Buyer Beware

Before I continue here I want to point out that this post is my personal opinion, nothing more and nothing less.

I have a complaint about some creators of content in Second Life. Far too many of them do not consider what their creations look like with graphics settings other than what they use. I’ve seen many items in SL that only look good with one particular combination of settings. With any other settings they look like crap. Now I do understand that that is their choice, they create the items that many of us cannot, but it still bugs me.

That said I have a more serious complaint about certain creators. (you’re about to see why I  put the disclaimer at the top of this rant)

Some of these people may be very talented, but some either don’t have a clue about the effects of their recommendations, or they just don’t care as long as they get your money. Many recommend setting LOD above 4, or antialiasing to 12 or more. Then there are those that tell you to raise the  “MeshMaxConcurrentRequests” debug setting. Even worse is a recommendation to enable  “Full Res Textures”. This last one will crash probably 90% of the users in SL quite  quickly. This sort of thing has been a pet peeve of mine for some time, so why the rant now?

I had a user IM me for help today and they told me about some recommendations being made by TMP (The Mesh Project) and I snapped. The fact that they recommended setting antialiasing to 12 (which doesn’t exist, 2,4,8 and 16 are the choices) was bad enough as you need a pretty good computer to do so without taking a big hit in performance was bad enough, but no they went even further. They suggested enabling full res textures as well. For those of you not aware of what that setting does here is the short explanation. That setting will make ALL textures res at their full resolution regardless of how far away they are, thus loading far more textures than you actually need, which often overloads your memory. So not only will you take a large hit in performance but will also cause you to crash.

So for the 5000 L$ this user spent they also got recommendations and suggestions that will cause them lower performance and result in a crash. Oh and then there is the HUD they have that causes texture thrashing.

For those of you who are interested here are a few links that may help you understand why I am actually taking the time to do this rant. Take the time to read everything on the linked pages, and pass the information on to your favorite  creators folks. Maybe they will listen.

LL Jira

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