While making alts (alternative characters) on World of Warcraft (WoW) with my male roommate, an interesting thing was said that made me pause for a second.
We were going to make Night Elves. When we entered the game and tried to look for each other, I found that he had decided to make a female elf! Not that big of a deal, but he did mention originally making a male.
“Why the switch?” I asked.
“The guys are so ugly, I couldn’t do it.”
And it’s true. The human males look just as bad. My roommate and I have on numerous occasions made fun of his level 60 priest having a face only a mother could love. (Of course, the pink tabard with the hideous kitty face on it might have swayed my opinion as well.)
Now, some of the races have females that look just as ugly (ever seen a Tauren female? *Shudder*). In fact, the dwarven males aren’t all that bad to look at. (Though I’ve never met a dwarf I’d say was appealing to the eye.)
But even just considering the human race on WoW (which are created to look like, well, us), it’s interesting to find that the women are by far much easier on the eyes.
Is it just harder to replicate male faces in computer games? Did they spend more time on the appearance of the women so that they would have a better chance of bringing in females to their demographic? Or maybe it’s just that Blizzard didn’t expect women to want to play men and so they didn’t think they had to pretty them up?
Still, the fact that the female humans being pretty and the male humans”¦ failing at being “pretty” kind of says something to me about what the media thinks we want – Women need to be attractive, but men don’t have to be.