So, there’s a game I’m working on right now, and there’s an aspect of the game that I’m really unsure of. Basically, I would like to include a part in the game where the player gets to choose their appearance, and there are two possible ways I can think to do this:
The old-fashioned way. The player gets to choose their skin tone, eye colour, hair colour, hair style, ect, and it can be anything they want.
They choose from a list of possible appearances, and this presents the player with a small profile picture that will show up on their stats screen.
I do really like the idea of option 2, since profile pictures aren’t something I’ve come across in any Hosted Games yet, but there is a problem with this option. With option 1, the player can have pretty much any appearance they want, whereas, with option 2, being able to personally choose several different aspects of the character’s appearance would be practically impossible. If the player only had 4 aspects to choose from (skin tone, eye colour, hair colour and hair style) and each aspect had only 5 options to choose from, that would lead to a total of 625 possible images (and that’s not even including gender.)
The alternative, would be to have a selection of possible images (I’m thinking ten per gender) and have the player choose which image they want their character to have. Of course, that would mean their options were a lot more limited. For instance, there could be a character with short, brown hair, and a character with long, black hair… But if the player wanted a character with short, black hair, they wouldn’t have that option. They’d have to choose between them.
Just wanted to do a poll to see what people thought would be the best idea. I do really like the idea of the game including a profile picture, but I don’t want to limit people’s options if they’d rather just choose their character’s appearance themselves.
- Let people choose from a selection of profile pictures.
- Let people choose every aspect of their appearance, without a profile picture.