Certain items sometimes give bonuses to appearance when worn. This is a nice feature and I wish more clothing items did this, especially tailored ones, but that's a thing for another thread.
Then you have biomods, which consist of a very expensive installation, and depending on the mods you get, a second very expensive installation in order to make them move. Biomods generally make your character very identifiable at a glance and they are often factored in to your appearance via puppets and world interactions at large, but strangely enough, they have no actual influence on your coded appearance score.
These installations also do a thing that interacts with other chrome and can sometimes make getting more chrome even harder to get. Don't want to give out IC information here, but this is also an important point.
Seems a little odd, doesn't it? An expensive item worn openly may give you a bump to your coded appearance but physically altering your appearance with expensive, custom-made mods that slow down/inhibit your ability to acquire future chrome doesn't.
I understand that part of this is because biomods are retained after death unlike every other piece of chrome. Giving biomods an appearance bonus would essentially be a flat buff that pretty much never expires - except this buff is not without this caveats. Splicers are treated differently in many contexts despite their lore and IC prevalence, especially as they're often associated with corporate privilege. Having them makes you a target, and they're definitely not risk free.
What do people think of the following ideas:
* Biomods are given a flat appearance bonus similar to other appearance-enhancing items. It won't be a very big one, but it'll still be there. This bonus is lost if the altered nakeds are covered over.
* Biomod controllers are given a much larger appearance bonus. Controllers can be lost and animated appendages are a hallmark of splicer 'difference', they're eye-catching, often a liability to your enemies and rivals, and also have to endure the limp walk of shame out of Genetek. This bonus is also lost if the altered nakeds are covered over.
* Mods marked as 'animated' (aka needing a controller) cause a significant appearance deficit when a controller is not installed. Nobody likes a floppy splicer!