I was thinking about age in the game but not as you might think. Not about the age of the people that play it but the age of our characters in it.
What would you consider the base ages of the characters we create? Yes, I know the life spans of some are longer and you can easily say your night elf is 900, but thinking of it as we know age, what age would you think they are?
Human - Between 27-32
Dwarf - Between 48-53
Gnome - Between 48-53
Night Elf - Between 20-25
Draenei - Between 30-25
Worgen - Between 27-32
Pandaren - Between 17-22
Orc - Between 37-42
Tauren - Between 35-40
Troll - Between 20-25
Forsaken - Between 27-32
Blood Elf - Between 15-20
Goblin - Between 40-45
At least those are the ages, appearance wise, I would guess the races are supposed to represent. I am sure your take might differ from mine, so what ages do you think the characters we play are supposed to be?
There are some races you can make look older or younger in the character creation screen of course. Humans for example. Based on their hair, or lack thereof when you make one bald, you can make a human appear older, same goes for the facial hair choices. Done correctly you can make a human look in their 50s, but over all I would say body wise and from a wide array of their options that human are supposed to be in the 27-32 age range.
With the advent of new models coming some day, perhaps even as soon as 6.0, do you think we will ever be able to make races that appear of a different age group?
It would be nice to be able to make an orc male that did not have the body of a wrestler. Could choose that option to make them younger, say 17, or older, say 55. It would give a much wider degree of customizing your character if you if you could change their body size. Imagine a muscle bound troll, or a scrawny tauren, or a well fit dwarf, or a slight taller gnome.
All these things, body shape changes, could change the appearance the characters come off as age wise to us. More than anything else, for me at least, I think it is the body shape that is most telling of the age of the characters. Those most out of shape appearing are the ones I mark as older in my opinion while those with little or no real defined shape are younger.
A scale for size, making a character taller or shorter within a small margin based on race, would be a nice addition to character creation. Something that adjusts body mass size would be nice too, so you could make a human male as thin as a blood elf or as rotund as a pandaren would be a good addition.
The body shape is what makes me guess those ages for those races but perhaps it is slightly influenced by the people that play said races as well. Lets face it, I do not think I have ever met someone that played a dwarf, or dwarves, almost exclusively that was under 40. Same goes for blood elves, I would say the vast majority of players I've met that play a blood elf, or blood elves, almost exclusively are all under 20. So perhaps that skewed my view a little, but I think not. The dwarves just have the body of someone we would consider older and blood elves just look like the type of body of someone that has not yet reached maturity. Don't you think?
Body shape could really dictate age. Facial features too. With new models it would be nice to see new body shapes and new facial features so we can play around with our ages a bit when creating a new character.
So what ages do you think the races are? And do you think when they recreate models that they should give us more variables so we could make our choices different ages?
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