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 No.21462

Reason: anticipation frames
Neglecting the fact that frame 1 attacks exist anticipation frames are important in pvp games because it gives players a chance to understand how their oppenent is about to behave in any given scenario so that they can understand how to react ie
If my opponent is doing a heavy attack like in for honour I back the fuck off because I can’t block without expecting serious damage
Or
My opponent is trying to recovery in a game like smash better attack before they enter their action frame and lose the opportunity to edge guard

What skins do is make these anticipation frames harder to read because multiple frames can exist per player and unless your in a game where the VFX surrounding a specific move are always the same for a specific entity(which is rare and destroys the point of skins) now your in a situation where it can almost become impossible to predict your opponent and hence skins end up hampering on gameplay

 No.21463

That's also the reason why I prefer symmetric character designs in fighting games. Originally it was to cut costs (drawing and data storage), but it also makes learning anticipation easier and that's why some of the polygonal games also do it (e. g. Street Fighter IV).

Skins can also be bad in shooters because of adding all sorts of noise to the actual collision geometry and different colors have different advantages. In Quake III all characters have the same simple collision box, but very different shapes (there is an eyething with legs that is rather small). Quake III also had the solution though: you can just set on your side to see the same model on everyone.

All fighting games should offer the same option. At least the online mode should allow the individual player to always see the default costume (winning screens excepted). For offline matches you need a house rule for default costumes. (It could also be directly integrated into the interface of the fighter select screen that the other player has to approve you choosing an alternative costume, but I think that would be kinda autistic. Just talk to the other person ffs.)


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