This week David Bowers and Amanda Dean take a look at what it takes to play a female Tauren. We all chose our characters for different reasons, potential class and racial abilities should be primary among them. Many people play only characters of their real-life gender, while others chose their character's gender based on appearance or role-playing needs. For whatever reasons, Tauren females are a vast minority. Amanda believes that in most cases it takes a real girl to roll one of these femmes, what do you think?
Read on for our discussion.
Amanda: Tauren are definitely my favorite race to play. I have no scientific evidence, but I believe that that it takes a real woman to play a female Tauren. Taurens are not eye-candy like other models. I find the models to be well balanced and about the only race that has female models that actually look like they could swing an axe.
I was kind of amused and slightly annoyed by Irrenicus of Azshara's (deleted) forum post that Tauren females should have larger breasts. I understand that World of Warcraft is targeted toward a young male audience, but the audience is much larger. I find the model to be just right, no enhancements
Amanda: To a degree, you're right. I do appreciate that her beefiness lends credence to her strength. To me she looks like she could handle herself in a rough and tumble situation, but there's more to it than that. We have to suspend our disbelief while we're playing the game to a degree since there is so much that is implausible, like regularly resurrecting, magic as a whole, and an uncanny ability for some characters to disappear in the open in broad daylight. Being that it's a fantasy game, i give over to the fantastic elements of it.
Thanks for making me take a hard look at why I play a Tauren female, as well as other ladies who prefer to roll femme-minotaurs. There are many reasons why I play her. Although it's not the best racial in the game, I do like the ability to Warstomp. Tauren can be Shaman, Hunter, and Druid, which are my favorite classes in the game. I can't figure out in my own head if the plauability of her heroic stature or the general aesthetic of Tauren female figure is more important. To a degree I can't separate the two.
The female Orc is also quite muscular, and has a certain Grace Jones-like appeal. But she's also got the exaggerated characteristics that the target audience may find appealing. The Dranei are similarly proportioned. If we were applying real-world physics to the game, I could see either of them as viably wielding a sword or an axe. I'd actually really like to know what our readers think about it.
It makes sense to pick a character you find attractive. I mean you spend enough time with them, you might as well like the way the character looks. And although Evolutionary Psychology does suggest that there is a natural tendency for physical attraction to certain characteristics, I'd like to think that we've evolved to a more civilized place. Then again, I've known a few people (of both genders) who have rolled Warlock, just to be able to command a Succubus. I firmly believe that you should roll what you like, but it comes as very little surprise that Tauren female characters are pretty few and far between.
David: There's something about the typical supermodel look that appeals to the lowest common denominator in people these days. Everyone has a sex-drive, and everyone wants to be sexy, so it makes sense that players would often choose to play blood elves, draenei, or even make a warlock just to boss the succubus around.