The Importance of Character Customization

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A topic that's brought up when a brand new online multiplayer or MMORPG is released is whether there's a decent character customization system to accompany it. Everyone likes being able to stand out, look beautiful, grotesque, weird and overall different. We all want to look unique and impose our own personalities onto the characters representing us in-game.

As the video game industry on a whole gears towards bringing players together through online multiplayer and co-op gameplay, the importance of character customization is becoming more blatantly obvious in this day and age.

Many companies have invested thousand of hours in attempting to create a uniquely in-depth character creator but for some reason other video game companies still don't see character customization as a high priority on their list.

While leaving it up to game developers to create a likable and incomparable protagonist has been common place since gaming's birth, it's actually pretty cool when a game allows you to create and control your own avatar.

Majority of games already lack diversity so allowing players to create their own character without any unnecessary limitations is a dream come true for many devoted gamers or people who feel their race, creed or colour isn't represented.



It's also worth noting that customization shouldn't just be limited to sliders for every dimension of an avatar's face but rather it should be about bigger factors like skin tone, age, weight, hairstyles, expressions etc. We should be able to create any character we desire, from a bulky young man with a huge afro to an doddery old man with a limp.

Creating a character unique to you and how you want to be seen in-game is an easy way to express yourself, without the pressure of outside forces telling you what you should or shouldn't be. This method of expression is powerful to a gamer who enjoys controlling their own avatar.

A good portion of Mass effect's success relied heavily on how the various interpretations of Shepard's character and interactions with his/her surroundings affected the story. The same can be said with most games where these avatars have a larger role, even without having to choose a character dialogue.



It can not be stressed enough how important a 'flexible' character customization system is, the avatar is an in world representation of the player and since he/she is the most thing the player will see/look at most whilst playing, it should be on point.

A deep but easy customization system means everyone wins or better to say, nobody loses. Therefore gamedevs should make their customization systems as good as possible.It's interesting to see how each year goes by and how new games with character creation add innovations to make creating these avatars just as fun as playing the actual game.

 And with the release of the next gen systems, there is an equal chance of seeing a new way for players to express themselves in a way that no one would have thought of.

So in conclusion character customization is very important and a valuable part of any online Multiplayer or role playing game and shouldn't be dismissed or overlooked by developers who feel it isn't as important to include.



Being able to mold your virtual character to your liking in games is highly important and can have a massive impact on the enjoyment that we, and the people we interact with in online games get out of them.

Hopefully in the future character customization will take two steps forward and allow players to create and be whoever they want to be without all the limitations and unnecessary boundaries.

18 comments:

  1. Customization is fun and in that way it is important. What bothers me though is when you see a relatively 'low-tech' or older game with better customization than a newer / more powerful game. It means the dev team was lazy and character appearance was an after thought.

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  2. Most of the games need to put in tons more options - I want to be able to create a character who is a short fat ancient and in the same game be able to create a tall skinny young man/woman/alien.

    I can understand that height differences can screw up animations but there are quite a few games that have gotten around this problem.

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  3. The upcoming Korean MMO's (Black Desert, Bless, etc.) are putting Western MMO's to absolute shame when it comes to both graphical fidelity (seriously, holy fucking shit are they making even recent/upcoming releases like ESO/WildStar look like trash) and as usual, in terms of character customization.

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    1. You read my mind. That's exactly what I though when I first saw the customization. It's all the more impressive that this kind of quality is coming from a F2P which really tops about half of the B2P's and P2P's out there in the char gen.

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    2. I'd love to see character creation this deep in other games. I'm not an mmo guy, but this looks like such a step up from character creation in wwe /mass effect/saints row.

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  4. It is quite amazing that almost every MMO has the facial features sliders, yet they almost make no difference, unless you push them to the extremes. While the selection of facial features and hairstyles is still very static and limited in most cases.

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  5. I both love and hate detailed character creators. I love them because I know I'll spend countless hours getting to perfect my character's image, but I also hate the knowledge that I'll be restarting the game at least fifty times to tweak the tiniest of imperfections that I only notice after the game starts.

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  6. Seriously, if a game has a character creator my interest in it goes up about 60% ^_^

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  7. Man I love character creators. They're like a game in themselves, sometimes I lose hours to them. Really cool

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  8. Character creation is frequently the very first opportunity to get immersed into the game. So I usually spend at least 30 minutes to get a character that:

    * Looks like they fit in the game world

    * Gives me a starting point for whatever motivations I might think up for that character. Very important for games that have choices or at least illusions of choices.

    * Allows me to care what happens to that character. If I can't stand watching the character for hours on end, the game will have an uphill battle in getting me to stay.

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  9. Most important to me is having a hairstyle i like, with different colours and maybe highlights as that can help me feel unique. Not too fuzzed about body customization.

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  10. character/cosmetic customization is important to me no matter what kind of game it is. The more customization for me the better.

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  11. Having the option to customize characters is pretty important to me; in fact, I distinctly prefer games that allow you to personalize your person over those that don't. To me, it makes the gaming experience much more intimate to the gamer!

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  12. I happen to be one of those gamers who loves character customization. It's one of the many reasons why I was drawn to Saints Row over GTA.

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  13. Character customization is HUGE. It can define YOU as a player and how unique you are to other individuals in the game world. It diversifies you from everyone else and it gives you a chance to show off your creativity.

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  14. Character creation is a huge deal for me too. MMORPG is an RPG at heart, and I develop real connection to my characters. If they're ugly, I cannot even attempt to find better clothings for them.

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  15. A huge thing for me in games is the customization. And I cannot start the game until I am 100% in love with how my character looks.

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  16. I can't wait for the sims 4 like I'll be locked in my house”

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