A dress up game is a kind of online games played mostly by little girls. Its popularity began growing after this type of games replaced usual dolls. Also called “Fashion games”, this type of games is extremely valued in different countries and cultures and this type of games is not only played by young girls, but also by young boys and even adult men, particularly when it involves fashion.
The Barbie type of computer games is not a new type of games. Actually, it was known since the invention of paper. You may ask me what usual paper has to do with fashion games; well, it seems that they were creating dolls using paper in Asia for religious rituals. This happened more than a thousand years ago, in 900 A.D. Although they weren’t used as toys, those paper dolls usually had 3 dimensions and not at all like the paper dolls we all are familiar with, which are mostly flat.
The usual paper doll undergone great changes throughout the years, it went from magazines to comics and, nowadays, it is something greater.
A funny fact is that the invention of Barbie dolls and its huge popularity led to the decline of paper dolls, however, Barbie dolls actually grew in popularity due to the existence of paper dolls, because girls recognized them by comparison with these dolls.
The online dress up games were first created in the middle nineties, different entertainment websites created a browser programs where any visitor could dress the Bratz doll choosing from several dresses and styles. Of course that their gameplay increased, and dress up games became better and better, specifically when it came to 3D graphics and other multimedia features. Now you don’t even need to install a game to your PC, you can just play it from any browser and all you need to have is the Macromedia Flash installed.
Most of fashion game creators live in China and Japan and are usually inspired by Japanese manga. Although that style is related to Japan, it became very popular throughout the world. Many developers create a more realistic style, and usually their art resembles fashion and all the new trends. It seems like usual dolls are still popular, just because they are reinventing themselves with the help of new technologies.