The moment I saw the Second Life machinima everyone's talking about this week, I instantly knew which SL sim I'd visit this week via SL Go (from NWN partner OnLive): Angel Manor, where it's set. Is it as marveous as it appears in the machinima? I fired up my pokey old Dell laptop (which can hardly run any Second Life client without choking and sputtering) and launched SL Go to give it a first-hand look. As you'll see, it really does look like it appears in the video:
In fact, if anything, the island is far more detailed than even the video suggests, boasting broad and beautiful indoor and outdoor areas that flow seamlessly together -- and when you look up close, all the tiny, lovingly wrought elements that add true immersion and personality to a Second Life sim. (Be sure to visit the basement pool.) To go there, just copy/paste this address into SL Go or the Second Life viewer of your choice:
Used to be, I'd watch a machinima like this and think, "Well, there's another place I won't really be able to visit myself without buying a high-end desktop PC." Indeed, Kaya Angel recently left a comment in the post about his video, and gave the specs he used to make his machinima:
- Viewer: Firestorm
- Processor: Intel i7-2600 CPU @3.40GHz (8 CPUs)
- RAM: 32GB
- Graphics: NVidia Geforce GTX 970 (4GB Extra onbaord memory)
- Captured with FRAPS
Now that's a Ferrari of PCs! By comparison, I shot my video with FRAPS and a laptop with 8 gigs of RAM and an older NVidia card that totally doesn't get along with Second Life.
And if you compare Kaya's video to mine (right above), the overall visual quality is roughly the same.
Where should I go with SL Go next?
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