Do you have a 'minimalist' costume on your character with bright/garish powers?




Just curious, it seems like more and more people have been choosing the "railroad spikes in your eyes" type of colors for their powersets like Electric Control.



Originally Posted by Psychoti View Post
Just curious, it seems like more and more people have been choosing the "railroad spikes in your eyes" type of colors for their powersets like Electric Control.
I have peoples who both are subtle and obnoxious. It goes with the personality/background I have in my mind for that character.



Lately I've been running into a lot of Forcefield and Traps characters who take the big bubbles and assign it two horribly bright contrasting colors. I can't tell if they actually think it looks good, or if they're simply trying to make people sick. (One of the worst was bright purple and gold, at a level that rendered the shield basically opaque.) Or maybe they're trying to force people to acknowledge that they have their shields on and are actually doing something, but that seems a bit too subtle of a goal.

I'm not even sure how to deal with it. If I send them a polite tell pointing out that their shield is so bright that I can't even make out the ground through it, they either ignore me (or possibly /ignore me) or they react as though I just made a statement about some relationship between dead alligators and their mother. If I've actually joined a group with such a player, I've just been making an excuse and leaving after the first mission is done. I'm neither an awesome enough player nor a big enough drama queen to pull the "it's them or me" card. Besides, if the leader hasn't *already* kicked them for having a power colored to be a crime against eyesight, I don't think they'd pick me anyway.

For me, the toggle AoE shields are the worst because they're on all the time, but I've seen a few other sets where I'm pretty sure the intent is to irritate people. Like a Fire blaster or corruptor who'd taken the time to set every single fire power with bright colors, and who had apparently gone to some effort to make sure that not a single one of them had matching colors.



One man's garish colors is another pretty sparkles. No one is the final arbiter of taste.

I usually have a range of costume options that give me a choice of colors for the bubbles, etc., so that if a team member asks nicely, I can accommodate them.



I try and avoid garish colours because I think if I was on the team with them, would I be happy with it being activated around me?

For example, on a melee char do I really want to see bright blue transfusion or the default for the rad heal or blisteringly white for fireball? No because I couldn't see what I was supposed to be killing.

I have a fire corr which has fire effects which follow the colour changes for the heat of real fires. But I use dark rather than bright on most of them. The only time I use bright options is for a nuke. "Yes I've nuked, now I don't have any endurance/toggles, someone please save me."

Admittedly, I do have a major issue with the thermal/fire shields; I do wish the little balls would turn off with /suppressclosefx. Similarly with Quills. If I'm trying to suppress the power effects, I'd like to kill ALL of them. I do recall confusing the life out of a team mate when I first started playing by asking them not to put the shields with the little balls on me because I found them really distracting. They must have thought I was nuts but were kind enough not to start a "U R NUB" argument. (Thank you.)

The only garish power I ever have - and I confess that this is totally deliberate - is SB. I make a point of making it revolting on any char that has it. You beg for SB and you are begging to be disgustingly coloured; if only briefly. Petty, yes I know, but one of my kins got from 37 to 50 on ITFs while level-pacted and believe me it's payback time. They don't get out much if I can help it.

Have to agree about electric control, though. It seems really bright and lag-inducing.

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