I've noticed a trend over in the Art forums towards people making 'bases,' that is, a naked, bald character in various states of animation. It can then have various clothing items, hair and accessories placed over it for customization.
This is great. It shows people are leaning more towards games where you can customize the appearance of your character down to the last detail.
However, having that customization option seems like something people are doing just because everyone else is doing it. It takes lots of work making art for several different clothing items. This is fine, but I suspect people are focusing too much of their efforts on adding this dress-up game instead of using their time for the core mechanics that make the game.
In a recent post on these forums, an article was linked that talked about how thinking about the game mechanics before the genre was important for a game designer. What I am discussing now is in the same vein as that article.
The majority of the community on BYOND doesn't want to make original games, and instead wants to recreate existing games. This dress-up game philosophy is what has caused our community to be plagued with terrible 'rips' and games that are simply copies or modified versions of existing games.
Please stop making dress-up games and remaking the same game over and over.
Give us originality!