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An untouched picture from SL

An untouched picture from SL

I’m lucky enough to have a computer which can handle the top end SL graphics (well not just lucky, I specified to the insurer that I needed a computer which exceeded SL minimum requirements when my old computer was fried by lightning, and that is what I got). This means of course that I can take very cool pictures – like the one I’ve attached to this post. That picture is unedited, it’s pure SL baby. More than that, it means I get to wander around SL on Ultra Graphics without any major issues which greatly enhances the daily SL experience. Skins, clothes, everything, looks very noticeably better on the highest setting – if your computer lets you get away with it, do it, it’s a beautiful thing. I particularly appreciate it when I just want to relax and sit on an SL beach staring out at the waves, switching between sky and water settings as I acquaint myself with the multitude of variations and try to learn by heart which work best for what effect. Because every so often you just hit the right combo and it takes your breath away and changes your mood entirely, and you want to show everyone else the beauty that you see and share with them what it makes you feel. Getting a computer than can handle the top end graphics, is worth that extra few hundred dollars. It takes the “game” to the next level.

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There are many aspects to SL life that keep people like me coming back everyday for over a year. And it’s not the seedy big-boobed free-sex underbelly, because that’s all that is – the underbelly. If you get too caught up on that aspect you miss what SL really has to offer. And today I want to reflect on a prime example of that deeper level of experience SL can give you – visiting a sim set up for the beauty.

Today I visited the sort of sim that takes you away from your computer chair. The sort of sim that makes you feel like you’ve discovered a rare beauty that you both want to protect for your own enjoyment and yet share with everyone who will listen to you rave about it. Next time you’re in SL punch these three magical words into map search: “The Nameless Isle”. Do it. Then thank me later, or even better, thank the genius creator Baron Grayson.

It is rare for me to publish untouched SL pictures, because there is always something that needs improving, right? Well this sim astonished me with its inherent mystical sense of existence, its reality, its depth, its utter breath-takingness. Go check some of the recent untouched pictures of the place on my Flickr if you want to know what I’m on about: http://www.flickr.com/photos/23347879@N07/

These sorts of places have no seedy sex element. Rather, the people who go there go to discover, wander, appreciate and get lost in awe of it. The people flying past you are names you recognise from the flickr pages as they too discover those angles and lighting options that turn a “oooh” into a “wow!”.

So next time someone puts SL down, or dismisses it as a nothingness of nobodies, try to get them to think again, and if they won’t, it is their loss. And what a loss it is.

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