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Posted: Nov 9th 2011 8:04AM remeran said

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Yes.

Posted: Nov 9th 2011 8:18AM Chiren said

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@remeran

Yes!
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Posted: Nov 9th 2011 9:37AM PaterFrog said

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Can't we just have both? >.>
I absolutely hate it, when the good stuff looks stupid and I don't like gimping myself either. Just disconnect the stats from the looks, or something. Blade&Soul is gonna do that.
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Posted: Nov 9th 2011 9:38AM TexRob said

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@remeran It's a "maybe" kind of answer. It just depends. Like say one piece of gear has +10str and looks like a burlap bag, and one has +9str but makes you look like you've got plate armor on, well, I'm probably going to go with the awesome looking armor.

Stats are great, but they are not everything to me.
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Posted: Nov 9th 2011 9:47AM toychristopher said

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@remeran

I agree!
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Posted: Nov 9th 2011 10:33AM shadowghost21 said

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@PaterFrog

Both Lotro and Rift have a cosmetic tab. My level 50 Cleric on Rift is wearing the starting robes because I think they look the best and I haven't seen any armor that is even close. My actual stat based armor? Hideous.
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Posted: Nov 9th 2011 1:26PM Mikkhail said

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@PaterFrog apparently, someone correct me if I am wrong, TSW is going to mostly do that too.
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Posted: Nov 9th 2011 8:13AM (Unverified) said

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Then we are complete opposites, for I could not care less how my avatar looks. I don't identify with it in the slightest.

I'm not saying I don't enjoy other's peoples nifty costumes, nor that I wouldn't enjoy having a cool one myself. I just have limited time to play, and I enjoy the game experience (raiding in my case), so my char's looks are at the bottom of the list for me.

Posted: Nov 9th 2011 8:18AM Irem said

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To me, it's very important that my characters look the way I want them to. Stats are great, and I love getting a piece with great stats, but if it looks ridiculous or doesn't suit the aesthetic I'm going for with my character, I'll equip it grudgingly and resent having to use it. And if I really love a particular item, I'll resent having to give it up to get something with better stats.

Posted: Nov 9th 2011 8:22AM Bearcon53pointsix said

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I completely agree how your character looks is more important than the stats ...to an extent.

If its about conquering end game content, and the difference is say a red pair of boots to go with your awesome gold and red plate outfit, vs say an ugly puke green pair of boots, and the stat difference isn't something crazy like Str +5 vs Str +999 then definitely I will take the pair that matches my characters' outfits.

For me I just have to synergize with my characters, If I don't, I don't play as well as I could, So a small difference in stats but me playing extremely well, vs the best min/max stats, but me playing like crap....I'll take the prior.

Posted: Nov 9th 2011 8:27AM reathorn2010 said

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In original EQ I went to great lengths to get Golden Efreeti Boots for my wood elf druid only because they looked like plate on a class that could only wear leather.

I then would combo that with a Golden Chitin Protector only because it also looked like plate, even though none of the stats on it were beneficial to me.

Why did I do this? Because looking the way you want is very important in a game where an avatar is representing you.

Posted: Nov 9th 2011 8:28AM SwarlesBarkley said

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Yes, but I would not wear something cool looking if it took away from my stats. Cosmetic tabs like in Lotro are cool and take nothing away from stats.

BTW that burg is pretty much a cookie cutter appearance.

Posted: Nov 9th 2011 8:35AM (Unverified) said

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I think they are equally important. Thank goodness for appearance slots!

Posted: Nov 9th 2011 8:36AM JohnD212 said

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Yes. I have chosen many low stat armor because I hated the way the higher ones looked. Sad but true. Who wants to run around looking like a mix matched dork. I love the wardrobe system in a few games because it eliminates this entire problem. It should be a standard feature in games. It just makes it fun to buy low level armor to mix and match and play with your looks without worrying so much about effecting your higher level stat's.

Posted: Nov 9th 2011 8:40AM dudemanjac said

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Stats are more important to me only for the purpose of gameplay. But I really like to look good. Thank you, Rift, for giving me the option to have costume slots. And even though I barely use it, thank you STO for giving me the option to not show my armor. I spend a lot of time getting my colors right on my uniform and my ship.

Posted: Nov 9th 2011 8:42AM Jeromai said

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No, I'll take the stats first. The Achiever part of me would rather not relent on that front. A few 2-3 stats here and there adds up to 10 or something that is significantly noticeable in a hurry.

But looking cool comes a very close second. That means I'll wear the clown hat excuse for a helm, but I won't stop griping about it in the forums or other feedback channels about options for a wardrobe/costume slot or ability to turn helmet, boots, whatever off visually.

Posted: Nov 9th 2011 8:43AM (Unverified) said

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Personally I don't think it's right that stats should determine how you look. Looks definitely matter, but so do stats. So in a perfect world, there would be a way of applying the stats of a given item to any other item.

Posted: Nov 9th 2011 8:53AM mikejl said

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Yes... or else we all be playing Microsoft Excel.

Posted: Nov 9th 2011 8:53AM Dabheid said

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I can't say I spent much time caring all that much about how my toons looked in GW, that's not to say I didn't buy them cool armours, I just carried on with missions and quests instead. So I'd have to say no, looking cool is not more important than stats...do the game, level up THEN worry about how you look.

Posted: Nov 9th 2011 8:56AM Demeter said

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A definite yes from me, I'll never be as bothered by my stats as how my character looks ^^.

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