You may know grunge is a THING in computer modeling. It is easy to make perfect stuff that looks totally new. It takes some talent to age it and give it signs of wear and dirt. Those improving their creative skill seem to eventually try adding grunge to whatever they are creating.
A fascinating display of grungy, dirty, rusting things can be found in Second Life’s game The Wastelands. I’ve been exploring and playing in Wastelands, probably SL’s oldest and longest-running game, at least AFAIK. My problem is I feel overdressed. I more commonly dress for shopping, events, and clubs.
Razor Store 2018
There are numerous other role play games in SL set in the post-apocalyptic eras. However, in most SL role play areas of such eras, the women make high-end call-girls look like nuns.
I don’t have the clothes for a Wastelands look… The players I have seen go for a more probably real look. So, with my 55k inventory, I have nothing to wear… so sad… …and I have a bridge for sale in San Francisco. (Contact me in-world.)
It is true I literally have nothing I think works for Wastelands style… well, with my mesh body. I have made a classic body outfit that suffices. But, I hate it. So, I’ve been on a quest to find clothes I think work and that I like. I’m not going to take on the Walking Deadzombie look. Eck! There are plenty of those playing in Wastelands that favor that look, just not me. Continue reading →
Fantasy Faire has arrived, April 19 to 25. Landmark? (Map URL).
Fantasy Faire 2018
This is one of the highlights of the year and a major stress test for Second Life™. The day I visit Fantasy Faire is a day where my Premium Membership pays off. Being a member puts me in the small percentage of people that enter after a region is full and not so much a benny is the lag crowds induce and I get to see it at its max.
I look forward to the event. The tough decision is do I get up early or stay up late to avoid some of the crowd?
Bare Sun Beach – Women, ladyboys, and femboys only. I’ve decided this place may consistently have the most beautiful women or near women in Second Life. Bare Sun (Map URL).
Blue Steel, Le Tigre, and Magnum will update to version #18.04.09.514272. Internal changes and… a fix for BUG-214702 – LSL HTTP In returning fairly frequent 503 errors.
The capability for handling offline messaging is being worked on. The cap has been improved but there is a problem with Friend Requests. If one is sent while you are offline, there is no way to accept it that works. Being fixed.
Winters back… Run!
As it is the underlying system that allows Friend Requests can fail in several ways, it may take some time to fix the problem as it is a base system.
Oz Linden: The test channels [on ADITI] have the new improved throttles for LSL HTTP-in that I’ve discussed on the forums (and documented on the wiki)
Rider Linden: Those [test channels] are currently available on Aditi: Umbreon and the adjoining region. But Mazidox may have put them on other regions as well. Continue reading →
EVE Online – Seems they are adding a solo-player versus environment aspect to the game. They have created an interesting backstory and weapons that for those participating in that play will greatly complicate the game. If I understand, this will to some degree level the playing field for new and experienced players. For details see: EVE ONLINE’S UPCOMING ‘INTO THE ABYSS’ EXPANSION SOUNDS INCREDIBLE.
There is a lot of news about events and new aspects of EVE coming out. Search over at Massively.
Yay, Blueberry is having a sale starting this April 13th, a Friday the 13th. Which in some cultures is considered an unlucky day. While there is no empirical data to suggest these Fridays are any worse than other Fridays, the superstition lives on.
Not everything is on sale there are some exceptions. You’ll see them listed in the promo image above.
Blueberry is popular. I love how the clothes fit my Slink body. The clothes look good. So, I expected the region to be full. The main region, Lenox & Blueberry, is limited to 20 basic account avatars plus 5± premium member avatars. The store is designed for as lag-free an experience as is possible given the nature of a store in SL. Adjacent is the region Palua. Its limit is about 30± basic members. Adjacent to Palua is Just Because. It has a limit of 25 or 30. Continue reading →
Well, we are getting an upgrade to the Server-Side-Avatar-Baking service. That is fact. What the service does is old news. The blogosphere was covering it in 2012. By August 2013 it was considered a success. (Ref)
So, what is the service, aka SSA or SSB? Prior to 2012 the classic avatar skin, tattoos, underwear, shirt, and jacket were composited into a single texture in your viewer and used to render your avatar. This is like the process we use in Photoshop, GIMP, and other image editors when we bake a set of layers into a single JPG or PNG image.
A significant part of the viewer’s render process was the baking effort. Once I was dressed and my clothes baked into an image safely cached on my computer, I was good. BUT… whenever I saw a new avatar, my viewer had to collect all their textures; skin, tat, bra, and top and bake their clothes into a texture to put on the avatar and render it. Everyone was doing that.
With 6 possible zones (ie., hair, head, upper, lower, eyes, skirt) to bake and 3 of them having 5 layers we were downloading a bunch of textures just for the classic body. So, something like 15 or 20 textures per avatar. In a region with 40 avatars… that is like 40×20=800 textures… if they were 1024 textures that could be as much as 3+GB of texture, admittedly in extreme cases. Plus, our viewer had to composite them before the avatar could be rendered. Each viewer was doing this and the region was coordinating the downloads. Continue reading →