Second Life: What is Project Arousal? (Review-Tutorial)

I keep finding things I either haven’t known about or haven’t taken the time to… study… play with… whatever. One of these is a set of related toys all named Project something. I think Project Arousal is somewhat known. It is the core engine of a series of sex toys with a strong anime flavor, that supposedly makes SL sex more realistic. Sure. Of course. But, is it fun and what is meant by more realistic? What if you aren’t into anime?

When I started this a couple of weeks ago, SoCal was drowning in major rain like I hadn’t seen for at least a couple of years. It was a good day to stay in and play with sex toys.

Back off, humans. Finders Keepers!

What it is…

First, there is the Project Arousal Engine (L$1,000). This is the core of the Projects’ system and is mostly required for all the various parts to work. But some items in the Project family are standalone. This core mostly provides sounds and facial and body animations denoting arousal. The number of body brands supported for some features is very limited. But as a female with a Slink body, I haven’t found that to be a problem. I first suspected it might be for males. But as I learn more, I think it won’t be.

This core part of the system does not need to be rezzed. You simply wear it and your partner wears it. There is a guest HUD in the PA package you get. It is for your partner without Project Arousal. The PA engine can be used in No_rez areas. This is and isn’t true for some of the add-ons. Read the promo material carefully to know which is which.

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Second Life Images/Pictures

The Lab has a very interesting image on display in  Home > Blogs > Inworld > Second Life Pic of the Day 02.06.2020. I found it interesting because of the avatar poses.

From Second Life’s Blog

Getting poses is sometimes hard. In some cases, one has to make their own. I suspect Madd Flair did some manual posing to get this shot. Or it could be built into the coaster, I have not checked. However, it looks very posed, unusual for built-in poses.

I doubt the image is taken from the Black Dragon viewer. Would be nice if they said. However, Black Dragon gives a ‘prettier’ render by default, thus my doubt.

From the How’s your avatar look today? thread Scylla Rhiadra spun off the thread Making Avatars Look Good in Black Dragon! Share Your Hints and Advice! (Link) This thread explains how people get those perfectly posed shots you have been wondering about.

NiranV the author of Black Dragon has been posting in the thread, so there is some good information and ‘how-to’.

Maitreya v5 Update

The Maitreya body just updated from v4 to v5. This version is for the Bakes On Mesh (BoM) era. NovataSecondLife (YouTube URL) has made a video to explain how the new version works.

Another Maitreya v5 Update video. 30 min

Until this release, Maitreya used an applier to upgrade their bodies to use BoM. It worked with my version 3.0 demo copy. Nice. Now the body is redesigned and switches to the BoM style via a click in the HUD.

Here are the things I found interesting in this release.

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Making Slink Sizes

In December Siddean Munro made a video of how to easily make the various Slink sizes.

I think the video shows how easy and quick it is. So, I continue to be baffled at why so many provide only Hourglass sizes of their products. Especially when discussions in the SL Forum show growing support for the Slink Redux bodies.

If you are a Slink Original wearer, Physique or Redux, and your designer isn’t making the sizes you need, send them a link to this article.

Birth’s Male Genitals – January 2020 – Review

If you are female and thinking of a sex change to male then you’ll want to read on. Or if you are male thinking of becoming a MAN… this will be interesting.

Need to Escape

I think the most popular ‘penis’ in Second Life™ is the Aeros brand. It is also an older brand and model. Some complain that it is too complicated or that the HUD is too complicated. But I think most SL users of reasonable intelligence can figure it out.

However, gaining in popularity is Birth’s entry into the male genitals market. The cocks are getting talked up… oh… no… that double entendre was not intended. They are being well spoken of in the SL Forum. There. Better.

So, I decided to take a look at them. There are 3 models. Zeus, Smooth, and Leviathon [sic]. The names have nothing to do with size. As best I can tell the names denote the difference in curvature. Zeus curves up, Smooth is straight, and Leviathon curves down. But the curve is subtle. So, that may not be the intended difference.

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Second Life: Breast Deformer… more

OK… I don’t have a total fixation on breasts… really! However, I suspect my inner child may identify as male. But, there are so many interesting ways to enhance breasts…

Catrie Resident told Scylla Rhiadra who posted and I saw about Birth’s Boob O Matic (L$675-MP $875-In W). Yep. That is what they call it. On name alone, I would have to look to see what it does. I had the same question about my first training bra. What does it train them to do? Whatever, I headed to Birth’s shop to find out.

There is a whole thing of Boobie and butt toys at Birth’s shop. The link above will take you there.

Boob O Matic is described as a Breast Deformer/Positioner. There is a demo in-world at the shop. I found it rather an odd type of demo. Like most poses and animations you have to try it in the store.

You sit on a pose ball, get the demo (which sitting on the pose ball gives you) and wear the HUD. Very atypical.

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Second Life: Things I didn’t know about Breasts

Seems everyone has a fascination with female breasts. Guys stare and women judge… sort of.

I was in Second Life™ when Avatar Physics was added to get breasts to bounce and jiggle. Bellies and butts jiggle too. Not many mesh bodies include belly and butt jiggle. But they all include breast jiggle. That probably says something.

I was also in SL when people were figuring out how to make mesh clothes that fit. In that process, Karl Linden made the first pass at fitted clothes with an idea we called the Deformer. (That SL Deformer history is here – 2012-13) With the Lab’s shift to fitted-mesh, the Deformer idea was dropped.

Trying the Breast Deformer – Pack A

However, our persistent fascination with breasts has led to BREAST DEFORMERS… I didn’t know we had working deformers these days. So, off I went to check it out.

Scylla Rhiadra started a forum thread titled Breast Enhancers / Deformers? Starting with Gravity Enhancers. Whaaaat?

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The SL Vagina Summary

Summary

I was looking for a replacement for my 14MB Xcite! genitals when I started this series. The V would have been my choice if I wore Maitreya. Before I saw The V, I would have bought the Vajayjay, also Maitreya only. I am noticing a trend…

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# 206 Halo

I was disappointed there was no demo for VAW. But I bit the bullet and bought it. I am not very happy with it. I think it is overpriced and the promo material is lacking in giving an accurate explanation of what one gets. But, 1.4MB of script weight is WAY better than Xcite!’s 14MB of script load. So, for now, I tend to wear it.

I am still undecided whether I can color VAW’s to suit my pickiness. I am not doing so well. I’ll hope to see VAW come out with a BoM version.

I can hope Anji will make a version of The V for Slink Redux. I also hope the ability to tint the Labia Majora and outer skin is added.

Click Vagina to see all the reviews in the vagina series.

What have I missed?

I suspect I have missed some products. If you know of one I didn’t cover, let me know in comments. I may check it out.

Also, which vagina brand do you like and why?