Frankly, some of them drive me absolutely batty.
Most of them are quick, simple, easy fixes.
They are (in no particular order):
Broken ankles – For the love of Pete, people – get an ankle lock!! If you dance, you NEED one. Mesh feet look lovely, but there are a TON of animations that make ankles look broken.
You don’t have to own SLink feet or belong to the SLink group to get one (last I checked).
One of the worst offenders are ballet animations – when you wear tip toe or high feet and then use most ballet dances, your ankles look downright deformed.
SpotOn also gave out an ankle lock as a group gift, so dig through that inventory and put it on. 🙂
Face lights – While I was attending a class, I made a happy discovery.
If you use Firestorm (which I do), there is an option under the phototools to TURN OFF facelights! Woohooo!
Now, it also turns off local lights, but most of the time the facelight causes more of an issue than the loss of local light sources.
So wear your halogen face lights – blaze away!
Caching – Please, please, please, PLEASE! When you dance, right before you go on, those few minutes while you are waiting on stage before your music starts, CACHE your dances.
You will catch any stragglers who arrived after you cached your dances the first time.
If you wait until the last minute to cache (and since it only takes a few secs, why not?), then most of the audience will see your dance as you intend, and not broken up with awkward pauses where it looks like you forgot what you were doing.
Feet in floor – This is another pet peeve, and one that is a very easy fix. If you are using SpotOn movers, just page up before you start. Glance down, and make sure your feet aren’t stuck in the floor.
Often it’s those little overlooked details that can make or break the reality of your performance.
If you build/choreograph at home and then have to move everything to a venue, do a trial run and make sure your feet aren’t in the floor because things are slightly different at the performance venue.
Glide Dancing – I think this is one of the things I like least when I go to a dance show.
With the performance tools available in SL, it is a fairly simple matter to design your routine so that you do not ‘glide’ over the floor.
Take a few moments – tweak your movers and/or your routine for that realistic feel.
Add in a walk animation instead of just sliding over the floor doing your dance animation.
Watch your routine and note places where the dance animations lend themselves to movement across the floor.
Tip Jars – I have a love/hate relationship with tip jars.
I love to tip performers – they work very hard to provide quality entertainment.
However, I don’t like the way many tip jars are set up.
A running total, great.
Although I’ve been told by others if they see one dancer has a high total and another one doesn’t, they will tip the second dancer and not the first, regardless of any other factors (performance quality, etc.).
Tipping is such a subjective issue.
An ‘amount last donated’ line, great.
It’s always nice to see that people are tipping, although personally, I’d be ok with this not showing.
It doesn’t really matter to anyone, except perhaps the tipper and tippee, what the amount is, does it?
A ‘last donation by XYZ Resident’ line, great.
Again, always nice to see that people are tipping.
Performers do work very hard and dancing is a rather expensive proposition in SL.
But a ‘last donation by XYZ Resident’ AND an ‘amount last donated’ line?
A pet peeve, because I know that there are people out there who want to tip, but don’t want to seem like a cheapskate by donating $25L or $50L when someone else just donated $1000L.
Even though it might be their last $25L.
So many of them elect to just skip tipping altogether.
Which is a shame. 😦
One last thought –
GET AN ANKLE LOCK!!!! 😀