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#52 Jun 11 2009 at 11:32 PM Rating: Decent
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4. This is something I haven't seen anyone else mention: what if your hair length was dynamic? Say, from one season to the next it would grow somewhat. You could go and get it cut for a semi-negligible amount of gil in the fancy part of town anytime, but to see it longer than it currently is, you had to wait a little while. Eh?


Along those lines maybe something more then just preset hair styles maybe allow us to do some tweaking to its length and other things.
#53 Jun 12 2009 at 1:01 PM Rating: Good
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Too much character customization leads to awful looking characters. You need only look at City of Heroes for proof.


For one, you mean the possibility of awful looking characters. For two, you just limit the right features and it can greatly reduce that possibility without impacting customization much. Also having high quality bases to work from helps. No offense to CoH, but a bit of a painful thing in the system was that the parts you were working with and the way colors overlaid weren't that great looking even before people started toying with them.
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#54 Jun 12 2009 at 1:08 PM Rating: Decent
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Yeah, generally it's only really even an issue with face and body shapes to begin with. If you start those off with only good-looking templates, then whatever else you allow players to do with them can't result in anything TOO awful. There just need to be plenty of diverse options with body types and faces to start with. If each race has 15-20 different bodies to choose from and 30 different faces to choose from, you already have tremendous customization to choose from once you factor in hair, eye color, and the different gear they'll be wearing. Any thing you add after that can't ruin a character too badly either.
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#55 Jun 12 2009 at 1:29 PM Rating: Good
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Yeah, generally it's only really even an issue with face and body shapes to begin with. If you start those off with only good-looking templates, then whatever else you allow players to do with them can't result in anything TOO awful. There just need to be plenty of diverse options with body types and faces to start with. If each race has 15-20 different bodies to choose from and 30 different faces to choose from, you already have tremendous customization to choose from once you factor in hair, eye color, and the different gear they'll be wearing. Any thing you add after that can't ruin a character too badly either.


Pretty much. If you have sliders, just make sure they're within normal boundaries (and not breakable in range like some games are), and any color choices, especially clothing dyes and hair colors, should probably be limited to colors that would make sense and not be unpleasant to look at. As much as I like total freedom... People with neon hair and night black and blood red armor would be everywhere.
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#56 Jun 12 2009 at 1:34 PM Rating: Decent
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Yeah, I'm not a big fan of neon color options. Keep the lighter colors a bit pastel. I mean, I'm assuming from the get-go that you're not going to be able to use hair-dye colors on your characters. You'd be confined to varying shades of black, brown, blonde, red, and silver for humans, for example.

With the eyes it's potentially a different matter.
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#57 Jun 13 2009 at 4:40 AM Rating: Decent
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How about facial hair for tarus? It would be cute to see a little taru WAR with an axe and a little scruff...
#58 Jun 13 2009 at 6:49 AM Rating: Decent
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I'd be happy mix-matching presets. I'd have probably used a different hairstyle if they weren't forced with certain faces. 8 different heads, eyes, hairstyles, and hair colors to mix & match would be a huge improvement.
#59 Jun 13 2009 at 3:00 PM Rating: Good
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I'm a fan of complete character customization. Has anyone seen the videos of character creation for APB? It's amazing. Much of what's shown wouldn't fit into a Final Fantasy game.. the cars, the fashion, obvious stuff. However, the customization of your character in that game looks limitless. You can change almost everything about your body type, not just how big your muscles are, but how veiny you are, and you can do almost anything with your hair by controlling the length of areas of it rather than the whole thing. I don't think that even scratches the surface of what you'll be able to do in that game.

I would love to have something like that in FFXIV. Full control of what your character and equipment look like would be a dream.



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#60 Jun 13 2009 at 3:11 PM Rating: Decent
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I agree totally with this thread. I think SE could implement a lot of the customization features of Little Big Planet (PS3) as well. My little sack person is currently a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (Donatello) holding a frying pan to smack people with. Hopefully, SE will incoporate Sixaxis controls for entertainment purposes, by controlling specific bodily movements i.e. dancing, high-fiving, and smacking.
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#61 Jun 13 2009 at 3:22 PM Rating: Good
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I think it was Ragnarok Online... and I know Fable II (yeah I know not MMO!) had it...
Someone mentioned something about hair growing and getting it cut, well in these two games they had 'salons' where you pay a small price (not huge SE, be nice to us!) and you could get makeup or a different hair style and such. Not saying we need the makeup lol (Galka wearing lipstick and blush... omg! XD j/k <3 Galkas!!) but maybe they could have a salon where for a few hundred gil players could change their hairsyles or hair color? That way if players got bored with their look they could change it slightly without having to just deal with it or make a new character. Would keep it fun and interesting!
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