Top Item Mall Costumes in MMOs
Halloween is coming, and even Iron Realms games are celebrating in their own ways. For instance, characters in Achaea are enjoying Mayaween, a popular knockoff of the real holiday. A special item mall sells edible treats, holiday-themed decorations, and costumes. In the past week I’ve seen top player costumes as simple as a single pair of fangs, to elaborate ensembles based on a player's favourite NPC. A surprising number of players are just as jovial about dressing up for the real life event!
Wear a Costume, Play Video Games for Life
Wearing costumes goes beyond the obvious holiday usage and masquerade parties, though. In 2005, Gears of War animator Chris Bartlett applied for a job with Epic Games. When the receptionist told him they had over 200 resumes of artists to go through, he didn’t settle for the, “don’t call us, we’ll call you” response. He dressed as Storm Trooper TK409 and marched into the office building, portfolio in hand. Fate landed him in the path of the CEO and a few other top executives as they headed into a meeting with the entire company. He not only handed over his portfolio, but he was also the talk of the meeting. Best of all, he got his prized job in the video game industry!
Just a couple of weeks ago, costume company BuySeasons dressed 425 people in costumes depicting video game characters. The reason behind it had nothing to do with Halloween, but everything to do with breaking a world record. 376 video game convention-goers in London held the previous record. Busyseasons President and CEO Daniel Haight said, “Our team works tirelessly to ship millions of Halloween costumes to our customers, but today the celebration was all about them!”
While these incidents are pretty neat, as a parent my favorite costume-wearing person is Dale Price, from Salt Lake City, Utah. On his son’s first day of his sophomore year of high school, Dale thought it would be fun to embarrass him by waving to the bus as it pulled away that morning. After hearing the lad complaining about it to his mom that evening, Dale kicked it up a notch. The next morning, and each morning afterwards on the entire 180-day school calendar, the creative father waved goodbye to his son each morning -- in costume. I’m not sure if my favorite was Donkey Kong or Princess Leia.
Regardless of whether a video game costume is for you or your character, creativity matters. While interviewing people for this article the most amusing costume mentioned was a rabid opossum. A player created custom-tailored clothes from opossum fur and an opossum mask for a costume contest in an Iron Realms game. When their turn came, they had a friend plague them with epilepsy, the affliction causing them to foam at the mouth and shake. After the person displayed the affliction for me, I could only imagine how fun it was for those who were able to see the costume firsthand.
What’s the most creative fantasy costume you’ve ever seen in an online game? Do you still take the opportunity to dress up and celebrate Halloween? Answers to these questions and your comments are both welcome in the space below!
Author: Sid Jennings