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Why Fashion in (Most) Games Sucks, and Why You Should Care

Victoria Tran (Community Developer and Project Manager, Kitfox Games)

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Topic: Advocacy

Format: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

Fashion in games is one of the most downplayed parts of the medium; just like in real life, clothing is an outward expression of one's personality. A game's choice of dress or even the ability to HAVE different outfits (and not just color swaps) is both a gamer's expression of themselves and a way to create more diverse and interesting environments. Character customization, after all, could be considered another form of dress up.

Offensive or lackluster fashion can be a representation of the troubling perspective that games have no space for "feminine" interests. Some have captured fashion well (think 'Splatoon' and 'Persona 5'), but much of game development has to catch up on this, like the infamous Quiet outfit from Metal Gear Solid V or the lackluster outfits from The Sims 3. The benefits to paying attention to style? Just think of the success of 'Overwatch' skins, as one example! This talk from Kitfox Games' Victoria Tran explores the recent history of fashion in games and provides multiple tips for success.

Takeaway

Attendees will gain an understanding game on the power of fashion and how it provide a sense of immersion, comfort and identity in their characters while simultaneously empowering gamers of all kinds.

Intended Audience

The audience is anyone who is interested in learning more about the impacts of fashion and clothing in their games and are at a cross road when it comes to its immersion, whether it be AAA or indie.