Guild Wars 2’s answer to hot chicks

In the recent Q&A session on EUFanDay over in Brighton, someone asked about the general prettiness of human females. The answer was, yes, they’re unrealistically pretty, while keeping with the fantasy-realism of Guild Wars. They even made a statement about this back in 2011:

I would like to say a quick word about where we stand when it comes to the “sexiness” of our armors and costumes. This is a controversial subject that I encounter frequently on forums and message boards—not just about Guild Wars, but about a lot of games. I understand that many players feel that armor should be practical, realistic, and shouldn’t leave skin exposed to attack. When coming up with ideas for armor, the character and concept department try to balance the practical with the fantasy. We make armor that looks protective and functional, but we also make armor that looks sexy and shows a generous level of strategically placed skin. We recognize the “fantasy” aspect of our game; if you are able to rain down balls of fire from the sky, your clothing should not be a factor when it comes to body temperature, whether you are wearing your underwear or a fur coat. We’ve always intended to create outfits for male and female characters that are appealing and attractive without making our players feel uncomfortable about what their character or other player-characters are wearing. I think that Guild Wars has been very successful in this regard, and we will continue to make outfits that adhere to this philosophy.

I applaud them for approaching the subject and commenting on it conclusively. Some games just take this whole “sexy chicks”-aspect too far: I recently had a look at Tera, and there’s just no way to justify the ridiculous clothing they wear. The mixture of asian bedroom fantasies that border on pedophilia (the Elin) and the weird SM-styles of other races just about makes me wanna throw up. Add to this fact that the animators made the characters run around like their knees are broken just to make them wiggle their asses.

That’s why I’m so in love with Guild Wars 2 right now: it looks nice, and I approve of some fantastically pretty females… but it didn’t descend into the growing Asia-styled trend. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind the Final-Fantasy-Style of Aion and the lot; I’m just glad to see some diversity. What’s even more interesting about Guild Wars 2 are the Norn. I think a few people already commented on the awesome Norn women you can create, large, robust warriors and magic wielders. No matter how skinny and small you try to make a Norn, they’re still Norn. And they’ll tell you so. They’re an independant and strong people, and Eir Stegalkin is one hell of a woman. So if you don’t want to play a stereotypically pretty, skinny human magician – why not go for a Norn?

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