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I have been taking a break from MMOs recently mainly because none of them are capturing my attention. So now I have been playing a lot of mount and blade (for the pvp combat) , grand theft auto V (open world), and generic shooters (call of duty, etc) for fun.
These games have got me thinking on player uniqueness and why so many people want it so badly. In mount and blade you are part of an army, the gear choice is very limited and so everyone looks the same. Not once did I ever question this aspect of the game (until now of course). Call of Duty is the same thing, it has limited customization, and no one pays attention to how you look anyways. Regardless of this, I still have a blast playing these games because other things are distracting me from even thinking about how my avatar looks. The combat mechanics in mount and blade are challenging and engaging, call of duty is fast paced and entertaining, and the open world in gta is immersive, all keeping my mind occupied with so much fun i have no time to think about player uniqueness.
for the people that want an open immersive sandbox styled world; isn't the fact that everyone goes into battle with the same gear their allies are wearing more immersive than a bunch of unique looking heroes? I mean that is how it has happened all throughout human history...armies have uniforms.
For the themepark crowd...wait, people on these forums want themeparks
Jokes aside, I am in no way endorsing NO player uniqueness, after all, we all spend a good chunk of time perfecting the facial features of our avatars. But for me, this is where the uniqueness comes from, not from gear. So I ask you, why is player uniqueness of such importance to you, and how do you think it impacts the game world?