One new little feature of the RC viewer is that we can check our Avatar Rendering Cost, or ARC. The ARC is basically how much work your computer has to do to render your avatar, and the avatars around you. The lower your number, the less work your computer has to do, and you pretty much get less lag. The higher the number, usually the higher the lag you're going to have.
The brilliant Mr. Paine is the one who first let me know about the fun that is checking ARC numbers. I'm pretty much addicted to it now. :-p It's the only thing that keeps me from screaming about the bright blue of the RC viewer. [Which actually doesn't bother me much anymore.]
In the privacy of my home, I stripped down to watch the number drop. Hair, shoes, skirt - gone, gone, gone. I dumped every attachment I had on including my beloved AO. Basically I was one bald, naked, sad little avatar. But my ARC was 1. 1!! As I put things back on, it crept up, but I remained just under 1100 as an ARC, which appears to be fairly average. If I'm just in jeans and my favorite-of-the-moment Chandra hair from ETD, the number is around 800. That's pretty good.
Today I was digging in my inventory and I noticed I had a lot of demos of hair from Cake. I put one on and... Holy cow! My ARC shot through the roof to over 2500! What the heck?? How could a simple, sleek hairstyle do that? The flexi on the hair is just too intense, I guess. Crazy! I tried on a bunch of the demos I had and wow, it's just nuts how much of an ARC hog the hair from Cake is. If the price wasn't enough to keep me from really shopping there, the rendering cost is far higher. :-p
When you have the ARC meter turned on, you can also see the ARC of other avatars. That's pretty fun because when you see some blingtard walking your way with a red ARC on their head, you should TOTALLY scream at them for lagging the sim. :-D And, you know, for having bad fashion sense.
If you want to read a much better article about ARC, checking out Tateru Nino's post at Massively.com. As for me, I'm going out to see who I can yell at for lagging me down.