As some of you may have noticed when you arrived at my site this morning, I have yet a new banner. Let me give you the back story on this. So last night I’m sitting in Ulduar with my guild, minding my own business, when all of a sudden this Wayward Conqueror tier token drops from Thorim. Well I says to myself, “Self,” I says, “you sure can use that bad boy, would be nice general upgrade, that’s for sure.” So I spend my DKP, pick up the token and skip off to the tier vendor all “tra la la” and such. With schoolgirl glee I purchased it, ran off to buy the proper enchants and gems and then placed it upon my weary brow, only to be greeted with this sight:
Look at how silly I appear! And apparently my hair is simply an optical illusion to stun the masses, as it appears to be going directly through my face mask there. No, this looked ridiculous. I was familiar with how it would look because I have the shadow version from 10 man, but until now I hadn’t bothered to do anything about it. I knew I didn’t want to simply have the mask turned off anymore, this one actually looks cool instead of like some sort of Hawk Man rip off. I know that some priests think they look stupid, but to them I say “niener niener”.
So I did one thing I though I would never do. with heavy feet and a cold lump in my stomach, I walked into the barbershop, sat down and told them to cut it all off. I was unsure at first, afraid of how it would come out. Dueg’s always had the long hair style, it’s familiar, it’s part of the character. Light blessed spellcaster = long hair, it just made sense. But I wanted the new mask, I wanted to look cool, so I did what had to be done.
But why do I even care? Usually when I’m playing, I’m way zoomed out and can’t really see my character. The only time I get a good look at Dueg is for a couple of seconds when I’m logging in and when I’m taking screenshots for the blog. Other than that, he’s usually just a half inch high spec in the middle of my screen, so why should I get the feeling that I have to show this helm off? Why should I go so far as to change what’s been the fundamental look for my character since I created him over a year ago?
It comes down to the fact that you’re not really dressing up your character for yourself, but for other people to look and go ooh and aah over it. You want people to see you in the coolest looking gear you have for many different reasons. Some enjoy the simple aesthetics of it, liking others to find their character pleasing to the eye while others simply want to show off that they have the best gear they can get and these pixels prove it. However, nothing ruins the moment of getting a sweet new piece of gear than slotting it in and seeing how ridiculous it makes you look.
Of course you love it when your regular gear matches and looks like it’s on purpose. Everyone remembers the debacle that was Outlands gear where overnight half the people joined the circus and started running around in clown’s clothing. And even now, people complain about how the gear for Ulduar is all just re-colored tier items, nothing new or original to add to someone’s burgeoning wardrobe. They want to be able to make an acceptable looking set of gear for just running around Dalaran and don’t want them thought ridiculous for wearing the BiS. I tend to think that Blizzard has done an excellent job with the look of Northrend gear though.
For me, I’ve always wanted Dueg to look good, but I never went out of my way to make him suit an item like I did last night. I’ve liked the look of this set since I saw the first pictures of it way back when and definitely want the robe and to upgrade to the 8.5 gloves asap. So I’ve gone the way of the vain since the mask was my first upgrade and will definitely be wearing it with pride. But how about you? You ever purposefully done something in order to dress your character up or make them look better? And before I go, in honor of my bestest buddy, Bubz, I give you a floaty pic: