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These Materials-Enabled Second Life Weather Effects Will Have You Singing in the Rain

Ante Flan SL Materials Rain
Janine "Iris Ophelia" Hawkins' ongoing review of gaming and virtual world style

Where the heck was I in January when Second Life user Ante Flan shared first shared this video of his materials-enabled rain effects? I'm such a sucker for seeing SL Materials (a term referring to the implementation of specular and normal mapping in Second Life) in action, I even had to make a gif out of it. 

If you're looking for a slightly more technical explanation of what you're looking at (beyond "Ooh, pretty," anyway) Ante's got you covered:

The ground effect uses a 64 frame animated texture and a custom mesh allowing for seamless looping and can be tinted or made transparent as an overlay for your standard ground textures. The falling rain effect is a single mesh object that takes advantage of Second Life's materials system to provide realistically lit rain that reflects light and a gorgeous look at any angle that particles can just not pull off.

Watch the full video of Ante Flan's rain effects, or buy them for yourself full-perm on the Second Life Marketplace. You may also want to check out Ante's animated materials-enabled water (perfect for any virtual pools you may be working on this summer) in action or on the SL Marketplace.

(Hat tip: Thaumata)

Mixed reality iris 2013Iris Ophelia (@bleatingheart, Janine Hawkins IRL) has been featured in the New York Times, and has spoken about SL-based design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan and with pop culture/fashion maven Johanna Blakley.


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Motoko Henusaki

Very, very nice. I tried the pack out at Hangars Liquides, somewhere that traditionally sees a lot of (often acidic) rain, and it takes photos to a whole other level.


sadly, most in SL don't know what materials is, don't know how to turn it on, or their graphics card crashes when they try to use it.

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