Prokofy Neva Posted May 29, 2020 Share Posted May 29, 2020 (edited) So, I'm mindful of many threads on this subject of how hard this is, and there is an ardent belief that this prevents adoption by newbies of SL. Here's a good one but there are lots. I change my avatar maybe once every 10 years or something and my outfits maybe once a quarter so I'm not a reliable source on this, in a way, but because I persist with a system avatar although I have store-bought shapes, skins, eyes and even ventured out to feet recently, maybe I'm a good subject to test this theory. I don't like clothes shopping in RL or SL and hate dressing up and want to focus on the world -- plants, buildings, furniture, etc. I just glaze over on all the fashion/mesh body/ etc offerings and discussions. I find this topic quickly becomes not "dressing" but "selecting from an enormous overwhelming stock of body parts" and then I really lose interest. I can't help thinking that eventually, this will stop and narrow down or become easily. Currently those making these "body parts" have a captive audience fearful of being uncool or left out and confused enough to buy lots of things to stay current -- and the merchants like it that way, and who can blame them. If they can be part of the culture that says, "You MUST have X or Y or Z body part, look, tint, shade, applier" etc, of course they will, and that's understandable. But some day it won't be like this. And even while it is like this now, you can bypass it. I find that even without a mesh body, if I get a gatcha for $50 or a 30L salebie that is a shirt or something, if it says one of those main mesh body makers, I can still jam it on my old body much of the time, especially if I pull out an alpha t-shirt or alpha pants out of the Linden library. To be sure, there will be glitches and sometimes I have to get a little creative with belts or scarves as I might look like I have no neck or chest but still, $50 is all I want to spend, and 5 minutes, so... Recently with the pandemic I thought once again -- and likely in vain, but hope never dies -- that maybe my co-workers or friends might like to come and have a meeting or event in SL, and for that I need my female alt, who actually has my RL last name by accident, as it was once available, and I could get it free without the $40. So that alt I had in the same suit for probably 10 years but I thought it might be worth putting the Library avatars on her. So I took the old one in the grey hair, pearls and gown to start with, but who wants to look like they're in a ball room? So I tried to weld in some of the other "Marias" or whatever their names were, and I ended up with something not bad but in a summer strapless dress that seemed kind of skimpy for business. So I thought, take a jacket off one of the others or even a male jacket. Turns out you *cannot* drag the male avatar outfits on to the female system avatar. Maybe I'm missing something. So now I had a problem: I actually had to shop. Ugh. So fortunately through "gift" I could send some 30L and gatcha $50 items -- dresses, tunics, pants, dragonfly wings, etc. to my alt and thought well, great, she can just jam them on, maybe use an alpha from the library.The expense far is now perhaps $500 in Lindens which is US $1.87 so far, so honestly, the complaint about huge costs isn't valid. The problem is that it is much harder to jam those company-specific items on to the system body on a female than a male. For some reason even expanding the mesh dress while off of you doesn't help when you put it back on. So now I had to go shopping again -- for a mesh body, something that really goes against my religion, as I am not a cannabalist and don't like to have to keep folders of body parts that I mix and match. So first I try to look on the MP. This is IMPOSSIBLE. Go do it. You cannot find "mesh body" with the various company names to save your life. The results turn up adaptions of those things -- shapes, add-ons like scars, vampires, all kinds of "popular" things and even using closed quotes and Boolean, I simply could not pull up a screen that had X Mesh Body on it. The categories aren't helpful as they do not contain "mesh body," but only "Avatar Accessories" (not there), Full Avatars (not in the first dozen pages of search results), etc. Here I'm beginning to think, oh, maybe I'm wrong. Maybe it is too hard like they say, even though so far, I had spend only about 20 minutes and US $1.87. So now I really had to shop -- and go to a store. I picked a popular one at random that seemed more or like the Library avatar I already had (those library avatars do not appear to be any of these popular brands). I landed at the store --the "mesh body" was a few steps away from the entrance, it had a demo, it had miles of explanations that I could safely ignore, it cost $1250 which is US $4.68 -- a bit high but not $5000, after all. So now I've spent US $6.55 on this venture, which is likely in vain because no one I know will come in SL at the moment and prefer the hideosity of Zoom. Still... Bottom line -- not exactly some huge expense. That body then could accept the gatchas perfectly fine, maybe not in the highest of fashion but good enough. Shoes out of the Library seem fine; hair too. Glasses were a little nerdy -- I put those one from another of the avatars, but I could likely shell out say $299 or $599 in Lindens and get the most fashionable eyeware and I'd still be under US $10. As someone said in one of these forums, if you won't work an extra hour, or have one less latte on your break, and spend $5 or $10 US on your avatar, especially if you aren't premium, then why are you here? You are too poor to be on the Internet. Feed your family first. But nobody who complains of this cost is really from any third-world country and most have jobs including high-paying ones in IT or design. So let's not be children here. Take $5 or $10 and dress your damn avatar. And I personally am done now, unless my main gifts my alt with a $50 gatcha next year or something lol. I think what the problem is, it's more psychological. People may not be able to bear the amount of education, trial and error, and shopping you have to do to get the skin shade or lipstick shade. I do not care about those things and I don't think anyone looking at me will care. If some seasoned oldbie eyes me in a meeting and says, hmmm, her neck shade is off compared to her head, I won't care. But people do. Even so, I don't think this is the horror envisioned. I'm really done shopping for a good log time, however, because of how the search is too hard, the choices too overwhelming. The good news is that at last, the Library avatars are tolerable and even fine, and with just a little more purchases, you can make use of the cheap stuff out there (not the freebies, generally hideous, but the gatchas). I do have to say that I finally figured out who that old grey-haired Library male avatar in the tux wearing the rose reminds me of. I have that outfit on my permless test alt. And it's Jeffrey Epstein. And I begin to reflect on how that may not be an accident. In any event, that avatar now has to become "Male Rocker" in a jiffy because I cannot wear that Jeffrey look, no way. Edited May 29, 2020 by Prokofy Neva 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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