When I saw my first orc in an MMO I thought, well, this isn't right. You see, I learned about orcs at the tender age of 12 through 1st Edition Dungeons and Dragons. Orcs were pig men. Simple as.
an EverQuest2 orc and a World of Warcraft orc. The WoW orc looks incredibly cartoonish but that is the style of that game. The EQ2 orc I prefer a bit more as they aren't neon green . To be fair the WoW orcs were corrupted, which explains their bright green colouring. EQ2 orcs are more of a brown/grey colour which is how I imagine orcs to be. If they were real. Clearly. While they both have tusks they lack proper snouts and pig ears.
Then there is the ridiculousness that is the Vanguard Saga of Hereos orc.
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Far too human. I am not sure what the developers were thinking here. Possibly they were thinking if we paint them green, throw some tribal looking markings on them and call them orcs no one will be the wiser. I am not fooled Vanguard.
I am not a huge Lord of the Rings fan. I have read The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings and watched the films and found them all entertaining but I am certainly not a LOTR geek. That being what it is, I am fairly meh about LOTRO orcs. Tolkien, I believe, took the word from Old English. It means demon. So I suppose LOTRO orcs do look a bit demonish.
The most amusing orcs are Warhammer orcs. I really like them. They have such personality. They almost have pig like features. I see the possibility of a snout, definite tusks and nearly little piggy ears. They could do with being a bit less green.
The first time I saw orcs kicking a snotling I had to laugh even though I felt bad for the poor little snotling.