Starting out in Red Dead Online, the first thing players get to experience in the upcoming multiplayer mode is creating a character. Two interesting events happen just at the end. After the player takes a seat, the mirror next to them gives the camera a profile, however, the more interesting fact is when the player is instructed to raise their hands.
When photography was first invented back in the 1800s, law enforcement was quick to begin photographing prisoners, the term “mugshot” became widely used for this process. Due to limitations of camera equipment at the time, and the lack of detail in photographs, two distinctive techniques arose to combat this.
Firstly, a mirror was suspended at a three-quarter angle to the prisoner, allowing for two pictures in one. This allowed a profile to be adequately produced, without the need for a second photo. Which is something that is used in Rockstar’s online game, hovering over the players left shoulder.
A second feature is the player being told to hold up their hands. This is an unusual feature, but that is dripping with historical accuracy. This was an actual technique used by law enforcement to easily identify distinctive features such as cuts, tattoos and other prominent features.
It’s great to see triple-A games still taking an interest in historical accuracy. Even if it is in small things such as these. It still adds to the immersion that players will be dropped into, even if they are going on a rooting tooting, cowboy shooting adventure.
Red Dead Online has already started to drop, with those owning the Ultimate Edition, and will now be slowly releasing to players throughout the rest of this week. However, players are reminded that this is still beta testing.