Eve is a dystopian future where humanity has lost and regained technology and space flight It is a uuniverse full of war and destruction. From clone technology aided immortals in the skies and on the ground to crazed psychopaths riding in on their magic wormholes to invade space systems it is a dark, grim world.
But darkness does not have to also mean a lack of color. Eve is not a monochromatic world. From the luscious greens and yellows of Gallente Space, to the sparkling blue vistas of the Cladari to the sepia red tinge of Minmatar space, Eve is a bright hued world.
At the summer Summit we may have shocked the art team by announcing that we'd like some brighter colors and hats. "Hats?" "Yes. Hats." White and orange where two of the major color schemes we had been requested to request. While that brings horrors of games such as Rift where obnoxious hats have become part of the game's reputation I believe that it can be done gracefully.
Clothing in Eve is a very excitable topic. It is more popular then people expect it to be. During the summer there was a push to get dresses without pants for Avatars. Before, all dresses where very short and pants had to be worn. CCP listened and dresses where added and bare thighs where soon seen in the Avatar full profile image.
In a game where we only see our avatar's when we choose to enter our captain's quarter one might think that avatar looks where unimportant. That would be a very incorrect statement. From complex profile images to large wardrobes, tattoos, piercings, and subtle changes to hair and makeup many of us sculpt our avatars.
Some of us press 'random' but not all of us. I'm not one to spend ISK on clothing but I have spent a lot of time playing with the default options. I've tweaked facial expressions and each of my character's has their personality expressed in their portraits.
And that is just for me. The question that often comes up is that no one can see all of the work and effort. No one else really get's anything out of it so why does it matter? It matters for the individual player. Some people are sculpting their character's for other's view but they are also expressing other things about them. They are showing off cybernetic arms. They are rocking monocles for the ultimate in smugness.
And that is why things like clothing color matters. I, for instance, love the color blue. I absolutely love the color blue. I'd probably pay ISK for blue things. They make me happy. I do not care about how other's feel. My avatar, my ships, the boots that Sugar wears are all selected to make me happy.
More color options can be added without turning Eve into a cartoon world. A light blue t-shirt that is more pastel than matte is not a ridiculous option. We can add options and choice to the game without wandering into the absurd. We can be tasteful yet varied. Colorful yet classy. And we can walk barefoot through our captain's quarter without a hookers walk.
January is around the corner and clothing will again be on the table. Corbexx has already started the assault with a Clothing focused Soundboard for Monday. Spaceships are serious business and so is fashion.
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