I honestly don’t know what to make of the SOEmote technology, other than the gut feeling that (a) it would make me pretty uncomfortable to use it, (b) players will figure out six hundred ways to abuse it by hour two of it being in the game, (c) nobody really sees other characters’ faces, no matter what Georgeson says, and (d) it’s an extremely trivial project to spend resources on in the grand scheme of the game. Then again, it’s always good to experiment with new ideas and to throw the RPers a bone once in a while so they don’t gnaw off their legs in frustration, so we’ll see.
A couple quotes from the blogosphere:
“Indeed, if it had been announced two months ago, I don’t think any of us would be having any doubt that it’s just an April Fool’s joke gone awry on the part of SOE. Even the presenter, David Georgeson, is so incredibly enthusiastic that it’s verging on the sarcastic. I was half expecting him to turn and wink to the camera at the end.” ~ We Fly Spitfires
“SoE has the very worst history of innovation. They spit out ideas like the old woman at the back of the bus spitting sunflower husks into a paper cup and they pay about as much attention to them afterwards, too. The question’s not ‘should we have it?’ but ‘will you remember we’ve got it after you’ve given it to us?'” ~ Inventory Full