QUOTE (shinyjiggly @ May 7 2012, 12:20 AM)
Typically, most of my main characters tend to wind up being female, but that's probably due to me being female myself.
Same here. I don't care for male characters or movies with male protagonists. My favorite movies all feature female leads (Gin Gwai, Suckerpunch, The Others, etc.), and so do my favorite games.
I think it's all about being able to place yourself in the character's shoes (there's a word for that but I can't think of it right now). Straight male players tend to do this with male characters, and female or gay players tend to do this with female characters. Considering the market for RPGs is mostly straight men, it makes sense that most games feature male leads.
And don't get started on "it should be about the story, not the gender!", because games are first and foremost made for profit, and thus you need to keep your target audience in mind.