After thinking in another blog post I decided to take my question and present it in a blog. In todays MMO market there often seems we are forced to make decisions based on taste. And poses an interesting dilemma one that I myself have succumb to. Beauty over Brains. As a guy this may have more meaning that it would to a woman who often make choices more based on content than looks but as the marketing ads will attest to often men are the subject of this moral dilemma. We are bombarded with pictures of scantily clad women who are by all means ideals to most men the world over. Images of sexy women doing great wonderful things fighting beasts in nothing but a g-string and bra. And as guys we can't help but click that link and ask the question. "what's this?" Suddenly we are on a hunt to delve into this world and see if the ads live up with in-game content. And generally there is always one sexy race that just has to be super endowed. (or gifted as my wife says.)
The best examples of this are asian MMO's, with some of the most revealing ads and content to date. But all MMO's target us with this human instinct, some marketing companies probably even push to make sure that there is at least one "sexy" race in the game. Look at blizzard and those wonderful bloodelves on launch day I think the amount of women toons on all servers exploded as men all over were drawn to the idea of looking at those sexy behinds all day long.
But this goes beyond just our need to look at sexy women its also the game world and over all graphical feel. I have noticed this even in myself. The desire to play games that are severly lacking in content simply because "it looks so damn nice." I know I am not alone in this. As is shown by the number of subs for some of these asian MMO's and various other crappy games with gorgeous graphics. The industry as a whole focuses on the visual appeal of their products probably slightly more than they do about the gameplay. I know that most companies lay out their art design and look and feel way before they even start looking at mechanics. Our need for constant flow of screen shots and videos attest to our need to see what it looks like.
We focus not as much about what is going on as what it looks like. Many a great game has faded away due to dated graphics even though the gameplay is top notch.
We all would rather choose the beauty queen as our date to the prom then the brainy fashion challenged girl in our D&D club. We are victims to our own instincts as men. And the marketing moguls love us for it. We are simple creatures and lets be honest most of us are proud of it. *grunt, grunt*
But most of us would admit that when it comes to commitment our life long dream is the beauty queen who plays D&D. When the marketing world and MMO world finally understands that and can actually produce that. I think most guys would marry that one for life.
One other thought around this is why can't the brainy girls with no fashion sense hire someone to do a makover and improve on the look. You know the whole hollywood geek to beauty queen thing. I wish more older MMO companies instead of releasing more content patches to try to bring customers back would realize spending the same effort updating your dated graphics engine would save you more money then trying to redesign your game. Most of us would love to play UO again but it would need some serious face lift and implants but that fundamentals of its gameplay were top notch. Many other older titles are still great they just need a facelift to draw in the newer MMO crowd and please us lustful men.
Opinions? Critique? Complaints?