Hello, i wanted to say something for… for sometime now. I wanted to talk about aboit customization in Hosted Games and CoG. This is more of a personal opinion, i don’t know how many think the same, or have the same opinion, but they are happy to post it here. English is not my first language so sorry, but bear with me.
I read some old? topics about customization in games and people were split between having or no, most were happy with just name and gender, but i think that is not enough, personally i like to imagine my characters, how they look, their unique appearance, their clothes, equipment, etc. Their eye color for exemple, sometimes just for fun, when the game let’s me i put a really ‘strange color’ for exemple “lava red with black sclera, that glow on intense emotions”, something like that. Zombie Exodus: Safe Haven is infinitely replayable because of how mutch you can customize, i think i have dozens of save files on that one. You get discounts at the store for your tattoos and piercings, on Dragon Rider npcs comment on your hair and eye color, which is awesome, on Road to Colosseum if you play as a woman, when you are on the slave boat your character tries to hide so she ia not picked for pleasure of the crew, i enjoy stuff like that, it makes the games replayable. I replayed recently Hero or Villain and i spent a few days… No scratch that, i got lost in customization for a few days, and felt awesome. Take Vampire the Masquerade: Night Road have the different Vampire races with their consequences too. Choices of Magic, you have all that equipment that actually does something, i like that you can change your clothes, not just the same outfit from start to finish, and the nobles react to your outfit when you go to the castle. Ways to move around, in Night Road and Lost Heir (and others) you can change your car/mount. Where you live, how you live, not very important or would miss them mutch, in Wayhaven i didn’t expect mutch from choosing the interior until Unit Bravo came in, afterwards i picked different interiors to see their reaction. I love this interactions and would love to see more stuff like this. Honestly i reread most of the games that let me customize my character. I like to read and reread them, not just once and be done with it.
Your choices control the story. It’s entirely text-based–without graphics or sound effects–and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.
This is my opinion, somethong i wanted to say for a lot of time, and i hope it helps the authors too, hope i can see your opinion too.