I understand the opinion that character customization isn’t important for some games. If you’re playing Choice of Pirates (or some other genre-based game), you really only need to be male or female, and let your decisions/stats define you.
On the other hand, I’m making a very “intense role-playing” text game, where you have a real life body with unique hair, eyes, body weight, age, and hair length, and an “avatar” body, which has its own hair, eyes, body weight, hair length, and race. And those are just appearance. You can choose your own weapons and armor, etc…
I figure it’s the kind of game that people enjoy customizing their character, and making them as cool as possible. If people ask you to add options, it’s probably (MAYBE!) a good idea to add the option, and that’s what ended up happening to me.
I left out skin color, because:
- I don’t see it as much of a difference in character; your skin color does not change your personal actions.
- You can’t change your skin color at will (unless you’re creating a fake character).
- In an ideal world, it shouldn’t matter. If your game is not a commentary on racial issues or realistic to the point of discrimination, then skin color doesn’t matter.