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Races you Want to See More of?

poman313poman313 Member UncommonPosts: 35
I have been playing MMorpgs for years now and I have seen many different races over the years what are some of your favorites you have seen in a MMo or would like to see more of?
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  • filmoretfilmoret Member EpicPosts: 4,906

    Sadly this is where Devs have fallen into a state of ignorance at its worse.  The total lack of imagination is just boggling and makes me wonder how they got their jobs in the first place.  Here's my list of what I'd like to see in games.

     

    Giants,Centaurs,Fairies,Gnomes,Trolls,Ogres,Dragons,Valkyrie,Liche,Zombie,Manticore

    Are you onto something or just on something?
  • EronakisEronakis Member UncommonPosts: 2,238

    Bear Race (like Kodans from Gw2)

     

    Iksar (Lizard man race like EQ)

     

    Arcanist Humans (like Erudites from EQ)

     

    Ethereal Mummy Race (like in old Nagrand from WoW)

  • LoktofeitLoktofeit Member RarePosts: 14,247
    Originally posted by filmoret

    Sadly this is where Devs have fallen into a state of ignorance at its worse.  The total lack of imagination is just boggling and makes me wonder how they got their jobs in the first place.  Here's my list of what I'd like to see in games.

    Giants,Centaurs,Fairies,Gnomes,Trolls,Ogres,Dragons,Valkyrie,Liche,Zombie,Manticore

    It's not a lack of imagination but rather a better use of resources, especially when weighing the amount of return vs the cost to support it. For example, Ashen Temper had often spoke/written about that after the release of Shadowbane. The cost to maintain such a varied set of animations and models, plus world building to accommodate each, is pretty massive. That time and those team members could probably be working on projects that offer far greater returns in a fraction of the time. It might be worth considering that the reason so many things 'boggle' you about the industry may be because you have created for yourself so many preconceptions and assumptions about it. 

     

    @OP, I'd like to see more Lizardmen and Ratmen. Maybe even anthropomorphised fox and bird characters. 

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  • L0C0ManL0C0Man Member UncommonPosts: 1,065
    Originally posted by filmoret

    Sadly this is where Devs have fallen into a state of ignorance at its worse.  The total lack of imagination is just boggling and makes me wonder how they got their jobs in the first place.  Here's my list of what I'd like to see in games.

     

    Giants,Centaurs,Fairies,Gnomes,Trolls,Ogres,Dragons,Valkyrie,Liche,Zombie,Manticore

    The most popular MMO in the market already lets you play as three of youoptions.. :) (WoW - Troll, Gnomes and Zombies)

    Personally I think it's more to do with logistics and balance.

    For example, Lichs by definition are supposed to be really powerful, so how would you balance it as a playable race? (a lich in most fantasy settings is supposed to be a powerful wizard that binds its sould to a phylactery so it can live forever). How do you deal with Manticores and weapons/armor that are usually the backbone of most MMOs?...same with dragons...  which is why usually these races are left as foes instead of playable races.

    Then comes the Giants, Fairies, Gnome races... how much of a size difference do you make and still not make it unfair towards one or another?. GW2, for example, does have a big size difference between the tallest Norn and the smallest Asura, and while it doesn't translate into any real advantage when it comes to hitboxes, running speed or stats, already PvPers are favoring asura because they're harder to spot.

    That said, while most games don't have all those races you mention as playable, some do have them as characters. GW2, for example (the one I'm using as example just because it happens to be what I'm playing right now) have giants, centaurs, trolls (well, Jotun, who aparently in old norse myths are the same than trolls), ogres and dragons, and actually most of them aren't all foes but some are friendly and with an interesting backstory to them (Jotun are all aggresive, but they do have some nice story associated with them as well).

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  • LoktofeitLoktofeit Member RarePosts: 14,247
    Originally posted by L0C0Man
    Originally posted by filmoret

    Sadly this is where Devs have fallen into a state of ignorance at its worse.  The total lack of imagination is just boggling and makes me wonder how they got their jobs in the first place.  Here's my list of what I'd like to see in games.

     

    Giants,Centaurs,Fairies,Gnomes,Trolls,Ogres,Dragons,Valkyrie,Liche,Zombie,Manticore

    The most popular MMO in the market already lets you play as three of youoptions.. :) (WoW - Troll, Gnomes and Zombies)

    Personally I think it's more to do with logistics and balance.

    For example, Lichs by definition are supposed to be really powerful, so how would you balance it as a playable race? (a lich in most fantasy settings is supposed to be a powerful wizard that binds its sould to a phylactery so it can live forever). How do you deal with Manticores and weapons/armor that are usually the backbone of most MMOs?...same with dragons...  which is why usually these races are left as foes instead of playable races.

    Then comes the Giants, Fairies, Gnome races... how much of a size difference do you make and still not make it unfair towards one or another?. GW2, for example, does have a big size difference between the tallest Norn and the smallest Asura, and while it doesn't translate into any real advantage when it comes to hitboxes, running speed or stats, already PvPers are favoring asura because they're harder to spot.

    That said, while most games don't have all those races you mention as playable, some do have them as characters. GW2, for example (the one I'm using as example just because it happens to be what I'm playing right now) have giants, centaurs, trolls (well, Jotun, who aparently in old norse myths are the same than trolls), ogres and dragons, and actually most of them aren't all foes but some are friendly and with an interesting backstory to them (Jotun are all aggresive, but they do have some nice story associated with them as well).

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  • Flyte27Flyte27 Member RarePosts: 4,574
    Originally posted by L0C0Man
    Originally posted by filmoret

    Sadly this is where Devs have fallen into a state of ignorance at its worse.  The total lack of imagination is just boggling and makes me wonder how they got their jobs in the first place.  Here's my list of what I'd like to see in games.

     

    Giants,Centaurs,Fairies,Gnomes,Trolls,Ogres,Dragons,Valkyrie,Liche,Zombie,Manticore

    The most popular MMO in the market already lets you play as three of youoptions.. :) (WoW - Troll, Gnomes and Zombies)

    Personally I think it's more to do with logistics and balance.

    For example, Lichs by definition are supposed to be really powerful, so how would you balance it as a playable race? (a lich in most fantasy settings is supposed to be a powerful wizard that binds its sould to a phylactery so it can live forever). How do you deal with Manticores and weapons/armor that are usually the backbone of most MMOs?...same with dragons...  which is why usually these races are left as foes instead of playable races.

    Then comes the Giants, Fairies, Gnome races... how much of a size difference do you make and still not make it unfair towards one or another?. GW2, for example, does have a big size difference between the tallest Norn and the smallest Asura, and while it doesn't translate into any real advantage when it comes to hitboxes, running speed or stats, already PvPers are favoring asura because they're harder to spot.

    That said, while most games don't have all those races you mention as playable, some do have them as characters. GW2, for example (the one I'm using as example just because it happens to be what I'm playing right now) have giants, centaurs, trolls (well, Jotun, who aparently in old norse myths are the same than trolls), ogres and dragons, and actually most of them aren't all foes but some are friendly and with an interesting backstory to them (Jotun are all aggresive, but they do have some nice story associated with them as well).

    If the game were to be about cooperating together with others instead of competing against them perhaps this wouldn't really matter to much.  In EQ there are spells that can shrink or grow people.

  • JayFiveAliveJayFiveAlive Member UncommonPosts: 598

    I just would like to see any non-standard races. Anymore it feels like we get Humans, Elves, maybe Barbarian types, and possible some animal.

     

    I do miss the variety that EQ brought. For me it helps make the world more immersive when they have a nice amount of different races each with their own starting point. Thats another thing that seems to have gone away out of convenience... shared starting lands so you can play with your friends immediately. Zzzz..

  • EncephalitisEncephalitis Member UncommonPosts: 78

    pretty much anything non-conventional for the most part, but i have a personal preference for anything undead/robotic. i would have a much better time playing a typical warrior or mage or whatever generic class as a skeleton/zombie/ghost than if i were yet another typical human/elf/dwarf.

    all i see when somebody says that some new mmo is innovative and amazing, is "we have the exact same classes as every other mmo alongside the most generic of generic races to go with them". how can you be new and innovative if you're using the exact same things everybody else does?

  • NanfoodleNanfoodle Member LegendaryPosts: 9,727
    Elves, there are just not done enough. Every MMO should have more then one type of elf. Wood, High, half blood and dark elves. Maybe even add some new kind of elves. 
  • Flyte27Flyte27 Member RarePosts: 4,574
    Originally posted by Nanfoodle
    Elves, they are just not done enough. Every MMO should have more then one t ype of elf. Wood, High, half blood and dark elves. Maybe even add some new kind of elves. 

    Elves serve a purpose.  They portray a certain aspect of humanity.  Unfortunately they are the most appealing visually to most people.  Elves are a good example of people not actually caring about races in game these days.  No one cares what an elf is and stands for.  They just care about how they look.  Elvish culture, strengths, and weaknesses are disregarded.

  • NanfoodleNanfoodle Member LegendaryPosts: 9,727
    Originally posted by Flyte27
    Originally posted by Nanfoodle
    Elves, they are just not done enough. Every MMO should have more then one t ype of elf. Wood, High, half blood and dark elves. Maybe even add some new kind of elves. 

    Elves serve a purpose.  They portray a certain aspect of humanity.  Unfortunately they are the most appealing visually to most people.  Elves are a good example of people not actually caring about races in game these days.  No one cares what an elf is and stands for.  They just care about how they look.  Elvish culture, strengths, and weaknesses are disregarded.

    Art is the start. Making their cities and other outpost reflect who they are is a start. IMO more games need to also add a race/ranking story. Most MMOs head to a main story line or a class but IMO race can be a much more interesting story. If you dont care about your race and picking it just for looks, that MMO has failed in some way but it can also be said most races are picked for how they look. Guy sick of being small and picked on in RL makes an Orc. I think like elves each race should have many sub races. The Elder Scrolls did this well and lends itself to RP. 

  • Flyte27Flyte27 Member RarePosts: 4,574
    Originally posted by Nanfoodle
    Originally posted by Flyte27
    Originally posted by Nanfoodle
    Elves, they are just not done enough. Every MMO should have more then one t ype of elf. Wood, High, half blood and dark elves. Maybe even add some new kind of elves. 

    Elves serve a purpose.  They portray a certain aspect of humanity.  Unfortunately they are the most appealing visually to most people.  Elves are a good example of people not actually caring about races in game these days.  No one cares what an elf is and stands for.  They just care about how they look.  Elvish culture, strengths, and weaknesses are disregarded.

    Art is the start. Making their cities and other outpost reflect who they are is a start. IMO more games need to also add a race/ranking story. Most MMOs head to a main story line or a class but IMO race can be a much more interesting story. If you dont care about your race and picking it just for looks, that MMO has failed in some way but it can also be said most races are picked for how they look. Guy sick of being small and picked on in RL makes an Orc. I think like elves each race should have many sub races. The Elder Scrolls did this well and lends itself to RP. 

    Most games must be failing at it these days then because race doesn't really mean a whole lot other then appearance.  You pick the race, but when you are in game you start in the same place and do the same quests as everyone else.  It's the same with class.  There are not specific quest lines for classes to follow.  Pretty much everyone does the same thing.  There are no factions, gods, or prejudices past PvP at times.  Some single player games do it a bit still.  Skyrim did it decently well I'll admit.

  • WellzyCWellzyC Member UncommonPosts: 599

    I also think that games are too complacent when it comes to races. Humans and elves… booring.

     

    Where did the dwarfs go! I always play a dwarf  or halfing.

     

    Iksar in EQ was a great race. Trolls and Furbolgs in DAOC were unique.  Lurikeens were the best!!!

     Also love the goblin in War. Orcs.

     

     

    Honestly… anything but Humans or Elves…

     

     

    I dont like mmos where eveyone looks the same.  A lot of races and many different gear sets make it much more immersive.

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  • NanfoodleNanfoodle Member LegendaryPosts: 9,727
    Originally posted by Flyte27
    Originally posted by Nanfoodle
    Originally posted by Flyte27
    Originally posted by Nanfoodle
    Elves, they are just not done enough. Every MMO should have more then one t ype of elf. Wood, High, half blood and dark elves. Maybe even add some new kind of elves. 

    Elves serve a purpose.  They portray a certain aspect of humanity.  Unfortunately they are the most appealing visually to most people.  Elves are a good example of people not actually caring about races in game these days.  No one cares what an elf is and stands for.  They just care about how they look.  Elvish culture, strengths, and weaknesses are disregarded.

    Art is the start. Making their cities and other outpost reflect who they are is a start. IMO more games need to also add a race/ranking story. Most MMOs head to a main story line or a class but IMO race can be a much more interesting story. If you dont care about your race and picking it just for looks, that MMO has failed in some way but it can also be said most races are picked for how they look. Guy sick of being small and picked on in RL makes an Orc. I think like elves each race should have many sub races. The Elder Scrolls did this well and lends itself to RP. 

    Most games must be failing at it these days then because race doesn't really mean a whole lot other then appearance.  You pick the race, but when you are in game you start in the same place and do the same quests as everyone else.  It's the same with class.  There are not specific quest lines for classes to follow.  Pretty much everyone does the same thing.  There are no factions, gods, or prejudices past PvP at times.  Some single player games do it a bit still.  Skyrim did it decently well I'll admit.

    Sorry but the back story even in WoW is awesome. There any many MMOs I have rerolled just to switch races because I like their back story more. EQ again rich depth and thats being rewritten in EQN with great care and art, each city is it own story about the race. I would say most MMOs do a great job as making you care about your race but I think it can be improved upon. 

  • Flyte27Flyte27 Member RarePosts: 4,574
    Originally posted by Nanfoodle
    Originally posted by Flyte27
    Originally posted by Nanfoodle
    Originally posted by Flyte27
    Originally posted by Nanfoodle
    Elves, they are just not done enough. Every MMO should have more then one t ype of elf. Wood, High, half blood and dark elves. Maybe even add some new kind of elves. 

    Elves serve a purpose.  They portray a certain aspect of humanity.  Unfortunately they are the most appealing visually to most people.  Elves are a good example of people not actually caring about races in game these days.  No one cares what an elf is and stands for.  They just care about how they look.  Elvish culture, strengths, and weaknesses are disregarded.

    Art is the start. Making their cities and other outpost reflect who they are is a start. IMO more games need to also add a race/ranking story. Most MMOs head to a main story line or a class but IMO race can be a much more interesting story. If you dont care about your race and picking it just for looks, that MMO has failed in some way but it can also be said most races are picked for how they look. Guy sick of being small and picked on in RL makes an Orc. I think like elves each race should have many sub races. The Elder Scrolls did this well and lends itself to RP. 

    Most games must be failing at it these days then because race doesn't really mean a whole lot other then appearance.  You pick the race, but when you are in game you start in the same place and do the same quests as everyone else.  It's the same with class.  There are not specific quest lines for classes to follow.  Pretty much everyone does the same thing.  There are no factions, gods, or prejudices past PvP at times.  Some single player games do it a bit still.  Skyrim did it decently well I'll admit.

    Sorry but the back story even in WoW is awesome. There any many MMOs I have rerolled just to switch races because I like their back story more. EQ again rich depth and thats being rewritten in EQN with great care and art, each city is it own story about the race. I would say most MMOs do a great job as making you care about your race but I think it can be improved upon. 

    You picked a couple that do, but those are not recent MMOs.  Those are MMOs that have roots in old time gaming.  Games today are more like Elder Scrolls where everything is superficial.  While WoW does have some nice cities and races it doesn't have many quests that are unique to those.  I seem to remember it originally did, but not so much anymore.

  • NanfoodleNanfoodle Member LegendaryPosts: 9,727
    Originally posted by Flyte27
    Originally posted by Nanfoodle
    Originally posted by Flyte27
    Originally posted by Nanfoodle
    Originally posted by Flyte27
    Originally posted by Nanfoodle
    Elves, they are just not done enough. Every MMO should have more then one t ype of elf. Wood, High, half blood and dark elves. Maybe even add some new kind of elves. 

    Elves serve a purpose.  They portray a certain aspect of humanity.  Unfortunately they are the most appealing visually to most people.  Elves are a good example of people not actually caring about races in game these days.  No one cares what an elf is and stands for.  They just care about how they look.  Elvish culture, strengths, and weaknesses are disregarded.

    Art is the start. Making their cities and other outpost reflect who they are is a start. IMO more games need to also add a race/ranking story. Most MMOs head to a main story line or a class but IMO race can be a much more interesting story. If you dont care about your race and picking it just for looks, that MMO has failed in some way but it can also be said most races are picked for how they look. Guy sick of being small and picked on in RL makes an Orc. I think like elves each race should have many sub races. The Elder Scrolls did this well and lends itself to RP. 

    Most games must be failing at it these days then because race doesn't really mean a whole lot other then appearance.  You pick the race, but when you are in game you start in the same place and do the same quests as everyone else.  It's the same with class.  There are not specific quest lines for classes to follow.  Pretty much everyone does the same thing.  There are no factions, gods, or prejudices past PvP at times.  Some single player games do it a bit still.  Skyrim did it decently well I'll admit.

    Sorry but the back story even in WoW is awesome. There any many MMOs I have rerolled just to switch races because I like their back story more. EQ again rich depth and thats being rewritten in EQN with great care and art, each city is it own story about the race. I would say most MMOs do a great job as making you care about your race but I think it can be improved upon. 

    You picked a couple that do, but those are not recent MMOs.  Those are MMOs that have roots in old time gaming.  Games today are more like Elder Scrolls where everything is superficial.  While WoW does have some nice cities and races it doesn't have many quests that are unique to those.  I seem to remember it originally did, but not so much anymore.

    Fine I will go with a MMO IMO flopped. Wildstar, their background and story covers every race and how it ties into the major story and why each race and why its in the faction it is. Even in game this is deepened. I think there is a group of gamers that pick their race by look and a group that picks them for who they are. I will be honest I did pick elves just to stir the pot no matter how much I do like elves. =-)

  • Flyte27Flyte27 Member RarePosts: 4,574
    Originally posted by Nanfoodle
    Originally posted by Flyte27
    Originally posted by Nanfoodle
    Originally posted by Flyte27
    Originally posted by Nanfoodle
    Originally posted by Flyte27
    Originally posted by Nanfoodle
    Elves, they are just not done enough. Every MMO should have more then one t ype of elf. Wood, High, half blood and dark elves. Maybe even add some new kind of elves. 

    Elves serve a purpose.  They portray a certain aspect of humanity.  Unfortunately they are the most appealing visually to most people.  Elves are a good example of people not actually caring about races in game these days.  No one cares what an elf is and stands for.  They just care about how they look.  Elvish culture, strengths, and weaknesses are disregarded.

    Art is the start. Making their cities and other outpost reflect who they are is a start. IMO more games need to also add a race/ranking story. Most MMOs head to a main story line or a class but IMO race can be a much more interesting story. If you dont care about your race and picking it just for looks, that MMO has failed in some way but it can also be said most races are picked for how they look. Guy sick of being small and picked on in RL makes an Orc. I think like elves each race should have many sub races. The Elder Scrolls did this well and lends itself to RP. 

    Most games must be failing at it these days then because race doesn't really mean a whole lot other then appearance.  You pick the race, but when you are in game you start in the same place and do the same quests as everyone else.  It's the same with class.  There are not specific quest lines for classes to follow.  Pretty much everyone does the same thing.  There are no factions, gods, or prejudices past PvP at times.  Some single player games do it a bit still.  Skyrim did it decently well I'll admit.

    Sorry but the back story even in WoW is awesome. There any many MMOs I have rerolled just to switch races because I like their back story more. EQ again rich depth and thats being rewritten in EQN with great care and art, each city is it own story about the race. I would say most MMOs do a great job as making you care about your race but I think it can be improved upon. 

    You picked a couple that do, but those are not recent MMOs.  Those are MMOs that have roots in old time gaming.  Games today are more like Elder Scrolls where everything is superficial.  While WoW does have some nice cities and races it doesn't have many quests that are unique to those.  I seem to remember it originally did, but not so much anymore.

    Fine I will go with a MMO IMO flopped. Wildstar, their background and story covers every race and how it ties into the major story and why each race and why its in the faction it is. Even in game this is deepened. I think there is a group of gamers that pick their race by look and a group that picks them for who they are. I will be honest I did pick elves just to stir the pot no matter how much I do like elves. =-)

    If I pick an elf of some type I usually have a roleplaying reason for it.  For instance I might want to pretend to like nature, hang out in the forest, help lost travelers, and slay foul orcs who pass bye.  I don't see many games that give you an opportunity like that these days.  Usually you just start in the same place and follow the same quest line as everyone else (more or less).

  • GitmixGitmix Member UncommonPosts: 605
    Homo Neanderthalis !!! I would love it if there was a super realistic pre historic sandbox MMO where you could either be a Neanderthal or a Sapiens.
  • MechanismMechanism Member UncommonPosts: 143

    I really want to play a character with either more or less than two legs. even if the character is disabled and missing legs that would be interesting.

  • Flyte27Flyte27 Member RarePosts: 4,574
    Originally posted by VonTakala
    Originally posted by Flyte27
    Originally posted by Nanfoodle
    Originally posted by Flyte27
    Originally posted by Nanfoodle
    Elves, they are just not done enough. Every MMO should have more then one t ype of elf. Wood, High, half blood and dark elves. Maybe even add some new kind of elves. 

    Elves serve a purpose.  They portray a certain aspect of humanity.  Unfortunately they are the most appealing visually to most people.  Elves are a good example of people not actually caring about races in game these days.  No one cares what an elf is and stands for.  They just care about how they look.  Elvish culture, strengths, and weaknesses are disregarded.

    Art is the start. Making their cities and other outpost reflect who they are is a start. IMO more games need to also add a race/ranking story. Most MMOs head to a main story line or a class but IMO race can be a much more interesting story. If you dont care about your race and picking it just for looks, that MMO has failed in some way but it can also be said most races are picked for how they look. Guy sick of being small and picked on in RL makes an Orc. I think like elves each race should have many sub races. The Elder Scrolls did this well and lends itself to RP. 

    Most games must be failing at it these days then because race doesn't really mean a whole lot other then appearance.  You pick the race, but when you are in game you start in the same place and do the same quests as everyone else.  It's the same with class.  There are not specific quest lines for classes to follow.  Pretty much everyone does the same thing.  There are no factions, gods, or prejudices past PvP at times.  Some single player games do it a bit still.  Skyrim did it decently well I'll admit.

    Games that I've played the last 8-10 years are basically a set of sliders.

    So give me enough sliders for face, body, legs, arms, tattoos, etc, and you've basically got a modern game race.

    As far as stats or anything else: no difference whatsoever.

    Think EQ1 where big fat trolls in bandit masks would randomly scratch themselves, and couldn't come near large towns because everyone would try and kill them, plus they regenerated (slowly but even so). Meaningful differences that meant the player's behavior had to be changed and adapted. Now they're identical, with race being completely meaningless, and purely cosmetic like a cash-shop item. In fact, you can now 'buy' races in the 'cash-shop' games....

    I wonder if they would sell you racial traits in cash shops as well lol.  You can have troll regeneration for 10 dollars.  You can have every race hate you for 20 dollars.  You can have an scratch my butt animation for 15 dollars.

    Seriously though this is kind of sad.

  • filmoretfilmoret Member EpicPosts: 4,906
    Originally posted by Loktofeit
    Originally posted by filmoret

    Sadly this is where Devs have fallen into a state of ignorance at its worse.  The total lack of imagination is just boggling and makes me wonder how they got their jobs in the first place.  Here's my list of what I'd like to see in games.

    Giants,Centaurs,Fairies,Gnomes,Trolls,Ogres,Dragons,Valkyrie,Liche,Zombie,Manticore

    It's not a lack of imagination but rather a better use of resources, especially when weighing the amount of return vs the cost to support it. For example, Ashen Temper had often spoke/written about that after the release of Shadowbane. The cost to maintain such a varied set of animations and models, plus world building to accommodate each, is pretty massive. That time and those team members could probably be working on projects that offer far greater returns in a fraction of the time. It might be worth considering that the reason so many things 'boggle' you about the industry may be because you have created for yourself so many preconceptions and assumptions about it. 

     

    @OP, I'd like to see more Lizardmen and Ratmen. Maybe even anthropomorphised fox and bird characters. 

     This would make more sense if they didn't already have the models running around in the game as npc's.  At least LOTRO allowed people to play monster races, too bad they were only different in their skins.  If people were happy with simple reskins of their current character then WOW, ESO, LOTRO offer such items.  I think the problem is how much the new games are trying to make everything look like a human.

    Are you onto something or just on something?
  • waynejr2waynejr2 Member EpicPosts: 7,768

    I want to see something like Dave Hargrave's Phraints (ant men) from his Arduin Grimoire books (1977).   The suggestions by other players are great.  Anything other than a human variant biped would be nice.  How about Barsoom's Green Martians with six appendages?

    How about letting us play monsters for a change?  As a special event?  How about letting a guild pick 10 players to run the bosses in an instance? 

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  • sunandshadowsunandshadow Member RarePosts: 1,985
    A shapeshifter race (you start human and gain wings, tails, animal ears, claws, armor plating, bright colors, stripes and spots, etc.)  Playable centaurs (who aren't ugly as hell like many game centaurs).  Being a Transformer might be cool, but only if part of the setting was prewar Cybertron so you could actually experience the inside of transformer culture.
    I want to help design and develop a PvE-focused, solo-friendly, sandpark MMO which combines crafting, monster hunting, and story.  So PM me if you are starting one.
  • LoktofeitLoktofeit Member RarePosts: 14,247
    Originally posted by filmoret
    Originally posted by Loktofeit
    Originally posted by filmoret

    Sadly this is where Devs have fallen into a state of ignorance at its worse.  The total lack of imagination is just boggling and makes me wonder how they got their jobs in the first place.  Here's my list of what I'd like to see in games.

    Giants,Centaurs,Fairies,Gnomes,Trolls,Ogres,Dragons,Valkyrie,Liche,Zombie,Manticore

    It's not a lack of imagination but rather a better use of resources, especially when weighing the amount of return vs the cost to support it. For example, Ashen Temper had often spoke/written about that after the release of Shadowbane. The cost to maintain such a varied set of animations and models, plus world building to accommodate each, is pretty massive. That time and those team members could probably be working on projects that offer far greater returns in a fraction of the time. It might be worth considering that the reason so many things 'boggle' you about the industry may be because you have created for yourself so many preconceptions and assumptions about it. 

    @OP, I'd like to see more Lizardmen and Ratmen. Maybe even anthropomorphised fox and bird characters. 

     This would make more sense if they didn't already have the models running around in the game as npc's.  At least LOTRO allowed people to play monster races, too bad they were only different in their skins.  If people were happy with simple reskins of their current character then WOW, ESO, LOTRO offer such items.  I think the problem is how much the new games are trying to make everything look like a human.

     

     

    • The devs do not have to make the array of player-usable armor and weapons for those mobs
    • The devs do not have to make the streets and structures of every player town and environment accessible to those mobs.
    • The devs do not have to make the full range of combat and emote animations accessible to those mobs.
    • The devs do not have to make PVP combat and PVP areas accommodate those mobs.

    To give an example of how extensive any of those lists can be, you're looking at 100 to 1000 animations for any given player character depending on the MMO. Not frames. Animations.

     

    Now, before we get the "no one needs emotes" or "there's software that does them all for you", please consider this is the same crowd that will go ballistic if a character doesn't jump - the most useless yet most used animation outside idle and running - exactly how they feel the character should jump.

     

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  • Octagon7711Octagon7711 Member LegendaryPosts: 9,000
    I would like to see more races capable of shape shifting.  WoW's Druid class was very enjoyable.  Also more vampires and werewolves.  Also alien races, like alien and predator.  Also angels and demon as races.

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