Posts tagged MMO
Posts tagged MMO
One of these things is not like the other. On the left, the concept art. On the right, the character model.
This is not the first such discrepancy we’ve documented here, but it’s a particularly interesting one. For one thing, Rift actually has much better character models than most games, let alone most MMOs, so it’s surprising to see their art is so… typical. Their character models set them apart from other MMOs, in a good way. I find it strange they would undersell that point.
I know Lady Sylvanas is dead but holy cow that anatomy looks messed up. If I was dead and my torso was a mess like that I’d be grouchy too. The background is really pretty but augh…D:
Did she die in that position and then resurrected stuck in it?
I have heard Guild Wars, rightly or wrongly, described as a step above other MMOs when it comes to egalitarian character designs. Personally, I would say it is about on-par with WoW, and definitely a bit more inclusive than a game like Tera Online. One thing I have always lauded Guild Wars for was their generally beautiful concept art (even when their marketing images left much to be desired).
That said, it has its problems. In addition to the racefail that it often engages in, Guild Wars does also occasionally imply that they’ve little love for ladies with muscle tone (or pants). For a particularly startling disparity, compare the marketing images for their new “Winds of Change” Canthan quest line with the actual NPC character models posted above.
The interpretation of Reiko is particularly interesting, with the clothing so different as to be unrecognizable. Miku, too, is peculiar. The outfit the character model is depicted in is merely Canthan assassin armor with a fishnet bodystocking underneath, but the marketing artwork is far more extreme.
Though Guild Wars isn’t winning any awards for equality anytime soon, this artwork represents an unusual departure from their standard fare.
UPDATE: It seems that while the two ladies, identified only by first names, are actually characters, Mister Is-Wearing-Pants (Xun Rao, Ecclesiate of the Ministry of Purity) isn’t, appearing solely in the form of a mini-pet. Incidentally, he also works for Reiko. While only he has a listed rank, Reiko there outranks him significantly and is both his boss and (spoilers!) the end boss.
Her rank? Minister Reiko Murakami.
That’s right, she’s the Head of the Ministry of Purity.
DOUBLE UPDATE: She actually also founded the Ministry of Purity. She founded it! She has a rank! Fuck you, Guild Wars.
Tera is sort of infamous when it comes to their portrayals of women. When one of the Tera lady-armors reminded me of Livia’s armor from Guild Wars, I naturally attempted to compare them. What I did not expect was that they wouldn’t really even be comparable… because Livia’s was so much nakeder. Damn.
About those elementalists.
These are all the non-elite armors available in any of the campaigns. Those that have pants rarely have full shirts, and those with full shirts are usually paired with microminis. There are some exceptions, which is what led my elementalist to wear her Flameforged for far longer than was level-appropriate, but largely the aesthetic is unchangeable without prestige armors, such as the Ancient armor, which are the most expensive armors in the game. It is possible to mix-and-match, but while this works great with Rangers it tends not to wok as well for elementalists, because the dye patterns are inconsistent.
Generally speaking the prestige armors are slightly better, but many are just as bad, or worse, than the starter armors. At this point, my elementalist just wears one of those heavy micro-payment costumes dyed purple.
It’s also pretty apparent not a single one of those dude outfits is remotely similar to the lady versions, ten guesses why. The Stormforged armor is particularly blatant about this.
[Original images came from the GWW, of course]
In case you can’t tell from the size of the image:
Yes, each breast is animated to wiggle separately.
[For reference, the male elementalists wear turtlenecks, long pants, gloves, long coats, and boots. Their dance involves no wiggling or gyrating whatsoever.]
Sorry, Wow. Didn’t mean to make you feel left out.
This is concept art for male and female costumes in the free-to-play MMO Runes of Magic. Compare and contrast with this armor concept art for the MMORPGs Guild Wars 2 (not yet released) and Tera Online (unfortunately very much released).
Notice any themes?
(Sorry the pictures are so small and cropped in weird ways; clicking them will make them full-size and de-cropped)
[Source for the Tera Image]