The Daily Grind: How do you feel about wings on MMO characters?

    
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I know that we get into some pretty esoteric topics here in The Daily Grind, but this may take the cake. Wings. Wings on people. Non-functional, purely aesthetic wings, mind you. How do we feel about them?

I’ve noticed over the past few years that these have really been cropping up in a lot of fantasy titles. Guild Wars 2 is a huge proponent of “wings for all!” but even my Lord of the Rings Online Hobbit recently got a pair of the saddest-looking raven wings for a back slot that makes me embarrassed to equip it.

Personally, I think wings are a mite bit too flashy and distracting, but I’m also in the live-and-let-live category if it makes someone really happy to wear them. What’s your take on wings?

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Tizmah
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Tizmah

Wings in MMOs just give off a cheap feeling to me. I guess because I saw so many F2P MMOs have wings in them they just are…..eeeh to me.

MilitiaMasterV
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MilitiaMasterV

It’s getting out of hand. Runescape even has them. (I earned a few levels of the divinity ones…)

Not a fan of wings unless they function to give flight, and most games refuse flight because it allows skipping roadblocks put in your way.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Utakata

<3

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Disturbing…

EmberStar
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EmberStar

I definitely buy wings cosmetics when I have the chance. I only rarely seem to actually use them though. I got hawk wings and necromantic wings in GW2, and never even claimed them from the in-game email. They’ll be bound to the first character to touch them, and since I know less than nothing about the in-game cosmetic sharing system that will probably be the only character to ever use them.

I do have some characters in Champions Online (and DCUO and once upon a time City of Heros) who have wings as part of their character design. I’m not sure those count though, because I haven’t actually played any of those games in years.

The only game where I’m really active with anything like wings would be Warframe. Up until now, there’s been a handful of back slot items that look sort of like wings. Because of the setting, most of those are some flavor of (cosmetic) sci-fi jetpack that’s just styled to resemble wings though. They’re also animated so that they’re normally closed, and automatically close when you’re aiming so they don’t block the camera. They’re designed so that they only spread out if you’re in a “social” area, or when really specific things happen in combat. They’ll spread out when you jump / aim-glide, and sometimes when your Warframe activates abilities. Then close again after a couple of seconds, or instantly if you Aim because the camera pulls in right next to the character’s right elbow.

The upcoming in-game Valentines even is going to introduce the first honest to gosh “feathered actual wings.” As an “Ephemera.” Which is basically cosmetic aura effect. There’s no real in-game lore, but most of the other examples could be assumed to be basically cosmetic holograms. I’m pretty sure the devs already stated that those will behave pretty much like the other “wing-like” items though, so they’ll be folded out of the way most of the time anyway.

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Bruno Brito

I definitely buy wings cosmetics when I have the chance. I only rarely seem to actually use them though. I got hawk wings and necromantic wings in GW2, and never even claimed them from the in-game email. They’ll be bound to the first character to touch them, and since I know less than nothing about the in-game cosmetic sharing system that will probably be the only character to ever use them.

Let me explain then to ease your worries: Your wings are a item that will freely change the appearance of your backpack when you use it. You’ll free their appearance on the Wardrobe too. So, you can get the wings on all your characters but any time you change to them without the item, you’ll use a transmutation shard. That’s all. Don’t worry.

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NeoWolf

If they are functional, I love them. If they are decorative, I have no use for them.

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Witches

Only if they are functional, otherwise it’s like Padme going into battle with one of her fancy Amidala outfits.

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HighclassXD

It’s simple. Wings are hot

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camelotcrusade

Ooh, I logged back in just to wave my cane and yell get off my lawn to all the wing-wearers. I don’t want to see them for the same reason I don’t want to see big dumb mounts: they block the view.

DOWN IN FRONT!

I haven’t MMO’ed in a while, so tell me: do they let you equip multiples yet?

One day, I will be a helpless witness to Haxx0r, slayer of MMOs, on his 20-foot tall laser dragon rocking 4 pairs of wings. He will not only slay MMOs, but also my vertical and horizontal view. Hopefully someone runs by on an even bigger mount with even more wings so he will be a tiny bit jealous.

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Bryan Correll

Next you’ll be complaining that guy who stands in a major trade hub spam casting aoe spells with massive particle effects.

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camelotcrusade

I will as soon as Haxx0r gets out of the way! I can only kind of see them atm. >.<

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Rndomuser

Just like with any cosmetics, be it either wings, a swimsuit or Mandalorian bounty hunter outfit – if I feel like it looks good on my character, I will use it, if I don’t like it – I will not, and if others want to use them – they are free to do this at any time and any place. I am never bothered by outfit choices of other people in a video games set in made-up fantasy worlds.

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Hikari Kenzaki

Occasionally, for screenshots. Usually, I prefer wings that hide until you use them.

Wings aren’t any worse than the bane of every good outfit… shoulder pauldrons that jab through the head of the person next to you to poke the eye out of the person next to them.

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EmberStar

My “favorite” are still the SWTOR armors that come with surfboards nailed to the shoulders. Especially since that game doesn’t have a shoulder slot, and there’s no way to hide them. Made even more fun by the sloppy rigging that sees semi-random lengths of those surfboards connected to the animation arm bones. Not only do Sith walk around with ironing boards on their arms that would crush their head like a melon in a hydraulic press if they waved, the ironing boards are *bendy.*