Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
Bricknave

Regarding Gender and a Bionicle MMORPG

Recommended Posts

If there were to ever be a Bionicle MMORPG of some kind, would the monogenderness of the Elements (except Light) be an issue? As in, would it have to be retconned?

 

Let's say a Bionicle MMORPG rolls out, and gamers unfamiliar with Bionicle try it out. They reach the character creation stage. They see that as either a Toa or a Matoran, every Element only consists of the male gender except for four. Of those four, only one Element gives you the option to play as either a male or a female (Light).  Many gamers wouldn't mind this, but several will think this is nonsensical. They want to be able to play as a female Toa of Fire or a male Ga-Matoran. They are used to maximum character creation possibilites.

 

This wouldn't be an issue if only Glatorian and Agori are playable. However, the elemental powers of the Toa and the masks they use is kind of the core of Bionicle.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If there were to ever be a Bionicle MMORPG of some kind, would the monogenderness of the Elements (except Light) be an issue? As in, would it have to be retconned?

 

Let's say a Bionicle MMORPG rolls out, and gamers unfamiliar with Bionicle try it out. They reach the character creation stage. They see that as either a Toa or a Matoran, every Element only consists of the male gender except for four. Of those four, only one Element gives you the option to play as either a male or a female (Light).  Many gamers wouldn't mind this, but several will think this is nonsensical. They want to be able to play as a female Toa of Fire or a male Ga-Matoran. They are used to maximum character creation possibilites.

 

This wouldn't be an issue if only Glatorian and Agori are playable. However, the elemental powers of the Toa and the masks they use is kind of the core of Bionicle.

The gender restrictions would indeed likely be an issue in an MMO (as if it weren't enough of one already). Hoping for those restrictions to be eliminated (in the event of a continuation) or retconned (in the event of a reboot). Of oourse, I doubt a Bionicle MMO is likely to ever happen even if the theme DOES come back, since the MMO genre is somewhat past its peak, and making one that is profitable or just breaks even is a monumental task.


Formerly Lyichir: Rachira of Influence

Aanchir's and Meiko's brother

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

While not really MMOs, we do have a a text-based RPG forum on BZPower, and over there we deal with exactly the same issue. Here's how:

 

The gender to element laws get thrown out the window.

 

Always. That's not to say that we don't get a majority of toa of fire being male and a majority of water toa being female (because we do) but the freedom to break those rules has been there in both the main BZPRPG and every successful contest RPG I have seen.

  • Upvote 1

ppg2.png

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You know of an easy way of solve this gender problem in all Bionicle media, including the storyline ? Just retcon the whole thing. Keep the genders of the characters that we're already familiarized, and allow both genders to exist in every element. It shouldn't be too hard.

  • Upvote 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Enjoyment of the Game comes before Plot-Accuracy. Sometimes you have to make changes to make it work. As long as you don't go too far and turn it into Bionicle Heroes.

  • Like 1

xoTlRfR.png


Banner by jed1ndy


 


"Master of Shadows and Game-running Compliants, Ǝɹsɐʇz Ԁᴉɹɐʞɐ ᴉu qlɐɔʞ' No˙ 999, Vezon of the Twighlight"

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Exceptions to the whole gender restriction thing did exist, and if an MMO existed, or if Bionicle relaunched, hopefully the exceptions become more commonplace, maybe to the point where instead of (for example,)

 

"1 male for every 1000 females"

 

It would be down played as

 

"Generally more females than males"

 

Retcon to remove the whole thing would be welcome, and could be reconciled with the lack of female characters as "generally higher male population than female" for those who cannot accept retcons as a compromise.

Edited by Norik Of Celtania

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...