The Daily Grind: Are you drawn to cute in your MMO?

    
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I am so not ashamed to admit that, hands-down, Squirrel Girl is my favorite Marvel Heroes character. Not only is she voiced by Tara Strong, but she’s oozing in peppy cute attitude. Bushy tail? Funny quotes? Faithful squirrel companions with bows and goggles? Oh, she’s got all of that in spades.

Yes, I am drawn to cute things in MMOs. I like pink everything. I adore fuzzy, quirky pets. I would much rather be going “awww” than “ewww” in-game. And I don’t think I’m alone.

Is cuteness a magnet for drawing you in? Or does it repulse you and drive you up the wall?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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mosselyn
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mosselyn

As in real life, I like a game to provoke a variety of responses in me. Cute, funny, sad, angry, triumphant, despairing. I want it all! Any game that’s overly cute, just like any game that’s overly serious, is a turn off for me.

Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

Rozyn Cyroselle They really really do!

ZenDadaist
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ZenDadaist

Ryuen Leet pet in TSW gets a free pass, yus.

ZenDadaist
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ZenDadaist

Not at all. Or rather, what I would consider cute doesn’t really match up with others. Pink stuff, fluffy squirrels, kawaii whatever – nup, no interest. A pet firelizard? omgwant! A mini rocket launcher? geif! A rainbow budgie? Uhhh… pass thanks.

To be honest it’s more about how well it fits the theme of the gameworld. If your fantasyland has fluffy pink bunnies in it anyway then, well it fits. If it’s a grimdark bloodfest then a flying miniature unicorn that craps rainbows is just… stupid. But then there is the distinction between speficially ‘cute’ and generally ‘silly’. I can be against cute and at the same time, very much up for silly if it makes thematic sense. Take TSW with it’s modern parallel world setting. Trash TV, fast food and smartphones: just like the real world. People who think horsehead masks are funny and who dress up in terrible outfits lurking in weird places at night: just like the real world. No problem there. It’s stuff like bobbleheaded chibi Jinn ‘pets’ that make me cringe. So much for the noble, exiled race reduced to cutesy toy.

SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

Only as a side. For example, my Male Kelari main in Rift is played seriously, and I have 2 other ‘story alts’, but my 4th… is a silly silly silly cutey cutey Female Dwarf of badassery. Cute enough to have fun with, but not ‘cutesy’.

Rozyn
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Rozyn

Cyroselle Haha, that reminds me of popping into that game years ago and one of my besties was really into it at the time. She brings her character over and starts showing off a ton of outfits. I was horrified by how stupid they looked, she thought they were the best things ever. Seems like Korean games don’t take their settings too seriously, not that Western games do either, but they really crank it up to 11.

Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

Gorgeous is a very nice change of pace.

Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

What about the dragonkin womenfolk in TERA? They look like such total badasses.
The rock people on the other hand are mono-gendered.

Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

I hated the denim jeans and bell-bottoms in Aion.

Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

Cute-addict confirmed!