Of COURSE, that's a ridiculous question to even ask. You're basically insinuating that I have a psychological inability to discern between real life and a game. How would you feel if I started to call your sanity into question simply because of the preferences you have?
Correct. I think any person with the intelligence of a shoe knows that they don't have a gun held to their head. So I'm not sure where you're going with something that even an amoeba can understand.
My seventh actually. And before that I've roleplayed since the eighties. So if anybody is going to educate anybody about what roleplaying is like, I won't be on the receiving end.
More or less precisely this. There's a difference between *characters* I find disgusting and *people* I find disgusting (which I don't). To go back to SithKoriandr's insinuation, the difference between game and real life, it is important to remember to discern it.
To be even more precise, actually, I would amend my statement to read, I find male characters (note how we're talking about characters still, not people) disgusting *to play*. I don't necessarily find interacting with male characters uncomfortable, I have no problem scening with Corso or Jorgan or whatever, but pretending to be one makes me very uncomfortable -- essentially, the feeling of being forced to cross-dress. That is the feeling I find disgusting, having to wear the skin of a gender I don't like to play. Not the gender itself. It would be silly.
Like I said. I was basing it purely off your post and your sig. You're not cross dressing when you pick an avatar that is different than your RL gender. In no way questioned anyone's sanity on preferences. But when people start saying the avatar and them are the same thing, I do question it.
Also, you're not the only one who's RPed since the 80s. Late 80's count as 80's right?
And if this is your 7th MMO, tell me, what's the difference between this MMO and any of the others from a game mechanic really? Go to point A head to point B, kill things by pressing buttons, move on.
Do the same thing here. Just like you did in the previous MMOs. Role a female character and play the game. Since you seem to put a lot of who you are in RL into your character, then play it as longing for the unrequited love (a valid RP storyline and a real life experience I don't think anyone's ever not experienced).
But still, you're not being forced to play a hetrosexual or a cross dresser.