Lost In a Crowd?

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In previous posts, when speculating on what ‘SL2.0’ will be like, several people voiced the opinion that the new platform will be heavily populated by mesh content creators – people who are well-versed in the various programs necessary to create mesh.

I don’t know whether it will be or not.

But I have wondered if the advent of mesh has had some unintended effects.

Because mesh is not easy to produce (specifically, mesh clothing), it seems that more and more creators are turning to full perm templates for their creations.

Perhaps this was the case before mesh as well, I don’t know.

I belong to several full perm mesh creator groups and so I see their new releases.

One of the most popular is Meli Imako.

Recently, the ‘Rockabilly Coat’ was released.

MI Rockabilly_CoatThis is the ad from the Meli Imako store.

It’s a cute coat/dress.

I guess that’s why it’s so popular.

The full perm version is $250L.

Not a bad price for a full perm mesh item.

Seems many other creators thought so as well.

I did a quick search, and found these:

Coat1 Coat2 Coat3

and these:

Coat4 Coat6 Coat7

and this:

Coat5Now, I’m not suggesting that these designers are doing anything wrong.

It’s a full perm outfit and is intended to be changed and resold.

And it’s a cute dress.

But it’s everywhere.

There’s a winter coat that I see everywhere as well.

So I started to wonder.

With (seemingly) less people actually creating new items, especially given the complexities of mesh (and being able to create mesh well), are there actually less choices?

Will we eventually all end up wearing the same outfits, just in different colors?

(Just FYI, the prices of these dresses shown in the pics ranged anywhere from $60L to $200L – so it pays to shop around. 😛  )

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3 thoughts on “Lost In a Crowd?

  1. You might like to read an interesting series on Cajsa Lilliehook’s blog where did interviews with some top notch creators of mesh in SL. She split it into 5 blog posts but it’s really worth reading. It’s a lot more complicated than I had ever imagined and they discus why some things are the way they are and other things are not really possible at all with the avatar.

    This is the link to the last post, Creators Roundtable 5 but the links to the first four posts are there. https://www.flickr.com/photos/catboccaccio/16210108636/in/photostream/

    On the other hand Purple Moon creator Poulet Koenkamp only uses templates but what she does with textures is amazing and the mesh creators acknowledge that some people will specialize in one aspect of design.

    Jo Balogh

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