World of Warcraft’s Feast of Winter Veil has been underway for awhile now, and with it comes new quests, achievements, recipes, and outfits to try to obtain. One of these achievements in particular is called ‘Tis the Season, in which you have to eat fruitcake while wearing 3 pieces of holiday clothing. This is easier said than done, however, as the Winter Hat requires you to kill dungeon bosses and hope to win the roll against your other dungeonmates. I was lucky last night as I won it in the new Blackrock Caverns instance (on my first run even). When going to put on the full outfit, I noticed that it was a little, well, revealing. I happened to notice a male character standing close to me who was wearing the same outfit. I couldn’t help but notice the glaring difference between these two outfits.
As you can see, the outfit is a full Santa suit (except the beard) on the male Blood Elf, and the same exact outfit on the female Blood Elf is more “Santa Baby” than anything else. The pants become one of the shortest skirts in existence, and the long sleeved shirt becomes a cleavage and waist exposing mini-shirt. We’ve talked about this in the past on The Border House; WoW has not been shy in the past about modeling outfits completely different depending on the gender of the character in order to reveal more skin on the women.
It pissed me off more than a little bit that I couldn’t dress up my character as Santa, even while wearing the same exact outfit as the men. She looks like she’s going to a naughty Christmas party. I’m certainly not going to run around the world wearing this outfit. We see this on Halloween (naughty nurses, maids, etc.), Easter (bunny ears and tails on lingerie), and pretty much any holiday where people can dress up. The outfits for men are usually funny or made to show how ‘strong and manly’ the guy is, and the costumes for women are tiny, ‘sexy’, and pander to men’s fantasies.
Alas, I put the outfit on for 5 seconds to get the achievement and it will go in my character’s bank. Perhaps if I’m invited to a raunchy holiday party at the inn in Goldshire I’ll pull it back out.