Last week the first phase of the Experience Tools feature arrived for Premium Members of Second Life™. I think by now most bloggers have covered the arrival.
- Me: Second Life: Experience Tools Released (7/1)
- Ciaran: Experience Tools Now Available For Premium Members (6/30)
- Inara: Second Life project updates 27/1: server, viewer, Experience Keys (7/3)
According to Google we are the top three reporting on Experience Tools. There are plenty of links leading to the SL Forum and Wiki. So, finding information on how to use the Tools and what they can do should be easy.
What I am not hearing is what people may do with these for the RLV (Restrained Life/Love Viewer) experiences? Nor have I heard much from merchants that may use the Tools to handle Demo’s.
We currently use a HUD (tkPBA and others) to get RLV functionality with a RLV capable viewer. The main Linden SL Viewer does not have RLV capabilities. This means new users and I’ll say ostridge-users, those that never look at SL outside of their viewer, have no idea there is such a thing as RLV.
RLV is a big part of the adult experience in Second Life. However, RLV is about viewer control far more than it is about adult play. Now Experience Tools builds into the SL Viewer much of the functionality that RLV brings to the third party viewers. We have seen the Ex-Tools used for play areas like the Cornfield. Now Premium Members can build Cornfield like experiences.
As the Tools are implemented in third party viewers I expect we will see more of their use and less RLV use. But, I don’t code for RLV and asking Marine Kelley, the primary coder for RLV, I find she is just starting to look into Experience Tools so today I doubt anyone can answer the questions I have. May be in a month or two we will start to find adult experiences and toys coming out that compete with RLV. Or… possibly not. But, I do think we will have a better idea of what we can do with Ex-Tools.
One of the big things for Ex-Tools was to be how merchants could implement demos. We were to be able to try a demo and see if we liked it, without it ever becoming part of our inventory. That would save me a lot of clean up time. But, will we start to see that now?
I keep finding places where the merchants are offering rigged-standard size and fitted mesh without demos… So, I suspect switching to a newer style demo is going to be slow.