How Do You SL?

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The demise of SL Go has caused quite a stir among users.

After listening to this week’s Drax Files Radio Hour (which featured Dennis Harper of OnLive), I started to wonder.

SL Go allowed users to experience SL in all its graphical glory.

Have an old system that can’t handle Advanced Lighting Mode?

A graphics card that chokes when you turn on shadows?

No access to a PC, but have a tablet?

For those people, SL Go was the answer.

Not everyone can afford a computer that has all the bells and whistles necessary to experience everything SL has to offer.

Not everyone has access to high-speed internet connections.

Everyone (of course) wants to have the ‘full’ experience when using SL.

How can you do that if you’re surrounded by grey boxes, grey avatars, and can’t even move because of the lag?

I, with many others, hope that someone sees what a difference SL Go made, and has the vision to see what a service like it could mean, not only to SL users, but other ‘games’ as well.

Then I started to wonder – how do you SL?

I am lucky enough to have access to high-speed internet and I have a decent computer set up.

My thoughtful husband keeps things updated and upgraded for me.

Because of that, I can run SL on Ultra graphics settings and have all the pretty lights and shadows.

Once I experienced SL on Ultra, I became interested in photography.

I can run on Ultra, set a pretty high resolution, put my anti-aliasing to 16x, and take some pretty decent shots.

I would never be able to do that on a basic machine.

I could run SL, but it just wouldn’t be the same.

I’ve had to bump my settings down a few times at shows in order to try and combat lag, and I hated it.

Once you go Ultra, it’s hard to go back. 😦

What kind of machine do you use for SL?

Is it sufficient for your needs?

Do you wish you could afford to upgrade – pieces or parts or a brand new machine?

Did you use SL Go?

Would you use another service like it if it significantly improved your SL experience?

Would you use SL on a tablet or another mobile device?

Happy and Sad

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I was gone from SL yesterday to attend a track meet for one of my kids.

Their team did amazingly well (my child took first in every event they competed in! Proud mama here!), despite the cool and windy conditions.

Finished up just as the lightning started, so yay! for that.

Had a heckuva hail storm here last night, so we had a very eventful evening.

This morning I wake up to the sad news that SLGo is being discontinued as of April 30, 2015.

Bummer.

I’ve been using SLGo for several months, and though there were things about it I didn’t love, it was amazing to be able to attend shows or whatever on my tablet rather than having to lug out my laptop or be tethered to my desk.

It’s one of those announcements that makes you feel as if the rug has been pulled out from under you.

OnLive had just opened up the SLGo Island in SL recently, added the feature of being able to pay your subscription with L$, added a mobile option using Firestorm, and now *POOF* – it’s all gone.

On the bright side, that’s $10 a month I can now put towards something else. :/

Someone has started a petition to keep SLGo alive, though I don’t see that happening.

Sony acquired OnLive and they are not interested in keeping the service going.

There was some happy news as well – the Maitreya Lara body has been updated.

Yay!

They made improvements to the HUD, now allowing you slots to save some alpha configurations as presets so you don’t have to fiddle with the alphas every time you wear a different outfit.

I was curious to see if they would add that feature once SLink came out with it for their Physique body.

I’m so glad they did – that and the other improvements will make me love the mesh body even more. 🙂

I may even try out one of the Lelutka mesh heads that just came out – made specifically to go with the Lara body.

I’m not a huge mesh head fan (at all!), and I still think they leave a lot to be desired when it comes to making them look different from each other.

However, I’m curious how they will work in photos.

Enjoy your (holiday) weekend, everyone!