Since the dawn of the genre, MMOs have allowed players to “snoop” each other and check out what their fellow players were wearing and carrying. In fact, “inspecting” was actually considered rude in the early days of classic EverQuest, prompting hasty apologies if someone did it on accident. But of course, some people did it on purpose anyway, and in many modern MMOs, it’s perfectly acceptable and even encouraged. But it doesn’t matter who you are or where your toon is: If you play an MMO, someone out there is judging whatever your character is wearing, no matter how awesome you think you look.
I have to admit that I will snap screenshots of MMO players in cool outfits to see if I can duplicate them later. I also happily gape at and snap screenshots of fashion nightmares. I will not mock you (hey, maybe it’s a little kid or something!), but I might be silently wondering what exactly happened between you and your video game closet that day.
Do you judge what people wear in video games? Do you snoop them to find out, or just slide your camera over stealthily? Are you the fashion police in your MMO of choice?