I’ve read many threads where people were mentioning that they would not finish reading a story if it provides no character customization. I’d like to discuss this question more in detail.
My personal opinion is that customization is a completely optional thing. It can be present or not, and for me it barely influences the perception of a story. Even if customization is provided I often leave the default look of the characters, because I’m interested in the reasons why author has created them looking this way and not the other.
Sometimes providing customization can lead to some chaos in the story, for example, if there are present scenes appealing to past of the customized character, where he is depicted as a child or teenager etc. Yes, there is a way to overcome this by changing some features of actors used for kids/younger versions, but it can essentially complicate coding… and I’m not sure this thing is worth the effort in 80% of cases. Also CC can cause problems in case of using art scenes or advanced directing scenes, where character overlays are used instead of characters… Honestly, personally I can survive without customization for the sake of seeing something really creative in the story. Moreover sometimes a character must have some specific type of appearance as it’s somehow connected with the story plot.
It’s a trifle in comparison to the abovementioned facts, but personally I usually choose colors of outfits for my characters taking into account their color appearance. And after a character was customized some outfits can look much worse on him/her than it was supposed.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against character customization. I like it and try to provide where it’s possible. I just think that the absence of character customization shouldn’t be a reason of not reading a story. The story can be amazing with customization or without it. Is absence of customization a really such a great issue that it can make you miss an amazing story?
But it’s just my opinion. I’d like to find out other opinions on the thread topic. Do you prefer customization or not? Will you read a story without CC? What are the reasons behind you liking/disliking customization or its absence?