A few posts back I stated that my husband often played video games as a girl. No, he does not dress in drag and wield a controller. Yes, he often chooses to play through a video game as a female character. For awhile I was curious and a bit concerned. What did it mean? What did it say about him? About us?
In short, more important questions have come to consume my mind (like, "how do I discipline my two year old?" and "should I paint my toenails purple or turquoise?") so it has been awhile since I bothered to reconsider this spousal quirk. But, since it came up in an earlier entry, I thought it was high time I got the cold, hard facts on cross-gaming. Here is the transcript of my interview with my husband (don't worry I plan to keep my day job):
In games where you have the choice, will you always choose to play as a female?
No, but I often will.
Basically, it comes down to what you want to look at for hours on end. The female characters are hot. And I get to dress her however I want.
Oh. Do you want to dress me however you want?
I like when you wear skirts.
I am wearing a skirt right now. Do you like it?
If you were a video game character I would play as you.
Because you like looking at my butt in a skirt?
Something like that.
Ok, ok, back to being serious. Would you consider yourself a male lesbian?
This was your serious question?
I am trying to get at the hidden truth behind cross-gaming.
I am a man. I like to look at women. That's it. Simple.
Yes, yes, men are simple.
Is the game play any different as a chick?
No, unless it has something to do with being that specific character. In Borderlands, for example, I played through the game as all four characters, only one of whom was a girl. They all had different abilities which changed the experience. In Mass Effect, I played as a female character, but I could choose to hit on women to further the story cause hitting on guys, even as a girl is...
Uh huh. I see. Cool. I'm gonna go get a beer. Do you want a beer?
Yeah, that's it. You're not video game gay. I get it. I'm satisfied.