The Daily Grind: Do you play humans or non-humans in most MMOs?

    
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A while back, I saw a thread on Reddit about how most MMO players pick humans, and questions like this always startle me because I remember when it wasn’t a given. For example, when EverQuest launched, it was freakin’ elves all the way down. OK, probably not really, but I distinctly remember that humans, especially for some popular classes, were relatively uncommon compared to their wood elf, high elf, dark elf, and half elf counterparts. Later MMOs changed that; there were certainly more humans than other species in Star Wars Galaxies, and if you wanted to really stand out, you played literally anything else. (Which is probably why I ended up with a zillion Ithorians.)

It seems like World of Warcraft is probably a counter-example here too; I did a bit of googling around, and it looks as if Blood Elves far outstrip anything else in that game, with Night Elves and Humans trailing well behind.

Do you play humans or non-humans in most MMOs? What’s your reasoning?

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Cyro-Nydd

Well, I play as a Human IRL, so it’s a nice break for me to RP as something else while playing online games.

That said, the human models in FFXIV _are_ pretty cute, so I’m tempted here and there to try one.

Speaking of FFXIV, if you find yourself in the possession of the werewolf outfit, the “shoes” will convert your walk/run animations to digitigrade. This is what I do for my Viera, it’s a *vast* improvement!

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Sashaa

Short Scottish human with beards, to quote BBB :)

Lots of ’em.

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Ken from Chicago

That’s odd. I remember old surveys that most players choose boring old human characters by far, the vanilla ice cream of video game races. I much prefer to play non-human if that’s an option (cats and elves, the cat of fantasy races, rule!🐱). Maybe when my alts get into double digits and finally try a human character.

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If I have the option – non human. Cat.

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Erika Do

I only play non-humans, to the point where if an MMO does not offer non-human race options (or if the only options can be cosplayed with less than $20 at the Halloween store), I have no interest in even downloading it (Rift, New World).

I wish more games had argonians or other lizard people. I loved Charr in GW2 because they took the extra effort to make the females believable next to the males rather than trying to make them pretty. I loved Champions Online because I could look like whatever I wanted without having to choose from a handful of races. I’m actually a bit dissatisfied with FFXIV in this regard because almost every race is “human with animal parts glued on” but that dev team is stressed out enough and at least Hrothgar are a step in the right direction. I worry about theoretical future female Hrothgar having the WoW troll problem though and basically just being Khajiit rather than Charr.

I feel like there are two ways to be immersed in a world, and this applies to any game with race options, from MMOs to D&D. Those who want to play as themselves so that they can feel like they are in the game, and those who would rather be something totally different so they’re not reminded of the real world at all. Maybe it depends on how much you identify with your real human body, which in my case is not at all.

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Cyro-Nydd

RIFT had non-humans (my fav being the Kelari), but all playable races were humanoid and lacking the tail, ear (light/dark elf ears shouldn’t count) and fluffy/scaly features found in other games. The animations haven’t aged well either, having not been very good in the first place.

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Erika Do

That’s what I mean though. Tall humans, short humans, purple humans, wide humans, it doesn’t count if you just stretch the model around or change the skin color while keeping everything else the same. At least give one of them a tail or a weird face.

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Johnny Quantum

Non-human, humans are so mundane!

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Anstalt

Non-humans for me.

Assuming that they are truly non-human, and not just a human with a slightly weird-colored appearance. I hated the fact that in swtor, everything was human, just with a slightly different head. That defeats the whole point of playing a non-human to me.

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Sovilace

For some games humans have certain styles and looks a player has in mind.
It’s also less customization time.
I preferably like to choose any besides that

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Robert Mann

I like non-human as an idea, but to be honest I end up with non-human human. There’s really not much point.

I’d really like more variety in that regard, some creativity that doesn’t make every playable character type humanoid in shape would be nice!

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EmberStar

It would be nice. Even if they still go the “ancient mythology” route of having some part of the character model still be “basically human” so they can share armor assets. (Nagas, ‘taurs, and other mix-and-match types.) It seems unlikely though, given that there have been major publishers who claimed they couldn’t include a playable *woman* because it’s too much work to include a whole second set of animations and armor assets.

And the games that do have anything different (like Guild Wars 2 with the Asura and Charr) tend to basically ignore them and just use “stretch to fit” morphs on default human armor rather than give them appropriate looking versions of their own. (It’s not as bad on Asura, but in my opinion female Charr get a really raw deal since they have to share *exactly* the same outfit as human female characters. Where the best you can hope for is *just* that it looks goofy and stupid.)

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EmberStar

I usually make non-humans, given the chance. Even in games like SWTOR where most of the other options are just “humans with funny textures.”

I don’t really comprehend the people who “can only play themself” in a game. I’ve seen comments from them, that they just “can’t get attached” to a game unless they can make a character that looks exactly like they do. And I just do not understand. I’m not a futuristic Bounty Hunter, or a Starfleet Science Officer, or a super hero. And if I’m pretending enough to be any of those things, why would I then limit myself to being “really boring person but with super powers?”

Also, cat people. If the game has cat people of any kind, then I’ll probably have at least four.