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Tourist Trophy provides surprising origins for "dress"

Sony's admittedly-lackluster TGS keynote provided little on the newly announced "dress" expansion for the now-delayed Home service. While the name doesn't lend itself to a very masculine image, it actually comes from a very surprising place. According to IGN, PS2 racer Tourist Trophy sparked the origins of the project: "The product came about from Tourist Trophy's riding wear coordination system, where players could dress their virtual biker counterparts in branded riding gear."

"dress" will take advantage of a unique avatar system that operates separately from the regular Home interface. Sony will be working with real-world fashion brands to provide your virtual avatar access to the latest fashions in Dress Town, which is supposed to recreate the feel of buying clothes in a real-world store (yay?). Of course, should your creative spark hit, you can create your own designs through Dress Studio.

It's not something that will grab the attention of the hardcore gamer. However, it appears that Sony's also attempting to widen its appeal to a typically non-gaming audience through this Home expansion. Maybe we'll see some other ideas hit Home in the future -- for example, a "Predator" mod that turns Home into a massive PvP battlefield?

[Thanks, Kspraydad!]

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1. As an aside, I love that game.

Posted at 4:44PM on Sep 27th 2007 by JKPierce

2. Wait, so if its a unique avatar system separate from the Home interface, how is it a part of home. Will clothing content cross over? I'm confused on the wording.

Posted at 5:11PM on Sep 27th 2007 by Brandon

3. So, when you say "predator" do you mean the hunter/alien with the invisible camo?

Posted at 6:52PM on Sep 27th 2007 by komrad

4. As an aside, I would love to kill all of you in the future Home "Predator" PvP expansion.

Posted at 7:01PM on Sep 27th 2007 by Nick

5. I don't know if this was done on purpose but maybe they chose dress in order to attract female gamers.

I also doubt the name will be a big deal as long as it's successful. The Wii is a perfect example of what appears to be an awful title for anything and it's blowing up.

One can only hope that the mystery gate -- complete with escalators -- in the Home beta is either the future Dress Town Mall or maybe a new PSN Store turned into a mall. Either way Home is getting more and more interesting and, I believe, will be a big reason people will want to at least find out what's going on inside that shiny black box.

Posted at 9:25PM on Sep 27th 2007 by MRBlue

6. I am so all over this. Sad. But I am.

Posted at 12:12AM on Sep 28th 2007 by John

7. I just now realized, I think I know what this separation means. (and that I have no idea what I was talking about when I posted the above comment)

I think it means, we have to enter a separate dress room with a credit account reader so that we can where Adidas or Reebok in the game?

No, that doesn't make sense, they wouldn't charge us to wear their clothes in a videogame.

It's just for those who want to get team colors, as it were, some people playing, say... grampa, will just choose the usual. But the reason they have to have separate stores for the "sponsors" is that it could be overwhelming to the average user, if they have to pick among all these stores for all this stuff to wear.

Also, keep in mind, this is Sony planning futures again, they're saying, sure, right now we've got 5 companies who want to represent. Say they've given them 5 pieces of clothing, each. That's only an additional 25 to the avatar's "choose your clothes" theme. And even that might be too much, if you already have 50 generic to choose from. But Sony sees that in the future, there will be two things which could increase, either the amount of clothing offered by a particular retailer (say the Nike stuff goes up to 50 pieces... how you gonna integrate that with the generic stuff, and the stuff from the other companies? You can't do it efficiently in one interface... if people don't want it, don't offer it, it's confusing. But if they do...) or the amount of retailers offering clothing, and if we know anything about advertising we know that both of these will increase.

So Sony just made a separate store for each entity-- there's the "home" store, where you get your generic clothes, then there's Nike, Adidas, DC, etc. Adventuring players (or maybe even grampa) will sachet into these stores, either casually or with intent, and then they can expand their wardrobe in a very specific way, targeting companies that they feel supportive of.

In the beginning, it will all be the big names, a small few of whom I've mentioned above, but I would like Sony to make available an application whereby any company (say a 'green-friendly t-shirt company, or something) can be represented, so that players can choose their icons and representation holistically.

That is, I'm Leftist/Liberal/Progressive, so I would rather choose a shirt with Amy Goodman on it than a shirt branded with a company that makes it's profits to a few rich shareholders by means of slave labor in another country.

Posted at 11:12PM on Oct 2nd 2007 by John

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