That’s a good question. Does it bother you? I suppose I could censor them out from the images in the future if it bothers you. But people generally have genitalia and frankly I come from open northern European culture where we don’t make a big deal of such things and I hadn’t considered that it might offend someone to see occasional badly drawn low poly characters naked.
But if what you’re asking is “why do you even have genitalia on your game characters?” it’s just for the sake of completeness. For me it’s kind of like “hey, let’s remove noses from all of our characters in case someone is embarrassed by them” - in other words I feel it’s silly to remove such things from game characters.
But that’s just my personal opinion and I understand that people feel differently and come from different backgrounds. If I receive confirmation that it does in fact bother someone (and you’re not just asking because you’re curious about it) I will censor them out in the future or stop posting images of the player characters altogether.
But if what you’re asking is “why don’t the characters have clothes?” it’s because we haven’t gotten that far yet. We’ve had several unexpected setbacks with the player character. I think it’s finally done and we can continue animating (and clothing!) it. They will of course eventually have clothes and once they do we will definitely stop posting the naked models.
And we will add a setting through which both the client and the server can turn on/off nudity. Client side option is your personal preference which can prevent you from seeing any nudity anywhere you play. And the server side option can enforce a non-nudity policy across the server. I think that way everyone can get the gaming experience they like.
Also in addition to the above the characters will most likely spawn and respawn in their underwear by default - and if the server allows it you can then remove your clothes, if you like - because they are, you know, clothes and not glued on.
But it really was an interesting question from all the points of view.
I’d like to know more about your perspective on it and your cultural background and how non-sexual nudity is viewed where you come from.