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# 40
07-29-2013, 12:57 PM
Originally Posted by miri2 View Post
So, one thing those dozens of uniform options have in common is that they are variations on Starfleet uniforms. Yes, the game allows players a wide variety of uniforms to choose from so that players have an easier time making their character look like an individual. Yes, this is, in fact, the opposite intention of a uniform, but this is a concession to gameplay.
The "mercenary" and formal dress costumes, yes, are off-duty wear. But they're all a far cry from swimwear.

Ultimately, it comes down to this: If you're in a navy, and your superior officer sends you a message while you're off-duty on shore saying "get to my station now," you might be excused if you rushed to his station wearing your civies to save some time.
He'd probably throw a fit, though, if you rushed into his office wearing a speedo and swim goggles.*
I think the same principle can be seen to apply here.

* Assuming, as Star Trek seems to, a society operating more or less within the parameters of "Western" Earther values.
Miri2 makes a good point.

Yeah theres nothing wrong with having swimwear in game, but that's not the issue the problem comes in with thinking that they are suited for or appropriate for military applications, this is not: The Federations Next Top model, or: Dancing With The Starfleet Captains.

If you look at it from a military perspective, if you showed up to basic training in swimwear and refused to put on the uniform of whatever country you support you would be kicked out the same day. And if you went out into battle today in swimwear sure you might look cool, but you'd be coming back home in smaller pieces without a pulse.