It feels like I am slowly losing interest in Second Life. Could it be so? I’m kind of hoping I am just going through a lull and I will find a spark again.
Next month marks three years in SL for me. I once thought I would never get tired of this place, but here we are and that’s exactly how I am feeling.
At three years old, my Macbook, I think is getting old. The official SL viewer runs the best for me, but I don’t like it, and it is still not great. I would much rather be on Firestorm. Unfortunately, Firestorm runs like molasses in January on my Macbook. It’s still a good machine and fills the rest of my computer needs, but for SL, it’s falling behind and a new computer is not in my budget at the moment. Perhaps if I was really involved in stuff in SL, or a business owner or something, I would splurge on a new one, but for me, right now, it’s not worth it.
Taking screenshots and making images to share here – a huge part of my activity in SL, is getting longer and more frustrating. I can’t use those cool features like depth of field or shadows without something else messing up my shot. For example, I turn on shadows and all the alpha textures disappear. I keep hoping that these things get fixed on the newest updates, but usually when something gets fixed, something else breaks. It’s Linden Law.
Even walking around on my parcel, which is usually lag free, is a pain in the ass. I end up spending most of my time on my sky platform and chatting from there. I could do the same thing with Skype, Gtalk, or Facebook without the chat delays which make my best jokes(which are really lame anyways) fall flat, victims of bad timing due to the chat lag monster. I hate to waste a good smart ass comment.
When I really want to go somewhere, like a live music event for example, I set my graphics to the lowest of the low and point my camera to the floor so I don’t crash and I can at least hear the music.
I’m trying to remember if three years ago SL performance was this bad for me. If it was, I can’t imagine sticking around for this long on something that is essentially broken. Perhaps now that I have been around for awhile, my standards are higher? But I have a two thousand dollar machine, I expect stuff to work on it, and really everything else I do online works just fine – except for SL.
I have tried many times in the last couple of weeks to explore and do some photos to share here, but my patience is low for dealing with lag and taking pictures with windlight in a viewer that makes you click a hundred times to change settings. Okay, it’s not a hundred times but it’s a lot more than on my viewer of choice.
One good thing is that I started building something, which seemed to be the only logical thing to do while hanging out on an empty sky platform. This project excited me for a little while, until I hit a snag with that. By the way, if anyone has any time and patience to give me a few tips on texturing sculpted prims, I would really appreciate that. Some constructive feedback is welcome. Does it suck, does it have potential? Something, anything. I’ll even post the SLurl here if you feel like coming to look…
It is January, the middle of winter here in Canada. Even though it has been a mild winter, I still feel kind of sluggish and slow, so maybe my frustrations are at a peak. Winter is coming to an end on my pixel home in the Five Islands this week, so hey, that gives me a little project to keep busy – if my laptop can handle it.
Anyway, enough complaining.
Now that I got that off my chest, maybe I will find a solution to this annoying problem. Until then, if you’re wondering why I’m not logging on very much or for very long these days, it’s because I’m over on Facebook playing Farmville. Yeah, I know, it’s a stupid, time wasting, mindless game, but hey, IT WORKS which is a helluva a lot more than I can say for my experience in Second Life these days.