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Dear ESO....Horse's ears don't work like that....

MissAethe
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I didn't know where else to put this, but there's been something about the horse's ears in ESO that have driven me CRAZY since I started playing this game.

For some reason, whoever designed the horses in ESO made their ears flex backwards in the middle in a super "This Is Not How This Works" way when you start to move your horse at any speed faster than a walk. Static-ear horses don't do this (Dwarven War Horse for example), but literally ALL of the non-static ears do. Horse's ears are SUPPOSED to swivel to lay back flat, similar to a dog or a cat, they don't weirdly flex in the middle and bend backwards at the tip. It's so jarring as someone who owns horses IRL to see this weird deformity being the standard horse ear movement in the game. If I wasn't on Xbox, I would post a screen to show what I mean but I can't angle myself while running well enough to get the picture.

I checked to see if anyone had commented on this anywhere and through the forum search, it hasn't been mentioned to my knowledge. I know a lot of people don't know anything about horses to spot a detail like that, and that's perfectly fine! But it's so frustratingly bad for me that I can't unsee it, and can't use a non-static eared horse without being unable to look at literally anything else except it's weird ear deformity.
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  • InaMoonlight
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    I agree, but I was weak and too lazy to start droning on that on top of the other things I whine about. But yeah! Excellently explained. May you get heard by ZoS! <3

    Edit: I love horses RL, but ingame I never ride one, they feel all wrong in movement and bumpy in ride (compared to the others) A horse doesnt land as harsh as the game makes it feel on any downtread, jump maybe, but a regular run/gallop, nuuuh, no one would have a tailbone! :D
    Edited by InaMoonlight on November 22, 2020 4:30PM
    Edit = Typos ... as usual. <;D
  • redspecter23
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    Linaleah wrote: »
    "The horse has odd ears!"

    Meanwhile...

    Riding insects
    Destroying gods... multiple times
    Summoning an actual supernova to use against your foes... for a mere potion of their life
    Don't mind if I take that 200'th heavy plate to hold on to
    2 foot high impassable rocky "mountain"
    my sword is on fire, not regular fire mind you, but colored funky fire
    1up's in gem form

    I guess it's all about perspective.

    but all these other things are entirely fictional and have no real life equivalent. while horses in game supposedly represent horses as they are in real life (at least basic horses, not the magical constructs) that's why its so jarring. (well that and this game does show serious attention to detail in many places, so when it doesn't - it becomes more noticeable)

    Look at it this way. These are not Earth horses. They are Nirn horses. Just as humans don't have elf ears and mer exist on Nirn. These horses have features specific to Nirn. Once you start saying "these ears aren't right" you have to "fix" the elf ears, bosmer horns and Orc tusks as actual human beings generally don't have those things.
  • resdayn00
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    Faiza wrote: »
    Wait until you meet the talking dog lol

    You've won this thread
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  • Aiphaton
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    I always wonder why people demand such fixes - gamebreaking fixes nahh
    Dw next Patchnotes "We fixed Horseears"


  • Faiza
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    Linaleah wrote: »
    Linaleah wrote: »
    "The horse has odd ears!"

    Meanwhile...

    Riding insects
    Destroying gods... multiple times
    Summoning an actual supernova to use against your foes... for a mere potion of their life
    Don't mind if I take that 200'th heavy plate to hold on to
    2 foot high impassable rocky "mountain"
    my sword is on fire, not regular fire mind you, but colored funky fire
    1up's in gem form

    I guess it's all about perspective.

    but all these other things are entirely fictional and have no real life equivalent. while horses in game supposedly represent horses as they are in real life (at least basic horses, not the magical constructs) that's why its so jarring. (well that and this game does show serious attention to detail in many places, so when it doesn't - it becomes more noticeable)

    Look at it this way. These are not Earth horses. They are Nirn horses. Just as humans don't have elf ears and mer exist on Nirn. These horses have features specific to Nirn. Once you start saying "these ears aren't right" you have to "fix" the elf ears, bosmer horns and Orc tusks as actual human beings generally don't have those things.

    again orcs and elfs do not have the RL equivalent, so their ears and tusks and horns and eyes can be whatever. horses however are STILL very much RL equivalent. the better comparison would be issues with how Bretons and Nord and Redguard look and move, compared to RL humans because they ARE the equivalent of RL humans.

    Bretons are elves too lol
  • Vevvev
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    Faiza wrote: »

    Bretons are elves too lol

    Not fully as they are more human than elf now after many generations, but you are right in a way as they have their magical aptitude and pointy ears the other races of men don't have.

    I do agree with OP though that horses have always felt a bit odd in this game. At least our mounts don't instantly stop when you take your finger off the movement key. Some games do that and its even worse! :#
    Edited by Vevvev on November 22, 2020 7:44PM
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  • preevious
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    This is an oddly specific thing to be annoyed about, but if you really love horses, I can understand.

    I suggest you ride a senche instead, then?
  • Ratzkifal
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    Didn't horses in ESO have leg deformities too? I remember seeing a thread like that...
    This Bosmer was tortured to death. There is nothing left to be done.
  • Sylvermynx
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    As a matter of fact, my long-time large animal vet (who is a personal friend and shirttail relative as well) decided to try ESO a while back. He couldn't do it because the animals were so wrong.

    I referred him to Skyrim with AlienSlof's mods.... He's much happier.
  • Starlight_Whisper
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    vestahls wrote: »
    Remember the Making Of for Oblivion? The lady who did the horses really worked to make the physics of them look real, she seemed to put so much heart into it.
    Bring back that lady to fix ESO's horses. Devs should care about the stuff they add to the game.

    ^ like this...come on and at least fix it with new models of horses
  • XxCaLxX
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    You ever consider that horses of Nirn have different ears than the Earth horses that we're use to?
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