answers yes first. Me, no. Black guy. Been playing non same colored characters my entire life. Doesn't ever bother me.
 

Nosgotham

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nope. my splatoon character is the darkest option. i DO typically play as the whitest option, like elven, vampire white but i myself am no where near that white. i cant imagine feeeling weird playing any race or gender really
 

Feichaw

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Never. I'm more interested in the gameplay and the story, not in something so silly as skin color. It's just a minor detail that doesn't even affect the game for me.

Actually, before opening this thread, I think I've never even thought about how I've been playing with characters with a different skin color. As I said, it's not important for me, and it'll never be.
 

Daingurse

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I'm black, I kinda would have to be used to playing other skin colors by now, if I wanted to keep playing games. No, it's never bothered me, nor has it affected my level of immersion in games. I can play any character as long as they're compelling.
 

Dunkley

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No.

Because generally I don't associate myself with the character I am playing.

Although thinking about it, I prefer to play as a non-white, non-male character if the game gives me the choice, although I have no way of telling if that is me trying to distance the character from myself or if I am just tired of playing white dudes making me opt for the alternative whenever I can.
 

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I'm black, I kinda have to get used to playing other skin colors if I want to play games. No, it's never bothered me, nor has it affected my level of immersion in games. I can play any character as long as they're compelling.
Same boat.
 

Kwansu Dudes

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Yeah. Being an Argonian or Khajit really messed with me as I'm not used to green scales or grey fur.

I have no qualms playing as someone different than me, so long as that person is bearable.
 

nded

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No, I don't need to think the video game character I'm playing as is some kind of reflection of myself. Not even in games with a character creator.
 

DocSeuss

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I've never struggled to play as characters of other genders or ethnicities, and I don't understand people who struggle with this.

I do think I would struggle with a game that had, then removed, its character creator, however.
 

diaspora

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I'm brown, 90% of the characters I play are white. It's not that weird as much as the consistency.
 

NightShift

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When I originally played Saint's Row the third, I made my first character gold like a statue and I wanted to restart and made a normal character the whole time.
 

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I don't know why anyone who actually does feel uncomfortable playing as a different race would post in this thread, they would get mauled to death.
 

RockTurtle

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no i usually take the work as is presented and immerse myself into the surroundings, which usually means disregarding the character doesnt look like me.
 
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I often timed find myself wanting to create black and women characters, and as a white guy, sometimes I feel uncomfortable with it. It feels appropriate-y, as in cultural appropriation. I question where I'm coming from in wanting to play these characters, and I'm not entirely sure. I don't worry about it too much, but I definitely wonder.
 

akidnamededdy

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Nope.

Same for gender too.

And I know lots of girls who love the Zelda series in spite of Link being a male.

Just throwing that out there.
 

Damerman

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I've been forced to sympathize with white men all my life, surely it's kind of refreshing, therefore easy, to put myself in the shoes of people of different walks of life. I generally don't get upset if i play as another white guy, I'll never notice... but i do find myself getting excited to play as a black woman or a hispanic male or a tomboy-ish teenage girl. it's always fun to see what lengths developers will go to to fully realize a character that isn't frequently portrayed in games.
 

Veldin

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Absolutely not.

It feels strange to play a character that does look anything like me.
 

Sparkedglory

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I'm black, I kinda would have to be used to playing other skin colors by now, if I wanted to keep playing games. No, it's never bothered me, nor has it affected my level of immersion in games. I can play any character as long as they're compelling.
Yep. I'm right there with you.
 

kingwingin

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I don't see how playing as a different race breaks immersion as pointed out in the video.

Also I hate create a characters, feels cheap. I much prefer a character with a personality