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Posted: Aug 15th 2011 9:21AM Dumac said

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Hair style and headgear are probably the single most distinguishing feature of your character in most games, so a nice variety is is ... nice. Besides, i like headgear. I mean i really like it, kind of too much, if you catch my drift. ;)

Posted: Aug 15th 2011 9:32AM Ardra Diva said

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Lotro definitely shines in the headgear department.

Since I usually play my female Elf Hunter in cosmetic not full gear (as others see her, the gear is still worn of course) I generally don't wear a hat though. Messes up my hair!

Posted: Aug 15th 2011 10:16AM Mawgleah said

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It just depends. I've seen some low-level headgear that I'd wear and I've seen some high-level headgear that I wouldn't be caught dead displaying.

Posted: Aug 15th 2011 11:05AM Yukon Sam said

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In games without a costume option, I can and do sacrifice protection for style. So I have a special place in my heart for games where visual appearance is not linked to the stats, and I can make the call as to which headgear is appropriate for which character.

Posted: Aug 15th 2011 11:06AM Syesta said

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95% of the time, headgear display is off.

Posted: Aug 15th 2011 11:12AM Stormwaltz said

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I don't wear hats in real life, and I don't like wearing them in games.

Why bother picking hair style and color if you just end up having (for stat reasons) to wear a helmet that makes it impossible to see?

Posted: Aug 15th 2011 11:41AM Resurge said

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i keep hats turned off ..until i get a new one ..then it's time to hit C, uncheck "hide headgear" and take a look at it, get disgusted with the ugliness of new said hat, and promptly turn it off again until i get a new hat drop, and do it all over again :p

Once i find a good one, i tend to hate to replace it, and therefore I am really liking this trend where most new games have a fashion/appearance/whatever tab.

also - who else misses the /hood command from DAOC? Don't like your hat? No problem! - just pull up your hoody.

Posted: Aug 15th 2011 12:20PM Infestimus said

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95% of the time I have it toggled to hidden. Every once and a while If a really nice helmet or well modeled cowl drops I'll wear it for a while.

Posted: Aug 15th 2011 1:27PM Chiren said

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Hats/helmets have never been implemented properly in any MMO I've played. I think this is primarily because instead of doing it right, its just so much easier to 1) just force the player to wears it, or 2) provide a hide helmet option.

The right way to implement headwear is to understand that no one "wears" headgear the same way. Players should be provided the option to wear the same headgear, but with multiple configurations.

Here are some quick examples:

Goggles - should provide at least two options: 1) over your eyes or 2) moved back so they are more like a bow over the top of the head.

Helmets - easy easy provide two options: 1) face covered or 2) face plate raised/removed, ie. face not covered.

And of course headwear needs to work with the character's chosen hairstyle - it can't cheap out and automatically bun up a person's hair.



Posted: Aug 15th 2011 1:42PM Nandini said

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I will not be satisfied with haberdashery in MMOs until I can wear Princess Beatrice's Cthulhu-inspired hat from the recent royal wedding.

Posted: Aug 15th 2011 1:49PM Deftinwolf said

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I tend to change the headgear back and forth a lot.

Wow was most infamous for this to me. I would find an awesome helm, but then find another helm with better stats, but it would look ugly as sin, so I would hid the helm. Then an awesome helm, then ugly...

Posted: Aug 15th 2011 1:54PM KDolo said

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I leave them off in most games. In LotRO, where you can choose your hat, I usually had mine on. In this, there is something to be said for being able to have cosmetic options.

Posted: Aug 15th 2011 4:27PM Stall said

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I usually hide my helm or headgear in most games, usually because of how it ends up looking with hair. It seems that no game has really ever gotten it "right": headgear either makes your character inexplicably bald (and capable of instantly regrowing his or her hair upon removable of aforementioned hat or helm), or have a really short, stocky, and ugly haircut. I feel almost silly saying this, but if a game came along and let me customize how my character's hair would appear under a helm, then I would probably end up wearing headgear more often.

Posted: Aug 15th 2011 4:30PM hereafter said

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Depends on my character. Some headgear in WoW looks dreadful on certain races (I'm thinking of the bandana/facewrap things on Worgen). I think I kept it of on Rift in certain cases too. I usually go on a case-by-case basis, as some headgear looks pretty cool and is worth keeping visible.

Posted: Aug 15th 2011 4:35PM JanChel said

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Often ugly, usually turned off.

In newer(ish) games, the character's hairs are even animated which makes it look leagues above better than the static, ugly hats.

Posted: Aug 16th 2011 12:36PM pixledriven said

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For some reason game artists can make some really awesome looking armor, but then completely fail on the helm, and they look like garbage.

If I'm playing a character that wears armor, I want to have a helm equipped and showing, otherwise I look like an idiot from a bad movie. (I'm the hero, I need to display my pretty face more than protect it!)

Of course, many times cloth and light armor wearers have cooler looking headgear, like swanky hats and hoods and such. Almost like artists are prejudiced against armor...

So basically: Headgear is awesome! Unless it looks crappy.

Posted: Aug 16th 2011 1:05PM Space Cobra said

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It can be an either/or type of situation, depending on my concept of the character and how well they look with or without a hat. Sometimes they don't wear it, but sometimes they may, especially if I find a snazzy hat.

The only caveat is I have many concepts that fit best with full-on helmets. That is, things that cover my face and head (but face covering works in some cases, too).

Actually, this is the reason I like Appearance tabs and/or the ability to customize headgear (and armor), at least color-wise. We spend time crafting faces, but the majority of players, especially when you leave the starting levels, really don't zoom into your face; they see the WHOLE character. As much as I spend hours on the face, I realize the clothes/armor you wear is more important for an original/unique look that people will/may remember.

Posted: Aug 24th 2011 11:38PM Lumin said

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As always, it depends. I don't like hats that hide my character's hair, unless there's a very good reason for it doing so and/or it goes with the rest of my look.

Thankfully most MMOs provide the option to hide your hat. If I have an ugly hat, I will hide it. If it forms a cohesive part of my outfit, then by all means I'll have it displayed.

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