Today I’ve had a few RL things going on, so I decided (as I often do) to take some time out and just surf the web, look at facebook, check out Plurk and just generally distract myself from it all – because hey, when reality gives you a headache, the internet is there to distract!
I was really… well I don’t want to say ‘disappointed’…. but yeah disappointed (lol) in some of the comments I’ve seen floating around about Bento. It seems like right now, half of SL is in uproar about Bento mesh heads and having to pay for them, and though I don’t usually delve too much into SL drama, I wanted to comment on this because it actually really bothered me.
Second Life is a very unique world in the sense that it is created by users – you, me, designers and other creators. This takes time and endless amounts of talent to do, and we’re so fortunate to have amazing creators who have made mesh bodies, mesh heads and mesh just about everything else you can think of! I want to make one thing clear – it’s not just as simple as making a mesh head bento compatible. You need to rig to the bones, determine the weight those bones should be for the shape of head you’re making, and of course, make sure the weights are clean enough that when you increase your lip size, your lips increase – but your nose doesn’t go with it! Then you have re-scripting of the head, and creating brand new animations in a completely different format to what has been used for mesh heads in the past. By now, it’s been weeks/months or however long it takes… and then you’re paying upload fees, paying commission or fees to Omega if you’re making it Omega compatible (no, that’s not free) and so forth.
We’ve been fortunate with mesh bodies that creators have used a ‘buy it then we update for free’ process in most cases, because if you think about it, you paid $10-$20 a year ago for a product, and you’ve been given free improvements/additions/updates for the product, which has taken creators lots of time to do, for free! Personally, I’d be happy to pay an annual fee to maintain my mesh body, just to help support the creators and keep them able to make products for us – but that’s my (very unpopular) view haha.
My point here is simple really – without making money, creators just wouldn’t be able to spend the time they do making items that we love, because they wouldn’t have the time. We all need money to survive, and trust me I get that it’s scarce, but don’t forget – you don’t have to have a bento head/hands/whatever. Your existing items will work just fine no matter what 🙂
Okay rant over! In the picture today, I’m wearing two new mesh heads – and I want to talk about those AND what’s happening with some of your favourite brands and bento!!
Natasha by Murray (Update coming soon)
This mesh head isn’t so much new as now updated (release coming soon!). It’s not bento (yet), but the head has been improved to include animations, blinking and talking animations, addition skin and makeup options and much more. Here are some quick details, though I’ll do a full review once the bento update is out!
- Cost – 990L for the blank mesh head (that is, has all the animations and HUD etc, but no skin). Texture/Skin packs are L$490 which will include a HUD with 5 brows options, the default eyes, default mouth and nose in alpha versions so you can mix and match with other texture packs, and 3 blush options. The “complete” pack including the mesh head + 1 face texture + 2 make-up packs (lipstick and eyeshadow) costs 1980L if you prefer to do it that way.
- Animations – 8 full face animations, plus 3 eye only animations (open, partially open and closed). Talk animation option included.
- Lashes – 3 lashes included with mask mode option.
- Ability to hide ears and/or teeth
Gianni Head by Signature
Yay for men’s mesh heads! This is a new mesh head for men that will also be updated to bento in due course. I really quite like this head, even though it currently doesn’t have any animations, it’s still quite a versatile mesh head (even if I couldn’t find eyelashes which made it look a bit odd lol). Again, I’m waiting for bento before doing a full review of this one, but here are the deets:
- Cost – 3,000L
- Omega compatible out of the box, no installer/relay required
- Skin tones – 12 skin tones, plus the ability to choose a level of maturity which I love (young, middle aged and older)
- Ability to input your own texture using UUID on 5 layers (great for those who like to mod and use their own textures)
- Hairbase, Beard and eyebrow options.
- 3 eye animation options (open/closed/partially open)
- Ability to hide ears if you use different types of ears.
Damon by GA.EG (Coming soon)
Eva by Genesis Labs (Coming soon)
Simone by Lelutka (Release date not set yet)
This one will be super exciting….. LELUTKA IS GOING TO BE OMEGA COMPATIBLE IN BENTO FORM (to what extent I’m not sure)!!! They have announced that past heads won’t be updated, but those who purchased Simone would recieve a 2500L rebate upon purchase of Simone bento version. More info in the image below by Lelutka.
That’s it for today Maddicts!
Mesh Body – Gianni by Signature
Mesh Head – Gianni Head by Signature
Skin – Gianni skin by L’Etre (Available at Signature event)
Hair – Dura-Boy 73 by Dura (Available at TMD)
Coat – Admiral Pea Coat by Deadwool (Available at Signature event) – Includes Signature size
Pants – Hideo formal trouser by Ascend (Available at Signature event) – Includes Adam, Slink, Signature & TMP size
Mesh Head – Natasha by Murray (non-bento mesh head) – COMING SOON
Mesh Body – Lara by Maitreya
Skin – Natasha SK20 by Murray
Make-up – Eyeliner Pack 1 by Murray
Hair – Cinnamon by Truth
Gown – Devika gown by Zaara (Available at Collabor88) – Maitreya size
Pose – Let me take care of you by Rose & Thorn (Free Gift at 2nd Level event)