Archive for October 11th, 2008

3D Custom Girl, version Ivey.

I've picked up 3D Custom Girl from somewhere (don't ask me where, I really haven't a clue; that DVD had been sitting forgotten in my collection for who knows how long), and on a whim, I decided to install it to see what it's like.

The basic idea is that you get to dress up a faux-3D anime-style girl (with limited variation in body shape, sadly) in various clothes, starting from a base of no clothes at all. After you're done (or if you want to just jump straight into it, I suppose), you can boink her. Supposedly the main appeal here is the cosplay boinking, although I have my suspicions about that.

This is because I have yet to even really explore the boinking parts of the game, apart from clicking on the icons and going "oh, so that's what those are", and then ignoring them for more important decisions: loose or ponytail?

To me, this isn't so much a game as a dress-up doll simulator. The idea of "so after you're done, you can boink her" feels somehow tacky, like the embarrassing end of a quest that everyone would rather not talk about. But I started at nine pm trying to decide what hairstyle to give the girl, and when I looked up again it was four in the morning, and I hadn't even finished with the costume yet.

I don't even care much about fashion in Real Life, with a closet full of near-identical plain black or dark blue shirts. And my sister's Barbie dolls held no fascination for me, mainly because the possibilities inherent in Lego blocks seemed so much more boundless.

But set me in front of something like 3D Custom Girl and give me a wide enough (and anime-esque enough) selection of impossibly cool clothes to create anything I like, and I will spend hours happily trying to replicate various original characters of mine. (The title image is the closest I can get to my Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS Original Character Ivey de Lorien. Still needs tweaking.) All the (allegedly) erotic squeaks and yelps when you (accidentally) click on any part of the model's body just seem like a distraction: "stop twitching, girl! I'm trying to design here!"

Tangentially, this is a large part of why I'm still playing City of Heroes/Villains. It still surprises me that over four years after the game has come out, character creation in most other MMORPGs still seems so limited.

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