I feel a little weird complaining about an MMO’s lack of sexy, half-dressed female avatars. I mean, let’s face it; almost every Korean MMO on the market has squeaky-voiced, scantily-clad lingerie models who inevitably wear spikey high-heeled shoes. (Forget fighting dragons. How do you run through grass in those things?)
Don’t get me wrong – I’m not a prude, nor am I opposed to adult content, or chain mail bikinis. I do think that female characters are often objectified in fantasy games of any stripe, so I appreciate MMOs that provide female avatars with sensible clothing, like Lord of the Rings Online, or Dark Age of Camelot.
But if there’s one game where I would not expect my female avatar to look like a refugee from an Amish commune, it would be Age of Conan. Sure, you start the game lying on a beach in your underwear, but your very first piece of scavenged armor or clothing is decidedly… conservative. And for the next 20 levels your character will bear an uncanny resemblance to your mom.