Character’s Customization: Time waster?

Various games offer the opportunity to customize your character. Some of them in great depth, others in almost none. When is it too much, or not enough?

Either it is an Action/Adventure single player game or a MMO, each one of us creates a close relation with our own character. Some of us are fine with the default setting, caring about the story and the world around it, while others prefer to strengthen their connection, by shaping and customizing it to their own preference.

Character’s customization varies from game to game. For example:

  • There’s League of Legends, where you can buy skins and apply them to your characters, some of them changing the shape and color of the same. These are basically presets.
  • Then you’ve got Albion Online, where you get to customize the most basic features: gender, hair, skin color.
  • Finally, you’ve got games like Black Desert Online, where customization is one of the strong subjects, and you get to customize (almost) every part of the body.

If you’re like me, and you love a good customization system, you’ll go for the latter. But the question that’s posed is, “Is it really that important?”. Well, this is a very subjective matter. I will answer with a “Yes, it is.”, while others may deny it, or not fully agree with me. However, I do feel like it is a very important part of the game, because you’re going to look at your character throughout its whole, and usually you like to play with something that’s appealing. With this, you get to do that… Create your favorite main character.

There’s a catch though… A struggle I believe strikes each one of us, lovers of this “power” in customization. A set of questions that pop in our head, “ruining” the next few hours of our lives. “What will I create? What will it look like? Does it look good? Will I like it for as long as I play it? Can I change the hair later? Will I be able to change the gender?” — a world of possibilities opens, and leaves you confused, lost and… I am exaggerating, it’s not that bad. Except the raising probability of losing 1 to 2+ hours with your character’s creation is inevitable, as you want to make sure you create the most perfect possible character. Hence the title of this article. Do you think this is a waste of time? If someone turns to you and says, “You are going to lose 2 to 3 hours with the character creation, but you’ll be happier with it in the end.”, would you do it? I know I would… and I do!