I’m extremely late to this ‘party’, seems most people gave up on commenting on TERA a long while ago. Still I’m trialing the game as part of a future article, there’s only one big issue so far – the appallingly impractical female attire. Don’t panic this post isn’t a very late deep discussion on this, after playing for some hours I generally didn’t notice it anymore, sort of a background annoyance than a real problem.
I logged into EQ2 to pay the rent on the two character houses I have for the maximum time forwards (12 weeks), and I remembered a rather curious feature that this game has. Each race (both genders) has two complete model sets, one standard more western fantasy and the so-called SOGA or more eastern asthetic version. You can even mix and match which race uses which based on your preference:
Regardless of how you setup your system, other players get the same choice – so if they want to see original model Half Elf males then they will, regardless of what your game client has set. Girly Gamer’s blog has an article with a sample comparison of the difference between the two looks.
So it struck me, why didn’t En Masse / Blue Hole Studios, when faced with the pretty stark reaction against the overly-skimpy chainmail bikinis in the game simply give a similar option to this? A tick box in the games settings that enables or disables “sensible armour”, sure there’d have been some extra armour design work; but they’ve already had to do that with some clothing anyway. I think it’s much better to give players control over what they see than make ill-informed broad-brush stereotyping statements about a continents players. Finally of course you could tie this setting to parental controls so parents can enforce the setting on if they deem the amount of skin on display to be inappropriate for the age of their children.
PS There are more than enough pictures of just how bad this problem is, I didn’t feel the need to burden my blog with even one more. If you have zero awareness of the issue, here’s a link – be warned what they call armour is more akin to lingerie!