Tera Elin

Much of the gear for female characters in the already-out-in-Asian-markets-but-upcoming-in-American-and-European-markets Tera is revealing. That’s not anything new for a game in the MMO market, but some unfamiliar with the game might be shocked by just how provocative some of the Tera gear really is.

For Castanic women, succubus-like demon girls, some gear displays in what amounts to little less than lingerie. In some cases, we’re talking the absolute bare minimum of covered before this game gets shot up a rating or two with the MPAA. Now, this might be old news for any Tera fans, especially those who count these bare-bottomed graphics as hotly-desired features, but some things are a little less acceptable here in North America than they are in Korea (and, presumably, vice versa).

The Elin race is the female counterpart to the male Popori race, a plump and jovial-looking group of anthropomorphized animal characters. The Elins, however, are thin, petite, and dainty with a soft innocence to their features that make them seem childlike and perpetually youthful. Were you to put the hyper-sexy Castanic gear models on one of these kawaii sweethearts, lots of people might see a sexualized child, rather than a game character wearing something risqué.

The Elin gear has a sweeter overlay to it with lacy, rich-looking garments that you might see in a Disney princess animated film. The only difference would be the cut and style. You see, the Elin gear is still showing off a ton of skin. North America game clients will even see modified versions of this gear that adds modesty panels to midriff-baring tops and super-short boy-short legs to what were once bikini bottoms.

When people found out about these changes last year, most fans were unhappy with the idea. People are still unhappy over these few yards of fabric, so much so that the Races category of the official forums are still littered with whining and protests.

We’re a few days out from the first closed beta, and that seems like the perfect time to try out a brand new game featuring a new style of gameplay with as few pre-conceptions as possible. In the end, if there’s a chance the original Elin designs were going to get the game damaged in some way, it might be better that we make this small concession now rather than a huge concession later, like losing the Elin race entirely.

As a parting thought, I just hope we as a community can avoid “slut shaming” through what we choose to call this provocative gear.

Image Credit: [Whitestar]

Related: Elins in Bikinis

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5 responses »

  1. Goon says:

    Not that American games aren’t guilty of this too, but I really feel awkward when playing lots of Japanese games. There were long running jokes in Final Fantasy XI about how them men would get full length armor and the girls would get bikinis. It was worse in FFXIV it was even worse when men got tuxedos and girls got maid outfits.
    Speaking as a guy, I don’t like the ‘fan service’, it makes an enjoyable environment feel creepy and degrading. For girls it obviously is setting an example of what girls should look/act like. I don’t think a girl is more ‘fun’ because she has her character dress like that, rather I picture some bear-gut 40 year old playing without a shirt on.
    If nothing else, bikinis (or less) are not appropriate attire to fight a fire breathing dragon….

    • HNtG says:

      At least in Tera you’re meant to dodge attacks entirely, so it’s less of a big deal if you’re fighting a dragon without much gear (ha!).

  2. Goon says:

    On this topic, the ‘slave girl’ outfits in SWToR really bother me. Yes, I understand some people want to dress up like that for attention, that’s their choice. But I wish they wouldn’t allow your companions to wear them. Forcing your companion to wear something like that just seems to further objectify women. Yes, it’s an NPC and it doesn’t have feelings, but you’re dressing it up like a doll to stare at.
    On that note, yes I understand that the slave girl outfits were in the movies and so people want to connect with them more. Remember though, those girls were slaves, not wearing that for fun. Dressing up like a slave is a hell of a fashion statement…

    • HNtG says:

      Yeah, the slave girl Kiras really bother me. It’s creepy to have AI eye candies leaping into combat near you or just staring absent-mindedly wide-eyed at their Jedi in town.

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