New Lady Models

Courtesy of WoWInsider

As expected, the new female Human model was rolled out today.  I haven’t read the feedback and opinions on the matter, but I will share mine and I’ll start with the positives.  They most certainly look more up to date, particularly with cell shading on the body and in the face.  In fact, I really like what I’m seeing in the face.  Hair as well.  For the most part it looks so much better and not like a game ten years old.  I’ve always appreciated WoW’s laid back cartoonish feel and this updates without losing that.  Thumbs up.

Unfortunately, it isn’t all roses in this garden.  See the full body shot?  How in Illidan’s latrine did she actually get skinnier?!?!  It might be surprising coming from a male player, but this actually bothers me.  There have been conversations on end about sex and video games and how the latter is tailored.  The previous form was perfectly fine.  Now she’s lost weight, toned her body, and conveniently lifted (tightened?) the chest.  Let’s be honest, was any of that really necessary?  Personally I don’t think so, and I feel like it just plays off the idea of female characters as glorified eye candy and when you already have a female player base frustrated with how NPC ladies are portrayed (if at all), this isn’t going to help the matter.

Sure, most of the players are still men/boys, but I don’t think any of them would have said much if the body on the left was updated without the liposuction.  Hopefully with gear on it won’t be so bad, but this just makes me concerned overall that we’re going to see all the characters restrung as buff beasts of Adonis and Athena.  I don’t mind mixing it in a bit, but it could simply be done with the existing races that are already slender.

Rant aside, the model overall is a significant improvement.  My disappointment is what it is but I can’t argue the poly count and shading don’t make a better model.  I just wish they didn’t have to try and make a better model out of the model herself.

22 thoughts on “New Lady Models

  1. AmerPriest January 24, 2014 / 12:12 am

    I think it looks much way better now. I agree with you though it may not look like 3D or unlike any other MMORPG character customization like AION or RIft.. World of Warcraft still appreciate the cartoonist effect and its own unique way to update its features.

    Its awesome, i cant wait to play the game again alall day today and spoke via live chat with game master how to fix the issues of my pc unable to download the game but im getting close.

    I really dont mind the shading and all as I think there is still color of skin to be customized. But overall, I like the improvements. 🙂

    • JD Kenada January 24, 2014 / 1:31 am

      As I say, I like the shading, I just don’t like the idea they had to make her even skinnier.

      Glad to hear you’re getting your gaming issues sorted out. Can’t wait to see you back in action. 🙂

  2. khizzara January 24, 2014 / 12:38 am

    I was looking at the official preview today and one of the comments on the first page was something like, “still looks way too fat. Blizzard please consider making the human female look not so heavy”. I don’t understand how anyone could possibly think the new model looks fat, but there you go… Some people expect unrealistic extremes, I guess. Maybe Blizz can’t win here.

    • JD Kenada January 24, 2014 / 1:30 am

      I don’t even know what to say to that. That’s just…dumbfounded to me.

  3. tomeoftheancient January 24, 2014 / 7:11 am

    I think what happened is that after almost ten years of fighting they got pretty buff. It was unavoidable I guess. Sure wish all this virtual jumping around worked that way on this side of the screen, lol.

    • JD Kenada January 24, 2014 / 9:04 am

      That’s an interesting way of looking at it.

      I just know one thing, I’m never asking her about her age.

      (fyi, inside joke between Tome and myself)

  4. Syrco January 24, 2014 / 9:13 am

    I think it looks great! What an upgrade! Buuut, yes, a bit skinny, I don’t like that the ribs are showing and the waist super small. But what can you expect..

    • JD Kenada January 24, 2014 / 2:06 pm

      Again, at this point I expected a little more. But yes, the upgrades to the model itself, very nice.

  5. Prinnie Powah January 24, 2014 / 9:19 am

    I THOUGHT she seemed less thigh-tastic than before. Good to know I’m not going crazy!

    • JD Kenada January 24, 2014 / 2:06 pm

      No crazier than me! Um, take that as you will…

  6. Cain January 24, 2014 / 9:34 am

    To me it looks like the outlines are the same, and the “buffness” is just coming from the shading, which you liked for the face. A twist on Tome’s comment is that they are supposed to be in good shape to fight dragon’s. If you knew you had to fight a dragon wouldn’t you get in better shape before trying? That they could stand to offer a size slider for more customization is a different topic.

    • JD Kenada January 24, 2014 / 2:08 pm

      That is a very valid approach to looking at it.

  7. zwingli Whisperwind January 24, 2014 / 3:45 pm

    Yeah, that WoW model comes really close to NSFW! 😉
    I have a couple of male friends that pretty much only role female characters. When I asked why, the response was, “I really don’t want to spend my game time staring at the back end of a male toon.”

    There you go.

    Z

    • JD Kenada January 25, 2014 / 11:10 pm

      I’ve heard that comment before about “not wanting to stare at a guy.” I guess it’s said by enough different people that they have some subconscious merit to it. That said, their video game collection must consist of the Tomb Raider library and not much more.

  8. AmerPriest January 24, 2014 / 5:54 pm

    Hey JD do you have a twitter account? Please let me know also, I mentioned you in my blog post today hehehe… ❤

    • JD Kenada January 25, 2014 / 11:08 pm

      I only joined Facebook in March or April. That the world didn’t implode on itself then is more than enough reason for me to not test social media any further. 😀

  9. prettyflydraenei January 24, 2014 / 11:42 pm

    She’s been working out man! It looks like she’s been doing P90X 😛 I’ve got to say, the current model’s floppy bewbs have always bothered me and I only hoped they’d give her a bra, hehe!

    • Navimie January 25, 2014 / 2:08 am

      Until you put them side by side I never realised it was slimmer. That person who said she was still too fat… geez you think swinging two handers or dual wielding maces and then carrying 5 bags full of 3 sets of armour, food, quest items doesn’t bulk you up some…

    • Navimie January 25, 2014 / 2:09 am

      Trust you draynee to make a boob comment. And if anyone wonders what I mean go look at the background of her blog lmao!

    • JD Kenada January 25, 2014 / 11:09 pm

      Only you would say “floppy bewbs.”

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