CoH hosted a costume contest where they asked their players to dress up as the heroes they played. A few of them are pretty good, and I give this one credit for acting out the battle scene, but most of them are just sad.
A couple of them are pretty good, though. This one is pretty much a spot-on match, for instance, and this one is pretty good. And you have to give this person credit for actually wearing this costume. Like, in public. She even matched the background from the screenshot.
Wow. I was really expecting a lot of crap, but the majority of those aren’t bad. People actually backed away from the keyboard to put some hard work into a lot of them. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, though, given the elaborate work I’ve seen at other cons. Some people just really get into it.
Ok, I’ll admit the majority of the costumes are at least creative, I suppose I was looking more at the people behind them. There are some costumes that are awful, though.
As Andrew said, Update #2. Capes are available at 20+ after completing a specific sidequest. There are also visual effects (glowing eyes, flaming fists, etc.) you can add at 30+ after another sidequest. Finally, there is Power Respecification available at 24+, but for that you have to complete the Terra Volta Reactor Trial.