The Daily Grind: What cosmetic rewards in online games don’t feel like rewards?

One of the most common rewards from loot crates in Overwatch were sprays. (It might have changed, but I doubt it.) You point your character at a wall, and look, you sprayed an image there! Amazing! And I don’t care and would not notice if the feature were removed entirely, not because it’s cosmetic fluff (which I live for) but because it’s cosmetic fluff that doesn’t matter to me in the slightest. If I could convert every spray I ever received straight into currency, I would do so. They hold absolutely no value for me.

The thing about cosmetic rewards is that they only work if they’re something you actually care about. I rarely intend to use the various cosmetic options introduced in Final Fantasy XIV, but they’re at least there; by contrast, many World of Warcraft cosmetic rewards only can be used for cosmetic transmog during the events in question, making them fundamentally useless again. So what about you? What cosmetic rewards have online games offered that feel utterly irrelevant to you, if not actively disdainful?

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Alex Malone

Gonna go with all of them.

I’ve never cared one bit about cosmetic rewards. Whilst I care deeply about the way my characters look, I’ve always been able to obtain a great look through normal gear / rewards, I’ve never needed purely cosmetic rewards. In general, I will immediately sell / junk cosmetic stuff. I tend to also feel quite cheated when it comes to cosmetic rewards, it always feels like I’m only getting half the reward – the looks but not the stats.

I think the only exception to this that I can think of are armour dyes in games that require you to craft / collect dyes rather than just going to a vendor. Even then, I’d still be pretty annoyed at only getting a dye as a reward.

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Annoyed badger

Overwatch was just shit in regards to awards, sprays, icons, voice lines….could not honestly care less about that. And so much spam of shit crap that just made opening loot crates annoying rather than rewarding.

But then the game was pretty shallow anyway so its not unexpected.

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Robert Mann

In the status quo? All of them.

Not only are they essentially rained down upon us en masse, but their impact is muted by the lack of anything deeper than it being another skin or whatnot.

For me, when they are not only less ubiquitous, but more importantly have some effects as seen with a number of more modern non MMOs… then I’ll be interested again. Just my viewpoint at this time is that I really don’t care, give the outfits and such utility with things outside combat, their own pros and cons around the world, and make it interesting! Then I’m down to feel they are rewarding.

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Tizmah

Sprays were cool in Valve games because you could spray jpeg you had. Bad and good from that lol. But just character sprays on the wall is pretty boring.

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zuldar

The ones you have to pay for.

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kjempff

Yup that sums it up nicely.
The reason is (for me at least) is that any fluff that is not earned gives me no feeling of accomplisment, and create no respect when I see it on other players.
So basically only cosmetics I can recognize and link to an achievement in the game, hold any meaning to me.

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Dug From The Earth

Sprays
Titles
Avatar images (id rather my avatar just look like the character im playing)
Wings (after upteen billion eastern mmorpgs putting these in their games, im sick of them)

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DeadlyAccurate

I like Overwatch sprays, but the Player Icons are so useless. You don’t even see them unless you look on the Social screen. I’ve probably changed mine 4 times in the last 18 months of play, and I wouldn’t care if I couldn’t even do that.

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Pandalulz

I noticed on my WoW Warrior the other day that I can still unlock bow and gun transmogs. I didn’t even realize they could still use those weapons.

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Armsbend

If they completely removed the ability to spray in Overwatch then it wouldn’t fully be a Team Fortress 2 clone then – as it is today. Would you really be comfortable with that idea?

They could always allow you to upload your porn pic collection onto the sprays to make it more customizable (and more like TF2).

I kind of giggle now and then remembering when people would argue with me that it wasn’t a TF2 clone.

deekay_plus
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deekay_plus

tf2 didn’t invent class based tdm arena shooters FYI :P

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Armsbend

No, but Overwatch is still a TF2 clone.

deekay_plus
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deekay_plus

YOUR FACE IS AN OVERWATCH CLONE!

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Siphaed

Need a map editor tool like TF2 using something similar to the Source engine. I feel that Blizzard is very reluctant to allow players to look under the hood of their failed-MMO-turned-profit-shooter game. Would be embarrassing if there was too much fail still included in the code. Or even worse that many find faults in it ever being an MMO in consideration in the first place.

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Armsbend

Tools would be fun. But I imagine they are somewhat reluctant after MOBAs were creating using their software and they didn’t make the billions that came with it. Nor are they ever given credit.

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deekay_plus

id wager it has more to do with the fallout over sc2 and it’s map editor thing.

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Utakata

I have this wonderful pink cheongsam I can’t ‘Mog to…save only for a month at the beginning of the year… /bleh