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Fashion according to PlayStation

Fashion according to PlayStation

Gamers aren’t traditionally know for their good dress sense and, to be honest, that’s entirely fair. Generally, we have no idea of what the latest clothing trends are or how to co-ordinate our wardrobe, whatever that means. Maybe games themselves are teaching us all the wrong lessons. We investigated…

Final Fantasy

The most important thing to remember when trying to be fashionable in Final Fantasy is that under no circumstances should your outfit be symmetrical. If you have a big shoulder pad on one side, don’t even have a sleeve on the other and trouser legs should preferably not match. Of course, ladies shouldn’t even have trouser legs given the importance of wearing shorts or a short skirt. Also, remember that in some cases your outfit will be the source of your special powers.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The fashion-conscious amongst us were disappointed to see our fashion options curtailed somewhat in Grand Theft Auto IV, especially considering the emphasis on social standing in the new Liberty City. And GTA teaches us that your clothes affect your social standing. While Nico essentially has a choice between shabby workwear and boring suits, his predecessor CJ had a wealth of clothing, hair and tattoo options, which suggests that African-Americans are more fashionable than Slavs.

Saints Row 2

Fashion in gang culture isn’t just about looking good, it’s about identifying yourself as part of the right gang. As Ice-T once rapped, “Wear the wrong colour, your life could end.” This is why wearing purple, the Saints’ colour, earns you extra respect points in Saints Row 2. That said, Saints Row 2 also taught us that so long as you’re packing enough firepower, people will even respect you wearing lime green hotpants and a set of deely boppers.

Fade To Black

The Ben Sherman shirt look is the number one safe option for the fashion conscious British gentleman. You don’t see a lot of this in games, but games do have their own timeless safe option. Yes, we’re talking about the blue jeans, white T-shirt, brown jacket outfit best personified by Fade To Black’s Conrad Hart, but also sported by countless other generic ‘man at C&A’ action heroes.

Soul Calibur IV

In many games, your choice of clothes is not simply aesthetic. It can have a profound effect on your stats and skills. This is especially common in RPGs, but one game that took the idea really far was actually not an RPG, but a beat-‘em-up. Dress your custom character to look cool and you’ll no doubt discover he or she is piss-weak, imbalanced and can’t afford any decent bonus skills. Go for the dinosaur head and pink tutu combo however, and you’ll be unstoppable.

Fashion Statements…


Why are games like Prototype and Assassin’s Creed so popular? Is it because their free-roaming stealth-action is so much fun? No it can’t be, it’s not. So it must be that the youth of today identify with their hoodie-clad anti-heroes. Alex Mercer and Altair are both banned from shopping centres.

Women in uniform

If games, particularly Japanese ones, are to be believed then the purpose of wearing a uniform is not to identify yourself as part of an institution and to represent that institution as smartly as possible, it’s to look really fit and show as much cleavage as you can without bursting out completely.

Less is more

Ladies! No matter how rough a situation is going to get, this is no reason not to dress to impress. If in doubt, wear less. If you must cover up, cover up in something so extraordinarily tight that the joins in your polygons show. It’s better to be killed in a push-up bra than escape in a sports one.

Designer labels

Ask any fashion victim and they will tell you that the point of spending more money on clothes is to get clothes that are better quality and look better. This is what people that buy Sackboy costumes and people that thought the Street Fighter IV costumes were good value say too.

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