In a game like World of Warcraft, the typical pattern is the same: you create a character, customize the race, class, physical attributes, basic gear and then it’s off to hours of grinding mobs in lowbie zones until you can get upgraded gear that affects not just how your avatar performs, but also how it looks to the rest of the world.  I can’t deny that that games like WoW have tremendous amount of item customization. But I think it lacks one key customization ingredient that would allow us to truly “bond” with our avatar:  the face. Lets face it (no pun intended), our God given mug is the most important thing to us.  Look at any group picture that you are in. What is the first thing that you do? You look for yourself. (Its the same with our names: pick up a new pen, chances are that the first thing you script to test it is your name)

It’s okay to admit it. We are all guilty of such shallowness, albeit some more than others. The collection of BMWs and Porches in any plastic surgeon’s garage banks on this very human trait. So if we are so in love with ourselves, then it only makes sense that it should be a feature that more game developers would put more time and thought into.

I hate to keep referring back to WoW, but I must since it is the leader of the pack. I have always hated how you were never given more than a couple of facial structures when creating your character. There over 7 billion humans on earth, and excluding the small number of identical twins, the rest of the population of the world all look different. So why is it that every person in Azeroth has to look like they came out of the Kamino cloning station ?

It can be argued that one of the main reasons why people love MMORPG based games is because it allows you to create an alter ego. While many like to create avatar completely different from thier real life persona, a large portion of the population still try to mimic avatar to its real life version…albeit, a bit thinner, more muscular, taller and with more hair. Generally a slightly better looking version of the real thing.