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Posted: Nov 29th 2010 8:38AM Arkanaloth said

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nope.. sure don't.

Posted: Nov 29th 2010 8:53AM Pewpdaddy said

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I typically do not, though my characters names typically are not very flattering...

Posted: Nov 29th 2010 9:08AM thud said

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There is an ugliest avatar competition going on over in the Perpetuum forums. The character creator is very unforgiving if you stray too far from the defaults so why not have a little fun with it, right?

Posted: Nov 29th 2010 9:46AM KvanCetre said

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I like to create old looking characters for some reason.

Posted: Nov 29th 2010 7:30PM nacht said

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@KvanCetre Me too. Why is that? I have like 1/3 'normal' looking, 1/3 what I think are ugly/dumb looking just because of the race (usually the short ones like dwarves or gnomes), and 1/3 old, who are always my favorite.
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Posted: Nov 29th 2010 9:47AM Melissag908 said

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I do make "ugly" characters or just plain ones. I figure that if MMO's are supposed to be a society, it wouldn't just have beautiful people it in. It also means my toons are distinguishable rather than looking like everyone else's.

I don't try to make them grotesque though just as an effort to shock others though.

Posted: Nov 29th 2010 11:11AM Irem said

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Same here. If I do make an attractive character, I try to make them realistically attractive. Person-on-the-street attractive, not "Hollywood plain."

My troll main and orc rogue in WoW were both "ugly" to just about everyone but me (although I occasionally got compliments from people who thought they looked cool). I just didn't care for the one or two pretty faces everyone else used, and thought the faces I picked for them were attractive in their own way and had a lot of personality.
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Posted: Nov 29th 2010 3:30PM Melissag908 said

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@Irem
And sometimes I'm trying to be realistic because of the class. No matter what game, my melee females all have very short hair and broad shoulders. Who wants to try and get blood and guts out of their hair? And how can anyone with a tiny frame swing an axe effectively?

My priest is an older lady with grey hair and many wrinkles, but she looks like someone I would want to heal me, not one of these toons who look like they would be more interested in their next sparkly pony! (No offense sparkly pony people).
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Posted: Nov 29th 2010 10:28AM exLupo said

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I usually don't go out of my way to make ugly characters but I like all of my characters to have something slightly displeasing. I can't say why. Maybe keeping it a step away from perfect makes them more real.

Posted: Nov 29th 2010 10:47AM jpo said

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When I play goblins, trolls, orcs, ogres, etc...I tend to make them as ugly or goofy looking as he game allows. Long chins, big ears, huge eyes...whatever I can get away with.

My human characters are usually "normal" looking though.

Posted: Nov 29th 2010 10:54AM HereticalPenguin said

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Though I don't go for ugly per se, I usually avoid perfection when creating a character. My toons are often skinny or short, or extremely pale or way too tall; imperfections give them more of a 'personality'.

Posted: Nov 29th 2010 11:26AM Heraclea said

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I have. There are quite a few I've made in City of Heroes, where the character creator is so versatile.

This is Whiskey Woman. I'm also fairly proud of the big story I managed to condense into her one sentence description:

http://i.imgur.com/Dins4.jpg

This is Witchfinder General, for whom I was going for a seventeenth century look:

http://ouroportal.com/w/images/e/ee/Witchfinder-general.jpg

Posted: Nov 29th 2010 11:38AM Snichy said

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My comment from this morning pointing out the lack of political correctness of this artcile in assuming that all overweight people are to be considered "ugly" and "unattractive" has now mysteriously disappeared (which was definitely there this morning along with all the others that are still there so no blaming new site bugs).

So I guess you can now add censorship to the list of things Massively has implemented since jumping into bed with Joystiq.

Posted: Nov 29th 2010 1:44PM NeverDeath said

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@Snichy

I'm glad your political correctness wasn't allowed to be shoved down everyone's throat here, as too often happens elsewhere. While I, myself prefer a woman with some curves and some sizable tits, today's society generally finds (reasonably) skinny women to be the norm for what most people find attractive. That is nobody's fault in particular, and least of all the bloggers at Massively. Pointing it out the way it is and having people detached from reality complaining about it because they just can't handle ANYTHING life throws at them without doing so, doesn't change that reality.

I actually feel bad for people like you. It must really be a drag to live your life among this whole HUMANITY situation going on, where people don't always get their way or say or do the nicest things to one another. Maybe you should be institutionalized so that you may be in a setting which better suits you - it seams that real life is too harsh for you.

Keep in mind that a fat Storm Trooper isn't really even possible as all of them were clones, and because their armor generally has a sleek look, it is safe to call a fat Storm Trooper "ugly", because he looks damned ridiculous and completely un-menacing with a beer gut. I feel it is a huge stretch to assume that because a fat Storm Trooper was accused of being the poster boy for ugly in this one particular case, if they had used a person with red hair and an ugly face, they would have some angry PC gingers swarming the site with rabies.

If it had been a midget, they would be felled beneath a sea of angry internet munchkins. The fact is that people who are so politically correct as to let everything in life that is unfair offend them, eventually come to the point where the lines are blurred and they become offended by jokes, suggestions and other completely unimportant things - and it really needs to stop. At some point, I think people are going to grow just about sick of grown-ass adults complaining and stomping their feet like a bunch of toddlers because life handed them a lemon (or in many cases, a tennis ball that they were stupid enough to perceive as a lemon). I believe I speak for any intelligent people on Massively when I say : QQ, good sir/miss.
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Posted: Nov 29th 2010 2:22PM ShawnSchuster said

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@Snichy If you don't like us deleting posts that attack others, then go somewhere else.

P.S.: We've been part of the Joystiq network since day one, in 2007. Do some research.
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Posted: Nov 29th 2010 3:11PM KvanCetre said

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@NeverDeath
After the clone wars ended, most stormtroopers were not clones. This is a common misconception.

/fanboy
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Posted: Nov 29th 2010 3:14PM Snichy said

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@ ShawnSchuster. Please delete this thread as well - the hypocrisy and its resultant fallout could get out of control.

Your petulant reply notwithstanding, for the record I do have a problem with peoples opinions being deleted if they differ from your own.
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Posted: Nov 29th 2010 3:16PM Snichy said

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@ShawnSchuster Please delete this thread as well - the hypocrisy and its resultant fallout could get out of control.

Your petulant reply notwithstanding, for the record I do have a problem with peoples opinions being deleted if they differ from your own.
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Posted: Nov 29th 2010 11:43AM Avernus said

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I have a pretty ugly character in City of Heroes named Tennesseesman a parody of the game's Hero leader Statesman. He looks like a drunk out of shape UT football fan. I made him as a joke once while living in Knoxville, TN. He's funny to role play, even have some macros to tell groups to 'huddle up.' and 'here's how we'll run the play' and always posts lfg - need offense, defense, water boys/girls. No one including me knows exactly what I'm tlaking about.

Posted: Nov 29th 2010 11:53AM swarmofcats said

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