Okay so there was an ENORMOUS push for this dinky, free, browser-based game that they’re going to be coming out with
eventually at NYCC/NYAF this year. They had a huge, expensive, and insanely elaborate booth that involved touchscreens that let you customize a character, a green screen where they took your picture, custom software that let them superimpose your photo and your character in an image together with your faction logo and print it out, and a very nice cardstock “frame” with spot UV printing that they put the photo in.
Well, the character customization was shit. You had a choice of being one of 3 vehicles, and the vehicle types had the gender built into them, which pissed me off right off the bat. There was a sports car and a big chunky armored vehicle, both of which were the male body types, and then a motorcycle, which was the female body type. I wanted to be a girl hummer thing, but apparently I couldn’t.
So I went to customize my character, and you had a choice of 3 slightly different options for the head, arms, and legs, and then a limited selection of “primary” and “secondary” colors, despite there being a 3rd color all over my crotch rocket character (purple) that I couldn’t get rid of. I got into the green screen line after naming her “Pingas” from being extremely underwhelmed, got my print out, and then later headed over to the panel dedicated to this thing.
It was at this point that it became extremely evident that this project was still waaay in development, as the only thing they showed us was a trailer that they had playing on a loop in the booth. After that, it was entirely Q&A. When they finally let people in the audience go up after the head panelist guy was done asking generic questions, I got up to ask about the vehicle mode options. When it was finally my turn, I just said it plainly: “Can I play a female transformer that doesn’t turn into a motorcycle?”
And then I totally wasn’t expecting it, but the whole room burst into applause, haha. Boy am I glad my friends and I weren’t the only ones that thought that was dumb as fuck.
The one guy that answered almost all the questions that night answered mine with something really long, and scriptedly vague. What I personally got out of it was “we might get around to caring about it”. But the concept artist, who was a woman, piped in and basically said that she sympathized and wanted to work on getting different body types into the game. Another woman who was sitting in the front row with a pile of shirts that she ended up giving out at the end of the panel told me that she would give me one as a consolation gift, but “they don’t come in women’s sizes”.
I went back to my seat, walking past all the rest of the people in line behind me, and got a few of whispered “that was a really good question” and “thanks for asking that”. One guy even stopped me to thank me because he wanted a male OC who turned into a bike, and I guess he was upset that they wouldn’t let him make a male with a daintier/smaller silhouette.
That was mostly my biggest gripe. Unfortunately, I had another one after they answered one of the last questions.
Somebody asked if there would be the option to pay for exclusive stuff, and they said yes. (Which was to be expected.) However, the guy compared the system that they planned on putting in place to fucking PHONE PLANS. So there would be the most basic of basic “plans” for “casual” folk who want to play for free, and then beyond that would be “levels” of payment that would make the game more suitable for more rigorous styles of play (read: actually fun and not crap that you can’t do anything with).
Of course the guy was answering every single question with vaguespeak, which makes me wonder just how much of the game they have done to begin with since the panel told us almost nothing, so there’s a (slim) chance I might be wrong. But if I am, that is a shitty analogy, and I guarantee half that room was instantly turned off at the prospect. I know I was.
Anyone else go to that panel and have some thots?