Discussing Gender Re-Customization
First of all, a little background. When Blizzard introduced the paid character name change more than a year ago, this sort of change also brought much discussion in the community. A player can create a seemingly entire new identity, especially if he or she is trying to escape a bad reputation. However, the hyped up masses of people who would change their character names did not seem to surface. It was a non-hype. More established players were unlikely to change their character names because they wouldn’t want to have to recreate well-built identities.
So what would gender change bring?
First, consider the role of gender identity in the game. I had a male friend who chose to play a female druid. A few male members in our guild also play female characters. Of course, Ventrilo clears up any confusion as to the player’s true gender. What about when one runs into a female character elsewhere in the server. I will admit that, oftentimes, I see female characters as automatically female players and male characters as automatically male players. Heck, my friend has previously been assumed as being a female.
Second, consider that the majority of the players are well established into their own characters, thus it is unlikely that they would willingly change genders. For a fee of $15, the price is a bit high to be used for vanity purposes. If one had wanted to play the other gender, they generally would have done so since the beginning or will have an alt of the opposite gender.
Gender customization is there for the option. If you do want to change the gender of your character, the ability to do so is available. However, it is unlikely that the use will be widespread. It was also wise for Blizzard to limit character re-customization and to not offer class and racial changes. Though to be honest, we’ve gone through a long period without gender re-customization, so why the need now?