I literally just used the official Second Life viewer to try and take a screenshot of something, and within five minutes, wanted to throw my Mac through the window. And then I stumbled on this video from a few months ago, and went "Whoa":
This is Black Dragon, an authorized third party viewer which aims, as lead creator NiranV Dean explains, "to enhance and refine the visuals of Second Life as well as having unique design approaches and features... starting by changing defaults, declining all sorts of bells and whistles no one needs, re-designing the User Interface and trying things other Viewers are too scared of."
Windows only, alas, but the recommended specs seem pretty doable for most gamer PCs:
- CPU: AMD Quad Core with 3.000 MHz or similar.
- GPU: NVidia Geforce GTX 460 or higher.
- RAM: 6 GB or more.
- OS: Windows 7 64 bit Edition
My old Alienware M11x can just about handle that, maybe. But before I take it out of storage, I'm asking for reader opinions -- who loves the Black Dragon? I'm particularly curious how well the user interface works. Firestorm is way too techie for my taste, and I've hated the default viewer for literally 13 years. Will I want to enter the Black Dragon?
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