Should "gender" feature be removed from MapleStory? from Cszcy's blog



In my opinion, the "gender" attribute should really be removed from the Maplestory Mesos. Make all personalities, gear, and decorative elements gender-neutral.

Reasoning: "Gender" in MapleStory functions no gameplay purpose. Female and male characters have exactly the same stats, exactly the very same skills, and also the very same quests (rarely with minor dialog differences), with the exception of courses that are gender-locked as a result of story reasons (Mihile, Angelic Buster, and Zero). A personality's "gender" is also unrelated to the player's gender. Any player can make characters of both genders.

The one thing that a character's gender does is  limit the player's cosmetic customization options. It is possible to buy Maplestory 2 Mesos only use half the hairstyles and half the faces, and there are lots of cash store equipment items and in-game anvil choices that are obstructed by the sex you are using. These restrictions don't do a particularly good job in preventing people from dressing as the "opposite" gender, because there are "April Fool's" hair and face styles, and there are such things as gender-neutral facial hair face accessories, or gender-neutral (or even outright Male) frilly dresses.

So while individuals aim on cross-dressing their characters (which, I remind the reader, don't even have to get the exact same gender as their owners) can do so, ordinary players who just enjoy a thing that happens to get the opposite gender to their character, can not utilize it. (For instance, randomly looking at this week's Cash Shop Update, it shows the Paper Box and Ghost Uniform overall as Man. How are they man? The box is just a box along with also the ghost uniform is a black dress, but "female" characters can't wear it) . Along with also the favorite gender-neutral CRA top and bottom have hardly any Fusion Anvil choices, simply because top and bottom items in the game, even fundamental T-shirts, have a gender.

Sex also limits a character's ability to share "couples" money items with different characters , or to "marry" them. Despite these constraints, the gender of a character does not really affect how it it left. Whoever has employed BannedStory or any other character simulator knows that the game just has one contour for a head and body sprite, and that, graphically, you can put any hairstyle/face/equipment on any personality, mixing and matching genders, without leading to any hitch in its animation.

So, I suggest that the "gender" attribute simply be taken out of the game. Make all characters, as well as all equipment, hairstyles, and faces, "gender neutral". Allow the users customize their characters in any way they see fit. If a user wants to make a feminine-looking personality, they could. If they want a masculine-looking one, they could. And if they need a personality using a buzzcut and a dress, they could do this also. This may also allow any two characters to get married or discuss a couple ring/shirt/chair/etc..

As for the gender-restricted clases: Mihile has no better reason to be gender-locked than Phantom, actually. Zero is both genders anyway. Its beginning story can continue to be about a boy and a woman, but once that is done, let the players groom them as they please.

Angelic Buster's story quests might appear to "require" that it be feminine (and its altered form be extra feminine), but right now AB players have been permitted to customize their character and make it seem quite a little more "butch" than the story implies. The story can continue to be about a magic woman, while giving the players even more customization liberty.

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By Cszcy
Added May 15

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