I never liked the concept of scantily clad "warriors", which usually only included women. Makes no sense defensively and makes the purpose of armor, which is to protect your body from harm, moot.
That being said, TERA isn't exactly realistic in any sense. Giant weapons wielded with ease, nearly neekid women fighting armies of monsters, blahblah etc, etc. It's how the producers and designers made the game. Sex sells and well... you've got to accept it for what it is and not fight against it. There are other games that probably seem more realistic in terms of having females in armor that actual armors them, like Rift, but this is TERA so yeah, make do.
I am not sure why people think that games that have armor where women show skin are being encouraging women to be portrayed as "hypersexualized" or "trampy".
Skin is natural, none of the races is showing so much skin that it would be considered indecent or illegal. Some of the outfits even closely resemble national dresses from some cultures where showing skin is not considered "immoral".
The problem with society isn't that women are being shown with skin (gasp), it's that somehow that's become perceived as indecent.
I'm sorry about the rant, but really - it's a fantasy game, I don't want "average" or "realistic" looking characters, if I wanted that I'd play the Sims.
[quote name='Samyaza' at='2012-02-03 13:53:54 UTC' it's a fantasy game, I don't want "average" or "realistic" looking characters, if I wanted that I'd play the Sims.
^^ I love the armor in this game
Oversexualized images of women are a big part of attracting gamers unfortunately and it would be unrealistic to get rid of them completely...
However, Tera is really taking this concept and going over the top with it and honestly, I think they're going too far. If people want to play female characters in next to nothing, then by all means, let them do so, but by that token, if someone wants to play a female character that looks like she is actually armored or wearing something that an actual human being may decide they would wear to battle, then let them do that too.
Giving sexy outfits will win you fans, but when you make that almost the only choice, you alienate a very large part of your fanbase.
Don't get me wrong, I'm really excited for this game and will buy it, but I want to play this game with my girlfriend and I'm not sure if she's really going to stick with me on this game if every woman she sees in game (except for Elin) are anorexic and near-naked.
I don't think this game is to bad really, I've played games that armor falls off as you take damage...all the way down to the ittie bitties (if you know what I mean). If you really wanna see a MMO be a little ridiculous, check Queens Blade (yes the MMO). just sayian :P
Also @ExValkyrie ~ I agree completely, skinny girls are awesome!