Why do so many blow a gasket about how avatars dress online?
Kanto says in IM,
“SL is a visual environment. For me, my rp is immersive, I am IC when in the sim and it is distracting to see someone come in who is not properly dressed.”
Folks are very ego-centric in SL. They get to appease all their wishes. They can be slim, muscled, full-breasted, beautiful, handsome and so on.
I think people get a bit too attached to their avatar, their style, and think they look good so when a comment is made about how they are dressed it can sometimes hit us in the vanity area and we can get defensive.
At the same time, I am also rather open to granted some leeway. I am not going to not RP with someone because they have a hat on or a cig hanging from their lips. It is a minor thing in the grand scheme of things in GE.
I dress fairly GE if you look at how I have dressed my avatar over time , but being a female panther I can get away with it in many respects. Less face it if I strictly blogged BTB and not GE it would be serious yawnville for me as some of my attire really pushes the limits….think steampunk micro skirts , stockings, brassiere and furry boots 😉
With that being said I can see both viewpoints. We are trying to be a full immersion virtual world from sim design to the attire of the members, so asking them to dress the part isn’t unreasonable. But conversely, being the SL shop-a-holic that I am, I put a hell of a lot of work into creating my avatar looks and I want to show her off at times. So I can see those in the GE sims who really try and excel at avatar creation being told “No” feeling a bit put off.
Is it fair to let some GE players sidestep the dress code simply because they are pretty to look at? I think it would be tough to use that as a gauge and a bit subjective too.