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For some of us it's more than just numbers that make our spells pew pew harder. Some people like to flaunt their gear around in towns showing how awesome it looks, and they love to explain how hard it was to achieve. And no!, we arn't talking about gear that's been dyed in a creative way. We are talking about the gear that makes your character intimidating and or powerful look'in.
Personally I like my character to stand out from others who are on different content. Forgive me for using a memory from WoW, but does anyone remember the staff Bigben? Yeah, I'm talking about m******* f****** Big ben, the benediction staff. Now it wasn't the most creative staff by any means, but that staff definitely was saying in its own way, "Bi*** I've done that MC shit and healed those dieseased poor human ghost people, and I got what it takes to wipe on bwl content now!" Nothing else looked liked it, and it's something I've always kept in my characters bag over the pass 6 years.
What I don't get is why so many current mmos are getting so lazy with the gear. I don't want different shades of red for the same teir of gear! I want new orginal gear! My priest in cata went from having blue toilet bowls on his shoulders to red ones! My mage in Rift got 3 peices of gear from 3 different sources that are different difficulties AND THEY ALL LOOK THE SAME!! Sure I can dye them, but I have half the stats of some vet players and I look like them. Sure there are small differences, but it's not enough. I feel like my character should write his name on his crafted crappy dark shadow helm, so the r6 mages in the same warfront don't accidentally mix them up (Or should they =p).
So what do you guys think of the graphics of gear? Are they important? Should gear be as unique as much as it can? Are dyes just a lazy attempt to make gear vary more?