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Community Spotlight: Customization

Posted Jan 17, 2007 by Jon Wood

Community Spotlight: Customization

Managing Editor Jon Wood returns this week to write a new Community Spotlight. This time, he's turning the focus onto the idea of the importance of character customization.

It's Wednesday, and I find myself once again compelled to drop in on one of the many conversations that our members are having in our forums. This time around, it was a thread called Character Customization created by Chrysos.

"I wonder how much dev time and money is put into making customer customization possible." He said, "personally, I don't get it. Outside of the time you spend creating your character and the time game reviewers spend waxing lyrical about it. What is the use of having 4 different things you can change to your cheeks (see the 2007 CES Conan preview).

"You recognize people in game from the name above their head not because their nose is slightly wider than the other dwarfs. I want to try to be unique in game as well but it seems to me that that is better achieved by being able to get distictive clothing and gear. Be honest how many times has anybody actually looked closely enough at another characters face to notice the subtle adjustements they made during character creation, those times that the face isn't obscured by some form of headwear anyway."

You can read the whole article here.

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