A big thing these days is customizing your character. For example, Oblivion had a very extensive system for creating your character’s face.

Of course, the idea is to make your in-game “avatar” more as you envision it to be, thus personalizing it. And this is also true of more “casual” games as well: people spend real money for virtual items of all kinds to deck out their characters.

This customization feature is obviously important to a lot of people. For me, it’s not so much of a big deal. I can pretty much go with a fixed graphic, although naturally I hope it looks decent.

For instance, the portraits in the original Neverwinter Nights didn’t exactly thrill me. I ended up using the same few over and over again. Yes, I know there were other portraits created by modders that were better. The point is, the originals ought to have been better in the first place.

Otherwise, though, “personalizing your avatar” isn’t that important to me. I don’t need anything special for my characters. In fact, I found the whole “create a face” thing in Oblivion rather a bore, though I liked the result. The game itself is far more important than superficialities.

What about you? Do you look for this feature in games? Does it add to the feeling that “your character is you”? Or is it unimportant to you, as well?