May (not) contain graphic images

blindGrrrrr… am i just being paranoid when 2 days of torment with my graphics follows suspiciously on the heels of this week’s rolling restarts and yesterday’s announcement of the rollout of the materials viewer – which presumably means the Grid is now fully materials-capable?

The facts of the matter are simple – until Wednesday, i had no problems at all – everything about sl was performing tickety-boo, then Pow! and suddenly i have two days of monstrous problems, almost exclusively concerned with textures, or rather, lack of the damn things.

Once again, my jaunt around the SL10B site has slowed to a crawl and nothing that i do client-side makes the slightest difference to my problems. Even my patience has begun to wear thin at times – having to wait 10 minutes for textures to resolve into anything better than mush, at every single exhibit is beginning to take its toll, i’m afraid.

So today’s plan was a bit of a flop – changes had to be made and, in the end, i only managed to get around Exhilarate and about half of Magnificent. Sadly, towards the end of my long trek, some of the exhibits simply wouldn’t bake at all – very, very frustrating. Even so, i made the best of it 🙂

trifles_001After the party atmosphere of the previous sims, Exhilarate felt somewhat more subdued – here it seems, the emphasis has turned from partying to relaxing and absorbing the atmosphere. There are plenty of places to sit and wait for textures to bake take in the sights… gardens, cafe’s and a fair few roleplay exhibits. There are some quite beautiful installations to see, (assuming you can see them), such as New England, as well as the inevitable towers, from which i presume stunning views over the sims can be had.

new england1_001i felt it my duty to make my way to the top of each one i came across and, to be honest, if i never see a spiral staircase again in my life, it’ll be too soon!

Even so, you won’t catch me complaining, every tower is different and they are all amazing, without exception. It’s not just the towers that are worthy of spending time around either – both Exhilarate and Magnificent are stuffed full of intriguing and captivating displays, and interactive activities with everything from Wild West saloon dancing in Deadwood, to virtual pinball, and much more exhilarate_001besides. It’s an eclectic mix, to say the least, and there really is something for everyone – from high fashion to high above the ground. Even without my technical problems, i think i’d have dawdled a fair bit, because there’s simply so much to see and do.

Now, some inside information for any avid collectors of sl memorabilia – the Letterman style jackets, featured on the Marketplace banner, that so many have enquired about are now available… but only from the inworld vendors at the celebration sims – they’re limited edition, so hurry, and don’t despair if you can’t find a vendor that seems to have one – there’s a simple way to snaffle all the goodies on offer:

[14:06] Michael Linden: Men’s Varsity Jacket w/Tee
[14:06] Michael Linden: Teddy Boy
[14:06] Michael Linden: Bear Avatar
[14:07] Michael Linden: Women’s Varsity Jacket w/Tee
[14:08] Michael Linden: You have to “click through” the machine, it randomly displays one of the currently available items after each click.
[14:08] Michael Linden: I think the un-Tee jackets return tomorrow.
[14:08] Michael Linden: The vendors update at 1 am SLT

So, there you have it – just keep clicking through, and camp out at the machines around 1am to get the latest treats!

Whilst we’re on the subject of treats, you can get some great views – graphics permitting -of both the Lake and Cake Stages from Magnificent – i won’t tell you how long it took me to get the image below, but i think it was worth the wait. Hopefully things will be back to normal on my next visit and then there’s just two days of entertainment remaining. Don’t forget that you can still take a look round right up until 29th June – in fact, the longer you leave it, the less crowded it becomes – ideal for photography and machinima… just don’t leave it too long, or you might find it’s too late!

cake stage & lake stage3_001

s. x

Look all around, there’s nothin’ but blue skies 
Look straight ahead, nothin’ but blue skies
Johnny Nash – I Can See Clearly Now

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2 Responses to May (not) contain graphic images

  1. Paypabak says:

    I went to the bother of downloading the beta SL viewer to check out this materials business and I swear, I can see no difference! I had a wonderful Devicious outfit that had materials as well as regular mesh versions. This designer has wonderful textures, but I couldn’t see a difference to remark on let alone something remarkable. And I do understand the patience it took to get great SL10B pix! Worth the wait, indeed!

    • i’m much the same as you, Pay – for me materials are a bit of a disappointment when used in clothing – unless you have graphics pumped up to the max and are able to catch ‘the light’ effectively, it can be hard to tell the difference. On the other hand, materials used well for building can produce stunning results – it’s just a shame that many who don’t have hardware up to the job will miss out.
      Glad you like the pix – i’ve taken literally hundreds, so you’ll probably be seeing plenty more in the weeks to come!
      Congrats on doing so well with the Avatar Blogger Month challenge – a blog a day for a month is hard going… awesome!
      s. x

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