The other week on the podcast, Bree and I were arguing over the importance of cosmetic looks — not just in how you present yourself, but also in how others see you. She said that it didn’t matter to others, since most people never take the time to really look at other characters, while I differed and said that I do this all of the time.
I’ll admit that not every player character gets the close eyeball treatment from me, but if I spot a figure sporting a dashing outfit, riding a weird mount, or otherwise being engaging, I’ll take the time to saunter up and inspect them at point-blank range. I even have been known to take screenshots of such characters for my creepy and nefarious purposes.
Do you actually check out other players, or are they so much background art in a game that’s really all about you? Alternatively, what makes you sit up and take notice of how another character looks?