I made my avatar look almost exactly like me. I'm not really that great to look at and I'm fat. But I just don't want to fake what I really look like. I want people to know the real me. I've got some unflattering comments from kids on there but that doesn't deter me because I'm comfortable with who I am. Plus I'm not looking to attract anyone lol. But I see a lot of avatars on home that look like super models or body builders but I somehow don't think they really are lol. I also see a lot of avatars in kooky costumes like it's halloween or something. That's ok because I occasionally dress up in costumes too. But does anyone else base their avatars on themselves?
I tried when I first got on to make my avatar look a bit like me. That effort lasted about 10 minutes...
I too found cool avatars/costumes that I liked but don't represent me at all (Bon Mucho!) so kind of gave up on it. I don't use my female version although I understand that "playing both sides" of your avatar is popular in some segments (i.e. Clancying).
I'm not sure how I feel about a system that takes a real picture and then creates a "virtual you". From one side it's neat to recognize yourself, but it restricts your creativity and poses some privacy issues as well.
I spent A LOT of time crafting my avatar to look like me, as I think that makes the most sense (but to each their own). When I went home for Christmas and was on the PS3 at my parents, my mother walked by without knowing what Home is and was like "wow, that looks just like you." So mission accomplished I guess. However, I will state that I don't have a pet brachiosaurus following me around irl.
I have been in HOME for 4 years. At first I did make an avatar that looked like me. But I got bored with that after a few months. In Playstation HOME you can be almost anything that you want to be. I am myself in real life, why would I want to be myself in Playstation Home? I have many different avatars in HOME now, none of them look like me. I am a Moose or a Frog King or a Fat Old Man in a Diaper. For me Playstation Home is like the movie "Total Recall". Playstation Home is a chance for me to take a vacation from being myself.
Mine looks a lot like me but its not exact because I can't find the right hair or beard but its close enough.
The avatar customization tools are nowhere near complex enough to replicate the image of a real person. I also tried when I first started, and soon realized it was impossible. I settled for something close, but if my mom saw my avatar she would not recognize it as me. And I'm only referring to the face. The body shapes are way to limited to duplicate the incredibly huge variety of shapes that exist in the world. I presume that no avatar in home looks like the user. Just compare what you see in home to what you see in reality. I would expect to see the world filled with Barbie and Ken dolls all in their early 20s... but no.