They're not real and we all know it. All your character is in an MMO, really, is just a little mobile indicator for what you're wearing and what you're doing. There's no need to spare them a second thought. Of course, there are games like Champions Online
and City of Heroes
which give you dizzying amounts of control over what they look like. Or Lord of the Rings Online
and Final Fantasy XI
that let you decorate your house. Or Star Trek Online
letting you detail both what sort of ship you ride around in and who your co-workers are...
All right, most of us put a little more thought into our characters than just mobile gear indicators. Roleplayers tend to get even more so, but even if you're avidly not into the RP scene, you can't help but form some connections
. So how attached are you to yours? Do you spend a long time staring at the character creator? Do you play the same character transplanted into new settings? Or do you mostly just click through based on whatever looks cool and take what you get, even if it winds up being hideous?