OKAY. I have a DAY OFF. So today I may actually go around and catch up on all the awesome outfits posted lately by the creative, talented people in my blogroll. I’m excited!
I’m also excited to make a little change in the personal kin I run for my own cosmetic storage use. If you see a kin member running around Landroval with “Landroval Style” as a kin tag — that’s me! Feel free to run up to me, tell me about your outfit, ask to be on the blog, or just say hi!
I’m also woefully late in submitting an article to the fantastic group blog I Rez Therefore I Am, and after thinking and thinking (and blanking and blanking) about what to write, I realized I want a few more perspectives before I start talking about cosmetic pixel-clothing and identity. So, if you good people don’t mind, here’s where you can help me out.
Answer me this: Why do you care about cosmetic clothing?
I know, that’s waaay open-ended, and it’s meant to be. Here’s my answer.
I care because in a virtual world, without body language, without the context of the “real,” without the details of voice and smile and attitude, visuals are what we get. Emotes and says and how a player conducts herself while questing, rp’ing, and pvmp’ing — those all matter. But in the end, when someone sees a character from across a crowded Pony square or in the Stangard mead hall or on a flet in Caras Galadhon, the visual is the message. It’s a character’s outward expression of identity.
Also, I like the pretty. And those two reasons can exist side-by-side without a speck of conflict.
But how about you?