The Daily Grind: How much time do you spend on aesthetics in MMOs?

    
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How are you not playing this on PC in the first place?

You don’t want to know how much time I’ve spent carefully decorating my characters’ living spaces in Final Fantasy XIV. Or maybe you do; it is kind of on-brand. And the reality is that it’s about as much time proportionally as I’ve spent decorating strongholds in Star Wars: The Old Republic or assembling outfits in World of Warcraft or carefully choosing which sort of nacelle looks better on my ship in Star Trek Online. Let’s just round up and say that it’s a lot of time.

Keep in mind, many of these things aren’t just time spent arranging things. Decorating a house in FFXIV means time spent deciding on furnishings, figuring out where to get them, usually gathering a lot of items to craft and crafting tons of furniture, then placing all of it. A new outfit in WoW means having most of the look, but having to go run one dungeon or another a few times for the last necessary drop, then color-coordinating the bits that look almost right but not quite. So what about you? How much time do you spend on aesthetics in MMOs? Is it a big part of your playtime, or do you just focus on the functional and then move on?

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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A mild amount. I more do it for collection-sake. In WoW I like to do transmog runs only to add the appearances to my collection. I rarely change anything because I usually replace it a few hours later.

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Toy Clown

Haven’t really thought about it before, not in-depth, but developing my characters around themes, as well as their living spaces, pets, and how I dress them are all the things I chase in MMOs as a RPer. If an item I really want for a character is knee-deep in a raid, I’ll work on the things needed to be a part of that raid to get it. If I need to do a 50-step quest line to get something? Same. If I need to PvP? Same. If I have to watch 50 videos showing different ways to go about achieving an item? Same. Any other reason? I couldn’t be stuffed!

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Ken from Chicago

In CITY OF HEROES I had Colonel Jaguar “Jag” O’Neill, who was a jaguar felinoid in camoflage outfit with a space rifle–because I couldn’t get the idea out of my head.
Then Daniel Catson. Samantha Catter and Mil’c (unlike the rest, he wore a black t-shirt with camo pants and wielded a staff), and whole team of CATgate-CG1 (Cosmic Astronomical Teleport Gate).

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camelotcrusade

There are other things to do besides aesthetics? As a mostly solo and duo player of MMOs,n when I have the tools to make my character and his little world my own, that’s where I tend to focus (especially while waiting for the other half to be available for questing or instances).

And then there are those 2 hour + character creation sessions, which may or may not include a kickback to the server list for “inactivity.” Inactivity??? (ノ °益°)ノ彡 ┻━┻

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socontrariwise

It is huge for me. Anything that allows creativity is.

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mysecretid

One of my persistent vanities in my gaming is that I won’t do ugly.

Now, other players might think my character, or my starship, or my hairstyle, or whatever looks ugly — but as long as it looks good to my eye, I’m happy.

The same thing extends to player housing and so forth.

For reasons I can only partially explain (I know it has something to do with feeling like I have a personal presence in some of my favorite fantasy worlds) I really, really like player housing in my games — and I tend to put time into making those housing spaces look like plausible in-world locations which look good to me, personally.

As I said, it’s one of my persistent vanities as a gamer.

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Michael18

None.

In principle I like the idea of fitting out a character with nice looking stuff. The problem is, the look of gear becomes part of a characters personality, for me, so I usually don’t like to change it, at least not for long.

For example, my main in LOTRO, an Elven hunter. She’s running around in gear I got as quest rewards around level 20. It’s nothing special but it just fits exactly my mental image of this character, so changing it would almost feel like playing a different character. Sometimes I change it for a day or two or for leveling one zone, but I always come back to that age-old level 20 vendor trash.

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SWG and EQ2 were my first MMO’s. This is how green i was back then, i showed up to my first raid ever, i had a tank type character fully dressed in cloth and leather, not one piece of tank gear.

No i wasn’t there to tank obv, i only wanted to go to see what it was all about. There was allot of standing around waiting while it was being organized. That’s when i get a tell asking, why are you not in any tank gear when you have a tank character?

I’m like cause it looks good, lol, admitting now, that at that time i truly didn’t know the differences and reasoning for it?

Long story short, this is the person whom started it all for me, went total hardcore endgame and back then that truly meant something in that game.

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Michael18

Haha, I had similar experiences when starting out playing MMOs (less related to stats, but regarding the combat roles, etc.). I also played a tank as my first character, not having any idea what that means. I drove some poor souls mad at that time, lol.

But in my comment above I was only referring to cosmetic equipment. In LOTRO you can have two sets of equipment: one that provides the stats, and one that is purely cosmetic and is shown on your character. If using that option, the main stat gear does not show up at all on your character, only the cosmetic gear. So, I update the stat gear all the time with what I get from quests, drops, crafting, etc. It’s only the cosmetic gear where I stick to the level 20 stuff. Should’ve made this more clear in my original post.

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My favorite of all time; I was a healer, we had the DPS, and a Tank. So. We are at the start all standing there waiting for the tank to begin. Finally one of the DPS says; “Tank, Lead” The tank reply’s with “Oh? OK!” lol

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Oleg Chebeneev

Outside character creation screen its 0 hours 0 minutes 0 seconds

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Vunak23

If I don’t look good saving the world, then what’s the point?

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Bryan Correll

I spend more time on aesthetics in game than I do IRL. Having body sliders IRL would be great, wouldn’t it?

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starbuck1771

Lol I don’t know why your post made me think of the white man small Johnson joke in the movie what’s the worst that could happen staring Martin Lawrence. ?

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xpsync

You’re late for work again?
Had trouble getting this look just right! Too many options.

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Bryan Correll

Eh, the really good looking can get away with that crap. Real me….not so much.

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A Tonberry's Tears

Any proper Final Fantasy XIV player knows that glamour is the true endgame. I spent years tailoring the perfect outfit for my scholar. If I really do level another job, it’ll be hell.