Happy Easter for those readers on holiday at present!
World of Warcraft has always had real life, popular culture references, in the quest text and NPCs names in game. Take for instance the NPCs Haris Pilton or Jhordy Lapforge. I can live with familiar NPC names or ‘in-jokes’ well enough if they’re not overdone. I do think the steampunk edge to the game has been taken too far a few times, I get so fed up with bunny-hopping bikes riding around the major cities, it’s just too modern in its styling (whereas the engineer gyrocopters are actually much better).
One thing that does irk for me, which was a major turn off when I was trying to get into Aion, is ultra-modern clothing and hair-styles in a supposed fantasy setting. I realise that “fantasy” does not have to equal pseudo-medieval aesthetics.
I just cannot begin to wonder why super hi-tech hover bikes fit in a fantasy game with swords and magic. Perhaps I know nothing of Aion lore and this is perfectly acceptable. Modern day clothes or hairstyles are a problem for me as well, both of which Aion has in game.
Tera has even more problems with “modern day dress up”, is this laziness on the part of developers or do players actually drive the creation of this kind of costume in game?
I guess I’m just an old RP snob when it comes to characters actually fitting in with the lore of the world. To so visibly break with the world lore like this just ruins immersion all round.
Yes this is Tera, so it’s hardly surprising there’d be a summer event to encourage revealing dress, but why did they have to copy the styles out of a swimwear catalogue?