Saturday, May 17, 2014

I wouldn't sign up for this!

So it's no secret that a lot of us have covered up the parts of our avatars that we don't like with mesh parts. I haven't really seen my regular system hands in forever, and if I'm not wearing Slink feet, it's probably because I'm wearing boots. Now personally, I don't go for the whole thing - the mesh jutting butt, the aggressively huge mesh breasts, the mesh heads, etc. But a lot of people do like that stuff, and most of the kids in SL that I know have the Toddleedoo mesh body.

When Linden Lab said "Hey, guess what? We have new mesh starter avs!" I was intrigued right up until I saw some photos. Yikes.

Last night, Brianna and I were hanging out before bed and I was looking for a dress to wear tonight [we're having a double birthday party tonight for my sister and my niece!], I stumbled into the Library. Imagine my surprise when I saw that one of the new mesh starter avatars was named Alicia!! I almost never have anything with my name in SL! It couldn't be TOO bad, right?

Wrong!

Ridiculously Unattractive


Good LORD, what is this mess?! That IS a mesh body but it doesn't look smooth and well formed like you can get your body to look with other mesh pieces. The hair looks like burnt noodles, and the FACE. The face, y'all! I look like I've been in some kind of accident. I don't WANT this avatar to be named Alicia!

Brianna was also equally as horrified.

A little shocked


The other human avatars in the collection are about as equally as bad. But you know what's not bad? The zombies! I don't know if they just had different people working on these things or what, but the zombies are lightyears better than the humans. I really like the expression on the zombie guy's face.

Way better than a human


To make matters even crazier, if you're signing up for SL, the zombie and other non-human avatars are all under the heading of "Vampires." They should change that to "Fantasy" or something. But the girl on the very front page of the website is gorgeous, and I think if I were signing up, my first question would be, "How can I look like HER?"

I just don't understand why Linden Lab would allow the human avatars to be so so ugly when they could have hired any number of amazing meshmakers to make something wonderful for the new residents. I don't know how many non-human avatars are out there in Second Life, but just from my limited view, I see mostly all humans. To put a newbie in a mesh avatar that they cannot change [these bodies are not modifiable] and then thrust them into a world where there are some really gorgeous avatars seems like bad business to me. Don't get me wrong, the default avatar is not the best either, but at least seasoned Second Lifers can help someone look a lot better in really a short amount of time. These are so ugly, all we'll be able to tell a new person is "Take EVERYTHING off. It's hopeless."

But, if you want to be a zombie and get your thriller dance on, at least that looks good.

Zombie Mom

3 comments:

She had an Epiphany said...

O.M.G...yea the human mesh avi ....just wrong on so many levels! why linden lab why! are you trying to make us all look ugly to get a laugh out of us for you taking our money to get currency? really...i can see it now one linden guy says to another " hey look at that fool we have them hooked now they think that all the avatars will look pretty! wrong! now they have to put in a credit card to get that avatar to look better!"...sigh

Lurid Lily said...

I noticed something with the mesh avatars the other day. I generally run into a handful of noobs everyday on SL and the ones that have joined with the mesh avatar get SO CONFUSED! They don't know how to walk half the time, let alone what to do with mesh/alphas and whatever. Half the time it looks like they've removed an alpha and have this awful flat dead skin poking through pieces of overly detailed deep fried looking mesh skin. It's....terrifying. lol.

MyReality said...

This is just horrible. Thank you for helping us laugh through the pain, A. lol