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If everybody is incredible - nobody is incredible.
The Pub at MMORPG.COM « General Discussion
2/22/09 4:43:51 AM
The most important part of being unique in a MMO is actually not having the best gear, its about looking different from everyone else.
Take Lotro. Apart from bonuses you gain from what you have done over time then everyone of the same race/class can more or less do the same. But people still feel they are unique because you can custom tailor your appearance to your hearts content independent of the gear you actually use.
This is what class set item goals do wrong, like what you see in games like WoW and AoC. You are NOT different and unique no matter how cool gear you get because its appearance is preset for you by the developers based on your class.
The first step in making people unique is very simple. Allow people to color their clothes. The next is to put in a lot of no-stat appearance changing items and then allow people to wear those items for appearance independent of the item bonuses of the other gear they use and then most people will be happy because THEY are in control of how they look.