MMO players are stripping down to their pants before engaging in battle against top-tier employers in an effort to gain a competitive edge.
One Blue Protocol player proudly tweeted a screenshot of four naked characters rushing their foe. According to their caption, which is matched by Automaton, “the god-tier video game Blue Protocol gets more steady FPS when you remove your character’s clothing, so hardcore gamers are going naked to do challenging fights.”
In my mind, you’d need a lot more frames to make up for the loss of gadgets, but Blue Protocol doesn’t have an armour system, so I could be wrong. Putting on a battle without clothes on isn’t a disadvantage because they’re purely decorative. On the other hand, with so much happening during the most impressive late-game raids in Blue Protocol, any improvement to your frame rate will certainly result in a significant boost to your in-game efficiency.
Evidence of this heightened efficiency indicates that groups of players are swarming Blue Protocol’s common spaces while wearing remarkably little clothing, giving the whole operation a faintly ‘nudist nest’ vibe.
The exact reason garments cause such a delay is unclear; even the person who tweeted about Blue Protocol’s latest fashion trend claims they joined in without realising what they were doing. While this is unusual, it is not unprecedented; in 2015, modders shaved the characters of Final Fantasy Origins: Stranger of Paradise to help improve the game’s framerate.
Players in some other top MMORPGs also sometimes strip down to their pants, though usually for quite different reasons.
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