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Attack of the clones

ClonesA lot of ink and pixels have been spent over the past few weeks of 2015, since the release of the Mesh project’s male mesh bodies and despite still being on -what I would define as- the last stages of its beta phase, there is still a large cluster of the male population, still not entirely convinced on making the switch to it. The reasons vary from each particular user, but the general worry or objection towards it seems to be the lack of personalisation, to bring uniqueness to the body as much as the system one provides with the wide array of skins, tattoos and clothing options; having switched recently to a mesh body myself as soon as it was released, I truly do not have any regrets and quite honestly, for having switched to it as an early adopter, the number of hours it took to truly personalize it and make it look unique was not an overall painstaking, time consuming process as it happens with the system body.

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Image comparison of both the mesh and system bodies side by side. Image has not been altered or retouched

Many people objecting the switching to the body, have done a lot of speculation on the subject and claim we have become “clones” and “zombies”, all looking similar with tiny waists and bubble butts, but if you take time to compare my system body to the mesh one -picture included-, the differences are only apparent on how much smoother the lines are on the mesh one, but after having found my skin applier and tattoos and after some dabbling and tweaking of the shape I have come to realize that true unique personalisation it’s possible. Mesh bodies are “rigged”, namely attached to the avatar’s bone structure and will change its shape and form depending on how you interact with the shape sliders, taking full advantage of each body feature -even the ever so ignored by most of us, body fat-. As soon as I started wearing the mesh body, it snapped and modified itself to my shape, but was still bordering the skinny side so after closer examination of my body fat level -initially set to 0- I decided to play with the amount present on my shape and see how it would affect it, and the final result is simply astounding.

I would recommend to anyone wondering whether to switch or not, to test the demo version and play around it for a bit until you are satisfied with the result, my husband actually did this and he is very satisfied with his new and updated look. I completely understand those afraid of change and anything new or invasive, and mesh bodies were abruptly and massively adopted by a large group as soon as it was released, but there have always been objectors and detractors of anything innovative in SL, from alpha layers, to sculpts and mesh, there is always a small group of people not willing to embrace progress until much later when the new process and technology has been improved to being user friendly.

I certainly do not mean to sway anyone’s opinions on the matter, I am truly just showcasing my personal experience and in many things SL is like eating, each person has its own personal preferences and develops a taste at a different and personal pace, but just because you are not in favor at the present time of mesh bodies as a whole, claiming that its users are clones and zombies reminds me of colonials thinking the world was flat or those who feared pictures at first claiming it would steal your soul… too far fetched and frankly just as ridiculous.

I always say that it is best to make an informed critique on a particular subject, but then again that’s me.

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2 comments on “Attack of the clones

  1. Caiti Mirabella
    February 20, 2015

    I admit, that’s what my initial fear was when I first bought BOTH of my mesh bodies, I was frightened that I would lose my individuality, but it’s like you said…playing with the sliders really does do wonders. I’m pleased with the outcome of my own look, and I am in love with yours and Hiro’s, too ❤

    • Spike
      February 20, 2015

      takes some work but like we all know in the long run the results are astounding

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