In World of Warcraft, there is something that is called a Barbershop that allows you to change what your character looks like in some regards, as a real-life barbershop does. However, there are restrictions, and World of Warcraft players have been wondering why these restrictions are in place.
By “restrictions”, they mean that many races in World of Warcraft are unable to change their skin color after their “base model” has been set in-game by the players upon creation, or at least not for free. For many, this is sad, because player customization is a key part of any MMO, RPG, or MMORPG experience. Yet, in World of Warcraft, it costs money to do so. In Europe (where this Battle.net topic originated), it costs 15 Euros to get it done.
This resulted in a large forum conversation that has been active since last year. Why should they pay to have something so simple done? Something that has been done in-game, and for free in other titles without so much as people asking for them? For example, in Xenoblade Chronicles X, there is a sidequest that upon completion, will let you alter your entire appearance, for just 10,000 in-game credits. Not real money, in-game credits. Yet, even if you just want to change one small thing about yourself, it’ll cost you real money to get it done in World of Warcraft.
Players even noted that some races can change their appearance as it’s part of their “culture”, leaving other races high and dry.
This desire by fans has been so prevalent, that this thread has gone from August until now, which shows just how much World of Warcraft players want a little more freedom in regards to character customization. Will it ever happen? You’ll have to ask Blizzard.