The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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v.r.bramwell Feb 24, 2014 @ 10:53pm
Hi. I am sick up to the eyeballs of reading forum posts etc. rife with sexism and chauvinistic crap. 49% of the global gaming market is female, and we need to make ourselves known in the gaming community. I was also so annoyed at the difficulty of downloading sex mods (or any mods at all, really) that even provide decent playable options for female characters.

For any men reading, thank you for clicking the title (even though you may or may not have done so because you thought it was yet another "who is the hottest marriageable woman NPC" thread). You are also most welcome in this discussion, and I encourage you to share ideas about how the gaming community can get with the times. That being said, Skyrim is leaps and bounds ahead of many games in this area. It would also be interesting to get a real inter-sex discussion going on about how we might play differently, tending to adopt different styles and strategies - or it might even be that there's no real difference.

I'll start the ball rolling. I generally play sneak characters and my favoured weapons are daggers and bows. I am thoroughly intrigued by the Brotherhood and Thieves' Guild questlines, and thought the Companions was utter crap. I recently played a heavily-armoured melee character in Oblivion for a change, but just didn't really click with the gun-ho, rushing into combat style like I do with the carefully considered, slow and deadly accurate assassin method. I wonder if this could be related to sex or gender at all, or if it's purely personal. I also take my sweet time checking chests, looking round corners and thoroughly examining book cases, considering any missed items a tragedy. I am a huge fan of the lore and read every book I come across.

How about the rest of us?

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I p[lay the game as if I am cleaning the house. I too look around for anything and everything.
Wavehead Feb 24, 2014 @ 11:13pm 
Sneaky-deaky like is my main style, too! I've realized I'm so bad at combat that I completely rely on my sneak bonuses to finish off a target before I even have to face them in a real fight. So much easier, but I'm screwed if I get caught! I check through all the items, even bookshelves like you said, but I realized that a lot of the books repeat and they weigh more than they're worth often, so I usually skip them. I figure I'm going to replay this game enough times I'll get through all the books eventually. I at least check em for skill bonuses, though ;) And as much as I like lore, I find myself rather bored by trying to read through hundreds of volumes of books in this game. I can do it in some games, but I quickly started wanting to not read through an entire book. I'll steal it if I want to read it later, so my chest in my home is full of books I haven't read.
I see your problem with sex mods that work for the female player, as most of them involve a male player and dozens and dozens and dozens of scantily female followers. I know I saw one that involved playing as a female character and getting♥♥♥♥♥♥♥by the Draugr Doomlord at the end of that one dungeon where you learn the word FUS. But that's about it. I agree it's a limited market from that standpoint, and I too would like to see more equality in the choices you can make.
By the way, I am a guy. Just thought I'd mention.
Honestly, the only friends I have that play Skyrim are girls.


I don't think there's any gender factor in playstyle. That said, when actually creating characters, I favor males for the bulky warriors and girls for my archers and mages. (Never really done a thief/assassin type.)

It's probably because the default skyrim bodies have every man super buff and every woman relatively slender. I'd like to see more variation, like some super emaciated looks for the beggars and at least a few "well-fed," shall we say, noblemen/women. Would be more realistic and interesting. Sadly, I do not know of any mods that do this.

Rip Van Winkle X Feb 24, 2014 @ 11:17pm 
Sorry that most mods are more male originated. It just happens. Nothing wrong with sex mods, but I can understand if they are more for male characters (Like a crap load of female followers.)

I believe playstyle is more personal then gender. I am more of a mid; I like to read sometimes, but most of the time I run though things. But I keep those books for latter reading (Which I always plan to do but never get around to it >.<). Most books I find that I like to read if they are part of the dungeon.
v.r.bramwell Feb 24, 2014 @ 11:20pm 
@Wavehead, tell me about it. There should be a mod with an exclusively female option for a sex-based questline, like Sexlivion for Oblivion, but opposite obviously. I would love to get into modding and have been testing out the creation it so maybe one day I can make it.

Sneaky-deaky is the shizz. The best aspects of the game are all but inaccessible to melee characters, I feel, unless they're uncommonly awesome.

I steal aaaaaaall the books and set up a massive library in my house ^^
jeffy Feb 24, 2014 @ 11:21pm 
PLAY saints row 3 - then you can play as wat ever you want mate
gender does not matter in that game you can be both lololol
jeffy Feb 24, 2014 @ 11:21pm 
? V.R.bramwell LOL very funny idea
hedgie_yozh Feb 24, 2014 @ 11:23pm 
As a woman, I don't find myself offended if others want to play/mod their game to be all about bouncing breasts and the like, but I would prefer that more options be available for all of our preferences, and yes that includes same-sex relationships that are not lumped into the whole "let's just make everyone gender-neutral" attitude that marriagability offers in-game. Some characters should be straight, some bisexual, some gay. (That's why I like mods that have characters with an alignment.) Me, I like to play both genders and all races. I do prefer long-range to melee fighting, but do like to stay thoroughly in character for whatever build I happen to be playing. This includes morality. I don't like the fact that sme of the plots in the game tend to shoehorn in one direction (what, one can't be a daedra-hating thief?) I also like vast amounts of lore and conversations with random NPCs to balance out my killing of things.
v.r.bramwell Feb 24, 2014 @ 11:26pm 
Yea like perhaps you can become a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ or something with a completely added building as a brothel, make a name for yourself and employ other NPCs, then eventually make your fortune as a madam; the questline could involve contract-style transactions for particular factions, e.g. the Imperials or Stormcloaks, and then a massive joint operation with the East Empire Company.
v.r.bramwell Feb 24, 2014 @ 11:27pm 
oh my god! Stream censors the word...well, the correct term for a lady of the night
General Mortars Feb 25, 2014 @ 12:05am 
I put on girl's clothing when I play Skyrim. Do I could as a girl or am I still a boy?
Biff Feb 25, 2014 @ 12:07am 
I'm male BTW, and have enjoyed the big 3 Elder Scroll games from every perspective except playing a female character. Perhaps I will just to get a different perspective on role playing. I have played a lot more games as well, and I agree with you that it is male oriented, and I feel that's the game developers fault, thinking; "who is most likely to play our games?" I'll bet statistically speaking, that its male dominant. However, given that I'm glad women like yourself have been able to break through barriers and enjoy games like Skyrim. Perhaps all you sisters out there should write to the game developers and stimulate some condusive constructive criticism. In the meantime, I look forward for more thought evoking discussions like this one. Well said.
Stania Feb 25, 2014 @ 12:11am 
I always play as a male character in any game, when I have the option. Despite of being a female myself.

My playstyle is completely opposite to yours: I destroyed the Dark Brotherhood and would have done the same with the Thieves Guild if the game would have allowed it, while leading the Companions to glory and being the Arch-Mage of the College of Winterhold.
I focus on melee combat, archery and restoration magic, I like to fistfight because the killmoves remind me of "lucha libre" moves.
I also tend to keep my hands clean by making my enemies kill eachother, and sneaking to avoid unnecessary fights. I don't kill innocent people, and steal only from bandits. I read books too, though only the ones that interest me.

Yeah, it can be a little frustrating not being able to easily find some nice female-oriented content on nexus, and is disappointing the fact that the few ones that exist are usually target of trolling.
But we can't wait until someone suddenly decides to leave his "smexy ladies" mod to make a "handsome gentlemen" one, if we want something according to our tastes we better start using our nice CK.

Now that I mention it, I think I'll make Nocturnal's robes for male bodies, and watch the world burn.
Last edited by Stania; Feb 25, 2014 @ 12:16am
Graphcalibur Feb 25, 2014 @ 12:37am 
I think the lack of mods for a female audience is more of skyrim mod thingg then a gaming mod thing . i just don't think there is that big of demand for female oriented mods in skyrim. Dragon age origin for example has a lot more mods for a female audience. If you go to the dragon age nexus right now one of the hot files is a marriage mod for the female warden. I mean there is still a higher volume of mods for the male audience but no where near is bad as the skyrim nexus .
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Shelt Feb 25, 2014 @ 12:53am 
"I am sick up to the eyeballs of reading forum posts etc. rife with sexism and chauvinistic crap."

Hello and welcome to the internet.

"49% of the global gaming market is female,"


" I was also so annoyed at the difficulty of downloading sex mods (or any mods at all, really) that even provide decent playable options for female characters."

You mean you were having technical difficulties actually installing the mods, or you are complaining that you cannot find mods that women might find interesting?

You do know there is a whole sexual animation framework from lover's lab, right? It lets you install mods which utilize this framework to do literally anything with both male and female characters. There are also thousands of mods which add body options for male/female bodies, clothes, armors, accessories, etc?

"Yea like perhaps you can become a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ or something with a completely added building as a brothel, make a name for yourself and employ other NPCs, then eventually make your fortune as a madam"

There is a mod that does just that (and more). You want to go to lover's lab. Welcome to the dark side of modding.

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Date Posted: Feb 24, 2014 @ 10:53pm
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