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Game Design Question: Should Game Designers Use The Base Character Creator for the Game’s Default Hero?

If you have played a game such as BioWare’s Mass Effect games, then you know the pain of trying to make a customized character that is as good looking as the default hero.

The issue is that in games like that the game designers used a character customization system that is not available to the player when the game is released. Meaning that any custom character, even when they are extremely close in appearance to the default hero, never looks as nice in cut-scenes or the game as the default hero looks.

Is this okay? Or should game creators restrict their default builds to the same tools that they provide for the player to create custom characters?

Please use the comments to present and discuss your perspective on this.

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