Rift, the new MMORPG by Trion Worlds, is the hot new kid on the block as far as massively multiplayer games go. The world of Telara is being torn apart as the peace between the two main factions - Defiant and Guardian - has crumbled. As if a civil war weren't enough, tears in the fabric of reality keep opening up and creatures from other planes stage constant incursions. Telara is a dangerous place, and it's important to be prepared to fight for your life at moment's notice. All you can trust in this world is your sword and your armor.
Well, if you're a guy you can trust your armor. Women? Er, not so much.
|Favashi: Wearer of impractical armor|
|Favashi: Right breast of fury|
I've been playing MMORPGs for a long time. At the risk of outing myself as the ancient relic of a bygone era that I totally am, I started with EverQuest in 1999. Most EverQuest armor was actually pretty role-appropriate, but I think that's only because there weren't enough polygons back then to make convincing breasts. I've currently got three MMO accounts open: Everquest 2, World of Warcraft, and Rift.
Let's check out how my girls fare in the other two games.
|Cerranis: Properly attired for ass-kicking|
|Auvry: Cartoony yet functional|
|Sulaco: Chainmail ain't what it used to be|
So, yeah, I'm resigned to being all tarted up in Rift. I think the armor designs are actually beautiful and the toons themselves look great. It'd just be nice if the females of the species got practical-looking armor the way the males do.
I leave you with this comparison of male vs. female armor in Rift.
|Male Defiant: Avaunt, villain!|
|Female Defiant: Little chilly out today, no?|