Lots of games have housing now, even Blizzard added their version of housing into the Warlords of Draenor expansion… but, WildStar has proven (again), that they’ve got the right idea with making housing/decorations free form, and not tied to ‘hooks’, ‘plugs’, or anything other than putting stuff where the player wants it.
A player on the US PvE Mega-Server Entity (Exiles faction of course, proving further that us Exiles are the awesome ones! :) ) has put together… Christmas Town! Of Course, her name is CindyLou Who (because.. what else would you expect?).
I tried to take some video walking around her plot, but.. it didn’t encode well, so you’ll have to settle for screenshots. Keep in mind, most of these decorations had to be built by combining other decorations (there isn’t, for example, a decorated Christmas tree already in game).
Yeah, that’s right… that’s a red nosed Rowsdower, hanging out near a certain overly jolly fellow’s sleigh…
One more picture:
As if that wasn’t enough.. CindyLou Who has also created hidden rooms inside Christmas Town, that you’ll need an exploring spirit to go find (no, I won’t tell you where they are, because.. I haven’t found them all yet either). From her original post over on the WildStar Forums, here’s the clues about the rooms:
Skills required for finding the hidden rooms at Christmas Town:
- A keen eye
- Christmas Spirit
- Affection for elves
- A mean dance move in times of old referred to as, “The Twist”
- Rock climbing
- An absence of the fear of heights
- The willingness to take leaps of faith
And, she also provides us a few additional spoilers/hints about the secret rooms in her post (go read it, she also has some additional screenshots of her hard work on her housing). If you want to go visit Christmas Town, I suggest using the AddOn “Kael’s Housing Tour” since it will let you just enter CindyLou Who’s name, and take you to her plot.
I think it’s great that there is this kind of creativity/flexibility allowed (encouraged) by WildStar’s housing system.. I can’t even change the wall decorations in my Warcraft Garrison, or the floorplan of my SWTOR stronghold.. Time for you other games to step up your housing!