Thursday, June 21, 2012

What's the Hold Up?

You may be wondering about the title of this post, and I'll gladly explain it. A few weeks ago, I was talking to some folks who are still defiantly clinging to their V1 style viewers. The topic of mesh came up because I was dressed in my mesh bunny avatar, and a couple of people were confused how a "cluster of boxes" could be considered fluffy. (For the record, I'm quite cuddly and cute as a bunny.) I mentioned it was a mesh avatar, to which I got the same tired reply I heard many times before: "We just don't think enough people are using it enough to convert to mesh." Really?? It's been over a year. There is something about just being plain stubborn to change, especially when it limits you creatively as a designer, builder, or model. If your system meets the spec requirements, just try it, and I mean really try it, not the old 30-minute trial period where you give up because you refuse to look at the instructional 3-min videos on learning the basics. Back in the day, some of you older ones spent 10 hours camping for a single linden; you cannot convince me that three minutes is torture.

Maybe you're one of those "non-conformist" types that thinks you're sticking it to LL by not using their viewer. That's all milk and cookies, but there are third party viewers with mesh viewing capabilities now and if you haven't figured it out, LL does not care. Think I'm kidding? They already removed the download link for SL 1.23. That's your sign.

Besides, look at what you are missing out on: petites, giant mesh avatars like dragons and bunnies, more detailed buildings, complex clothing and hair shapes that were never possible with sculpties...the list is endless. Check out this outfit from Loovus Dzevavor: the shoes and romper--all mesh. I move like butter in sims, and my av looks fine as hell without wonky sculpts moving around in a cartoonish fashion.

And this Maitreya hair called Siobhan? Oh yes it is mesh, my friends and it is fabulous! The hat is attached to the hair, but it also moves with hair. And get this: the hair moves with YOU! Every time you turn your head, it moves along with it; no more sculpted prims cutting through your body. Plus it has a handy hud to change the texture of the hat.

So stop reading this blog--wait, read the style credits first, but then download a mesh-enabled viewer, no excuses! Check your graphic settings before you login because people often complain they crash upon login. That could be because the graphics were set higher than your computer can handle, so lower them but not below medium. If all you can manage is low graphics well...I am truly sorry and hope you get an upgrade soon. (FYI, you can't see mesh on low graphics, sorry.) And hell, give the LL viewer a shot even, after all, isn't SL about the user connections and content inside? Like getting into a sold-out Prince concert, who cares what system you have to use, as long as you get in, that's all that matters. Be wary in what you download though because unless it's the official LL one, they will not help you with any defective issues you experience, nor can they help you if it's a sketchy third party one containing pirating software. Anti-virus software is only a condom that's 96% effective; use your head before putting just anything onto your hard drive.

/me hops off my soapbox and returns to enjoying mesh in SL.

Romper and shoes: Loovus Dzevavor
Hair and bag: Maitreya
Makeup: m.o.c.k. cosmetics
Bracelet: Finesmith Jewelry

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