Race in sci-fi and fantasy games is weird. Especially RPG games. Picking a certain race defines what the character you play as is good and not good at. Some races just being naturally smarter, some stronger and some faster is a trope in sci\fan games that I have never really liked.
Michael Kirkbride, who was one of the principal writers for Morrowind, advocated for the game not to have a generic racial character creator but instead have a cultural one. You create the character you want, making it any race you like and then you select your culture and that determines the stats. So, it’s not that the Altmer are genetically better at magic, it’s just that the people raised in Alinor have a culture based around magic ect.
This is what he said he would like for future Elder Scrolls games (and just games in general).
I’d like to also point out (again) that I would strongly, strongly remove “Race” from any kind of character selection menu in a videogame or a tabletop game and replace it with “Culture” based on region. So: Elinhir Bretons, Satakal Jiit Nomads, No-Tambu Yoku, etc. would be part of the Hammerfell culture. There would be no “bell curve Redguard” unless you, the player, decided that.
How do you feel about race in sci\fant games? Is this a better idea for a character creator?