The Daily Grind: Helmet on, helmet off?

    
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It’s the perennial question of MMORPG characters: Do you wear a helmet or not?

This may be a trickier question than it first seems. Avatar customization is highly focused on a character’s face, and it’s not uncommon for players to agonize over just the right settings to make their toon just so. To hide all that hard work from the world may be like hiding your identity.

Then again, helmets and hats are visible gear that can not only look spiffy but be a symbol of your accomplishment. These helmets may even be a sign of individuality when you factor in cosmetic options in the helm department.

So do you prefer your helmet on… or off? (For the record, I’m an “off” player.)

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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Tee Parsley

Absolutely no horned helmets!!!

No helmets in town, or in social situations. Unless the helmet has a better reputation than the character. Out in the wild, where swords are swinging? Helmet On!

— Unless it’s horned —

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Mewmew

It depends on the game, the theme, if it makes sense in context, etc.

Helmets do normally kill all of our customizations. Even when people only customize their hair color and a few minor features, they want to usually have that work shown.

People will take them off in games that you have to physically take them off even, hurting their stats, making their group have to work harder to make up for them wanting to show their stupid heads.

I guess it makes us feel like we’re different people and unique and not all clones. When we all wear helmets, we look too much the same. Any minor customization feels like it’s ours, something we did. It makes us different from those around us. We don’t want to cover it up. We picked that hairstyle and these colors and features for a reason, not for them to be hidden.

Yet if it’s more of a role-playing or realistic thing, I am great with covering my head up with a helmet. Sometimes it’s mob mentality where if everybody else has them either turned on or off, I do too.

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David Goodman

Helmets off. Never seen a good looking helmet model.

Hats, however…

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Sarah Cushaway

Mostly off because 99% of headgear looks REALLY stupid in its design.

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skurk

I leave the helmet on and spend all my customization on the boobs.

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alane0314

Mostly off, Unless the helmet in question is pretty awesome.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

I spent all that time in the character creator to hide the results? Off.

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Off, unless it’s something low key like a headband or circlet that doesn’t hide my hair or face.

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Diane Bradley

I play mostly girl characters, and I almost always hide the helmet. Most of them are ugly, and why would I want to cover up my pretty hair? I don’t remember seeing helmets on any of the main characters in the LoTR movies, so i guess it’s an OK practice.

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angrakhan

I typically leave it on depending on how the helmet looks. I definitely leave it on if it looks tactical or otherwise imposing. If it looks silly or doesn’t match the rest of my armor I’ll turn it off. If it makes me look like the lawbringer from For Honor, that helmet is WAY on.