I'm still confused as to why you seem to think realistic (as in grounded in reality, not high poly-count, detailed renders) creatures have absolutely NO place in any fantasy setting. You seem stuck in some mindset like, "Its fantasy dammit, flying, blue, eight legged puppies with tentacles for all!" I never said you CANNOT do fantasy that way. I never said you cannot do REALISTIC fantasy that way. I can definitely see why you would want to see a really nontraditional, unrealistic fantasy setting in an MMO. I think it would be very cool to have an ecology based entirely around fantasy monsters. I only said that you CAN make a fantasy setting with real world elements- and its STILL fantasy. Why is it you cannot make this concession?
Don't strawman me here-- I never said that realistic creatures have "absolutely NO place in fantasy" or even implied it. What I said is that I want realistic creatures, many of which don't draw heavily from real life animals, right down to the name.
There are plenty of mobs in Final Fantasy games that look like they -could- be animals, except that they aren't named after animals, and don't look enough like a particular animal to say, "Well that's clearly based on (specific animal."
Further, I never said that you can't have a fantasy setting with real world elements. The reason I haven't made that concession is because we never disagreed about it in the first place. Are there any other concessions you'd like me to make that you haven't addressed?
And you can easily make a realistic Yan with even an iota of imagination. And when people see it, they'll quickly notice that it's wooly like a sheep. But it won't be a sheep that looks a lot like a real sheep with a couple of giant tumors.
Ok, now we're going to get slash fiction of Wint x Kachi somehere... rule 34 and all...
Never confuse your inference as the listener for an implication of the speaker.
Good games are subjective like good food is subjective. You're not going to seriously tell me that there's not a psychological basis for why pizza is great and lutefisk is revolting. The thing about subjectivity is that, as subjects go, humans actually have a great deal in common.