Every now and then Second Life seems to get into this ‘THINGS ARE HAPPENING’ atmosphere, and thats whats currently happening now.
Those who know and in the know will know that we are approaching the 10th anniversary celebrations, Oculus Rift is just around the corner as is the now called ‘Experience keys’ system and the Materials System and Shining project fixes… Of course corners in SL arn’t exactly right angles and can be quite curvy making the time taken to travel past said corner last sometimes years.
But even with all these exciting new things arriving i’m still not happy yet Mr Humble, so here are two things im still gonna be waiting for in order to make really good interactive immersive experiences in SL.
1. Animated Objects
Pathfinding, Great feature, awesome Ai. But i cant get my animated creatures to appear . Im getting increasingly fed up of making multiple posed objects and having to script the transparency of faces to simulate animation. I currently import rigged objects that copy the animations of the avatar, why cant we animate the objects without them having to be attached to an avatar? i would have backed Karl to create code for that rather than the stupid Fashionista Deformer. People are already building these assets, we just need the dots connected.
2. Materials and Windlight
In the right lighting environment custom Normal and specula maps can make for a really detailed immersive atmosphere to rival AAA games. But thats the thing, i cant control how you have your atmosphere (wind light) settings. I could create a wonderful dark cave with specualr mapping optimised perfectly for being seen by torch light at midnight or a custom windlight setting. Then you come along with your settings set to midday with a stupid face lamp ruining EVERY bit of atmosphere i crafted GAAHHHH!. Perhaps now is the time to give me perms to control your viewer side windlight settings, i already have perms to animate you, control your camera view, teleport you. Give me perms to change your windlight settings and i can give you the best atmosphere i can at any given time, wether it be when entering a dark cave, or transporting into space.
I know what i want to be able to do In SL, i know what sort of experiences i want to give my friends in SL, we’ll get there eventually 🙂