Saturday, 25 January 2014
Thoughts on New Human Female Model
This Thursday Blizzard released a post that featured the new human female model. You can read in detail about it here. What I have to say about the new model, is that it looks stunning. Especially once you start to compare it to the old one. Which led mo to questioning the validity of claims made by the community, myself included, that we should be able to recustomise the character for free once.
To be honest, I am not really sure any more what exactly to make of it. While I agree that the new model looks phenomenal, I would argue at the same time that it looks nothing like the old model. There are no actual similarities between the two. The new model looks just so different, in a better way. It is an improvement, I could not disagree with that. It is such a leap from the old model, that the old model looks like it wears a mask you can get from the Hallow's End instead of a face.
So, it is this dilemma that is gnawing at me. Should I just be grateful, that we are about to get the new models, that put the old ones to such shame that everyone will gladly forget with what kind of characters we played for what will soon be almost ten years? Or should I stick to my arguments, which while valid and sound, do sound pretty petty.
It is a situation of being given a hand and grabbing the arm. But then, I hear that little voice of doubt deep inside me. It is not really doubt, more a tiny little fear that refuses to leave me alone and go pester someone else. This little voice cannot but keep saying that while we are about to get new, and much better models, we all love how our characters already look.
While I believe that feel will stay intact, and survive all the drastic changes, I am not so sure about the actual look of the models. Yes, there will be the same haircuts, beards, earrings, horns, and tentacles. But what will be new is the models. And the definition of them. Which is why I am inclined to admit that I would still love to have a free character recustomisation available.
And this is at the same time a good move by Blizzard as well, although it seems one they are less and less likely to make, if the recent design decisions are any indicators. Indeed, they could earn a fortune by not giving people free character recustomisation. If the in-game store is any indication already, it is a fact that players will be able and would be willing to pay for the character recustomisation.
They can already do that now. But now, this is something that they themselves choose on their own. Nobody is forcing them. They are not happy with the look they themselves chose for their characters. Thus, paying to change the appearance of said character makes all the sense. Everyone is responsible for their own mistakes after all.
This new character models on the other hand, are not something that players decided upon. True, players will be happy about the new models, and they did wish for the update on the models for years now, but at the end, this is a violent change to the characters players created. This change will not be voluntary, but just another thing that everyone is getting no matter if they want for it or not.
And this worries me, while at one hand we get much, on the other we could end up with only grief, anger, and disdain. Imagine somebody went through your room, cabinet or workplace claiming they just tidied it up and organised everything as it should be. Nobody will like that. Because even if we leave everything else aside, we are left with the fact that someone went and changed our things without our permission. And in that case, I would love the option to change things back as much as I can or want.