As title says...do character models influence your MMO choices?
For me, they definitely do. When its 100% of something I am going to look at the entire time I play, I want to look like a male of my choice (or a female of my choice). However since I mostly play males...most MMOs very much lack male customization and make males look like steroid Jack himself, and look very ugly. Very rarely do you get a good looking male in an MMO, no skinny or fat dudes in a lot of games sadly.
Luckily, in BDO you can make all kinds of males (I made a super fat male for laughs in beta dunno if you can still do that). My current BDO male character is a wizard who looks VERY frail, old and sickly. In WoW, by far the best males were Forsaken (skin and bone and sickly looking), Tauren (kinda "beefy" heh heh, but didn't look jacked up on steroids) and I liked the Draenei, Dwarf and Gnome males as well. WoW had pretty good choices as far as characters go, WoW very much lacks customization that BDO has, but its not bad at all with all the choices you get.
GW2 also has really good character models, they did a good job on all of them (except the humans look pretty ugly (look like ken dolls), but Charr/Norn/Sylvari/Asura all look great)
But the characters also have to look good. In Everquest 2, the character models look sooooo ugly...no matter what male or female I make, the art style and graphics are so outdated and ugly (even though WoW is the same age and looks way better) that it makes it impossible for me to enjoy EQ2.
2d games are fine though. I can play Ultima Online and the characters look fine despite the age of the game, I don't really look at them close due to top down view. And, the 2d art style makes the game still look good and not outdated decades later. WoW has the advantage of not looking outdated either due to the art style and the graphics always being updated (which is extremely rare in an MMO to always be updating the graphics of the game).
So what about you, do character models influence (even if slightly) your MMO choices? I mean, it is what you look at 100% of the time lol