Ok, perhaps I'm wrong about this, but given what I've searched I've drawn to the conclusion that there is nothing across the net that really gives us much option for this, so I figured it must come from a lack there of something.
Wow, with it still using its 8 year old texture design in models and backdrops, compared to many other mmos really is starting to show its age in some areas. Sure, models like pandaren and later models and scenery does show the developers actually doing something.. but only with newer stuff.
How often do we see a new thread popping up asking 'where are the updates to vanilla models? When are they coming? why are the devs so slow with it?'
And then I begin to look into other games, ones a lot more modern, and to my surprise find people who have gone out of there way to design retextured models for characters in games. Skyrim is the best example of this, given how often I downloaded retextures of my characters to make them look nicer then the vanilla models in it.
Now I can understand for an mmo there had to be a limit to what kind of addons you allow. I mean there are nude mods for wow people have posted around. I'm not sure what blizzard stance is on players using such mods, but from what I've read, nobody but the player can see the retexturing of the character, so it wouldn't bother anyone else, so why should blizzard care?
But, this isn't about using a nude mod, rather its about how no matter where I've looked, I don't see mods that have attempted to update or improve the design of playable characters using modification to do it. Given how so many other games allow for this, I have to wonder, is this because blizzard disallows modification to character models by the player? And if it was something only the player could see, why then would it be an issue?
I just think, there are some smart players out there who are creative in redesigning textures and armor and clothing, I've seen enough of that on other rpgs and even other mmos. So why isn't this something used in wow, where given blizzards lack of developing the old models, it would be really appreciated.