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How important is the overall look of your character in a MMO

AerowynAerowyn BUZZARDS BAY, MAPosts: 7,928Member

Just curious at peoples perspective on how much they care about their appearance in a MMO

 

 

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  • AxehiltAxehilt San Francisco, CAPosts: 8,697Member Uncommon

    Voted Not Important, but I suppose I do consider it a positive if my character looks cool and I love how more games are starting to let you customize your looks apart from your capabilities.

    But I mean...I played Haven & Hearth and the weak art didn't really discourage me from enjoying a fairly fun sandbox.

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  • AerowynAerowyn BUZZARDS BAY, MAPosts: 7,928Member

    for people who say not important say it's a game with character models like scarlet blade or your only race choice were these two from TERA and say the game isn't what they currently are say it has the best aspects of every game you ever wanted to play minus the characters looks. Would you not play it just because of the character look?

    I angered the clerk in a clothing shop today. She asked me what size I was and I said actual, because I am not to scale. I like vending machines 'cause snacks are better when they fall. If I buy a candy bar at a store, oftentimes, I will drop it... so that it achieves its maximum flavor potential. --Mitch Hedberg

  • SafoSafo Marina, CAPosts: 46Member Uncommon

    Cleanse them with FIRE... do it right now!

    ARRRGHHH!!

  • waynejr2waynejr2 West Toluca Lake, CAPosts: 4,470Member Uncommon
    I cared about look in City of Heroes.   In general, fun is more important than looks.
  • nariusseldonnariusseldon santa clara, CAPosts: 22,441Member
    Of course it is important. We are talking about VIDEO games here.
  • IcewhiteIcewhite Elmhurst, ILPosts: 6,403Member

    I've been told that I'm a male, and if I play a character that's female really awful things will happen.

    So I guess that'd be pretty important then!?

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  • FromHellFromHell NY, NYPosts: 1,311Member
    Originally posted by Aerowyn

    for people who say not important say it's a game with character models like scarlet blade or your only race choice were these two from TERA and say the game isn't what they currently are say it has the best aspects of every game you ever wanted to play minus the characters looks. Would you not play it just because of the character look?

    holy cow. No I couldn't stand that, no... way... I've got a cuteness allergy. In fact that's not even cute, rather...scary.. in a disturbing way

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  • bcbullybcbully Westland, MIPosts: 8,261Member Uncommon
    More than I'm proud of. For me it's not so much how good I can make my toon look wit regards to face and clothes, but having the ability to look unique.

  • HeretiqueHeretique Posts: 1,101Member Uncommon
    Important for me.

    Originally posted by salsa41
    are you have problem ?

  • dave6660dave6660 New York, NYPosts: 2,543Member Uncommon

    It depends on the style of the game.

    I tend to care less about my characters appearance when all my work is going to be covered by armor.  The rare games where my appearance shows throughout the game (City of Heroes) it becomes more important to me.

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  • RossbossRossboss Runes of Magic, TXPosts: 240Member
    Originally posted by Aerowyn

    for people who say not important say it's a game with character models like scarlet blade or your only race choice were these two from TERA and say the game isn't what they currently are say it has the best aspects of every game you ever wanted to play minus the characters looks. Would you not play it just because of the character look?

    Yeah, in fact, I've stopped playing certain characters because they do not look the way I intend them to look. I can't play short characters if the class is physical based unless I have an idea of the character and why the character is short. I like my background stories but sometimes it doesn't work for me. I'm not going to be a child as any kind of class, because there isn't really a reason to be a child unless you want to be the "Chosen One" sort of scenario. I only play mage-types as tall and skinny or short and stumpy. I only play physical classes as medium to tall and always on the heavier side.

    It's how I enjoy the game. I would not play a game if they only offered little girls and raccoons as their races. Apperances are a heavy factor for me. We all react based on our first impressions of other players and having the right first impression in any use of time is important.

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  • AerowynAerowyn BUZZARDS BAY, MAPosts: 7,928Member
    Originally posted by dave6660

    It depends on the style of the game.

    I tend to care less about my characters appearance when all my work is going to be covered by armor.  The rare games where my appearance shows throughout the game (City of Heroes) it becomes more important to me.

    in this case say all the armor was dreadfull and not a single piece was visually pleasing to you at all.. would this cause you not to play the game if it was it's only major flaw to you?

    I angered the clerk in a clothing shop today. She asked me what size I was and I said actual, because I am not to scale. I like vending machines 'cause snacks are better when they fall. If I buy a candy bar at a store, oftentimes, I will drop it... so that it achieves its maximum flavor potential. --Mitch Hedberg

  • dave6660dave6660 New York, NYPosts: 2,543Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Aerowyn
    Originally posted by dave6660

    It depends on the style of the game.

    I tend to care less about my characters appearance when all my work is going to be covered by armor.  The rare games where my appearance shows throughout the game (City of Heroes) it becomes more important to me.

    in this case say all the armor was dreadfull and not a single piece was visually pleasing to you at all.. would this cause you not to play the game if it was it's only major flaw to you?

    I would still play.  Graphics and art style are generally low on my list of things I look for in a game.

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  • AerowynAerowyn BUZZARDS BAY, MAPosts: 7,928Member
    Originally posted by dave6660
    Originally posted by Aerowyn
    Originally posted by dave6660

    It depends on the style of the game.

    I tend to care less about my characters appearance when all my work is going to be covered by armor.  The rare games where my appearance shows throughout the game (City of Heroes) it becomes more important to me.

    in this case say all the armor was dreadfull and not a single piece was visually pleasing to you at all.. would this cause you not to play the game if it was it's only major flaw to you?

    I would still play.  Graphics and art style are generally low on my list of things I look for in a game.

    for me if i can't make a visually pleasing character it's a very big  negative for me right out the gate.. now if everything else i find spectacular then maybe I could overlook it.. but overall to me character looks are very important.. not just for my character but for the game in general. If i can't stand the looks of everyone else around me including me it's very discouraging and puts a large dent in my view of the game.. guess i'm just shallow like that:P

    I angered the clerk in a clothing shop today. She asked me what size I was and I said actual, because I am not to scale. I like vending machines 'cause snacks are better when they fall. If I buy a candy bar at a store, oftentimes, I will drop it... so that it achieves its maximum flavor potential. --Mitch Hedberg

  • SovrathSovrath Boston Area, MAPosts: 18,452Member Uncommon

    Voted important. However, I did get the title/achievment of "Vain" in Warhammer after dying my armor an incredible amount of times.

    I was going to play a male character in the original Guild Wars but the "men" were done so horribly for my taste that I played women.

     

  • severiusseverius sacramento, CAPosts: 1,514Member Common
    If im gonna be staring at it for hours on end it better look good, and change up on a regular basis

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  • LaromussLaromuss vancouver, BCPosts: 324Member Uncommon
    Not a big deal for an mmo or any game really.  But from an Artistic point of view and as a professional myself I hate to see teribble artwork (3D characters) that doesn't match with the art style of the game.  But from a gaming point of view it doesn't bug me at all, in fact I have a bad habit when it comes to making very ugly looking characters in games such as Mass Effect, Fall out etc.  So ugly that I can't even look at them and when I do say to myself "What the hell was I thinking".  In SWTOR I made super fat storm troopers, Jedi Consulars etc.
  • MardukkMardukk Posts: 1,556Member Uncommon
    I don't really care what I look like. Although cutesy anime may irritate me if I stare at it long enough.
  • waynejr2waynejr2 West Toluca Lake, CAPosts: 4,470Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Sovrath

    Voted important. However, I did get the title/achievment of "Vain" in Warhammer after dying my armor an incredible amount of times.

    I was going to play a male character in the original Guild Wars but the "men" were done so horribly for my taste that I played women.

     

     Vain title, that is funny!

  • jazz.bejazz.be Sint-NiklaasPosts: 820Member Uncommon

    I found out that I often just stare at my character and think whether or not he or she looks good.

    So I guess I'm one of those who cares.

    Afterall, aren't we at least a little bit role playing by just playing with that character?

  • Sevenstar61Sevenstar61 Centreville, VAPosts: 1,690Member Uncommon
    Extremely important for me. If I could not create a character that I like in game, that is equal with uninstall.

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  • XAPKenXAPKen Northwest, INPosts: 4,906Member Uncommon

    Somewhat important.  The character should have enough of a distinctive look to reflect its personality.

     


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  • AlberelAlberel LondonPosts: 1,121Member

    I imagine this really depends on what you play MMOs for. I personally play them for the persistent customisation element of building a character that's unique to me. As such their appearance is very important to me. I'm not talking graphical quality though, I'm talking about their appearance within the style of the game.

    The way I see it my character in an MMO is an extension of my ego (I usually only ever play one character) and as such if I can't find a way to make my character fit my personality I just can't get comfortable with them.

  • RhinotonesRhinotones BenowaPosts: 238Member Uncommon
    The way I see it is - if you're character looks horrible chances are the game will also look horrible. I chose the middle option as there are numerous aspects to a MMO that for me are far more important than what my character looks like. In fact, when I played WoW I ocasionally received whispers from strangers because my Undead Lock was so damn ugly. People couldn't understand why I wanted him to look that way. I guess that's why I'm in the minority for this poll.

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  • AerowynAerowyn BUZZARDS BAY, MAPosts: 7,928Member
    Originally posted by Sevenstar61
    Extremely important for me. If I could not create a character that I like in game, that is equal with uninstall.

    i agree and same for me.. unfortunatly swtor was one of those games were the characters look dreadfull to me... obviously tons don't mind and even like the look but it's honestly game breaking bad for me in this case since you spend so much time looking at your character:(

    I angered the clerk in a clothing shop today. She asked me what size I was and I said actual, because I am not to scale. I like vending machines 'cause snacks are better when they fall. If I buy a candy bar at a store, oftentimes, I will drop it... so that it achieves its maximum flavor potential. --Mitch Hedberg

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