« VR Pioneer Jaron Lanier Appears in VR to Talk With Me About his Latest Book on VR -- Reserve Seats Now for the May 25th, 2PM Event in Sinespace | Main | Sansar Website Traffic Slowly Growing While VRChat Visits Decline »

Friday, May 11, 2018


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

sirhc desantis

Yes when available in my viewers of choice, fine. Fired up FS to check and yeah - great. Til then, another tool. Uninstalled after.

Chic Aeon

Thanks for posting this. As anyone who reads the comments here (or the SL Forums) knows I believe a middle ground is possible. A matchstick head doesn't need its own 512 texture for example.

All that being said, the more I worked with the new tools and the more those that make mesh (some for a RL living, some in virtual land) delved into the whys and hows and workarounds of SL mesh production -- the more I appreciated what Beq Janus http://beqsother.blogspot.com/ and other Firestorm devs gave us.

There are some caveats of course. There can be readings that would be -- well, think "false positives" on a blood test for example. There ARE ways that you can optimize mesh that will read identically to the numbers for very poorly made models. But for the most part, heavy mesh with tons of textures DOES contribute to the constant complaints of lag and slow rezzing -- especially from those that frequent busy clubs and have less than the hottest new computer on the market.

My personal "OMG- no!" problems with mesh are the very bad LOD issues. Those are easy to test visually but even so, the new tools are a big help for those of us that like the info in easy to read numbers.

I don't know about other mesh makers, but I use the new LOD settings chart every day testing my uploads on the beta grid. Sure I cam out as far as I can to see JUST how far away you can be to see that book stack *wink*, but I still like to see the numbers. And, having the information for the Linden Viewer right next to the FS numbers (and YOUR numbers if you have YOUR LODs set up higher than the default) is a big help for creators that want to improve their mesh.

As Beq said in a forum comment, this really isn't about naming and shaming; it is about giving consumers tools to make more informed choices if they choose to use them AND a way for creators to improve their products.

Each mesh maker will decide where they fit along the graph from "super game asset mesh" to "OMG that is SOOOO gorgeous I must have it no matter how laggy it is". I am aiming for the "works well for most folks and still looks pretty" area of the chart :D. I am hoping others join me there.

Zandrae Pyreanor

Another thing to consider is that for some niches in SL there is a highly limited amount of choice. For example, female avatars have 7 times as many choices for clothing as male avatars do, and a large amount of male avatars choices are limited to the same t-shirt, muscle shirt, suit top, pants, and so on from the clothing designers that do make men's clothes. If you're looking for period piece men's gear, you've got a handful of limited choices and you can't afford to be picky about the impact of what you get because it's often the only option you can find. It's all about settling.

Lewd things for males, particularly males who are of the homosexual persuasion, have very little choice. I can think of one furniture seller offhand that sells m/m oriented stuff. There's really no other choice.

... except to make it myself.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Your Information

(Name is required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)

Making a Metaverse That Matters Wagner James Au ad
Please buy my book!
Thumb Wagner James Au Metaverse book
Wagner James "Hamlet" Au
Wagner James Au Patreon
Equimake 3D virtual world web real time creation
Bad-Unicorn SL builds holdables HUD
Dutchie Evergreen Slideshow 2024
AWE USA discount code
Juicybomb_EEP ad
My book on Goodreads!
Wagner James Au AAE Speakers Metaverse
Request me as a speaker!
Making of Second Life 20th anniversary Wagner James Au Thumb
PC for SL
Recommended PC for SL
Macbook Second Life
Recommended Mac for SL

Classic New World Notes stories:

Woman With Parkinson's Reports Significant Physical Recovery After Using Second Life - Academics Researching (2013)

We're Not Ready For An Era Where People Prefer Virtual Experiences To Real Ones -- But That Era Seems To Be Here (2012)

Sander's Villa: The Man Who Gave His Father A Second Life (2011)

What Rebecca Learned By Being A Second Life Man (2010)

Charles Bristol's Metaverse Blues: 87 Year Old Bluesman Becomes Avatar-Based Musician In Second Life (2009)

Linden Limit Libertarianism: Metaverse community management illustrates the problems with laissez faire governance (2008)

The Husband That Eshi Made: Metaverse artist, grieving for her dead husband, recreates him as an avatar (2008)

Labor Union Protesters Converge On IBM's Metaverse Campus: Leaders Claim Success, 1850 Total Attendees (Including Giant Banana & Talking Triangle) (2007)

All About My Avatar: The story behind amazing strange avatars (2007)

Fighting the Front: When fascists open an HQ in Second Life, chaos and exploding pigs ensue (2007)

Copying a Controversy: Copyright concerns come to the Metaverse via... the CopyBot! (2006)

The Penguin & the Zookeeper: Just another unlikely friendship formed in The Metaverse (2006)

"—And He Rezzed a Crooked House—": Mathematician makes a tesseract in the Metaverse — watch the videos! (2006)

Guarding Darfur: Virtual super heroes rally to protect a real world activist site (2006)

The Skin You're In: How virtual world avatar options expose real world racism (2006)

Making Love: When virtual sex gets real (2005)

Watching the Detectives: How to honeytrap a cheater in the Metaverse (2005)

The Freeform Identity of Eboni Khan: First-hand account of the Black user experience in virtual worlds (2005)

Man on Man and Woman on Woman: Just another gender-bending avatar love story, with a twist (2005)

The Nine Souls of Wilde Cunningham: A collective of severely disabled people share the same avatar (2004)

Falling for Eddie: Two shy artists divided by an ocean literally create a new life for each other (2004)

War of the Jessie Wall: Battle over virtual borders -- and real war in Iraq (2003)

Home for the Homeless: Creating a virtual mansion despite the most challenging circumstances (2003)

Newstex_Author_Badge-Color 240px
JuicyBomb_NWN5 SL blog
Ava Delaney SL Blog
my site ... ... ...