Uhhh you are right of course
. I thought about a downloadable minimod so that not everyone had to do this. I thought it wasn't worth the effort since you still had to get the altered ingame.txt into assets1.pk3. I absolutely forgot about this easy way thx for reminding me of it!
EDIT: I submitted the minimod to lucasfiles.com however since it can take some time til they have it up if you want to grab it now go here:
Character and Appearance Selector 1.0