The Daily Grind: Which of your MMO characters has kept the same look for the longest time?

    
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My eyes still glow fine.

One of my Death Knights in World of Warcraft has had the same outfit for years. It basically hasn’t budged since Cataclysm, and I don’t really see it changing much in the future, either. It already works. It worked when I came up with it, and it still works now, and at this point it’s something I associate so strongly with the character that it would actually feel weird to not have it be her look any longer. She has kind of wound up calcified in that regard.

In some ways, finding just the right fashion decisions for a character in an MMO is a bit sad; it means that new sets of appearance options don’t actually give you new things to look forward to. At the same time, it’s also a moment when you’ve found exactly the look you want, which is something to celebrate. So rather than dwelling on the potential negatives, let’s focus on the simple history. Which of your MMO characters has kept the same look for the longest time?

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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Adam Russell

My EQ Vah Shir bard is still using the Di`Zok chain ornament set from ROS. Only 2 expacs ago but seems forever. Oh and top hat.

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My DK has been wearing the blue plate set with two of the axes from ICC since the day xmog launched.

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Sorenthaz

I guess if you really wanted to be technical then it’d be my old Gamecube PSO character(s) if the memory card with that data still exists and my younger brother who likely still has it didn’t delete them. Otherwise maybe my super old Runescape characters. Not going to count dead games that I can’t go back to to change said character appearances.

As for a character I’d actually return to play some day, it’d be my Blood Elf Paladin in WoW (which was my first use of the name Sorenthaz). My old Human Warlock ended up getting a beard thrown on in Cataclysm once the barber opened up since by that time I was sporting facial hair IRL, but my BElfadin stayed consistent throughout his BC days. And once I could start transmogging stuff my BElfadin has maintained the same outfit for quite some time, outside of switching to Ashbringer as my weapon of choice the moment I got my hands on it.

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Brazen Bondar

My Anarchy Online characters for sure. Once I had them in the armor I wanted I never changed them. Even when I was RP’ing there, they stayed in the same outfit. I just recently changed my Sith Warrior’s outfit in SWTOR. She would have been the runner up. My TSW character had her favorite 3 outfits, but I did rotate them.

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The one that is in EVE Online, because there is no point to even change the looks of your ship since most people will never notice it because they just zoom out until your ship is just a small dot with a colored indicator ;-)

In ESO I also never cared about how my character looks like since everything has a dull desaturated color palette so I just went with whatever that had better stats.

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hurbster

I never understand people who say this about ESO.

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Jim Bergevin Jr

I would have to say my Guild Wars characters. Once I was able to get the Elite Armor I wanted for them, there was no need for anything else. For pretty much any game, my characters are always changing as I level and get better armor.

Now if we are talking about their looks, i.e. hair, eye color, etc. then every single character in every single game has not changed since the day I kicked them out if character creation.

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Robert Mann

Hmmm, I wonder which really old character still technically exists somewhere as data. I don’t know for sure, since most of them have always had this strange magic that keeps them clean, showered, trimmed, coifed, and otherwise immaculate in appearance… and usually I am as happy with the results as I’m going to get so I don’t tend to mix that up.

Now, if a game actually had enough reason to care about the story of my character, I might well update things based on what happened. That, however, is not something MMOs seem to be leaning toward yet.

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hurbster

With ESO’s costume system this is impossible for me.

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EmberStar

Technically… probably any of my characters in WoW. I quit when Blizzard tried to make “Real ID” a thing, so any of them that still exist have had the same clothes ever since.

If you want to limit it to characters in a game I still actually play at all, then basically any of my captains in Star Trek Online. Character appearance is entirely cosmetic. Some armor had specific looks, but showing it was optional and they turned all of it into just more cosmetics options years ago.

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Oleg Chebeneev

My BG twinks.
29 hunter in vanilla/TBC WoW.
29 hunter/29 warrior/29 warlock/29 priest/39 priest on Nostalrius.
Once you have all bis pieces, there arent any upgrades.