Have you ever thought about your own personality affecting your character's choices in the game? After reading this article: RPG Games: Do Personality Types Affect Role Play? I decided to take a look on my own characters and turns out they all had some traits from me. Do you think it's possible to completely detach yourself from the character? And if so, do you think that character would be interesting for you to play?
I don't think it would be very interesting if you just do something because you're "evil". It's more fun put yourself in you're characters shoes and ask yourself "what would I do". I real life I often think too highly of myself, or I am often very determined when someone says I can't do something which causes me to do it. So my characters are usually Dunmer who don't take no for an answer. Like a more extreme version of myself. Or since I love hunting in real life most my characters are a hunter of sorts.
So you do it deliberately. Have you tried detaching yourself from the character? Like making a complete opposite of yourself?
I don't deliberately do it. But after you made that point I noticed I have the same running pattern. And I have tried making a complete opposite and I had a hard time getting immersed.
That raises the question of evil characters. Are people who enjoy playing them evil? I mean, if you're a good person and has nothing in common with them, you will have hard time getting immersed, like you pointed out...
I think I was just trying to hard with those characters, I have a Vampire mage who is really messed up in the head, but he is more sinister less outright "I'm gonna go slaughter Whiterun" attitude.
Now that you've mentioned him, do you have anything common?
As I think about it he is incredibly selfish at times.
I agree, even if you manage to make a complete opposite of yourself it will be terrible to play and you might get bored quickly. On the other hand, if you can completely immerse yourself even in such a character your game experience will be far richer...
Hmm, interesting. You said, horrible self, for example. How would you RP such a character? Won't every choice you make cause you some mental discomfort? Also, do you make choices based on the character's backstory and not your real life personal history?