Whether you call it “fashion wars” as in Guild Wars 2 or “space barbie” as in Star Trek Online or “dolly dress-up” as in Warframe, decking out your character in pretty gear is a big part of the fun of MMOs, right? We mock newbie “hobo” outfits, we vie competitively for the most particle-effect-laden armor, and we pay through the nose for cosmetic gear.
And yet, I know PvP players who take this idea to the opposite extreme, intentionally wearing trash armor just to add extra embarrassment for victims. I also knew a group of dudes who PvPed in hotpants, to say nothing of the ubiquitous “naked PKs” who used to gank miners (it wasn’t a fashion statement so much as a desire to lose as little as possible if the miner happened to fight back!).
Do you play MMOs for the fashion wars? What percentage of your MMO gametime is spent planning, acquiring, and donning your character’s outfits?