The Daily Grind: Do MMO studios discriminate against character races?

    
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Call me silly if you like (or call me maybe), but I do believe that studios consciously discriminate against some of their very own character races. Devs are people like us and prone to liking and not liking things, even concepts in their own games, and I’ve seen more than a few races that have gone undersupported and even been mocked by studios to believe that teams view all races impartially.

World of Warcraft has taken repeated potshots against its Gnomes, for example, and I don’t know if I’ve ever let go of the grudge where my Gnome had to swim in the Swamp of Sorrows instance while other races could run. And I won’t forget when I heard Guild Wars 2’s devs state at a convention that because Charr weren’t being played as much as other races, they weren’t going to get their horrible helmet clipping issues fixed.

Do MMO studios discriminate against their own character races? I say it happens. What say you?

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Observer98
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Observer98

qaesyan 
Meanwhile, genocide, sexual slavery and the elimination of whole religions take place in the Middle East.  You know, stuff that rarely disturbs the enlightened types in the developed world.

qaesyan
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qaesyan

Jesus Christ.  This PC/SJW stuff is taking over the world.

JakeDunnegan
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JakeDunnegan

Syppi JakeDunnegan Uncanny? It’s downright freakish! ;)

Craywulf
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Craywulf

DPandaren yes its dumb, but that’s the sad fact that players and developers discriminate for entirely different reasons.

DPandaren
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DPandaren

Craywulf Kind of a dumb excuse. Like, look at FFXIV, cat people and dragon people are everywhere in that game but they still never bothered to fix the tail clipping issues. 

But look at Lalafell, they’re least played and they have special helmets for their ears!

DPandaren
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DPandaren

Fathdris Even in WoD, Draenei still took a backseat. Because orcsorcsorcs.

DPandaren
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DPandaren

Pesko Fuck those people. They’re just jelly that they aren’t being Darth Mr. Mittons knocking the shit off of Sith and Jedi tables.

Pesko
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Pesko

Technically, I thought the difference was whether they could interbreed or not.
Baby possible? Race.
Baby not possible? Species.
Half-elves. Half-orcs. Etc.
Less of that in computer gaming, because they try to keep each race consistent trait and appearance wise.

Pesko
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Pesko

Not dev related, but it’s amusing but confusing to see so much player hate towards Cathar in SWTOR. I mean, it’ snot like they’re meowing or licking themselves.

Bullwraith
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Bullwraith

Some races & species were created by the Gods primarily for our amusement. Gnomes being a great example. It is not discriminatiojn, it is just the natural order of things.

:)