Generally I indulge in escapism to escape my smaller than it should be stature and the ravages my undiagnosed for far too long celiac's inflicted on me. If authors want to represent smaller people better/more favourably I'd rather they not do it at the expense of player customization but by simply depicting those people as competent professionals who get the respect they deserve and aren't overlooked nor used as the comedy relief too much/often. I don't usually feel the need to play one however, and finally I must note that the differences between a small lady (there's whole fetish websites for "petite" after all) and a tiny guy are pretty stark. Whereas the ladies do have some upsides for guys being shorter than average has mostly or even only drawbacks
For the ladies perhaps, small guys just get dismissed, particularly if they look far too youthful for their age.
Good for you.
It gets club bouncers to call the police on you because they are somehow convinced that your real government issued ID must somehow be a stellar forgery and then the asshole cops take an hour to show up and treat you like a nuisance for "wasting their precious time" and you won't get so much as an apology from either party and you certainly won't get into the club. It gets you to to have to lug a physical copy of your credentials around because otherwise some employees and clients are gonna be convinced you're a highschool "intern" at best rather than a duly qualified professional. And that is just for starters.
Also the effect as a gay guy of always having your lovers literally look down on you and never being able to see eye to eye will always be an annoyance for me.
Of course petite women and maybe people with outright dwarfism perhaps do get some opportunities I'm not aware of since my story is simply being a shorter than he should have been and shorter than average guy who had way too youthful looks for most of his life thus far.
Yeah, it's hell on those of us who don't like to be touched without permission and certainly not pinched in the cheeks, like you're some adorable child well into your late teens. Honesty if my Napoleon complex was dictator if the world I'd take a page out of the more extreme interpretations is Islam and make sure that uninvited cheek-pinching would be punished by having the offending appendage removed.
There's player character customization for that and I mostly enjoy making characters who look nothing like myself.
This I can relate to though these days I will not risk bodily harm, I will still drag the janitor's step-ladder six stairs up and down if I need a box of case files from one of the top shelves in the archive cause I'll be damned if was going to beg taller colleagues or some of the real interns for help with that.