Gamers want to stand out, they want be perceived as cool, quirky, and unique. This is the idea which serves as the main pillar for the free to play gaming industry. In these games you can achieve these qualities by purchasing micro transactions, which are cosmetics for your character, making you stand out, and show your individuality. Custom avatars can serve the same purpose, and can provide an additional edge over others by genuinely being one of a kind. Their perceived value increases with their uniqueness, therefore if they were made just for you, by an illustrator these can be priceless.
While doing our research, we noticed that there are barely any articles mentioning this topic, the ones we could find were suggesting to make avatars ourselves, with various online avatar generators. Browsing through these, left us with more confidence that there’s a need for high quality cartoon avatars, since these cheap generators produced awful avatars. Using one of these is ill advised, since you are associated with the qualities of your avatar and by getting one that just looks absolutely atrocious, you’ll end up being associated with negative qualities.
The next most obvious thing after avatar generators, would be using a picture of yourself. We think that wouldn’t be a good idea. Gaming can be frustrating, and can bring out the worst of you. This is because the competitive nature of some games can turn the environment toxic, and revealing your identity, with a picture of yourself is something we strongly advise against.
Another option is to use a picture of your character as your avatar, but that can lead to duplicates, which as we mentioned earlier is not the best idea. An alternative option is turning yourself into a video game character with the help of an artist. This way you can preserve your individuality, and represent the game, or character at the same time.