I heard whisperings that Ms. Ceri Quixote had a tall SL avatar, but I didn't quite get how tall she was, until she stopped by my office in Waterhead. Or maybe stepped on my office is the better thing to say. For look, Ms. Quixote is frigging tall:
"About 62 meters or 200 feet," she tells me, from way the hell up. (In the photo above, that dot on the horizon is me.) And yes, this is her actual avatar, not some kind of non-interactive mega-prim statue -- an avatar that can walk around and interact more or less like any other SL avatar: "At this scale there are a couple of technical issues, but pretty much yes," she says. So I'll just go ahead and call it now: Ceri Quixote is the tallest avatar in SL or any other online world, ever.
How'd she come to be that big? Well, let her explain:
"I saw another giant avatar at Petite Kingdom and was really impressed, so I decided to try my own hand at creating a giant. Once I had the basics down, I wanted to see how far I could push the scale."
As you likely guessed, her avatar uses Second Life's latest mesh functionality: "The giant avatar is a rigged mesh avatar. It was created in Blender. It attaches to any attachment point, just like a prim article of clothing. Since it's rigged mesh, it automatically conforms to the body wherever you attach it." That also means her avatar works with all the standard SL animations, she added.
But now that she's a tall avatar, does she feel tall herself, as the Proteus Effect might suggest? "I don't know if my identity changes that much," she says, "but certainly my perspective does. I'm not naturally outgoing, so standing out like this is a bit of a novel experience."
And here's the thing: you will soon get a chance to see the world from her perspective more or less, for Ms. Ceri Quixote will soon sell a somewhat less tall version of her incredibly tall avatars in the Marketplace. And after that, giants will roam the world, and unless regulations against them are imposed, Second Life will never be the same.