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the Lonely Altar

I don't play "games", I play MMORPGs! This is where I talk about them!

Author: Tierless

#35 CU Races Make Me Uncomfortable

Posted by Tierless Monday July 29 2013 at 5:26PM
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We asked for it didn’t we? We wanted unique, outside the box, different, not WOW....well just looking at the races of CU, the rough concepts by the way, Team CSE is more than happy to give it to us. Feeling a bit uncomfortable? You should be and it’s better for CU if you are.

Naturally, as is often the case with people, when we get what we asked for, but it doesn’t fit the idealistic vision in our heads we tend to get a bit ruffled. I’m not going to lie. I don’t love all of the race concepts. Some of them are making me VERY uncomfortable (butt wings;) but all of them are getting a reaction and an increasing amount of respect.

Those aren’t just race concepts were seeing folks, that is artistic freedom the likes of which this genre hasn’t seen in YEARS. Instead of hearing “copy WOW but slightly different so we don’t have to deal with legal and MAKE SURE it appeals to AS MANY people as possible, we don’t wanna lose a sub because of the art”. They are hearing DON”T MAKE IT LIKE THE VERSIONS WE'VE SEEN BEFORE!

OMG what a concept! Make it unique, make it different, make it CU! The benefit? Anytime someone sees that kind of concept from here on out players will think of CU. They become part of the CU brand. Not that I’ve NEVER seen something similar to some of the race stuff, but bear with me here, I’m comparing to the extremes of the genre. Honestly, when is the last time we saw race concepts be pushed this hard, this publicly?

I respect the artistic liberty that these races are being created with. They aren’t pushing the envelope, they are pushing a case of envelopes! This is a brave move, for an MMO that needs funding. Fortunately for us CU HAS funding. We paid for it, they got the cash, now they can push us as much as they would like, and thats a good thing. (obviously not if they send us off a cliff) But this is pre-EVERYTHING. It’s all open game so why not push it as much as you can, we have years to tweak it.

That is something that we have been missing in MMOs. They’ve become so big and so expensive that every single decision that MIGHT lose ONE single sub was killed on the spot. No chances were being taken anymore. KS has given the artists their freedom back. FYI if any of you are scoffing at the idea of games as art, well, please close this window out right now because I’d rather you not read my stuff ya hear? Games are ALL elements of art combined into a liveable (when done right) world. What a beautiful thing!

FREEEEEEEEDOMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!! (sorry, Braveheart moment their)

Oh KS, you sure do know how to make an artist smile don’t you. Like them, love them, or hate them, please for the love of MMOs respect the brevity that goes into chancy design decisions. And like I’ve said countless times now, don’t worry, we have 2 plus years to beat up each others ideals of what the finished races should be like, look like, act like, jump like, sit like, etc.

Right now, sit back and dare CSE to push you to uncomfortable places you’ve never been; expanding your ideals in the process. A wise person once said something to the effect of, if you're not making someone uncomfortable, you're not doing anything worth remembering. I’m bored with comfy, it’s time to feel alive again.

So I say this to you CSE and one Mark Jacobs. You shocked me with the veil stealth concept, you’ve made me uncomfortable with some race decisions (butt wings ;), what next? You raised us a quarter, well sirs and madams, I match your quarter, and DARE you to raise me even more. Will CSE take me up on the wager, I think so, and I can’t wait to see what else they can make me feel uncomfortable with next! This is why I jumped on the KS/CU wagon! This ride looked too fun to miss, and so far, it has been and we’ve only begun to scratch the surface! writes:
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