I am not generally a particularly snappy dresser. When I told my roommate I'd be wearing a shirt and tie to Video Games Live, he looked at me as if I was crazy. It wasn't like I was going to a funeral or a job interview, right? This was just a concert with video game music. He and the rest of my friends were planning on simply going in shorts and a t-shirt.
That just didn't sit well with me. Now don't get me wrong, on most days I dress for comfort over style. I like my jeans and a graphic tee as much as the next neckbearded slob. Yet we were going to a concert. Not the "everyone bang your head and throw the horns" type, either. A fancy symphony with a talented choir, everyone dressed up in suits within a fancy concert hall. This was a concert concert, and it deserved more respect than your average game convention or, y'know, any other night where some kind of pants are mandatory.
So I made a compromise and put on what I call the "back in black." It's really no different from what I usually wear, only everything is an article of black clothing. Jeans, shirt, even topped off with a black newsboy cap to add a smidge of class while slightly differentiating myself from stage crew. Still, I couldn't help but think that video games deserved better than this. Just because the music was from video games, did that justify going in jeans and a t-shirt? If we're going to demand that games be treated with respect, as more than toys, then shouldn't we be the ones to treat it respectfully first?
Then I realized I wasn't going to a concert. I was going to a party.