The Daily Grind: What race or species have you never seen in an MMORPG?

    
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A week or so ago, Justin penned a popular Daily Grind about the non-humanoid races/species that always seem to be relegated to “minority status” in MMOs. As a fan of Ithorians, Gibberlings, and Charr, I so hear you. I could spend a whole column ranting about the lack of support for cool Charr armor, for just one example.

But that discussion got me thinking about the races and species that MMOs don’t even bother developing at all. When was the last time you saw, for example, a whale-inspired race? I’m thinking of the Star Wars franchise’s Herglic race. They’re basically walking orcas. Like… I would play an MMO that has something like this.

Don’t get me wrong; I like elves and gnomes and all those tropes, and talking cows are pretty cool. But I’d rather see MMOs exploring entirely new ideas at this point. What race or species have you never seen in an MMORPG?

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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Mythical Creatures: Garden Gnomes (or really just traditional folklore gnomes), Djinn, Centaurs, Cyclops, Gargoyles, Giants (not just half-giants), Sasquatch/Yeti, Tengu, Satyrs/Fauns, Harpies, Medusae/Gorgons.

Humanoid Animals: Squirrelfolk, Batfolk, Rhinofolk, Aligatorfolk, Hyenafolk, Elephantfolk, Insectfolk.

Other: Non-Humanoid Robots, Sentient Ooze, Intelligent Apes, Annunaki, Greys.

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Bryan Correll

Not exactly never seen, but Canine races are grossly underrepresented when compared to Feline races.

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Michael Dannemiller

@Roger, in DAOC the Hibernians had Lurikeen which IIRC were basically leprechauns. I’d love to see some non-humanoid races. I wouldn’t mind sacrificing armor slots to play something interesting. I’m sure some smart devs could figure out how to balance a Naga-style race who couldn’t wear boots.

I think Sci-fi could handle this well.

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Schmidt.Capela

I’m sure some smart devs could figure out how to balance a Naga-style race who couldn’t wear boots.

You just have to uncouple clothing/armor from the character statuses. TSW/SWL does it; your statuses come from a set of magical amulets and your weapons, leaving the character free to choose clothing just for cosmetic reasons.

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NeoWolf

I don’t know I’d say NEVER… but non anthropomorphic shapes are definitely few and far between… everything is almost always two arms, two legs humanoid for the most part.

I’d love to see more games include some non humanoid shapes amongst the selection.

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Avaera

For me, it just so happens that the species that probably really make leg animations/armour next-to-impossible to develop also seem like the most fun to inhabit.

Playable centaurs would be awesome, especially if I can make a handsome male one with a forehead horn (*cough*). Merpeople or naga too I’d love to play around with, especially if they don’t just take the easy way out and shapeshift into having humanoid legs on land.

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Roger Melly

Leprechaun . Do they exist in any mmo ?

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Mr.McSleaz

Lmao, Now I want to play an evil Leprechaun trickster.

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Bryan Correll

Luchorpán (which is a variant spelling for the same little folk) will be one of the races in Camelot Unchained as part of the Tuatha Dé Danann faction.

Luchorpán

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Hirku

Not a specific race/species but…forget the corpse run, I want to play a ghost with otherworldly gameplay layered on top of the main world.

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Alex Willis

Star Wars is chock full of examples. Two of the possible weirdest: the Tchuukthai (Jedi Triceratops) and the Neti (sentient plant-people). I think it would be great to play a REAL beast-race, one that is not bipedal or humanoid. And you could argue GW2 gave us the Sylvari (and that was awesome) but the Neti are a little more than that: they’re also shape-shifters.

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Toy Clown

As a few others said below, mermaids or other sea-living mystical creatures such as Sirens, Undines, etc. The reason I was initially drawn to Bless Online was that they were going to release Sirens as a playable race in the future. I backpedaled from that MMO after realizing it was another open-world PvP MMO. Hopefully an MMO picks these creatures up as a playable race at some point.

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Utakata

Bed bugs. Truly vampirish prolific breeding creepy crawlies that are the bane of humanity they’re evolved to feed upon. I’ve yet to see one represented in any MMO. It’s almost as if where something we fear the most that never gets talked about. o.O

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Utakata

Yeah…I didn’t think there would be any nibbles for that “bright” idea either. (And no pun intended!) >.<

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Maggie May

Lol, and you’d need a mattress you could throw out to the curb …